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Gaeta-Aeolian Islands-Gaeta (Italy)

Gaeta, Italy, 20 May 2016

George David' RAMBLER 88 (USA) crossed the Gaeta finish line at 03:25:18 local time on Friday May 20, first home in 1 day, 14 hours and 20 minutes. RAMBLER claims 2016 Volcano Race Line Honours and has therefore smashed, by seven hours, Esimit Europa 2's record created over the same 398 mile course in 2015.

Launched in December 2014, Juan Kouyoumdjia designed, Rambler 88 ft supermaxi is the most cutting edge racing sailboat built to date at NEB, New England Boatworks, Portsmouth RI (US).

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Looks a bit rubbish sailing round on her own behind the MOD70s while they smash up the record and race hard at the same time.

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everyone is fast while sailing alone.

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everyone is fast while sailing alone.

im guessing you have not done a Round Ireland? if you had you would know how difficult it is to beat the record

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RI has a perennial achiever in the Granada 38 Cavatina heavy old style they just slug it out with what ever

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dunno how they did it but Teasing Machine did the Giragila and now doing the Round Island race......they certainly love to sail

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Sure there's a family resemblance, but one is a stripped out canting keeler and the other a 'cruising boat'...fashion over function! Happy to see it do well, only time will tell.

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.

As you can see in the pic, that's their upper wind limit. Once there are white caps it's straight to the dock...

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.

As you can see in the pic, that's their upper wind limit. Once there are white caps it's straight to the dock...

 

Didnt it do the SYD-HBT last year and from memory i think there was more than just White caps

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.
As you can see in the pic, that's their upper wind limit. Once there are white caps it's straight to the dock...

I was referring to the headsail they have up in this picture, and you're right, it looks as though they're getting ready for a sail change.

 

You comment about heading for the dock when white caps are out is quite ridiculous though.

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You comment about heading for the dock when white caps are out is quite ridiculous though.

 

 

Seriously!?

 

We really do need a sarcasm font...

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.

As you can see in the pic, that's their upper wind limit. Once there are white caps it's straight to the dock...

 

 

They in the AC?

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.

As you can see in the pic, that's their upper wind limit. Once there are white caps it's straight to the dock...

 

 

They in the AC?

 

would be cool to the AC using these super maxi's ..

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Here's hopes the front doesn't fall off.

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That is some serious sail area. What is the wind range of that thing? Can't be much, but it sure must be nice to have it when you need it.
As you can see in the pic, that's their upper wind limit. Once there are white caps it's straight to the dock...

I was referring to the headsail they have up in this picture, and you're right, it looks as though they're getting ready for a sail change.

 

You comment about heading for the dock when white caps are out is quite ridiculous though.

 

No, it's just standard procedure to have the next sail possible on deck & ready to go. So if there is a velocity, wind angle or the current sail fails there is no delay replacing it. The headsail's if the wind increases or goes forward, &there's probably an asso close by if the angle frees.

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Speaking of white caps... Day 1 in Sardinia cancelled due to 35k+. Wouldn't get some big boats safely through the harbour entrance in that breeze. Video of Day 2 in lumpy left over seas that the super maxis just slide over. Rambler has only got Leopard for company in the 100' racers.

 

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Everyone shits on Leopard but it's always been a quick boat, even in the 100ft field. It was less than half an hour behind WOXI when it did Hobart & owns a few records too.

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Everyone shits on Leopard but it's always been a quick boat, even in the 100ft field. It was less than half an hour behind WOXI when it did Hobart & owns a few records too.

 

Leopard was built with some cruising capability and was never a flat out racer. Nice boat but Rambler would expect to beat them. The wind was up so perhaps they were able to utilise their 12 foot advantage but I suspect something else?

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Yes Leopard is the chubby cousin, but it's always been quick. Broke the Fastnet record & almost beat WOXI at her own game in her first serious race. Ahead of Maximus in the 2009 race which went on to beat WOXI in 2011 & the team has had three line honours podiums in the three starts for the Sydney-Hobart -including one in a rental boat.

 

3rd 2002

2nd 2007

3rd 2009

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Checkout the 2012 pics when they built a new interior for it - should be in the cruiser / racer class - very nice below.

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Big jump in rating from Middle Sea Race of 1.828 and the ARC Transatlantic of 1.902.

 

I was told that their initial routing the DDS showed a good advantage so they must be running with them.

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Transatlantic Race - Bermuda to Hamburg

Retired: Retired; Jul10 01:32 UTC contact with object in the water, port rudder lost. Returning to Newport. All on board ok.

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Sad.

 

Was doing an inspection on a ferry at Dockyard when the they were headed out. Didn't realize it was the start of a race.

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That is sad news, glad all are okay. Absolute beast and a clear development from the last gen VO70's, looking at both side by side in Bermuda R88 has much more crew protection and an aft companionway between the helm stations so you aren't traversing 20'+ of open deck from the the helm to the cockpit.

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