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  1. As one gentleman stated, use a multi-number system - it can be done (at least for a 100nm straightline race): From the California Race Week Spinnaker Cup SI: 13 SCORING 13.1 Northern California PHRF Ratings will be used to calculate the corrected times using Time-on-Time scoring. 13.2 Either standard or downwind PHRF Ratings will be used. The rating used will be based on the following data observed during the race: Average wind direction calculated from hourly data reported from the following National Data Buoy Center buoys for the 14 hours after the first class’ starting signal. Each buoy’s average will then be averaged. Any individual observations that are missing will be disregarded. a.) Station 46026 (San Francisco) located 18NM West of San Francisco b.) Station 46012 (Half Moon Bay) located 24NM SSW of San Francisco c.) Station 46042 (Monterey) located 27NM WNW of Monterey Observed data from these buoys is available at www.ndbc.noaa.gov 13.3 Standard PHRF Ratings will be used if the computed wind direction is greater than or equal to 65 (degrees true) and lower than or equal to 245 (degrees true). 13.4 Downwind PHRF Ratings will be used if the computed wind direction is lower than 65 (degrees true) and greater than 245 (degrees true). You can then addin wind speed data if you wanted to. In the end, its horse for courses!
  2. So we have seen boats pulling the boom WAY above centerline, and doing just fine... so, can our sail maker friends give us the skinny: - is it driven by the large twists normally found in squaretops - does it require a different design than your standard phrf main - is there some upper limit - etc Lets get some real 'trickle down' from the pros!
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    275N Deckvest

    Christian is special so we must all be hacks so this is just "meaningless conjecture and guesswork" BUT, the new VOR Spinlock is speced at 170N. At 200#, you don't need the 275N and in fact i expect it to be so bulky that is slows you down for anything except drinking wine while motoring! Your call.
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    N2E Wx Thread- Could Be Interesting

    Mark - your advanced view may be coming into a sense of rationality. Current runs show , lets say, fast times. Fingers crossed the ridge holds.
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    N2E Wx Thread- Could Be Interesting

    Can you help us feeble minded how you see that on the GFS? I see some consolidating pacific highs and dwindling SW lows but i don't understand what you see as a possible storm. I would love to understand if you can help us.
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    Hancock

    Brian does have a point about seamanship, but the VOR world has moved on beyond pure seamanship - its now about sponsorship and shortish sprints and schedules that must be met. It is no longer about around the world seamanship like the Vendee Globe - so lets accept it and move on. This did remind of a conversation I had with John Jourdane. He stated he has probably broken more rudders and more masts in more oceans that anyone else (a dubious honor but might be true), but what he was most proud of was that he has never been towed in to a port by a coast guard - they may have been notified and were monitoring the boat, but he always found a way to get to land by the boats' and crews' ability. That being said, it's still a far cry from the requirements of a corporatized set of sprints the VOR has become. Different races - different requirements - different actions.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    ..and apparently spreader bases are moving as well (either one could have been the Vestas cause but we will unfortunately never know).
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Forgetting the MOB (sadly), 3 boats with signficant rig problems (not counting the one on the last southern leg) - southern spars has some explaining to do about their glue apparently.
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    PV Race

    I am not a fan of this change - but I know several boats are on board with it. Sou9nds like Fan's only gripe is the high res version of predictwind since its consolidated (or interpreted in his verbiage). I think the more important term is " , and whose availability is publicly indexed" - standard NOAA gribs are publicly indexed and available from various services as well as direct download. Our predictwind gribs publicly indexed? even their low res PWE (50KM) is not punblicly indexed yet Fan believes these are okay (well may be not even those i guess if you use his interpret comment - which given that then NO PWE or PWG are allowed in his interpretation) Fan - no offense to you - just using your valid interpretation to further this discussion to some positive end.
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    PV Race

    It would be nice to get a definitive read before thursday. Since everyone can interpret the wording themselves and aren't going to discuss their interpretation very publicly. The old rule was clear, this one not so much.
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    PV Race

    Per the SI - its okay for PW to manipulate to integrate publicly available gribs (GFS, HRRR, etc) but what they cannot appear to do is provide boat specific weather nor any boat specific gribs. The SI doesn't seem to prohibit the high res gr eibs. But then, its not very hard to jump the line by adding even generic polars to the Offshore App and get routing info. - Guess we should pull the polar from PW and let EXP run it on the PW gribs.
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    PV Race

    Why does anyone think the race would allow paid weather and routing services during the race? Can't the navigator do some work himself? This is not a fully over-paid VOR or RTW record race. If you can't figure out how to get a sailboat to PV by yourself - fly!
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    PV Race

    Same models so nothing more to trust but this is fun to look at: https://weather.us/model-charts/euro/north-america/windspeed-barbs/20180304-0600z.html
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    PV Race

    Just saw the latest on both - think i will stop looking and use Hope & Change as our strategy!!
  15. DarkHorse

    PV Race

    I vote we stay with GFS!! All with me say, argh!!!