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GS ......my untoned 47yo arms were all over the ABC news last night (rare moment on the pumps)....I don't need a bollocking from you when I have my own mates ripping into me over it.......there will be no photos.

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Considering how long it must have taken to get the sail back and the time lost without it it's pretty clear from the small elapsed time difference that loyal is faster that oats in those conditions.

 

Flame suit on.

 

Which way to the Asbestos Underwear section?

 

Have to agree. I think this Hobart will finally put the old WOXI out to pasture. She's about due for a major towelling and Loyal is the boat to do it.

Loyal's about-to-be newly imported pre-Xmas special CZ will pay for itself.

 

well you'll get $2.10 for every dollar if you do more than just type it :lol:

 

pics will show your receipts

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That thing definitely cost every bit of 100 K. More likely significantly more. No chance of getting another one by Boxing Day. Maybe a paneled one could be done??

 

Imagine the loads on that thing. Fuck me they must be massive.

 

Thanks for the video.

Does anyone know the age of the sail?

It was a 4 year old R1 and the word on the boat was that it would be $150K to replace. Cocko was on the phone sorting it out pretty quickly after they crossed the line.

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Considering how long it must have taken to get the sail back and the time lost without it it's pretty clear from the small elapsed time difference that loyal is faster that oats in those conditions.

 

Flame suit on.

except

the boat continued on course meanwhile, and ...

they pulled on a string and it furled

 

on the 2nd lap no extras down the short run Ft Denison --> Bradleys so its close

 

like alot of triangular plan boats it heels with it's hip up in the sky, the 70s sail flatter, more rig (relatively) makes the 70 look stiff by comparison, Oats looks stiff

There was a at least 3-4 minutes lost whilst the crew got the bottom half of the sail back onto the boat. They sailed with the top part of it flagging all the way up to the top mark and a fair way down the next leg back to Fort Denison. It wasn't furled the boat was slowed again and the halyard dropped so they could pull the remains on board. The distance that was lost as a result of blowing it up was much greater than what the distance was between them at the finish. Loyal made up a fair bity on the last leg.

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i reckon they weren't stopped for anywhere near 4 minutes !

 

but doesn't change your final point as she sailed last lap downwind lap no extras so all up deficit > finish

 

no surprise from me she would not take on Woxi running under a spinnaker

 

might come down to routing going south, unless the weather gods deliver some heavy beam/tight reaching

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Loyal have to get to Hobart without breaking. That could be a challenge. If there is some hard reaching, it will be interesting to see how the V70's go as I expect they will neither back off or break.

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Loyal have to get to Hobart without breaking. That could be a challenge. If there is some hard reaching, it will be interesting to see how the V70's go as I expect they will neither back off or break.

Sure...they did not break much during the last Volvo, just few masts,rudders, bow delam, tack blown off... They all face the same challenge of not breaking. On Loyal its just a bit more obvious.

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Tough weather picture.

Monsoon trough extending way south blocking the high and the lows and associated fronts pushed further south and not getting up to the race track.

Could see a series of lows form over the Gippsland ahead of a stalled high and move south east and move across the Strait.

but the lows will form and fill quickly

And the timing would be anyone's guess at this point.

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So Oats has to give Loyal time in IRC. Ichi Bahn's 2nd in IRC is ominous, Shogun 1st but she is not competing in the Hobart. Anyone drawn any conclusions to Oats vs Loyal after BB Challenge?

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So Oats has to give Loyal time in IRC. Ichi Bahn's 2nd in IRC is ominous, Shogun 1st but she is not competing in the Hobart. Anyone drawn any conclusions to Oats vs Loyal after BB Challenge?

From what I saw Loyal is quicker upwind

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if there's some breeze for Line Honours:

Perpetual Loyal

Beau Geste

Wild Oats

Black Jack

Ragamuffin

Giacomo

Wild Thing

Ichiban

 

Get out your matches; it's flame time!

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The shorter version for those who don't want to watch as much is now up on YouTube. It is also higher res

 

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I don't buy into the argument about BG and the VO70's not having to back off thus beating the Supermaxis. Yes the maxis will reduce sail earlier but they will still have more than enough sail and water line length to sail higher or lower past them. Yes ABN was ahead of oats etc back in the day but the rig broke shortly after...

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Mer and I are your new Christmas prezzie. See you in two weeks!

Good, I'm out of your Mount Gay! Finally finished it off recently.

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Mer and I are your new Christmas prezzie. See you in two weeks!

Good, I'm out of your Mount Gay! Finally finished it off recently.
Must have been a big bottle!!

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....what a great buildup & 'bluster'.....whatever happens it'll be an EPIC race!

 

 

 

.........too bad Clean's coming down...I'm just wondering how he'll 'upstage' this one? :mellow::rolleyes::P

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Be good to see a 68 beat a 70!!!

There's a challenge OA.

Prize? :P

Dinner in Hobart at a really lovely restaurant (discovered whilst on honeymoon). My shout.

 

:-)

68's 1.209 and 70s 1.291 - lydia is going to help me work out how long a 70 has to be stuck in the river before I collect dinner! :D

If the 70 takes 3 days you need to be just under 5 hours behind.

Those 70s are pretty slow.

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So Oats has to give Loyal time in IRC. Ichi Bahn's 2nd in IRC is ominous, Shogun 1st but she is not competing in the Hobart. Anyone drawn any conclusions to Oats vs Loyal after BB Challenge?

From what I saw Loyal is quicker upwind

In 20+ knots, are they going to get 20+ all the way to hobart?

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So Oats has to give Loyal time in IRC. Ichi Bahn's 2nd in IRC is ominous, Shogun 1st but she is not competing in the Hobart. Anyone drawn any conclusions to Oats vs Loyal after BB Challenge?

From what I saw Loyal is quicker upwind

In 20+ knots, are they going to get 20+ all the way to hobart?

 

20+ on the nose for a good part of the race is more likely than heavy reaching.

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So Oats has to give Loyal time in IRC. Ichi Bahn's 2nd in IRC is ominous, Shogun 1st but she is not competing in the Hobart. Anyone drawn any conclusions to Oats vs Loyal after BB Challenge?

 

Why is Terrafirma (Cookson 50) not going to Hobart ?

 

That is a long delivery trip (Melbourne to Sydney) just for a short BB Challenge race?

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What the goss with Rags, very low key and doesn't seem to want to come out a play with the others - could be a good bet at $7, Syds a cagey old bastard

 

They have been getting some work done! Linky to some images

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Why is Terrafirma (Cookson 50) not going to Hobart ?

 

That is a long delivery trip (Melbourne to Sydney) just for a short BB Challenge race?

 

Hasn't been back to Melbourne since heading north for the Southport race. Still making her way home...

 

Mex

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So Oats has to give Loyal time in IRC. Ichi Bahn's 2nd in IRC is ominous, Shogun 1st but she is not competing in the Hobart. Anyone drawn any conclusions to Oats vs Loyal after BB Challenge?

From what I saw Loyal is quicker upwind

In 20+ knots, are they going to get 20+ all the way to hobart?

 

20+ on the nose for a good part of the race is more likely than heavy reaching.

I wasn't talking about wind direction, but about wind strength. 10-20 knots average for the whole race would seem reasonable to me and it's likely that oats will perform comparatively better in light conditions.

 

Disclosure: I F**ing hate oats and the Channel 7 coverage of it every year

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Mer and I are your new Christmas prezzie. See you in two weeks!

I'm up for a welcome hug x 2! :)

Guess I am unemployed then!

Cool more cruising around the south coast

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WOXI went for a quick run north this afternoon - does anyone know if they were using the old or new mast ??

 

reckon they'll need to make a decision pretty soon on which way they go

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You blokes who think you can do a speed comparison from that race are pulling yourselves. The footage I've seen Oats had bad air for the entire first leg and a fair chunck of the second too. Hardly a good comparison for speed, and in a gusty westerly on Sydney harbor? GMAFB. You can be two boat lengths apart and have 10kn difference in wind speed.

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Doesn't look to me as if Loyal toasted Oats. Could be the camera angle but they looked pretty even to me.

 

To the naked eye, Loyal did look better uphill and downhill in the BBC on Tuesday. Seemed to point a degree or two higher than Oats and just seemed more 'powerful' through the water. You can seriously see the different hull forms when they are going uphill and the huge arse of Loyal is obvious. Interestingly for me was that the two VO70's had very similar lines going uphill to Loyal in terms of design concept.

 

BUT - Oats is no slouch and was off like a shot cat once they hoisted their kite at Denison.

 

Sounds obvious, but conditions and more importantly, tactics will win the day. Money's even on equipment and crew. Best Hobart for yonks.

 

PS - are the 'elves' working 24-7 on the new downhill zero for Loyal? Can they afford to not have it in their inventory?

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The big boat race is a test of the crews and their preparation, not a boat speed test. First Blood to the red shirts.

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WOXI went for a quick run north this afternoon - does anyone know if they were using the old or new mast ??

 

reckon they'll need to make a decision pretty soon on which way they go

Guess it depends a bit on the forecast

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I'm sure loyal will beg borrow or buy a sail.

 

Now did oats use DSS in the BBC and I assume that's the new rig yeah?

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Doesn't look to me as if Loyal toasted Oats. Could be the camera angle but they looked pretty even to me.

To the naked eye, Loyal did look better uphill and downhill in the BBC on Tuesday. Seemed to point a degree or two higher than Oats and just seemed more 'powerful' through the water. You can seriously see the different hull forms when they are going uphill and the huge arse of Loyal is obvious. Interestingly for me was that the two VO70's had very similar lines going uphill to Loyal in terms of design concept.

 

BUT - Oats is no slouch and was off like a shot cat once they hoisted their kite at Denison.

 

Sounds obvious, but conditions and more importantly, tactics will win the day. Money's even on equipment and crew. Best Hobart for yonks.

 

PS - are the 'elves' working 24-7 on the new downhill zero for Loyal? Can they afford to not have it in their inventory?

Loyal is basically a scaled up version of ABN AMRO 1 aka Black Betty. Big fat powerful ass but has to push more water.

 

Agree, best Hobart I can remember! Can't wait to see the start with the clipper fleet. Anyone know if they are on the first line?

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and the big DIFFERENCE tween Loyal and the 70s is that the 70s stay flat, plane and go go go

 

Loyal not so, big rig by comparison I reckon and she heels far more, as much as Oats easy

 

from watching, any "what should make her stiffer' was overcome by the metre taller rig & large SA

(and also she did not reef, WO and BJ did)

 

richie there is no chance she will not have her furling code sails, that and probably a smaller blast (jib-top?) reacher version is the primary zone where her advantage lies, beam & tight reaching

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and the big DIFFERENCE tween Loyal and the 70s is that the 70s stay flat, plane and go go go

 

Loyal not so, big rig by comparison I reckon and she heels far more, as much as Oats easy

 

from watching, any "what should make her stiffer' was overcome by the metre taller rig & large SA

(and also she did not reef, WO and BJ did)

 

richie there is no chance she will not have her furling code sails, that and probably a smaller blast (jib-top?) reacher version is the primary zone where her advantage lies, beam & tight reaching

Loyal has 4 tonne of water ballast that she wasn't using on Tuesday don't forget.

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Loyal has a new sail en route no issue there. Didn't realise they weren't using their water, hasn't Oats got water also.? Still find it interesting that Oats has to give Loyal time under IRC, where is Oats being penalised in terms of rating?

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Abbo know your a red shirt fan but would they have won had it not been for the blow out on Loyal.? Yes you take the win but they were behind at the time, for me it means nothing. Loyal is fast, perhaps faster but needs to get there and she has a bad record for finishing races.

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and the big DIFFERENCE tween Loyal and the 70s is that the 70s stay flat, plane and go go go

Loyal not so, big rig by comparison I reckon and she heels far more, as much as Oats easy

from watching, any "what should make her stiffer' was overcome by the metre taller rig & large SA

(and also she did not reef, WO and BJ did)

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Loyal has 4 tonne of water ballast that she wasn't using on Tuesday don't forget.

 

 

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as would the 70s i'm comparing differences with, don't forget that

 

even WOxi has had WB, dunno about the current config, you would expect 'stern down' tanks given the 'backing off' reports.

 

She certainly had Water B in 2008 the year Wharro was running quicker then them all the way to Schouten Ils. and only finished an hour behind

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Abbo know your a red shirt fan but would they have won had it not been for the blow out on Loyal.? Yes you take the win but they were behind at the time, for me it means nothing. Loyal is fast, perhaps faster but needs to get there and she has a bad record for finishing races.

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that is a stretch

 

Loyal was only evens at 'blow out' time, nose ahead but further from the mark, and still had yet another run from Ft Denison to Bradleys next lap, where, only minutes earlier, WOxi had already demonstrated that she could, with ease, close, overtake and move ahead from WELL behind

 

In fact on the next lap was even more favourable to WO, with the breeze clocking WOxi added that (leg) distance again under "proper" spinnaker well bast the Bradleys mark ( carried spi to well past Shark)

 

With the kite up at NO point was Woxi slower

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Abbo know your a red shirt fan but would they have won had it not been for the blow out on Loyal.? Yes you take the win but they were behind at the time, for me it means nothing. Loyal is fast, perhaps faster but needs to get there and she has a bad record for finishing races.

 

Loyal had only hit the lead 30 seconds before and did it by carrying their chute longer. Big fucking deal. They were leading by half a length if that and were outside for the next mark rounding and had to put their chute away? Are you sure loyal would have been first around the next mark even if their chute didn't fail? Pretty marginal call to me.

 

Fair enough Loyal sailed a terrible run tactically but Oats galloped past like they were standing still. The only significant speed difference I saw was running and the difference was huge.

 

I would never consider myself a red coat fan, I like to see them get beaten as much as anyone. But when you consider they only stepped the repaired rig the night before it was a pretty bloody polished performance for a team that is on the back foot and hasn't sailed in 3 weeks. Loyal is without doubt one of the coolest boats ever built. I've seen her up close several times and she is truly breathtaking. I've got a few mates on board her and would love to see them get up but christ they will need some luck!

 

WOXI is an excellent all round performer, Loyal is a bit of a one trick pony, she reaches very well in pressure, upwind in pressure she looks like she can hold her own but will definitely be slower in lighter air and is CLEARLY slower running in all conditions.

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My honest to god opinion is that Loyal would never reach her full speed potential around a track like the SOLAS course. That's a boat which truly benefits from the ability to do long legs on the ocean. Getting it going and making the changes may take longer but the speed potential is higher once it's movin and groovin.

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As I've said before, one of the most like scenarios for a Loyal win involves the biggest weapon up Loyal's sleeve, Stan Honey. He is one of the Godfathers of routing and has a track record that is the envy of all his peers. If he whistles up some of his magic and Oats don't cover then it could be all over very quickly.

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and the big DIFFERENCE tween Loyal and the 70s is that the 70s stay flat, plane and go go go

Loyal not so, big rig by comparison I reckon and she heels far more, as much as Oats easy

from watching, any "what should make her stiffer' was overcome by the metre taller rig & large SA

(and also she did not reef, WO and BJ did)

.

Loyal has 4 tonne of water ballast that she wasn't using on Tuesday don't forget.

 

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as would the 70s i'm comparing differences with, don't forget that

 

even WOxi has had WB, dunno about the current config, you would expect 'stern down' tanks given the 'backing off' reports.

 

She certainly had Water B in 2008 the year Wharro was running quicker then them all the way to Schouten Ils. and only finished an hour behind

Loyal has water ballast tanks mounted port & starboard for righting moment while the VO70 have a centerline aft tank for trim while heavy running/planning

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As I've said before, one of the most like scenarios for a Loyal win involves the biggest weapon up Loyal's sleeve, Stan Honey. He is one of the Godfathers of routing and has a track record that is the envy of all his peers. If he whistles up some of his magic and Oats don't cover then it could be all over very quickly.

Plus one

Plenty of Good sailors on all the weapons going to Hobart this year,Stan Honey is the Guru weather man and router.... :( ,so when they get the lead(if they get it) ,I agree he will make the difference.

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I'll certainly be watching what Stan Honey calls.......we have our own legend in Lindsey May. This is his 157th Hobart......or something like that.

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I'll certainly be watching what Stan Honey calls.......we have our own legend in Lindsey May. This is his 157th Hobart......or something like that.

Lol, owned.

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I'll certainly be watching what Stan Honey calls.......we have our own legend in Lindsey May. This is his 157th Hobart......or something like that.

 

Agreed, nothing but respect for Lindsay, his boats are rarely in the wrong spot. Had a good battle with him at the nav table in 2006, we went further out to sea with a more radical strategy than his which looked like it was paying off until we sunk. Perhaps the wily old Lindsay knew just how heinous the seas would be were we were and wisely avoided them? Love and War went on to win.

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and the big DIFFERENCE tween Loyal and the 70s is that the 70s stay flat, plane and go go go

Loyal not so, big rig by comparison I reckon and she heels far more, as much as Oats easy

from watching, any "what should make her stiffer' was overcome by the metre taller rig & large SA

(and also she did not reef, WO and BJ did)

.

Loyal has 4 tonne of water ballast that she wasn't using on Tuesday don't forget.

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as would the 70s i'm comparing differences with, don't forget that

 

even WOxi has had WB, dunno about the current config, you would expect 'stern down' tanks given the 'backing off' reports.

 

She certainly had Water B in 2008 the year Wharro was running quicker then them all the way to Schouten Ils. and only finished an hour behind

Loyal has water ballast tanks mounted port & starboard for righting moment while the VO70 have a centerline aft tank for trim while heavy running/planning
They told me the other day that they had removed one of the W/B tanks from each side.

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and the big DIFFERENCE tween Loyal and the 70s is that the 70s stay flat, plane and go go go

Loyal not so, big rig by comparison I reckon and she heels far more, as much as Oats easy

from watching, any "what should make her stiffer' was overcome by the metre taller rig & large SA

(and also she did not reef, WO and BJ did)

.

Loyal has 4 tonne of water ballast that she wasn't using on Tuesday don't forget.

 

.

as would the 70s i'm comparing differences with, don't forget that

 

even WOxi has had WB, dunno about the current config, you would expect 'stern down' tanks given the 'backing off' reports.

 

She certainly had Water B in 2008 the year Wharro was running quicker then them all the way to Schouten Ils. and only finished an hour behind

Loyal has water ballast tanks mounted port & starboard for righting moment while the VO70 have a centerline aft tank for trim while heavy running/planning They told me the other day that they had removed one of the W/B tanks from each side.

You seem to be operating on more current information. The last configuration I knew of when the boat was still Rambler was P&S ballast tanks, a multiple small tanks to allow fore/aft trim control. Not sure what they are going with now but they originally had much more then the VO70 have. Would be interesting to see what they are running now.

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My honest to god opinion is that Loyal would never reach her full speed potential around a track like the SOLAS course. That's a boat which truly benefits from the ability to do long legs on the ocean. Getting it going and making the changes may take longer but the speed potential is higher once it's movin and groovin.

+1

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My honest to god opinion is that Loyal would never reach her full speed potential around a track like the SOLAS course. That's a boat which truly benefits from the ability to do long legs on the ocean. Getting it going and making the changes may take longer but the speed potential is higher once it's movin and groovin.

+1

I must say that I would love to see Loyal giving Wild Oats XI a good seeing to in S2H. Wild Oats has won it too many times - like Schumacher in F1. I think however that she will only be able to do it (all else being equal tactically) if she gets the conditions that suit her. Wild Oats is a rocketship, a competent all rounder, and she's well sailed. The IRC handicappers have put her over 100 + points higher for good reason. Loyal is " a Volvo 70 on steroids" - designed by a Volvo designer to effectively exploit weather systems over long distances by reaching . On a relatively short point A to B race, unless the conditions suit her, I think she may well be on the back foot. Suffice to say I would love to see her win...but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

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Cocko is smarter than Ricko. Cocko and Stan Honey outsmarted the WOXI boys last time (with a slower boat) and I suspect they'll do it again. There's a good chance they don't have a slower boat this time, which should make it easier. But there's certainly a lot of talent on the Oats team and they are more familiar with their boat.

 

Having said that, every time WOXI has had a real challenge (in the S-H), they've lost.

 

No-one calling Rags? If it blows on the nose she could prove to be toughest - but then so could Wild Thing.

 

I'm looking forward to it. Wish I was a couple of decades younger. ;)

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Rags' big problem is sea-time with the new boards. She's been in the shed since september, and will have realistically, under a week to prepare.

 

You'd be a brave man to bet against Syd, but I think 3rd place is where they're aiming, and hoping the other two break.

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Didn't Wild Oats park up in a hole in the 2011 race - one of the disadvantages of being the lead boat. It makes it very easy for following boats to see the park up and take a different option. No particular skill in not following somebody into a parking lot.

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Didn't Wild Oats park up in a hole in the 2011 race - one of the disadvantages of being the lead boat. It makes it very easy for following boats to see the park up and take a different option. No particular skill in not following somebody into a parking lot.

No particular skill in having the fastest boat in the fleet either.....some might say.

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Didn't Wild Oats park up in a hole in the 2011 race - one of the disadvantages of being the lead boat. It makes it very easy for following boats to see the park up and take a different option. No particular skill in not following somebody into a parking lot.

No particular skill in having the fastest boat in the fleet either.....some might say.

 

Mmmm, not so sure about that.

Its definitely a skill I do not possess to have the biggest wallet to be able to afford the fastest boat in the fleet!! :)

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Cocko is smarter than Ricko.

Really? Ricko has won ba match racing worlds or two with Gilly. Did an Acup with One Australia. What's Cocko's claim to fame?

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You know it's good shit when your prod has spreaders.

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Forgetting the martin breaker on Rags is not an option .........take note Pearcey

Parko is on the bow. And he won't forget.

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I think Rags would have come third before the mods and will probably still be 3rd. Maybe Syd has his own grudge match on or maybe it's his last and he just wants to break an elapsed time?

 

Or maybe ( most likely ) it's pocket change for him and he just wants to put the best foot forward.

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Didn't Wild Oats park up in a hole in the 2011 race - one of the disadvantages of being the lead boat. It makes it very easy for following boats to see the park up and take a different option. No particular skill in not following somebody into a parking lot.

No particular skill in having the fastest boat in the fleet either.....some might say.

Mmmm, not so sure about that.

Its definitely a skill I do not possess to have the biggest wallet to be able to afford the fastest boat in the fleet!! :)

Well they'd better pay someone to come up with a better excuse than "we sailed into a hole and the boat behind sailed around us".

 

Really??? that has to be the lamest excuse ever. And that includes the sunfish. That's a fact of life in yacht racing at any level not an excuse for losing.

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I think a significant portion of the IRC difference between Loyal and WO will be the DSS. IRC spanks that sort of thing heavily.

 

Looking forward to the race, I hope WO does not win - time for someone else to get some coverage!

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Cocko is smarter than Ricko.

Really? Ricko has won ba match racing worlds or two with Gilly. Did an Acup with One Australia. What's Cocko's claim to fame?

 

Cocko is smarter than Ricko.

Really? Ricko has won ba match racing worlds or two with Gilly. Did an Acup with One Australia. What's Cocko's claim to fame?

Wasn't Cocko also on One Australia?

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You know it's good shit when your prod has spreaders.

 

Had the same thought :lol:

I think the spreaders are dunnage on the scissor lift.

I think your correct John, so obviously the Prodder isn't long enough

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My honest to god opinion is that Loyal would never reach her full speed potential around a track like the SOLAS course. That's a boat which truly benefits from the ability to do long legs on the ocean. Getting it going and making the changes may take longer but the speed potential is higher once it's movin and groovin.

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I must say that I would love to see Loyal giving Wild Oats XI a good seeing to in S2H. Wild Oats has won it too many times - like Schumacher in F1. I think however that she will only be able to do it (all else being equal tactically) if she gets the conditions that suit her. Wild Oats is a rocketship, a competent all rounder, and she's well sailed. The IRC handicappers have put her over 100 + points higher for good reason. Loyal is " a Volvo 70 on steroids" - designed by a Volvo designer to effectively exploit weather systems over long distances by reaching . On a relatively short point A to B race, unless the conditions suit her, I think she may well be on the back foot. Suffice to say I would love to see her win...but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

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the reverse of what you are saying is the case

 

it's Loval that will need SPECIFIC conditions, that being breeze ACROSS the course

 

and that is not our regular Hobart

a variety of conditions will suit the NON-binary boat

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My honest to god opinion is that Loyal would never reach her full speed potential around a track like the SOLAS course. That's a boat which truly benefits from the ability to do long legs on the ocean. Getting it going and making the changes may take longer but the speed potential is higher once it's movin and groovin.

+1

I must say that I would love to see Loyal giving Wild Oats XI a good seeing to in S2H. Wild Oats has won it too many times - like Schumacher in F1. I think however that she will only be able to do it (all else being equal tactically) if she gets the conditions that suit her. Wild Oats is a rocketship, a competent all rounder, and she's well sailed. The IRC handicappers have put her over 100 + points higher for good reason. Loyal is " a Volvo 70 on steroids" - designed by a Volvo designer to effectively exploit weather systems over long distances by reaching . On a relatively short point A to B race, unless the conditions suit her, I think she may well be on the back foot. Suffice to say I would love to see her win...but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

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the reverse of what you are saying is the case

 

it's Loval that will need SPECIFIC conditions, that being breeze ACROSS the course

 

and that is not our regular Hobart

a variety of conditions will suit the NON-binary boat

 

Which is basically exactly what Corkob said.

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