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Jedrek

Energa and Safran Atlantic match race to record

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FP says Gutek's tracker isn't working, but this seems to work fine:

 

http://energa.navsim.pl/index.php

 

And this is the Safran link from FP:

 

http://tracking-safran.addviso.org/fr/

 

It would be nice if they had English versions, but I guess it isn't hard to figure out what the Polish and French words are. Too bad they didn't sort out a single tracker to show both of them against each other and the record pace as well, but I guess they're each doing their own campaign and didn't necessarily intend to start their attempts so closely together.

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What does Safran's keel look like nowadays? She had that fancy titanium job that fell off at the start of the Vendee, right?

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I'm suddenly addicted to watching these guys' trackers, but I'm confused by a couple things... can anyone clarify?

 

- FP says Gutek started "just a few seconds behind Mark Guillemot", but the trackers suggest it's more like 7 hours behind. Is FP wrong, or is this what FP meant when they said Gutek's tracker doesn't work well?

 

- Both trackers show a ghost of a second boat. I think Safran's ghost is Alex Thomson's record, but what's the ghost on Gutek's tracker? Normally I'd think it's also Thomson, but it doesn't seem to be following the same track as the ghost in Safran's tracker.

 

My best guess is that Gutek's tracker is lagging reality by 7 hours, and that the ghost in Gutek's tracker is Safran??? The present location and prior track for the ghost in Gutek's tracker looks about right for that explanation. But Gutek IS updating every couple hours, so it's not like it's just frozen.

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Actually, it looks like FP had it right. Something is screwy with Gutek's tracker. His position hasn't been updated in hours now, and his elapsed time is now being shown as minutes different from Safran rather than hours.

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Safran sailing very close to the orthodromic route, less than 20 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, at 18 to 20 knots boat speed.

 

With 100 mile lead on Hugo Boss!!!

 

WOW!!!

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Looks like both trackers are working correctly now. Safran (Guillemot) updates continuously and shows the record holder for comparison. Energa (Gutek) updates every 15 minutes and shows Safran but not the record. BUT, it looks like the Safran position in Gutek's tracker lags a bit. I'm guessing maybe the Safran position in Gutek's tracker is updated manually, and if so then is only as up to date as the most recent manual entry. As far as I can tell, the guys might be close enough at times to actually see each other.

 

Interestingly, average VMG thus far is high enough to actually break Mari Cha IV's overall Monohull record. I doubt the conditions will allow them to maintain that the rest of the way, but this story would suddenly have broader interest if they keep the pace for a couple more days.

 

Mari Cha IV: 6 days, 17 hrs, 52 min, 39 sec. Average VMG 18.05 kts.

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Marc Guillemot just posted a video of a jibe on his tracker; you can tell it is a stressful moment in 30 to 32 knots of wind...

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Good stuff. Looks like the breeze has eased enough that Mari Cha's record is out of the picture, but it's still a match race for the singlehanded monohull record. Thomson is gaining now, but he slowed at the end, so they should be able to pull away again toward the end if the breeze holds.

 

Latest North Atlantic Wx package sets up an interesting finish. Strong breeze filling in to the North, but lighter breeze between them and it, and it'll stay North of the finish. So they'll have to decide whether to work up to it and then work back down, versus doing the best they can with the still-decent-but-not-as-good breeze south of rhumb.

 

There's a chance it could crap out at the end, leaving them to limp in. That would suck.

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Alex Thompson had to do a couple of painful gybes to go north, actually sailing west-ward, and they are already ahead.

I think that the advantage will increase before beginning to melt away with the lighter wind, so I'm still optimist.

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It does not look good...

That high pressure system is going to park on the entrance of the English Channel and just sit there for the next 2 days...

 

It might be faster to sail around Great Britain, and cut the finish line coming from the East... :blink:

 

Just kidding...

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I was never entirely clear how far apart they started. Could someone please clarify?

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They won't average 10 kts for the remainder. It's going to continue to diminish. They'll probably break the record, but they'll be into the 8th day by the time they get there.

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I was never entirely clear how far apart they started. Could someone please clarify?

I don't think it'll matter. Safran is looking likely to beat Energa by hours unless something strange happens. Safran has a 50+ NM lead.

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The last 50 NM is going to be painful. Reminds me of last year's Bermuda Race. I was on one of the slower-rated boats. Fast race for everyone into Tuesday morning, by which point most of the fleet had finished. Wind died when we were within sight of Bermuda. Took 12 hours to do the last 12 NM. 6 hours to do the last 2 NM, within sight of the finish. Would have corrected out ok if the breeze had held on for a little while longer, but instead finished close to DFL. After going so fast for several days, it's brutal to park it when the end is in sight.

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At least he knew several hours ago that Safran was going to take the record. Imagine if Safran wasn't out there, and he was 70 NM from the finish still ahead of Thomson, but hopeless. For now, hopefully he can content himself with completing a training run / shakedown for Vendee.

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O'k Energa with Gutek finishing 1 hr and 18 minuts early like Alex's record /speed average 14.17kts./good job too.

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