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Bella Drops Rig

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Just watching the live feed from Les Voiles St Barth and the camera pans to reveal Bella Mente with her rig in the water, no further info right now, but after a good day Wednesday, she'd moved into first overall. Fingers crossed the boys are all ok, that'll put a crimp on Bermuda prep!

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Admittedly they did manage to get themselves together pretty quickly after dropping the rig in the build up to their Transpac win.

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True, their last rig save was from Hall and there's a few top Hall guys there onsite with Selene, I'd imagine there would be a chat happening later, if not already.

 

The clock, no matter how much money, is ticking.

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

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True, their last rig save was from Hall and there's a few top Hall guys there onsite with Selene, I'd imagine there would be a chat happening later, if not already.

 

The clock, no matter how much money, is ticking.

 

Unquestionably.

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

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....clearly need more money!

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Bella has two rigs, one for inshore and one for offshore, but I'd be surprised if they both were in the Caribbean.

Bummer for this year's program, which I understood to have them switching configurations a number of times.

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

It's pretty certain they'll look into that (insert sarcasm here)

 

And why can't I get the other editing details to work on an iPad?

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The mast that dropped on the old boat pre-transpac was a southern rig. Hall built the replacement.

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

 

Um, Gravity?!

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

Um, Gravity?!

Not just a good idea. It's the law.

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The mast that dropped on the old boat pre-transpac was a southern rig. Hall built the replacement.

I guess my comment about the transpac rig was too subtle for some...

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is it just me or does that stub coming out of the deck seem really thin for a boat that size?

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I bit if you blow really hard on the top it would make a "w o o o o o" sound.

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I bit if you blow really hard on the top it would make a "w o o o o o" sound.

 

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Now that's just dangerous.

 

Somebody is going to hit their head coming out of the companionway.

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When an owner or owner's representative negotiates with a spar builder, the conversation is semi-complex.

 

The spar builder wants to know where the owner stands on the reliability/grand-prix continuum. How deep is the pocketbook and how acceptable is rig failure. Belle Mente has (had) two rigs and presumably the onboard talent knows when to rig each one.

 

The spar builder wants to know if the program has enough talent onboard to keep a trick rig in the boat because no matter who signed off on the design, ultimately, future customers are going to be judging the builder on the quality of the rig.

 

I think it's freakin' awesome that a mini-maxi has an inshore and offshore rig! It's a shame one broke. Hope things get squared away tout de suite.

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

 

Um, Gravity?!

 

...I'll bet it passed the 'withstands gravity' test...

.................. have a feeling the failure was more due to the loads exceeding the structural capabilities :mellow:<_<

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My guess is standing rigging failure

 

Or cardboard-

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My guess is standing rigging failure

Or cardboard-

...or any other paper derivatives.

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Looks like it snapped around the gooseneck- although no reason that'd be the site of the original failure, it'll be interesting to find out.

Who's the most common spar builder these boats usually go for?

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Just watching the live feed from Les Voiles St Barth and the camera pans to reveal Bella Mente with her rig in the water, no further info right now, but after a good day Wednesday, she'd moved into first overall. Fingers crossed the boys are all ok, that'll put a crimp on Bermuda prep!

Check the results sheet BM was running second behind Caol Ila R.

 

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Maybe those top Hall boys ought to figure out why the rig failed again. Just sayin'.

 

Um, Gravity?!

 

...I'll bet it passed the 'withstands gravity' test...

.................. have a feeling the failure was more due to the loads exceeding the structural capabilities :mellow:<_<

Yeah, by the time gravity becomes important in the rig's balance of forces, your sailing day is pretty much done. Statics ---> Dynamics.

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That would be confirmed, hit at anchor.

 

Filthy rumour it was a yacht tender from a big boat.

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That would be confirmed, hit at anchor.

Filthy rumour it was a yacht tender from a big boat.

Ouch!

 

Sounds like somebody maybe looking for a new job.

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I was next to George and the Rambler boys at Baz Bar the last evening. My phone dinged with a FB message from an old buddy who works on a stinkpot. He was asking if I knew anyone on Rambler, they'd just hit it with their tender. I went over to the Rambler crowd and said, "uhh...don't shoot the messenger, but you might want to take a look at this". To their credit, their first thought was if everyone was safe and unhurt.

 

They're in Simpson Bay now.

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Maybe Bella is trying to beat Zephyrus 4's record - they are now half way there...........................well actually only halfway to a tie.....

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Technically two different Bellas Christian!! ;)

details...................

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looks like the top fell off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

glad no one was hurt.

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Looks like it sploded at the goose neck, that aint no rigging failure. That is what happened to WOXI but they managed to keep it in the yacht. Different builder too.

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What was the guy in white standing by the mast doing???

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What was the guy in white standing by the mast doing???

Keats was about to sight the rig...very lucky!

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What was the guy in white standing by the mast doing???

 

clearly checking his FB,

 

i heard he posted the first Mastfie just before it came down.

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What was the guy in white standing by the mast doing???

clearly checking his FB,

 

i heard he posted the first Mastfie just before it came down.

he was up there playing music through his phone. Clearly he thought moose said "start dropping the bass" when he really yelled "it's dropping at the base"

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