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One the 'east vs west' debate... I used Zezo to compare my estimated time to arrival with what looks like the front-runners in the east group compared with my own position at 425th. My ETA is around 247 hours and theirs is around 259 hours. I know it's an estimate and lots will change, but it's not looking like a dramatic difference at this stage.

Now a some questions on how to use Zezo properly.

I input my boats position and it says 'steer 120 wind angle for 30m then 125 for 30m then 120 for 30m.....' and on and on. Is there any benefit to doing this? Or should I just plug in 122.5 and come back in 90 minutes?

I'm a bit suspicious because if I input my boats new position after 30 minutes, it might say 'steer 125 for 30m, then 130 for 30m, then 125 for 30m....' what caused the change? This was happening on the last leg too. The wind calculations shouldn't have updated in between those inputs?

Also... some people say to use Zezo as a guide... that sounds like some parts are less accurate/useful than others. Would you be referring to the long-term assumptions it takes (go east/west of the high sorta thing) or that micro-level turns every 30 minutes... or is it the polars (do they not have a very good grip on the VMGs and things)? If those long-term assumptions are the ones that are a bit off, it might pay to not set it to 'go to Hong Kong' but, rather, work out a leg strategy and use Zezo in segments choosing destinations that deliver you to the appropriate point for the next weather system?

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2 hours ago, Liquid said:

This is my first leg in the game. Is our island waypoint farther west than the real race?

Your profile pic...Gorge?

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13 hours ago, smellibits said:

Slow boat to China.

Went the coast route, westwards. Now approaching Cape le Grand, and readying for island dodging.

DTF c300NM less than Shockwave, but wind going flakey and it'll be slow to Cape Leeuwin, and any advantage should be gobbled up.

Boat is Guest64418. Only extras are code 0 and foils.

I was wondering how we would have faired if we pushed on that direction.

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16 hours ago, WetHog said:

LoL, no. Not the same.  Nice spot down there though.  I go down their a lot to stay with my wife’s cousin in the summertime.  What’s with all the old school bus stop shelters everywhere though?  B)

WetHog  :ph34r:

I call those Southern Maryland billboards! Local restaurants, insurance agents, and lawyers advertise on them..lol

If you are ever down here again let me know. I technically live in St. Mary's Co. across the bridge, but I keep the 4KSB in Solomons. B)

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4 minutes ago, Hike, Bitches! said:

I call those Southern Maryland billboards! Local restaurants, insurance agents, and lawyers advertise on them..lol

If you are ever down here again let me know. I technically live in St. Mary's Co. across the bridge, but I keep the 4KSB in Solomons. B)

Do you ever get down to Deltaville or farther south to Hampton?

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12 minutes ago, Shorthanded said:

Your profile pic...Gorge?

I'm doing the eastern route

Profile pic: Yes it is! It's Broughton's - WA side between the Hatch and Swell. 5.0 and below or you don't go! Though foiling is changing that...

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19 minutes ago, webdeveloper said:

 

I input my boats position and it says 'steer 120 wind angle for 30m then 125 for 30m then 120 for 30m.....' and on and on. Is there any benefit to doing this? Or should I just plug in 122.5 and come back in 90 minutes?

 

I usually look ahead and take an average, typically before I go to bed.  Since I don't pay for the full pack, I save my cards for credit so this is my best option.

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1 minute ago, Liquid said:

I'm doing the eastern route

Profile pic: Yes it is! It's Broughton's - WA side between the Hatch and Swell. 5.0 and below or you don't go! Though foiling is changing that...

Love that place.  I haven't been since the late 90's.  I still have my AHD Swell City model in the garage (doesn't get much use here in Michigan).

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4 minutes ago, Shorthanded said:

Love that place.  I haven't been since the late 90's.  I still have my AHD Swell City model in the garage (doesn't get much use here in Michigan).

I owned an AHD. Loved the shape but I kept breaking it and the rep stopped replacing it...

Gorge is my fav. Choices here are the gorge, OR coast (BRRRR) or maui!!!

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1 minute ago, Liquid said:

I owned an AHD. Loved the shape but I kept breaking it and the rep stopped replacing it...

Gorge is my fav. Choices here are the gorge, OR coast (BRRRR) or maui!!!

Yup, Maui is one of my favorites.

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I'm going right up the center, i've ping'ed people directly east and west to see how the next 48 hours pan out.

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BM, I think you were right.

 

When you and Thistle hardened up I was already to leeward and leaking by c5NM. So you 9 me ) go with the other route.

 

Sailed the stretch OKish.

 

But I think a quick boat well sailed wouldn't have suffered as much, but no way ( IMHO) in as conditions emerged, would it have panned out.

 

Great fun ( better half away ) jagging through islands though

 

Round the corner I'll  have some different options from you I think.

 

But also recognising it's bollocks not to kit the boat up fully.

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Hello very rough and ready rankings from approx 02:45UTC.  HKG1203, I was hiking on Tung Lung Chau yesterday and thinking of you in your 29er as the the cobwebs were getting blown from between my ears.  It must have been interesting....:D

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Place SA Name Boat Name Dist to Leader
1 Lat21 Hamachi SA 3203.11
2 Tunnel Rat Mongrel 17
3 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 104
4 daan62 hutspot77 180
5 Magool Magool 200
6 Breitling Breitling_SA 214
7 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 217
8 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 237
9 Mike G MikeVentura 246
10 HKG1203 HKG1203 264
11 briar Wing it 324
12 From The Rail A-Squared 356
13 Your Mom Your Mom SA 364
14 Rainbow Spirit Rainbow Spirit II 370
15 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 371
16 The Actual Dave Davemw 374
17 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 379
18 prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 382
19 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 388
20 Marty6 Cambodunum 392
21 Wet Hog WetHog-SA 397
22 Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 403
23 Ozzy Ozzy85 424
24 Iced Tea rule69 453
25 I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 2856
26 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11 2857
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3 hours ago, Shorthanded said:

Do you ever get down to Deltaville or farther south to Hampton?

Shorty, I was in both places this year, and have been for several. I was in Hampton when the tornado blew thru and wrecked Southern Bay Race Week in 2011 (I think.) One of the boats I race on is a Colgate 26, 'Easy Button' (another PHRF C 4KSB). We trailer it to Hampton for Southern Bay Race Week. For Deltaville, only ~50-ish miles away, the MFO also has a nice Markley 46 powerboat, so we tow the Colgate down and have an air conditioned support vessel for their Labor Day regatta.
I've also done a few dinghy regattas in Deltaville. 

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5 minutes ago, Hike, Bitches! said:

Shorty, I was in both places this year, and have been for several. I was in Hampton when the tornado blew thru and wrecked Southern Bay Race Week in 2011 (I think.) One of the boats I race on is a Colgate 26, 'Easy Button' (another PHRF C 4KSB). We trailer it to Hampton for Southern Bay Race Week. For Deltaville, only ~50-ish miles away, the MFO also has a nice Markley 46 powerboat, so we tow the Colgate down and have an air conditioned support vessel for their Labor Day regatta.
I've also done a few dinghy regattas in Deltaville. 

I sailed out of Fishing Bay Yacht Club in 2007 on theTripp 38 Voodoo and did some one design on a Front Runner. It was a good time, but then I moved back to Michigan. I also know the Meridian X gang pretty well. Good people. 

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15 minutes ago, Shorthanded said:

I sailed out of Fishing Bay Yacht Club in 2007 on theTripp 38 Voodoo and did some one design on a Front Runner. It was a good time, but then I moved back to Michigan. I also know the Meridian X gang pretty well. Good people. 

Big fun Shorty. I know VooDoo very well (never raced on it myself, but some friends have), and we brought a Front Runner (#204) down to FBYC from Southern Maryland for a FR regatta (since sold, placed 3rd I think!!) Did Lightnings at FBYC too!

Edit - the tornado at FBYC was in 2012..I was in the bar as the glass blew out!

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4 hours ago, webdeveloper said:

Now a some questions on how to use Zezo properly.

I input my boats position and it says 'steer 120 wind angle for 30m then 125 for 30m then 120 for 30m.....' and on and on. Is there any benefit to doing this?

Also... some people say to use Zezo as a guide... that sounds like some parts are less accurate/useful than others.

First question, short answer is no.  Just take an average.  Sometimes it's the average TWA, and sometimes it's a straight line where the TWA moves from 120 to 125 as the wind shifts.  Zezo does this to save on computer processing time.  For many reaching angles, it only looks at 5-degree TWA increments, and then also the max VMG angles upwind and downwind.  So if ideal is 122, it might flip back and forth between 120 and 125 as the best it can do to achieve that.  Longer answer involves also considering which angle has the max speed in the current windstrength, how that changes as the wind increases or decreases, and whether or not certain angles will incur sailchanges at certain windspeeds.  (I destest sailchanges and avoid them like the plague).  So, sometimes, angle tweaks can be because the wind is increasing or descreasing and that impacts the max VMG, or the sailchange point, or the max speed angle, in which case you might want to follow Zezo more closely.

 

Second question...  It partly means you shouldn't try to replicate every microscopic move.  But it also means you shouldn't zoom into 100% and sail whatever course you see on the max zoom screen blindly without looking at the overall course.  Just like when navigating real boats, you need to have an awareness of how stable the conditions ahead are, and what the instability might do to your plan.  Zezo's routing might be optimal while high-risk...  and then when the forecast changes, you might be totally hosed.  The East-West thing is an example now.  Far East was the safe bet all along.  Boats like Captain Sheep, Rafal71, and Mangina ignored Zezo's recommendation and routed themselves to the East end of the Solomons from Day 1.  The route to that point is pretty stable, so they could rely on that routing pretty well.  The back following Zezo was heading for PNG, and then we were told to turn hard East, which I did, and then it pinged back and forth, and still is.  Those going far East will have a fairly stable routing from the Solomons to HK.  Those going West will be making heavy adjustments every forecast for the next week, unless they pick closer destinations and route point-to-point.  Which will win?  Who knows...

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On the same thought the black zero line is just the last one of thousands it’s close but...there is usually more speed up a few or down a few degrees. To sleep easer at night follow the green TWA line out and see how it lookes. Along side or over the black one your golden. Missed jibes and dirt define my game. Come backs are fun  ... Usually I just run out of time.

And if zero can not see the finish as in the Cape Town Race at the start or at the equator,  setting your own  destination points is the only way to go.

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13 hours ago, DRIFTW00D said:

What is this SA front page you speak of...

I did find this.Is one your ride?

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Yes indeed! Closest boat in the background. Bow 19. We recorded 42 kts on the racecourse today ! Could do with that on the VOR right now lol

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21 minutes ago, HKG1203 said:

Yes indeed! Closest boat in the background. Bow 19. We recorded 42 kts on the racecourse today ! Could do with that on the VOR right now lol

Nic job on the Qualifying Series. Keep it going. 

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Well things are starting to get interesting in middle and we have some decisions to make soon. 

At least I have some company, BreitlingKapt'n Kirk & Vibroman are all looking at the same options....I guess I will know tomorrow morning if we are all thinking the same thing :) 

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8 hours ago, smellibits said:

BM, I think you were right.

 

When you and Thistle hardened up I was already to leeward and leaking by c5NM. So you 9 me ) go with the other route.

 

Sailed the stretch OKish.

 

But I think a quick boat well sailed wouldn't have suffered as much, but no way ( IMHO) in as conditions emerged, would it have panned out.

 

Great fun ( better half away ) jagging through islands though

 

Round the corner I'll  have some different options from you I think.

 

But also recognising it's bollocks not to kit the boat up fully.

When we started the race it was looking a good straight line trip to WA but it didn’t last long unfortunately. If we had have stayed with that weather and were now half way up the WA Coast it could have been a very interesting finish with the rest of the fleet. 

For this kind of leg you need the full bag of tricks to stay competitive.

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7 minutes ago, Magool said:

Well things are starting to get interesting in middle and we have some decisions to make soon. 

At least I have some company, BreitlingKapt'n Kirk & Vibroman are all looking at the same options....I guess I will know tomorrow morning if we are all thinking the same thing :) 

Hard to say. I had a clear decission from some days ago but the door has been slowly closing. Option #2 is in play now  :)

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2 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Nic job on the Qualifying Series. Keep it going. 

thanks mate, lost the lead today but still got a 5th in the race so all to play for going into tmrw.

 

I am also a member of the central pack however i fear we are going to be rolled by the eastern boats and wont get back to the west boats. I made this call from ECMWF forecasts so lets see how it goes. Only time will tell.

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1 hour ago, HKG1203 said:

I am also a member of the central pack however i fear we are going to be rolled by the eastern boats and wont get back to the west boats. I made this call from ECMWF forecasts so lets see how it goes. Only time will tell.

My point:  ECMWF is a great and proven weather model engine... for Europe. I don't know how it is suited at the other side of the world and how good is weather data input in the region for the model to run. In addition, both VR and Zezo are based on GFS data, so don't expect ECMWF predictions to occur in the game.

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Strange VR behavior here. I was 97th this AM, made a course change but when I checked 30 mins layer, i was 690th, still moving nicely on the correct course, in the correct location. I can see boats directly behind me that are less than 200th. Anyone know what might be causing this?

I am about to get on a 5 hour Intl flight with no WiFi and I'm 3 hours from a very narrow passage between two islands followed by several more islands. I haven't used waypoints since this new version so hoping all goes well.

 

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3 minutes ago, Lat21 said:

Strange VR behavior here. I was 97th this AM, made a course change but when I checked 30 mins layer, i was 690th, still moving nicely on the correct course, in the correct location. I can see boats directly behind me that are less than 200th. Anyone know what might be causing this?

Most probably a VR waypoint change used as reference for classifications. 

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I've suddenly had a load of red dots show up on Zezo, I guess that these indicate the position of other boats......but I can't see any near Cape Leeuwin.

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9 minutes ago, Tunnel Rat said:

I've suddenly had a load of red dots show up on Zezo, I guess that these indicate the position of other boats......but I can't see any near Cape Leeuwin.

Ahh, that's what this probably is. So Zezo implemented his idea of satellite view into his page.

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So most of the boats on my list either in the East or Middle group with the majority in the East accompanied by the actual VOR boats :) The frigate is also out there in the East for possible video coverage :D

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50 minutes ago, Marty6 said:

Ahh, that's what this probably is. So Zezo implemented his idea of satellite view into his page.

Yeah...  Pretty cool.  There's a thread in his forums where he explains it.  It shows dots for each spot where someone has initiated a routing.  I believe they expire hourly most of the time and after 10 minutes during wind updates.

Only downside is...  If someone does experimental routings from alternative starting spots, or if someone just wants to make nefarious red dots, you'll see red dots in places where there aren't actually any boats.

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13 minutes ago, Your Mom said:

Only downside is...  If someone does experimental routings from alternative starting spots, or if someone just wants to make nefarious red dots, you'll see red dots in places where there aren't actually any boats.

So all SA sailors have to team up and start routing in a strange places or near the leader to confuse the competitors :D:D

Btw nice line through the low wind zone in the Clipper leg, but the Clipper family boat is still glued to your ass.

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7 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

I've suddenly had a load of red dots show up on Zezo, I guess that these indicate the position of other boats......but I can't see any near Cape Leeuwin.

I could see about 12 in the area last night when i did the routing on my phone.

We really need to work on our marketing program for the penguin monitoring route to Honkers.

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Good morning, welcome to a new week.

The rankings below are from 01:00UTC.  Hamachi got very close to intimate knowledge of Panatinance Isl, but managed to squeeze through without contact and is currently leading, but pinching hard to make it to windward of Muyua Isl.  The group led by Magool seem to be aiming to the east of Bougainville, while Mom and company seem to be heading for the Indispensable Strait (what a fantastic name) between Guadalcanal and Malaita.

Save a thought for the hardy Southern Oceaners who have now rounded Cape Leeuwin and  hoisted Gennakers at last.  I understand why they are contemplating sacking their PR agent, with a greater distance to Hamachi, than he has to the finish.....

 

Place SA Name Boat Name Dist to Leader
1 Lat21 Hamachi SA 3089.08
2 Tunnel Rat Mongrel 10.5
3 Mike G MikeVentura 66.7
4 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 68.7
5 Magool Magool 109
6 daan62 hutspot77 112
7 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 118.1
8 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 119.6
9 Breitling Breitling_SA 120.1
10 briar Wing it 160.5
11 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 170.9
12 HKG1203 HKG1203 172
13 The Actual Dave Davemw 214.6
14 Iced Tea rule69 218.6
15 Rainbow Spirit Rainbow Spirit II 260.5
16 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 304.3
17 Marty6 Cambodunum 307.9
18 Your Mom Your Mom SA 309.6
19 prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 316.8
20 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 317
21 From The Rail A-Squared 319.8
22 Wet Hog WetHog-SA 326
23 Ozzy Ozzy85 337.8
24 Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 340.7
25 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11 3246.5
26 I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 3263.4
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Excuse the naive question but what islands are marks of the course? Is it PNG or the Solomon's per the real thing or is it do whatever ya want just get there first?

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48 minutes ago, AzzzA said:

Excuse the naive question but what islands are marks of the course? Is it PNG or the Solomon's per the real thing or is it do whatever ya want just get there first?

No marks in virtual regatta for this leg. Just go to HK.

And reading the last pages of a thread helps even if simply asking a question answered multiple times is easier ;)

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2 hours ago, Marty6 said:

No marks in virtual regatta for this leg. Just go to HK.

And reading the last pages of a thread helps even if simply asking a question answered multiple times is easier ;)

Thanks Marty.

I did a search for 'course' returned 70 odd answers non of which answered the question

And thanks for the downvote too mate. Way to encourage newbs

 

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6 hours ago, AzzzA said:

Thanks Marty.

I did a search for 'course' returned 70 odd answers non of which answered the question

And thanks for the downvote too mate. Way to encourage newbs

 

AzzzA,

You have to have a thick skin here...there are a few "angry elves" out there.

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25 minutes ago, rolltak said:

AzzzA,

You have to have a thick skin here...there are a few "angry elves" out there.

No no no. We are all cuddly bunnies here having a group hug. If you want angry elves go to either Political Anarchy or America’s Cup Anarchy, but wash yourselves all over in bleach, particularly your mind, before you come back here. 

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1 hour ago, Shorthanded said:

Your Mom, Gybe Turkey, Stufishing....nice job catching Mangina. 

I believe Gushami is leading the East.  Aside from me, Stu, GT, and Mangina.  I'm also aware of Toppen and Raketa chasing Gushami.

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1 hour ago, Shorthanded said:

Your Mom, Gybe Turkey, Stufishing....nice job catching Mangina. 

Thanks looks like Mangina was originally routing east of San Cristobal and had to soak it down to follow our passage through. At the moment very happy to not only have a 4 kt minimum wind speed but to also be sailing through this shit at or near 90 TWA 

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1 hour ago, Your Mom said:

I believe Gushami is leading the East.  Aside from me, Stu, GT, and Mangina.  I'm also aware of Toppen and Raketa chasing Gushami.

I am bringing up the rear of this group so don't forget about me.  :)

Also, the rescue frigate is following us.  Not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing.

WetHog  :ph34r:

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24 minutes ago, WetHog said:

I am bringing up the rear of this group so don't forget about me.  :)

Also, the rescue frigate is following us.  Not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing.

WetHog  :ph34r:

Sorry man!  You’re killing it too!  Don’t worry about that frigate. I have a good feeling about being over here on the east side. 

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2 hours ago, Gybe Turkey said:

sailing through this shit at or near 90 TWA 

That's the thing that I think is causing the exceptional volatility in the routings.  The super-light windspeeds in the real GFS forecast model mean that it's to be expected that we'll see dramatic changes in wind angle every time a new forecast comes out.  If the game was showing 0.7 kts, you wouldn't be surprised at all to see the angle change dramatically with every forecast update.  But since the game uses the GFS angles while holding the minimum windspeed at 4 kts, those dramatic changes in angle totally change which end of the pack is favored every time a new forecast comes along.  When you get it on the beam, you can do 7+ knots in the right direction, and move toward the real wind fast.  When you get it ahead or aft, you're screwed.  Which one you're going to get totally changes every time a new GFS file comes out.

I'm really looking forward to sailing in 4.1 kts.  That alone should be enough to expect more stability in the wind direction.

 

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7 hours ago, rolltak said:

AzzzA,

You have to have a thick skin here...there are a few "angry elves" out there.

All good mate.

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As long as no group has any real leverage over the others....  this is fucking ridculous.  4 wildly divergent paths and many in betweens.  I’m just hoping to squeeze through to the north and go from there. Fascinating and massively educational.  Imagine if the actual Volvo boats could take any andall paths? It would be mayhem. 

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Hello,  I am disappointed that no SAer has taken the north of PNG routing, or at least none that I can see.  I think that is the only viable routing that we don't have covered, but I'm starting to wonder about the viability of the West Coast option....

Here are the 01:00UTC rankings, I'm cross with myself for not setting up the Code 0 before sleeping last night, I think I lost at least 5Nm :angry: and allowed Hamachi to get to weather of me.

Place SA Name Boat Name Dist to Leader
1 Tunnel Rat Mongrel 2923.99
2 Lat21 Hamachi SA 1.79
3 Mike G MikeVentura 36.8
4 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 43.3
5 daan62 hutspot77 97.2
6 Magool Magool 100.1
7 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 104.4
8 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 106.2
9 Breitling Breitling_SA 107
10 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 111.6
11 briar Wing it 112.5
12 Iced Tea rule69 167.4
13 HKG1203 HKG1203 181.6
14 Rainbow Spirit Rainbow Spirit II 265.7
15 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 291.7
16 Your Mom Your Mom SA 322.7
17 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 322.7
18 prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 323.9
19 The Actual Dave Davemw 326.8
20 Wet Hog WetHog-SA 329
21 Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 340.9
22 Marty6 Cambodunum 343.8
23 From The Rail A-Squared 347.7
24 Ozzy Ozzy85 349.6
25 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11 3658.6
26 I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 3692.4
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Sorry guys, I've been MIA the last few nights. Here are the combined results for 1:00 UTC. 

Rank Group SA Name Boat Name DTL
1 B hmsmweasel Stay Thirsty M 43 2916.15
2 A,B Tunnel Rat Mongrel 3.78
3 A Lat21 Hamachi SA 5.57
4 B   cg_ 11.30
5 B Gufmiester Gufmiester 12.50
6 B Swamp Swamp Rat 22.30
7 A Mike G Mike Ventura 36.80
8 A Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 43.30
9 B Rimike rider1982 55.90
10 B stanlutz USA644RAVEN_SA 68.90
11 B   spadadua 87.00
12 A daan62 hutspot77 97.20
13 A Magool Magool 100.10
14 A Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 104.40
15 A Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 106.20
16 A Breitling Breitling_SA 107.00
17 A Vibroman Vibroman_SA 111.60
18 A briar Wing it 112.50
19 B Milli Blitzquart 121.50
20 B Tommmzzz tommmzzz 133.30
21 A Iced Tea rule69 167.40
22 A HKG1203 HKG1203 181.60
23 B EquusAsinusDomesticus ON9270 192.60
24 A Ranbow Spirit Ranbow Spirit II 265.70
25 A Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 291.70
26 A Your Mom Your Mom SA 322.7
27 A Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 322.70
28 A prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 323.90
29 A The Actual Dave Davemw 326.80
30 B jacksparrow Malamute 327.30
31 B stufishing Stufishing_SA 328.50
32 A Wet Hog WetHog-SA 329.00
33 B   Iluvitar 330.40
34 B sailon2 jahmbo SA 333.10
35 B mkgsailor J2B2 335.10
36 B Mr. Fixit Yodaman 337.70
37 B kea.nn kea.nn SA 338.90
38 A Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 340.90
39 B Shorthanded Shorty 341.00
40 A Marty6 Cambodunum 343.80
41 B N/A Walkaround 344.10
42 A From The Rail A-Squared 347.70
43 A Ozzy Ozzy 85 349.60
44 B gary  hschutz 383.70
45 B RunSampRun Samsonite SA 387.70
46 B Alpina ColombaRacing 391.90
47 B unplugged Dcarr 401.80
48 B   GrandbendOnt 443.70
49 B CaptainSENer CaptainSENer 477.80
50 A BlueMountainsYC shockwave11 3658.60
51 A I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 3692.40
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48 minutes ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Hello,  I am disappointed that no SAer has taken the north of PNG routing, or at least none that I can see.

Excellent, Stay Thirsty M43 and cg_ are bouncing off the islands north of PNG.

10 minutes ago, jacksparrow said:

I'm with the cool kids!!

.....you're dreaming! :P

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1 hour ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Hello,  I am disappointed that no SAer has taken the north of PNG routing, or at least none that I can see.  I think that is the only viable routing that we don't have covered, but I'm starting to wonder about the viability of the West Coast option....

I was doing "North of PNG" at the start...  until I freaked out and made a hard right turn a few days ago.

I don't think anyone took the "South of PNG" routing either...  Those guys are flying at the top of the official leaderboard.  Their lead will get huge, short term.  It'll be interesting to see if they can find some kind of magical route to the finish without beating into light slop.  Unlikely.

West of Australia is fun to watch.  Eventually, the system should recognize that they aren't "going the wrong way", and it'll suddenly advance their DTF to the straight line to HK...  (unless it advances it, point-by-point, through a series of waypoints thousands of miles from them, in which case that will be to gradual to be interesting.  It would be great if one of them suddenly popped up to #1 on the leaderboard in a few days.  It's going to take some serious luck to do the last few hundred miles with a quality VMG, though. 

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well the worlds is over now meaning i can concentrate on the important sailing! Sadly it looks like my lack of time on the game has taken a big hit. i meant to do similar to breitling however i did not have the time to sail the route properly. It is looking pretty tight between teh front groups however! 

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Been working to get North around the east coast of Bougainville. This has been the plan for a couple of days now and we are almost through, so I had to chuckle at my route suggested by Zezo today. Apparently I need to turn around. :blink:

Needless to say this would be one of those times I think I might go my own way!

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Hi im up the middle ignoring zezo for the last 3 days. About to get headed but hopefully the fickle light and variable forecast will change. Any SAs coming up the guts too?

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It looks as if the West Coast gang may have a small cyclone to play with.

 

33 minutes ago, Gufmiester said:

Hi im up the middle ignoring zezo for the last 3 days. About to get headed but hopefully the fickle light and variable forecast will change. Any SAs coming up the guts too?

Hamachi and I are close, to the NW of you. I advise that you stay on 90°TWA for as long as possible...... 12hrs should be good ;)

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88s the best speed on the code 0. Not for long. Trying to get a bit right for the 030 wind if it comes. Ive added you. Nice to have company. 

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1 hour ago, Tunnel Rat said:

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It looks as if the West Coast gang may have a small cyclone to play with.

 

Hamachi and I are close, to the NW of you. I advise that you stay on 90°TWA for as long as possible...... 12hrs should be good ;)

Unless it develops quickly we’ll be scooting north off it’s backside by my routing.

No doubt it will change but zezo has a system popping up in the China sea around the time we will be getting there so could  be very interesting if we can get through that whole area with more than 4 knots of breeze.

 

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2 hours ago, BlueMountainsYC said:

Unless it develops quickly we’ll be scooting north off it’s backside by my routing.

No doubt it will change but zezo has a system popping up in the China sea around the time we will be getting there so could  be very interesting if we can get through that whole area with more than 4 knots of breeze.

 

Come in spinner. 

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KLM2235 is starting to run up the leaderboard.  He's ahead of the Easternmost boats now (like me).  I wouldn't be surprised if we see him hit the top (along with anyone else who's been able to hang with him on the West route) for a couple days...  until the main fleet clears the doldrums while he's trying to beat the rest of the way to the finish.

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8 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

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It looks as if the West Coast gang may have a small cyclone to play with.

 

Hamachi and I are close, to the NW of you. I advise that you stay on 90°TWA for as long as possible...... 12hrs should be good ;)

Grrr gonna have to go west of Latangai island now into more 4kts. Strategy busted by the evil forecast fairy but better than a dig east. Looks like youve got a bet each way Mongrel

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2 hours ago, Your Mom said:

KLM2235 is starting to run up the leaderboard.  He's ahead of the Easternmost boats now (like me).  I wouldn't be surprised if we see him hit the top (along with anyone else who's been able to hang with him on the West route) for a couple days...  until the main fleet clears the doldrums while he's trying to beat the rest of the way to the finish.

Shockwave11 is on his tail.

WetHog  :ph34r:

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4 hours ago, WetHog said:

Shockwave11 is on his tail.

WetHog  :ph34r:

Yeah I’m on his six and there is maybe another 6 in the close area by the zezo red dots.

thistle was with us for half the leg but seems to have gone searching for MH370 now. 

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6 hours ago, Milli said:

Mom! Does the zezo-Routing calculates with the 4 kt minimum wind speed or with the original GFS forecast? Thx. 

Zezo knows the game's minimum windspeed is 4 kts, and routes accordingly.  But the volatility of wind direction in that environment is still going to happen, making the accuracy of Zezo (or any router) very low beyond the first 6-12 hours (and sometimes not even that).  In this super-light stuff for the last couple days, I've been trying to maximize my progress toward short-term targets where I'm expecting more pressure sooner, rather than following a routing to Hong Kong (although the two usually don't differ by much).

Part of my panicked turn from West to East several days go was due to the realization that routings through that mess would be totally haywire and all plans would require revision every 6 hours.  Impossible to do that efficiently, and guaranteed to go from hero to zero and back twice a day.  Figured I'd rather get to the stability of the trade winds ASAP on the East, and let others take their chances with whether or not they can find a better path through the mess.  I just wish I had decided on that sooner.  I suspect there are unknown boats ahead of me, Toppen, and Gushami...  But there's no way to know.  I just don't think we took the fastest route to where we are.

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1 hour ago, frostbit said:

mom, your spot looks great. Nice call on the edge of pressure.  Sucks balls a couple hundred miles west of you. 

That’s what we get for taking shortcuts Frosty. 

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Hello, firstly, my apologies to hutspot77 who is also on the N of PNG routing and has catapulted into the lead.  However I think performance of the day, and possibly the leg, must go to shockwave11, yesterday he was 3658.6Nm to the leader, today he is 246.6Nm to leader.  According to my sums, that means that he has been averaging 142kts faster than the leader over the last 24hrs.  Who said these VO65s are slow?

Place SA Name Boat Name Dist to Leader
1 daan62 hutspot77 2703.78
2 Tunnel Rat Mongrel 54.4
3 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 92.6
4 Lat21 Hamachi SA 94.6
5 Mike G MikeVentura 115.3
6 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 142
7 Breitling Breitling_SA 173.9
8 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 175.3
9 Magool Magool 175.5
10 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 193.3
11 briar Wing it 218
12 Iced Tea rule69 232.5
13 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11 246.6
14 HKG1203 HKG1203 266.6
15 Rainbow Spirit Rainbow Spirit II 325.7
16 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 334.6
17 From The Rail A-Squared 407.7
18 prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 415.7
19 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 415.8
20 Your Mom Your Mom SA 416.9
21 The Actual Dave Davemw 417.9
22 Wet Hog WetHog-SA 422.5
23 Ozzy Ozzy85 434.4
24 Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 434.9
25 Marty6 Cambodunum 442.2
26 I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 471.7
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