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I think it's hysterical the way everyone keeps on extolling the virtues of the French when currently only half the sailing crew onboard even is from the country.

What are you trying to say?

 


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  • that we shouldn't cheer on any French
  • that we shouldn't praise any virtues of the French sailors in this race
  • but it's OK to praise non-French
  • that the French on G4 get too much attention
     

 

I agreee with all of the above, and propose that we all start emailing the VOR headquarters the following letter:

 

Dear VOR headquarters,

 

It's come to my attention that some Americans on Sailing Anarchy have started cheering on the French when currently only half the sailing crew onboard even is from the country.

 

It is also my understanding that some posters love that some French sailors share more interesting information in English than sailors on the other teams.

 

I've discussed the matter with CrushDigital, and agree with his proposal: the VOR Headquarters need to immediately effect a gag rule on all French sailors.

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Dear Harzak,

 

 

I think I made it clear that I was saying the ability to navigate a boat through rough seas is not some particularly French trait as some posters made it seem.

 

What's more I didn't even mention their media presence during the race, which I thought has been fantastic, and very entertaining. They've been on the ball about keeping fans updated since they first picked up one of the Ericsson boats a couple of years ago.

 

All you've done is take a sentence out of context which is pretty terrible form if you ask me. Later in the same post I said the Groupama guys, of which half are French (amazing the way fractions work), have sailed "masterfully" this leg. Come on, all you had to do was read two more sentences. I imagine that could be stressful but the payoff can sometimes be pretty good. But you should continue to ignore both of these points as it's clear they get in the way of your oh so hysterically misguided post.

 

You should send that letter to VOR headquarters though, I think they could use a laugh.

 

 

Best Wishes,

CrushDigital

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I think it's hysterical the way everyone keeps on extolling the virtues of the French when currently only half the sailing crew onboard even is from the country.

What are you trying to say?

 

  • that we shouldn't cheer on any French
  • that we shouldn't praise any virtues of the French sailors in this race
  • but it's OK to praise non-French
  • that the French on G4 get too much attention

 

I agreee with all of the above, and propose that we all start emailing the VOR headquarters the following letter:

 

Dear VOR headquarters,

 

It's come to my attention that some Americans on Sailing Anarchy have started cheering on the French when currently only half the sailing crew onboard even is from the country.

 

It is also my understanding that some posters love that some French sailors share more interesting information in English than sailors on the other teams.

 

I've discussed the matter with CrushDigital, and agree with his proposal: the VOR Headquarters need to immediately effect a gag rule on all French sailors.

 

 

LOL...great idea!!!!! Lets also complain about all of the offshore races they sponsor like the Vendee Globe or the Transat its just not fair to the rest of the world's sailors.

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Guys, I think nowadays we refer to teams meaning the teams country of origin, not the sailors onboard. Like it or not the Americas Cup started this a while ago, most noticeably imo, Russell Coutts defecting to the Swiss team with his key members and winning the cup. With regards to the Volvo finding the calibre of sailors who are willing to do the race is a challenge. The early teams hand picked their crews from an elite bunch. Also relevant here is the fact we are talking about professional sailors who sail for a living, they chase the work wherever they can for whoever is paying. Perhaps one day we will have country against country but at the moment we are taking about a handful of teams brought about by where The Skipper, The Country and Sponsorship money originated from.

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Groupama has gybed onto port tack whilst Puma is continuing south on stbd tack - should be interesting to see who deals best with the unusual light air patch ahead of them

Say they keep their speed (not unlikely judging by the tracker forecast), and that the forecast is right, they could end up with a split more or less like the attached image in 30 hours.

 

Groupama seems to run a much much lower risk of losing pressure, albeit at the cost of a worse angle to the horn. However, if Groupama sees that Pumas line pays early enough, they can gybe south and cover, much like their northern cover in leg 4.

 

Puma on the other hand, are again the risk-takers if they continue south IMHO. A bit less pressure most of the way, and also in need of a smaller timing window for it to pay off.

 

The next sched and updated weather forecast will be very interesting. This would be a great moment for Expedition to run a simulation.

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Groupama has gybed onto port tack whilst Puma is continuing south on stbd tack - should be interesting to see who deals best with the unusual light air patch ahead of them

Say they keep their speed (not unlikely judging by the tracker forecast), and that the forecast is right, they could end up with a split more or less like the attached image in 30 hours.

 

Groupama seems to run a much much lower risk of losing pressure, albeit at the cost of a worse angle to the horn. However, if Groupama sees that Pumas line pays early enough, they can gybe south and cover, much like their northern cover in leg 4.

 

Puma on the other hand, are again the risk-takers if they continue south IMHO. A bit less pressure most of the way, and also in need of a smaller timing window for it to pay off.

 

The next sched and updated weather forecast will be very interesting. This would be a great moment for Expedition to run a simulation.

But in the new sched it looks like better pressure, and that they might not encounter the light until the rounding of the horn. Oh well, I bet the forecast will change a lot in the next 42 hrs. BTW, I'm a complete amateur at this, posting in hope of opinions from better educated people.

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

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Let's stop all this talk of rescuing. None of the crews need rescuing. they are all getting themselves out of trouble, they don't need help. From the rules perspective that is the priority. From the teams perspective keeping racing is the priority. Some of them haven't managed that, but they are all safe and heading where they need to under their own steam.

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The story out of Camper doesn't quite match up with the story out of ADOR who mentioned they're on standby for a pickup in their most recent boatfeed.

A day and a half till they have to make a decision (from the time the video was taken at which point ADOR was 610nm west of Campers position).

Fingers, toes and everything else crossed for them.

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

 

+ Groupama made a really good mix of talents, well, the other too, but somehow they made it on every level, my humble point of view.

 

Though if you watch the documentaires, it is hard not to become a KR fun! The 'show' he made with the peanut butter is a cool example.

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The story out of Camper doesn't quite match up with the story out of ADOR who mentioned they're on standby for a pickup in their most recent boatfeed.

A day and a half till they have to make a decision (from the time the video was taken at which point ADOR was 610nm west of Campers position).

Fingers, toes and everything else crossed for them.

 

Great pickup. Almost sounds like the guys on camper are only a couple of wrong waves off needing to get off

 

A few clicks down, i came across this one

 

Day 10 report

 

Not only are have we finally joined the war in the Southern Ocean, but we just hit forty knots while surfing down wave. Finally! We’re into Azzam’s conditions – keep an eye on the scheds

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

 

+10

 

I wouls also add that I believe Telefonica are winning overall because Iker and Xavi are willing to learn from everyone all the time. They never believe they know it all and they take form different environments exactly what works for them.

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A few clicks down, i came across this one

 

Day 10 report

 

Not only are have we finally joined the war in the Southern Ocean, but we just hit forty knots while surfing down wave. Finally! We're into Azzam's conditions – keep an eye on the scheds

 

40!!!

I want to see the scorch marks on the paint in Itaja.

http://new.livestream.com/abudhabioceanracing/Leg5/statuses/391650

Sounds like someone designed the boat for the conditions; lets hope it doesn't end in tears.

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

 

+ Groupama made a really good mix of talents, well, the other too, but somehow they made it on every level, my humble point of view.

 

Though if you watch the documentaires, it is hard not to become a KR fun! The 'show' he made with the peanut butter is a cool example.

 

 

Linky?

 

I agree, KR is a good person to have on the right end of the camera. Comes across as a humble bloke who wants to win.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

 

+ Groupama made a really good mix of talents, well, the other too, but somehow they made it on every level, my humble point of view.

 

Though if you watch the documentaires, it is hard not to become a KR fun! The 'show' he made with the peanut butter is a cool example.

 

 

Linky?

 

I agree, KR is a good person to have on the right end of the camera. Comes across as a humble bloke who wants to win.

 

A good overview ala Groupama, performed on stage by KR, that would be great. Or having a Volvo All Star boat, sailing wise it might be a complete fcukup, but show wise?????

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

 

Great post. And a big +1 on your Puma point.

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

IMHO, Puma is sailing very well and deserve much better than being 4th overall, their leg 4 attack was mastery, and their overall ranking reflects more the loss of their mast and a bit of luck from TF and Camper on leg 2 (Come on, you need luck to see a big opening in the Doldrums while the others are too far ahead to take it!)

 

+ Groupama made a really good mix of talents, well, the other too, but somehow they made it on every level, my humble point of view.

 

Though if you watch the documentaires, it is hard not to become a KR fun! The 'show' he made with the peanut butter is a cool example.

 

 

Linky?

 

I agree, KR is a good person to have on the right end of the camera. Comes across as a humble bloke who wants to win.

 

A good overview ala Groupama, performed on stage by KR, that would be great. Or having a Volvo All Star boat, sailing wise it might be a complete fcukup, but show wise?????

yeah, but where will we get 11 magnus olssons?

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Wooowwww, all these stories about French and American sailor!

 

As a Frenchman, Ithink that Groupama is sailing in a very "French" way, by this I mean not being afraid of creating lateral separation when they need to attack and relying more on strategy than sheer speed to win. I have a feeling that the Kiwis are the opposite and just want to win by sailing faster than the other teams. Cammas and Nelias were not used to this kind of boat and competitors and it took time for them to go to the end without falling in windholes but they are getting better at their own game.

 

 

Interesting observation -- that it is the French way to prefer "thinking" over "speed matters only". Perhaps that is why a lot of us root for Groupama (and Kenny Read, of course, but that's obvious). For me, I appreciate a "cunning plan" much more than a 0.5 knot speed difference in a boat chase, especially if it is clear that such speed differential is due to faster design / better sails (in my mind, given the same tools, each of the VOR teams is equally fast). To date we have seen at least two instances of Cammas' cunning over speed pay of: (i) the dive south to duck the high pressure ridge on the way out from Capetown in Leg 2 and (ii) the trek northeast after Taiwan to catch up with Puma (where Camper lost the leg, basically). We also saw it not work -- his African adventure in Leg 1.

 

The other skipper mostly prefer to race each other in a pack across the ocean (with the exception of Ken Read in Leg 4 on the way to Tokyo). That's the sailing equivalent of catenaccio -- boring Italian defensive soccer games, where the key players are the leg-and-knee chopping defenders. To me, Cammas and his crew are the sailor equivalents of Henry and the greatest of all...Zidane (head butting an Italian catenaccio defender is a plus in my book of, admitting somewhat odd, rules). Like they, he seems to use his imagination when allowable.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

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I'm a bit late for that, but I noticed G4 has gybed before Puma. They must feel quite confident, and not just keeping an eye in the rearview mirror to cover Puma. This 2 boat race is going to be open and interesting till the end.

 

I'm a Groupama fan, but I love Ken Read's attitude and style, both in writing and on video. His Peanut butter video is a classic!

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The other skipper mostly prefer to race each other in a pack across the ocean (with the exception of Ken Read in Leg 4 on the way to Tokyo). That's the sailing equivalent of catenaccio -- boring Italian defensive soccer games, where the key players are the leg-and-knee chopping defenders.

 

Real tight pack: one in NZ; one heading north to escape too much wind pressure and - hopefully - avoid a bigger disaster; one making best speed possible to port in Chile for repairs; and three actively racing smeared across a span of over 1,300 miles. I'd suggest the only leg-and-knee chopping this leg is in the planning stage for designers and builders.

 

Maybe hitting the corners on a flyer is a winning strategy in your fleet, but rarely so in this company. If the best of nav and wx strategies are evaluated the same by most or even all teams at this level, it can't be an enormous surprise. these guys aren't going to separate just because they don't have the boat speed to keep up with another guy. Suicide by goofiness has never been a consistent winner. Given the wx data and conditions these teams have to work with, there aren't that many differing routing strategies that make sense. They don't have many chances to choose between "staying out of the current" and "going out for more pressure" in the open ocean.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

 

And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

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http://new.livestream.com/groupamasailingteam/leg5

 

Couple of pics from Puma under the Groupama livestream cool.gif

 

Just had a look at the videos . Why the fuck don´t they show these things on the VOR-site? It´s brilliant footage and you have to search half the net to get it. What do these VOR-people do. Hold the best footage back for themselves?

Same thing with the comments. You hear and see Camper, Camper and Camper again. Man, Camper is OUT of this leg. They don´t play any roll no more. Don´t they have someone around to translate Spanish and French. THERE is where the music is playing and especially with Puma. They send the best pics and the best comments. Without any doubt they are doing the best job seen from the sponsors point of view.

 

Completely agree, I have firefox load up all livestream pages, each in one tab. Only reason I go to volvo site is to see the distance / leaderboard. Volvo front page is becoming a bit like the SA front page for me. MUCH better stuff on the livestream sites, I question why they even make it so hard / counter intuitive to find them...

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And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

 

Did you go to Brown? Do you have a business degree? Are you white, male, and come from money? Then we want YOU! for the All American Offshore team!

 

I'm kidding, I'm kidding..... or am I??? :ph34r:

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

 

And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

 

Oooo, still stinging from not getting a call back last time? Get your ass away from the computer, spend time at NEB and the shipyard getting rides and working on your sailing, then apply Fella!

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

 

And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

 

Oooo, still stinging from not getting a call back last time? Get your ass away from the computer, spend time at NEB and the shipyard getting rides and working on your sailing, then apply Fella!

 

Seriously though, an under-30 team doing a VOR?

 

I know lots of teams that were trying to get to the party this time round- all of them with very well proven crews and cash to buy the boat- just not to complete the race. Many of these guys have done a VOR before, sailed round the world.....you name it, and they still didn't get the cash to do the race. Look at the last edition with Team Russia- the guy that headed the campaign was fucking minted- I met him, I spent time with him, he is loaded- yet even he couldn't justify the cost of it.

The whole 'Morning Glory' concept is great- but let's face it, the US doesn't have game when it comes to yacht sponsorship for whatever reason. It is a shame because patriotism is king in the US and there is a long Q of very good sailors, ground crew, builders and managers to work on a VOR campaign, but an under-30 team of no-name jocks.....meh.

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I know lots of teams that were trying to get to the party this time round- all of them with very well proven crews and cash to buy the boat- just not to complete the race. Many of these guys have done a VOR before, sailed round the world.....you name it, and they still didn't get the cash to do the race. Look at the last edition with Team Russia- the guy that headed the campaign was fucking minted- I met him, I spent time with him, he is loaded- yet even he couldn't justify the cost of it.

The whole 'Morning Glory' concept is great- but let's face it, the US doesn't have game when it comes to yacht sponsorship for whatever reason. It is a shame because patriotism is king in the US and there is a long Q of very good sailors, ground crew, builders and managers to work on a VOR campaign, but an under-30 team of no-name jocks.....meh.

 

 

How much does the whole race program cost?

 

You are right about this. I really don't understand why international US companies that want to expand their brand overseas have no interest in events like these. Two in my backyard come to mind, 3M and Target. I mean, Target doesn't have as much ad money as Camper? Not that we want to red boats....

 

It makes a lot of sense to stop in China, and I'm surprised that given the expansion of the Indian economy and interest (especially by retail companies) to expand there that it hasn't been added as a stop.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

 

And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

 

Oooo, still stinging from not getting a call back last time? Get your ass away from the computer, spend time at NEB and the shipyard getting rides and working on your sailing, then apply Fella!

 

Check your PMs mate, just wanted to set a few facts straight.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

 

Giving a 24 year old a Ferrari is not advisible. Maybe a sparkle pony instead.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

 

Giving a 24 year old a Ferrari is not advisible. Maybe a sparkle pony instead.

 

OK then, I need two, and then some.

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As I read the wx overlay on the tracker, the low at 47S,106W is potential trouble for the three racing:

 

G4 and Puma are likely to get hammered from the NW as they approach the horn as the low gets squeezed along the western slope of the Andes. Has the potential to be the roughest ride yet. Hope not. I've seen enough photos of 10m waves.

 

As the low gets stronger, it may well accelerate and ADOR could fall back to the high ridge to their south (which is drifting NE to pretty much intercept their course) and then into the next system to their west. It would be sad if they drop back from their current postion to another whole weather system behind the leaders. Keep it cranked up, guys!

 

The approach to the coast doesn't look too gentle for Camper and Telefonica, either.

 

Nasty place to sail. But ... it could get worse. And probably will! I hope to be wrong about the behavior of that low. We live in hope.

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

 

And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

 

Pretty much how I bet it will go down, just use the same leaders of morning light and pick a couple of new people that can commit to the race lol

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Whoever mentioned what teams will be partaking in the 2014-2015 edition of the race I know of one new team that is trying to get into the party. The All American Offshore Team is looking to put together an all under 30 crew and are currently seeking sponsorship for the race.

 

http://www.allamericanoceanracing.org/

 

 

 

 

And I want a Ferrari.

:lol: pretty much what I was thinking.

 

And they'll have a selection process again where they claim to be picking the team based off of submitted resumes when in reality they pre-pick 10 people and select 2 from the 500 resumes they get.

 

Oooo, still stinging from not getting a call back last time? Get your ass away from the computer, spend time at NEB and the shipyard getting rides and working on your sailing, then apply Fella!

 

No actually I was just stating that they are planning on doing a team in the next edition of the race that's assuming they can find sponsorship.

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G4 and Puma are likely to get hammered from the NW as they approach the horn as the low gets squeezed along the western slope of the Andes. Has the potential to be the roughest ride yet.

To me it seems they make it to the horn before the front. No big waves either...

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I know lots of teams that were trying to get to the party this time round- all of them with very well proven crews and cash to buy the boat- just not to complete the race. Many of these guys have done a VOR before, sailed round the world.....you name it, and they still didn't get the cash to do the race. Look at the last edition with Team Russia- the guy that headed the campaign was fucking minted- I met him, I spent time with him, he is loaded- yet even he couldn't justify the cost of it.

The whole 'Morning Glory' concept is great- but let's face it, the US doesn't have game when it comes to yacht sponsorship for whatever reason. It is a shame because patriotism is king in the US and there is a long Q of very good sailors, ground crew, builders and managers to work on a VOR campaign, but an under-30 team of no-name jocks.....meh.

 

 

How much does the whole race program cost?

 

You are right about this. I really don't understand why international US companies that want to expand their brand overseas have no interest in events like these. Two in my backyard come to mind, 3M and Target. I mean, Target doesn't have as much ad money as Camper? Not that we want to red boats....

 

It makes a lot of sense to stop in China, and I'm surprised that given the expansion of the Indian economy and interest (especially by retail companies) to expand there that it hasn't been added as a stop.

 

Don´t worry, Larry Ellison will eventually get interested and then buy his way to a Volvo victory. He´ll then re-design the rules to his liking, make big $$$ offers to the best skippers around that they can´t say no to and will probably be choppered to skipper his boat at the end of the most difficult leg...

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Hmmm "The latest estimates put the crew of “Telefónica” at the cape in four days' time, on approximately the first of April. The plan is to round Cape Horn and then head for the port of Ushuaia."

Then they will probably run engines for app 60-70nm (how fast they can go on the engine? 10kts)?, then repair, at least a day.

So that gives ADR app 5.5 days to reach the Horn. They have app 2100nm of direct line, and they will probably have an average of 450nm per day. 5.5x450 = app 2500nm.... this is going to be very close....

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The other skipper mostly prefer to race each other in a pack across the ocean (with the exception of Ken Read in Leg 4 on the way to Tokyo). That's the sailing equivalent of catenaccio -- boring Italian defensive soccer games, where the key players are the leg-and-knee chopping defenders.

 

Given the wx data and conditions these teams have to work with, there aren't that many differing routing strategies that make sense. They don't have many chances to choose between "staying out of the current" and "going out for more pressure" in the open ocean.

 

 

That's the whole point chief -- if all the skippers all have the same info, resulting in them figuring course X is best resulting them in all sticking together, why did GPMA duck South in Leg 2, or NE in Leg 4 -- while the others dicked around, in the safety of the pack? I don't have any better answer then you do, but I like to think it can be explained by the "French way" as described above. Calculated risk taking. It's an elegant explanation, non?

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G4 and Puma are likely to get hammered from the NW as they approach the horn as the low gets squeezed along the western slope of the Andes. Has the potential to be the roughest ride yet.

To me it seems they make it to the horn before the front. No big waves either...

+1. I saw an official source saying they were going to get hit hard too. Now the forecast seems to have changed?

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The other skipper mostly prefer to race each other in a pack across the ocean (with the exception of Ken Read in Leg 4 on the way to Tokyo). That's the sailing equivalent of catenaccio -- boring Italian defensive soccer games, where the key players are the leg-and-knee chopping defenders.

 

Given the wx data and conditions these teams have to work with, there aren't that many differing routing strategies that make sense. They don't have many chances to choose between "staying out of the current" and "going out for more pressure" in the open ocean.

 

 

That's the whole point chief -- if all the skippers all have the same info, resulting in them figuring course X is best resulting them in all sticking together, why did GPMA duck South in Leg 2, or NE in Leg 4 -- while the others dicked around, in the safety of the pack? I don't have any better answer then you do, but I like to think it can be explained by the "French way" as described above. Calculated risk taking. It's an elegant explanation, non?

 

Only if it works. In the roaring forties and below, there aren't any elegant risks to take: Sail to reach the pressure. Sail to stay in the pressure. Take care of the crew. Take care of the boat.And remember, there are no geographic features before the Cape to dilute the rules. There may be choices and attractive risks after that. We'll see.

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.... but I like to think it can be explained by the "French way" as described above. Calculated risk taking. It's an elegant explanation, non?

Vraiment! Am with you, bombarie, and Coville is too:

“We are sailing our route at our rhythm and following our feeling."

“Sure, we keep an eye on PUMA and we will keep tracking the others, but we are managing our race based on what we feel."

VOR site

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The other skipper mostly prefer to race each other in a pack across the ocean (with the exception of Ken Read in Leg 4 on the way to Tokyo). That's the sailing equivalent of catenaccio -- boring Italian defensive soccer games, where the key players are the leg-and-knee chopping defenders.

 

Given the wx data and conditions these teams have to work with, there aren't that many differing routing strategies that make sense. They don't have many chances to choose between "staying out of the current" and "going out for more pressure" in the open ocean.

 

 

That's the whole point chief -- if all the skippers all have the same info, resulting in them figuring course X is best resulting them in all sticking together, why did GPMA duck South in Leg 2, or NE in Leg 4 -- while the others dicked around, in the safety of the pack? I don't have any better answer then you do, but I like to think it can be explained by the "French way" as described above. Calculated risk taking. It's an elegant explanation, non?

 

 

 

 

Speaking of national (or should we say cultural ?) differences between teams, crew management could be another area where the background of the core team makes an imprint: if you look at the crew lists, Groupama everybody is helmsmann/trimmer (OK I exxagerate slighly - they have 6 of them, Sanya, for instance, has 3). Coville explained in an pre-race interview that what they were building a crew capble of taking any positon. And of course that attitude relates to the French background of single-handed series: Figaro, mini-transat... creating pools of mullti-skilled guys. Read the interview of Stan Honey, navigator on Groupama -the multi- , beeing a bit suprized that various members of the crew would come and peek over his shoulder at the nav plans (see http://www.sailingwo...g/the-navigator). He was saying that in "anlgo" crews, skills are more compartimented.

So, yes, if you add all this traits (strategy, crew management, risk management), I guess that you end up with a US style, a French Style, a Kiwi style... And you just need a skipper to enforce this style (even though it surely helps that crew members fit with the style natively).

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G4 and Puma are likely to get hammered from the NW as they approach the horn as the low gets squeezed along the western slope of the Andes. Has the potential to be the roughest ride yet.

To me it seems they make it to the horn before the front. No big waves either...

+1. I saw an official source saying they were going to get hit hard too. Now the forecast seems to have changed?

 

The low is still not fully developed and hasn't accelerated to the east yet. G4 and Puma are leading the low now. Still could be a challenge if the low takes off, but it looks less likely for now. Camper didn't get the gentle progress to Chile they were trying for. And ADOR is holding the pressure and making good time, but the wx ahead of them is complex and they're still 1,000 nm behind Telefonica and not gaining. They could still make a pass but it's going to be close at best.

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You can also get a 'Box of Camper' just in time for easter...

 

Needs a couple more coats of varnish, mate.

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You can also get a 'Box of Camper' just in time for easter...

 

Needs a couple more coats of varnish, mate.

 

 

More important to fill void spaces with Vegemite, lamingtons, jaffas and sauvignon blanc.

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You can also get a 'Box of Camper' just in time for easter...

 

Needs a couple more coats of varnish, mate.

 

 

More important to fill void spaces with Vegemite, lamingtons, jaffas and sauvignon blanc.

 

I thought the kiwis were all out of vegemite...come to think of it maybe that explains the issues Camper has been having this leg

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.... but I like to think it can be explained by the "French way" as described above. Calculated risk taking. It's an elegant explanation, non?

Vraiment! Am with you, bombarie, and Coville is too:

"We are sailing our route at our rhythm and following our feeling."

"Sure, we keep an eye on PUMA and we will keep tracking the others, but we are managing our race based on what we feel."

VOR site

 

Their strategy from the start has been to win the leg between the Cape Horn and the finish and to arrive to the Horn with the boat in one piece to be able to push the boat after.

 

Obviously they didn't anticipate the havoc in the fleet but are still applying their strategy, if Puma pushes too hard to their liking in difficult boat breaking seas they will let him go. But Ken Read isn't going to fall in the trap and we may see a very interesting race after Horn. They are just 3 hours behind, being on their own behind will make their life more difficult as it will be relatively easy for G4 to cover them especially as the boats are very similar and Puma can't force Groupama in a place where they are slower.

 

The big question is can AD put his act together and finish 3rd? That would influence the overall rankings.

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Let's hope Puma can close the gap and put some pressure on G4? Two similar boats going at almost the same speeds, has G4 got the edge or can Puma get one back on the French? Interesting times ahead.. :)

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Abu Dhabi is definately hurting. For the 3rd report in a row, they are doing only 10-12 knots, in 34 knots wind. Must have broken something in their night crash.

 

 

Damn - I was looking forward to the race between them and Tele.

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AD are now going VERY slowly for the second sched running. Hope they haven't broken something, they are due a turn of luck.

 

They were reporting 40+ surfs so it wouldn't be surprising that they've broken something!

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The scoreboard looks a bit funny.

First ocean leg has points apportioned 30, 25, 20 ... as I would expect.

The second ocean leg is 29, 24, 19, 18, 10, 5.

The third ocean leg is 27, 24, 18, 17, 14, 5.

Then the 4th is 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5.

 

So what's up with legs 2 and 3? Were points taken from protests? Taken from multiple boats? What's the story here?

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The scoreboard looks a bit funny.

First ocean leg has points apportioned 30, 25, 20 ... as I would expect.

The second ocean leg is 29, 24, 19, 18, 10, 5.

The third ocean leg is 27, 24, 18, 17, 14, 5.

Then the 4th is 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5.

 

So what's up with legs 2 and 3? Were points taken from protests? Taken from multiple boats? What's the story here?

 

impact of the inshores?

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The scoreboard looks a bit funny.

First ocean leg has points apportioned 30, 25, 20 ... as I would expect.

The second ocean leg is 29, 24, 19, 18, 10, 5.

The third ocean leg is 27, 24, 18, 17, 14, 5.

Then the 4th is 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5.

 

So what's up with legs 2 and 3? Were points taken from protests? Taken from multiple boats? What's the story here?

 

Below the table is a link:

 

Stage 1 + Stage 2 - More info here

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Abu Dhabi is definately hurting. For the 3rd report in a row, they are doing only 10-12 knots, in 34 knots wind. Must have broken something in their night crash.

 

 

Damn - I was looking forward to the race between them and Tele.

 

I give up with the whole race .Nurse this nurse that slow down.As soon as they go fast they break. I reckon the sponsors are getting pretty pissed off as well with all the extra logistics, its like the bloody Titanic , come back , come back.

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Abu Dhabi is definately hurting. For the 3rd report in a row, they are doing only 10-12 knots, in 34 knots wind. Must have broken something in their night crash.

 

 

Damn - I was looking forward to the race between them and Tele.

 

If that is true that is also going to be bad news for Camper. AD were there safety card.

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Abu Dhabi is definately hurting. For the 3rd report in a row, they are doing only 10-12 knots, in 34 knots wind. Must have broken something in their night crash.

 

 

Damn - I was looking forward to the race between them and Tele.

 

 

Looks like Abu Dhabi may be going to help Camper. They were supposedly on "stand by" if Camper needed assistance.

 

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't tell you to show us your wife's/girlfriend's tits!

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From the VOR website:

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have slowed down to give themselves an opportunity to make a damage assessment after the team's racing yacht Azzam suffered some delamination to the hull. All crew are safe and well.

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Abu Dhabi is definately hurting. For the 3rd report in a row, they are doing only 10-12 knots, in 34 knots wind. Must have broken something in their night crash.

 

 

Damn - I was looking forward to the race between them and Tele.

 

 

Looks like Abu Dhabi may be going to help Camper. They were supposedly on "stand by" if Camper needed assistance.

 

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't tell you to show us your wife's/girlfriend's tits!

No, it is on the Volvo page, they are slowing down to asses damage. It is delamination in the bow area.

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Abu Dhabi is definately hurting. For the 3rd report in a row, they are doing only 10-12 knots, in 34 knots wind. Must have broken something in their night crash.

 

 

Damn - I was looking forward to the race between them and Tele.

 

If that is true that is also going to be bad news for Camper. AD were there safety card.

 

 

Bit of delamination and there's a surprise. Looks like their best option will be join up with Camper on a ship and avoid any more nasty rough stuff. Won't be any confidence in the boat by now. So any bets on who does make it around without hopping onto a ship for leg?

Time to pull the plug on the race or rejig it with more sensible boats for the job - or even maybe force the crews to have some decent protection! The hard-ass attitude of 'we can take it' is plain dumb but then can't feel much sympathy seeing as they are getting good wedges out of it.

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How many boats will start the leg 6 on time?

G4, Puma ... so far so good

Tele - most likely

Camper - shore crew will tell

ADOR - huh if delamination is serious!? .... they have 26 days to cover 3000nm and make a pitstop

Sanya - nope

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I really don't have a problem with what we're seeing, so long as no-one gets seriously hurt (subjectively, the injury rate seems to be no worse than previous races, including the Whitbread races). This is supposed to be the cutting edge of ocean racing, and at that cutting edge one of the key skills is taking your boat to the limit without overcooking it. We see this sort of thing the whole time in short-handed racing and record attempts, except that the guys who get the records are arguable more successful at backing off before they break the boat.

 

To the people who are saying the boats should be strong enough for their crews to push them "to the limit": Exactly what "limit" do you mean? In my book they are pushing their boats to the limit, and in some cases beyond...

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To the people who are saying the boats should be strong enough for their crews to push them "to the limit": Exactly what "limit" do you mean?

 

The limit of what the crew can handle.

 

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"There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today"

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To the people who are saying the boats should be strong enough for their crews to push them "to the limit": Exactly what "limit" do you mean? In my book they are pushing their boats to the limit, and in some cases beyond...

 

Indeed, this is a mechanical sport and taking care of the machine is part of the racing!

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It looks as if G4 and Puma may be falling off the back of the system they've been on since the middle ice marker. And the low coming "behind" them is now at the beginning of being funneled down on top of them from the north. The guys who have suggested these guys would make it around the horn before the low could catch them may still be right, but it's a close thing. And it remains to be seen how much the Andes will "slingshot" the flow onto the boats. Still 400 nm to go. Keep up the boat speed, guys!

 

And if those earlier comments are right about the low taking a while to get to the cape, it may be Telefonica that gets hammered. Stay well, guys.

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To the people who are saying the boats should be strong enough for their crews to push them "to the limit": Exactly what "limit" do you mean? In my book they are pushing their boats to the limit, and in some cases beyond...

 

 

What he said, really. Yeah, it plainly sucks that so few boats (hum, well, two...) are still really racing at this point, but in a way, all the more credit for their crews. It's not like those VOR70 just disintegrated by themselves with no hope of redemption: apparently you can actually bring them to the finish line if you just don't keep the pedal to the metal in some circumstances. And, admittedly, have a bit of luck to spare...

 

Another SAer mentioned a recent entry on Puma's blog by KR, who seems to agree with this:

 

Two things are certainly clear. 1: When conditions warrant, we all have the power to break these boats. No matter who says this or that boat is built to withstand the elements in order to be able to be pushed harder than others, it just isn't true. Believe me, you can't call these boats fragile by any means. In fact, with the torture we put them through, it is simply amazing they are in one piece at all. Every boat is just one bad wave away from being healthy or hurt – any boat for that matter, from a 30 weekend cruiser to a Volvo 70. These boats are no exception. Which leads to point 2: We have certainly been calculated, but also lucky. We have caught air on many occasions when it was least expected. The crash that ensues is staggering. Heads pop out of the hatch and a crawling inspection around all the framing begins within minutes. We have been lucky so far. It's like a car crash. You always wonder if it would have happened if you had left the house 5 seconds later or slowed at the orange light when you didn't. We have missed our car crash so far, so our timing has been pretty good. Have I ever mentioned that I knock on wood every time I say stuff like this? Our little piece of wood at the nav station is getting worn out.

 

So maybe doom is just around the corner and G4 or Puma will prove me wrong and suffer major damage in ten minutes. Yet, I'm not sure there's so much inherently wrong about the VOR70s (not that I could be bothered to endure what these guys are going through in the South, that's so above my own limitations it's not even in the same galaxy. Having a day sail on one of those beasts, on the other hand....Dear Santa, are you listening ?)

 

M

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Speaking of national (or should we say cultural ?) differences between teams, crew management could be another area where the background of the core team makes an imprint: if you look at the crew lists, Groupama everybody is helmsmann/trimmer (OK I exxagerate slighly - they have 6 of them, Sanya, for instance, has 3). Coville explained in an pre-race interview that what they were building a crew capble of taking any positon. And of course that attitude relates to the French background of single-handed series: Figaro, mini-transat... creating pools of mullti-skilled guys. Read the interview of Stan Honey, navigator on Groupama -the multi- , beeing a bit suprized that various members of the crew would come and peek over his shoulder at the nav plans (see http://www.sailingwo...g/the-navigator). He was saying that in "anlgo" crews, skills are more compartimented.

So, yes, if you add all this traits (strategy, crew management, risk management), I guess that you end up with a US style, a French Style, a Kiwi style... And you just need a skipper to enforce this style (even though it surely helps that crew members fit with the style natively).

 

 

That interview is absolutely excellent, and addresses many of the questions regarding Kiwi vs French crews...

Great read, great link, thank you!

 

C.

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To the people who are saying the boats should be strong enough for their crews to push them "to the limit": Exactly what "limit" do you mean? In my book they are pushing their boats to the limit, and in some cases beyond...

 

 

What he said, really. Yeah, it plainly sucks that so few boats (hum, well, two...) are still really racing at this point, but in a way, all the more credit for their crews. It's not like those VOR70 just disintegrated by themselves with no hope of redemption: apparently you can actually bring them to the finish line if you just don't keep the pedal to the metal in some circumstances. And, admittedly, have a bit of luck to spare...

 

Another SAer mentioned a recent entry on Puma's blog by KR, who seems to agree with this:

 

Two things are certainly clear. 1: When conditions warrant, we all have the power to break these boats. No matter who says this or that boat is built to withstand the elements in order to be able to be pushed harder than others, it just isn't true. Believe me, you can't call these boats fragile by any means. In fact, with the torture we put them through, it is simply amazing they are in one piece at all. Every boat is just one bad wave away from being healthy or hurt – any boat for that matter, from a 30 weekend cruiser to a Volvo 70. These boats are no exception. Which leads to point 2: We have certainly been calculated, but also lucky. We have caught air on many occasions when it was least expected. The crash that ensues is staggering. Heads pop out of the hatch and a crawling inspection around all the framing begins within minutes. We have been lucky so far. It's like a car crash. You always wonder if it would have happened if you had left the house 5 seconds later or slowed at the orange light when you didn't. We have missed our car crash so far, so our timing has been pretty good. Have I ever mentioned that I knock on wood every time I say stuff like this? Our little piece of wood at the nav station is getting worn out.

 

So maybe doom is just around the corner and G4 or Puma will prove me wrong and suffer major damage in ten minutes. Yet, I'm not sure there's so much inherently wrong about the VOR70s (not that I could be bothered to endure what these guys are going through in the South, that's so above my own limitations it's not even in the same galaxy. Having a day sail on one of those beasts, on the other hand....Dear Santa, are you listening ?)

 

M

They have wood on these boats? why?

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To the people who are saying the boats should be strong enough for their crews to push them "to the limit": Exactly what "limit" do you mean? In my book they are pushing their boats to the limit, and in some cases beyond...

 

Indeed, this is a mechanical sport and taking care of the machine is part of the racing!

 

In the past, when pushed too hard, boats would lose the rig. Not a great experience, but a LOT better than losing the hull, particularly at 50S. That's part of the machine taking care of the people in good design and construction that give the people Graceful Failure Modes, those which may disable the boat, but take care of the people by preventing still worse failures. It's a truism to say that there's enough power to break the boat as KR said; there's always enough power to break something when it begins to power up in a breeze. And it's right that the people need to take care of the boat. But at another level, another step up the priority ladder, it's really important to know that the boat will take care of the people. And that's the job of the designers and builders.

 

Of the four boats limping in for repairs on this leg, every one has had the integrity of the hull fail. Not one has lost a rig on this leg. I would suggest that a loss of hull integrity is just about the last failure mode that should be accepted except in the case of collisions. As we know, collisions with containers, etc. is a real danger, and water tight bulkheads are essential to keep the boat floating. So far it seems the four have managed to contain the damage (and only Sanya have taken water through a breach in the hull so far, apparently). The crews have done a fine job. (On the other hand, Camper and G4 apparently didn't learn their lesson the first time and went out and did it again. But we don't know what advice and guidance they got from the shore teams about the initial failures and the integrity of the fixes. But they've each held the boat together twice now, so they are doing a fine job too.)

 

The crews are obviously pushing the boats to their limits and they haven't lost a rig (on this leg) so far. The failures are ones they crews had no reason to expect or to prepare for.

 

Until now, there has never been any basis to throttle the boats to avoid hull delamination, as that has never been a foreseeable mode of failure. Apart from a collision, the integrity of the hull has always been the one thing the crew needn't worry about. I suggest that the designers, engineers and builders have obviously failed. In this context, I think it very unsatisfying to leave it at "Oh well, live and learn." Granted, we don't have anyone climbing into life rafts so far, but I don't think we can take that as justification for a "No Harm, No Foul" conclusion and leave it at that.