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  1. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Some interesting "skipper updates" in the last 24 hours... -Sinclair officially retired. Tracker doesn't show it yet, but everything else does. -Igor confirmed his intent to resume racing in Chichester, probably Sunday. It'll be interesting to see how his speed compares without the farm. Probably not fast enough to beat any of the SH fleet to Hobart. -Kopar was granted access to the exclusion zone in an effort to maximize Easting before a large storm arrives in ~2 days. -Tapio confirms he has a bad barnacle situation. -Don is optimistic about Uku rounding the horn before encountering any more nasty weather. Starting to look like a cruise to third. -Slats apparently had a new set of sails stored for the final stretch and has pulled them out. I think catching VDH is quite unlikely, but he's giving it everything he can. -Nothing new about VDH... Just doing what he needs to. The Kopar situation is confusing. Looking at the forecast, if he wants to avoid that storm, I'd think he'd be better off with something like a ENE course, trying to let the worst of the storm pass south of him. It seems to me that his present course sets him up to be run over with no place to go. I'm also a little surprised by the comments about Uku "weather shows no storms. The door is open wide right now"... That seems like tempting fate in a part of the world where one oughtn't. (I realize Don wrote that, not Uku). While the forecast doesn't have a huge storm, it definitely has a few waves of significant wind to manage before he can turn for home. And I worry about Tapio. The Horn is still a long way away at the speed he can do dragging the farm. I've been pondering the impact of the barnacle farms on risk of catastrophic loss. One big issue is that it slows you down and therefore means you'll be in the most dangerous part of the course longer. But my question is more about the implications once you're already in bad weather. On the plus side, the barnacles may act somewhat like a drogue, keeping your speed more manageable, while also bringing your center of gravity a bit lower... But on the minus side, they won't work like a drogue in terms of helping your boat to stay at a downwind angle, and I'm thinking the drag under water and forward of the rudder may increase the boat's likelihood to pitchpole or turn sideways when surfing a large wave. Hence my worry about Tapio. Anyone have knowledge on the topic?
  2. Your Mom

    the greatest

    Cone of Silence?
  3. Your Mom

    Route du Rhum 2018

    I thought the revised deadline was yesterday, leaving them as DNFs. Did they revise it again?
  4. Your Mom

    VR Route du Rhum

    I did that event the last two iterations. It can be fun, but it can also be exceptionally frustrating because your choice of start time is ultimately the biggest factor in your performance, and there's no way to know when you start what kind of conditions you'll have south of Australia or in your return up the Atlantic. I remember two years ago putting up a time I was happy with and then seeing a pack of 400 boats that started a couple weeks after me beat me by a day or more... Last year was better, I think I finished 37th. I'm tempted to do it again because it's an event you can do well in on credits without having to pay for the full pack, but it's a bigger time commitment than I want to get into. (I've done well in the other recent "choose your start time" events lately, though... took second in the Pacific record a couple months ago, 22 seconds from the win, 12th in a transatlantic record in July, and 13th in Marseille to Carthage record). So - definitely enjoy the event, but don't let yourself get annoyed by people who started at different times who crush you beyond your control. FWIW... Zezo now has tools for evaluating potential start times, to shoot for a starting window that will get you to the equator or another short-term destination as fast as possible.
  5. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I was wondering the same thing. I have no problem with these skippers communicating with each other however they'd like, but it seems to be explicitly against Don's rules, and more importantly, it appears as though Mark and Susie have communicated regularly throughout. My sense from that is that actually, many of the skippers are having sat phone conversations with one another routinely. It seems unlikely that it would only be Mark and Susie. Which just makes it seem like maybe there's a lot going on (for the better of the skippers and their safety, but contrary to the rules) that Mark may have accidentally lifted the curtain on when he said "She was very happy that we could chat on the satphone."... Unless it was actually on HF and that was a translation issue... Or they always talked on HF until now and now since it was a wellness check on Susie rather than something to help himself and Susie is no longer competing, it somehow doesn't qualify as a rules violation. It's all so silly. Of course, even if Mark is penalized, as long as it's penalty box time rather than demotion to Chichester, it won't matter. The gaps will be huge at the finish. Unless VDH loses his mast trying to go upwind in 20+ kts, Mark ain't gonna catch him.
  6. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    How about simply beating whoever is last to finish in Hobart?
  7. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    What does this mean (from the FB feed)? "Mark Slats has missed todays Scheduled satellite phone safety call so will be on Sound Cloud tomorrow! " Also, FWIW... I noticed Igor declared in the tweets a back on November 26 that he's going to Albany. Yesterday's "skipper update" for him indicated that he has a "team" due in Albany tomorrow, and some locals lined up to help him. It isn't clear exactly what work is being done there.... I'm guessing it's a similar plan to Sinclair's... haul it, do some maintenance, clean the bottom, etc, proceed as Chichester... I guess for both of those guys, if they're stuggling with extremely fouled bottoms, then a proper cleaning and bottom job may make a massive difference (ie, getting them from 2-kt average VMGs to at least 4... which translates to months at the finish). I wonder if they're allowed to replenish supplies in port (and, for that matter, consume shoreside consumables). On the one hand, it seems like the proper answer should be no... but on the other hand, once you're hauling the boat, doing a full bottom job, etc, I guess buying some groceries doesn't seem unreasonable. I mean... They're dropping to Chichester and were running in the last two spots by a wide margin anyway, so they might as well take every opportunity to be fully ship-shape before resuming. Going back to the question I raised a few days ago, now I'm wondering if either of them can beat WOXI to Hobart. If the stops are short and they're suddenly faster with clean hulls, I guess maybe. If I were them, I might specifically plan to anchor in the Derwent to watch the SH fleet go by, before resuming.
  8. Your Mom

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    The discussion of pedestal grinders and hydraulic winches raises a question in my mind... I have to admit that all of my racing has been in boats 42 feet or shorter, and none of them high-performance enough for those style winches. All simply jumping halyards and then trimming with a handle in the head of the winch. Which gets to my question. Everyone has encountered the occasional scenario where you're cranking a winch and realize it's harder than you should be, so you inspect and realize a line is led wrong or it or the sail is fouled on something... so you back off, sort things out, and resume the hoist or trim. An embarrassingly common example is a masthead halyard led through a fractional foretriangle. How do those scenarios play out with pedestal grinders and/or hydraulic winches? Does something get destroyed (putting a severe premium on making sure nothing is ever rigged wrong or fouled), or do those winches have some kind of sensors that kill the process if an overload is sensed? I'm thinking that with hydraulic winches, there's probably zero "human feel" involved to recognize such a situation.
  9. Your Mom

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Thanks. I guess it's a relief the mast didn't fall. That would really suck so close to the finish. With that avoided, I guess it just turned into an annoying 4 hours that assured his drop from 10th to 11th... De Broc passed him before he turned back, so it didn't cost him a spot so much as the opportunity to try to regain the spot.
  10. Your Mom

    Route du Rhum 2018

    What happened with Guyader? It looks like he was ahead, and then de Broc made big gains in the light stuff, and then they were nearly side-by-side at Basse-Terre, not far from Gamin actually, and then suddenly Guyader went the wrong way for about 4 hours. It'll be interesting to see how many miss the revised deadline (1400 France time on December 7, which is something like 92 hours from now). Looks like everyone should make it except maybe Bellion (825 nm to go) and Le Doyen (1050 nm to go). I think the next-furthest is Souchard at 560 nm to go.
  11. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Interesting routing by Sinclair... I wonder if he'll be stopping (or even retiring) in Adelaide, or if he's just sailing through there for some fun and/or the emotional relief of seeing land. At first I thought he was going up there to get the shift before gybing for Hobart, but he kept going and is now in the light stuff.
  12. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Looks like Slats is getting in close to shore... with that wind direction, I'm guessing he might be getting a little protection in there? I'm wondering if he might leave Hermite to starboard and then gybe over to get around Hornos... to limit exposure to the heaviest conditions. Would that be viable?
  13. Your Mom

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Some good battles to the finish in the C40s... Magre made up a ton on Chipotel when Chipotel was apparently becalmed off the island, and made the pass, but then Chipotel mounted a comeback in the final approach and Magre held on to win by less than 3 minutes... In the meantime, Dubos and De Kervenoal both passed Roussey yesterday approaching the island and are now in a tacking duel of sorts in the final 20 nm.
  14. Your Mom

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    Funny... after marveling at the boats and enormous sail area, I started focusing more on how tiny the crew look. It's like mice sailing a Laser II.
  15. Your Mom

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    FWIW... My guess is that he meant... VDH was intending to retire, so he went ahead and used his phone, and then became more optimistic about the mast before proceeding to actually retire, and changed his mind without actually retiring at any point. I think "He was retiring" was a poor choice of words when he meant to say "He was intending to retire", or something along those lines.