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2 minutes ago, familysailor said:

Is that where they display the wax effigies of the VOR Management?

Made in that french place in london.

Which brings to mind the bayeux tapestry. The French are going to lend it to us but they are questioning whether we have anything to offer in return..

:rolleyes:

;)

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2 hours ago, Manfred said:

Great to watch it on the Navionics (top right button) chart extended from the VOR tracker. Could´nt copy it here.

Manfred, maybe in the Northern hemisphere the button is on the right side, but over-here it is on the left side. Scally is about to hit it, at 20.6 kt...

For those confused, click on the Leaflet button and another "Tracker Button" pops up, click on it and wait a few seconds. Voila.

 

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Saving the Navionics images is understandably a problem, but  a screen-grab works fine.

It's useful if you want to make some paper prints for back-up navigation, or save some details for off-line viewing.

BTW, on-line viewing is available free for all here:  https://webapp.navionics.com/ .  It can be used for route-planning if you don't have anything better, or just to quickly check something. It's a nice gesture of Navionics, undoubtedly to attract customers...

And I do like their Android apps as a handy tool on my phone, and as a back-up as well. Though now that OpenCPN works fine on Android one can do without Navionics. Though another chart system, and one that can be updated easily as well, could be a prudent way to go.

End of educational hijack...

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, familysailor said:

Does this have anything to do with you boring a long hole? :huh:

I'm worn out..

Some might say thank goodness for that...

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3 minutes ago, rogerfal said:

Made in that french place in london.

Which brings to mind the bayeux tapestry. The French are going to lend it to us but they are questioning whether we have anything to offer in return..

:rolleyes:

;)

:)

Send them the Elgin Marbles.  Then the Greeks can pester the French to finally get them back where they belong.  

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4 minutes ago, Fiji Bitter said:

maybe in the Northern hemisphere the button is on the right side, but over-here it is on the left side

the other port i mean the...............

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11 minutes ago, Left Shift said:

Send them the Elgin Marbles.  Then the Greeks can pester the French to finally get them back where they belong.  

That's almost worth it.

There'd be more of a clamour in one day than the entire Brexit debacle has created so far...... And then the amusement........ of "the Greeks can ....

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19 minutes ago, rogerfal said:

Made in that french place in london.

Which brings to mind the bayeux tapestry. The French are going to lend it to us but they are questioning whether we have anything to offer in return..

:rolleyes:

;)

:)

About £44 million for upgrading Calais if the news is to be believed. :P

 

Cheap, just wait and see what real border control will cost! <_<:wacko:

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4 minutes ago, mad said:

About £44 million for upgrading Calais if the news is to be believed. :P

Cornwall will be capping the wages of the highest paid CEO(deff one of) in the land to widen the Tamar next........

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9 minutes ago, mad said:

About £44 million for upgrading Calais if the news is to be believed. :P

 

Cheap, just wait and see what real border control will cost! <_<:wacko:

Depends on the size of the border... Our southern one will be ~$US 20 Billion.

 

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At Scally's current pace, everyone will come out of stealth in about 7 hours.  (Akzo out in 45 minutes)

You may now resume your thread drift...

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2 hours ago, ModernViking said:

I am heading to Alicante for two weeks at the end of this month (mostly work).
Does anyone know if the VOR museum is worth a visit?

 

30 minutes ago, Herman said:

Pay them a visit, and report back here?

And don't go in a meeting with them, just bring your bludgeon.

Image result for bludgeon  viking

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7 minutes ago, LionessRacing said:

Depends on the size of the border... Our southern one will be ~$US 20 Billion.

 

If it’s even close to happening anymore,  seems the appetite for that is dwindling fast. 

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2 minutes ago, Herman said:

There is a lot more wind to the NW of Luzon where Scally is atm. Wind 20+ kts. Mapfre has 16 kts. DFRT 20- kts. Rich get richer.

Back up the tracker a bit, from 16:30 to 21:30, Mapfre saw wind at 9-14 knots.

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1 hour ago, chuso007 said:

I'll probably go next week, I'll let you know.

I was there 3 weeks ago. They have a neat model of Groupama   VO70, the VOR trophy and some neat videos playing on the big screen in the back. The racing game is meh but otherwise it's worth an hour stop if you are in the neighborhood (plus it's free).

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2 minutes ago, Herman said:

There is a lot more wind to the NW of Luzon where Scally is atm. Wind 20+ kts. Mapfre has 16 kts. DFRT 20- kts. Rich get richer.

Could this be the famous local knowledge of Witty and Wharro?

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2 minutes ago, mad said:

Could this be the famous local knowledge of Witty and Wharro?

No, their local knowledge is about the best bars and knock shops in honkers.

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4 minutes ago, mad said:

Could this be the famous local knowledge of Witty and Wharro?

Can't hurt but they don't need it

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7 minutes ago, mad said:

Could this be the famous local knowledge of Witty and Wharro?

Or could they be looking at the gribs - Maybe Libby has them on their knees - dishing out a little behavioural tuition!

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11 hours ago, jack_sparrow said:

Maybe a plethora of bad bald guy humour on this thread will succumb this fool into listening?

Yeah, and it may stop Bouwe from ending up last, though he needs a pepper in his... eh... hair.

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Seems a bit free for all now, till update in a few minutes.

1 hour ago, rogerfal said:

The presumption being you would be.... Great tune even if you're a young fucker - my granny liked it anyways

Are you drinking Rogerfail ?  That's not Doris but Carolijn or Annemieke, didn't know they could sing so well.

 

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1 hour ago, PIL007 said:

May as well

Have you been to the Sydney to Hobart thread yet Jacky boy...? Sophie is waiting

Thanks mate but that is already part of my edited end to end compilation titled "My Days at Sea with Sophie"

I play it 5 or 6 times a day much to the dislike of the twins.

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It is telling that SK's track has the look of a boat that knows exactly where it is going, and AK and DF have tracks that suggest a lot of dithering.

But of course the big question remains unanswered. Where is V11 going to pop up?

Stupid stealth mode has ruined this race. The likelihood that AIS has rendered stealth meaningless for the one fight that matters is just icing on the shit sandwich.

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18 minutes ago, jack_sparrow said:

Thanks mate but that is already part of my edited end to end compilation titled "My Days at Sea with Sophie"

I play it 5 or 6 times a day much to the dislike of the twins.

Your a sick man and I like it

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16 minutes ago, Francis Vaughan said:

It is telling that SK's track has the look of a boat that knows exactly where it is going, and AK and DF have tracks that suggest a lot of dithering.

But of course the big question remains unanswered. Where is V11 going to pop up?

Stupid stealth mode has ruined this race. The likelihood that AIS has rendered stealth meaningless for the one fight that matters is just icing on the shit sandwich.

The track that Scally has sailed though the islands appears near perfect.  Abby might want to hang a screenshot of it on her wall.  

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22 minutes ago, Francis Vaughan said:

It is telling that SK's track has the look of a boat that knows exactly where it is going, and AK and DF have tracks that suggest a lot of dithering.

But of course the big question remains unanswered. Where is V11 going to pop up?

Stupid stealth mode has ruined this race. The likelihood that AIS has rendered stealth meaningless for the one fight that matters is just icing on the shit sandwich.

True, 200 million Chinese kids are wondering wtf this is all about, a race or a puzzle?

Let them have a quiz for where Vespas will pop up!

Don't think any of the leading 4 boats have been within AIS of each other though, unless Vestas gained or lost a lot. No icing needed on that double shit-burger anyway... 

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5 minutes ago, terrafirma said:

So any guesses on the distance between Scally and Vesta's when Stealth ends?

Wouldn't it be hilarious if during stealth Vestas has chased Scallywag down and passed her? 

VOR gets to open the dick in the box on all the HK fans. 

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7 minutes ago, Miffy said:

Wouldn't it be hilarious if during stealth Vestas has chased Scallywag down and passed her? 

VOR gets to open the dick in the box on all the HK fans. 

Yep, VOR management will get arrested for fraud, not that it would matter really...

If not, Lord Dubin will take them for a moonlight stroll, and turn them into smorgasbord, oh wait... 

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13 minutes ago, Miffy said:

Wouldn't it be hilarious if during stealth Vestas has chased Scallywag down and passed her? 

VOR gets to open the dick in the box on all the HK fans. 

That would be something to watch as a live event.! 

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4 minutes ago, Mikejnr said:

43 Miles

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 17

All smiles from Grant Wharrington before heading on deck on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.

Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 16 January, 2018.

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42 minutes ago, PIL007 said:

Your a sick man and I like it

Funny that is exactly what the Judge said when he quashed my Restraining Order conviction. ...I think he was a fan too. 

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Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 17

The crew have pushed hard through the night and can only hope they are still in the lead.

With Vestas 11th Hour Racing in stealth mode its hard to know for sure but they are confident they are still in top spot on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.

Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 16 January, 2018.

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Watching the VS11 video, seems they went south through the islands, though not as cleanly as Scally, but may be on their tail...

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47 minutes ago, terrafirma said:

So any guesses on the distance between Scally and Vesta's when Stealth ends?

Terra it's simple.

Sine (Witty + Wharro's IQ) divided by (Beers they will both drink in the first hour) X (Hookers they carouse before sucumbing to exhaustion). 

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Just now, oceangeek said:

Watching the VS11 video, seems they went south through the islands, though not as cleanly as Scally, but may be on their tail...

Pretty hard to beat how Scally threaded the needle there.

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Vestas seem pretty pleased with the last 24 hours.  Clearly ahead of DF.  But how close to SW?  Sounds like they grabbed some nice shifts, so maybe closer than when they went on Stealth.

Now we sit on our hands until either VS11 comes off stealth or Scally hits the 200nm to go barrier (and everyone comes off stealth).  If I'm not mistaken those will happen very close to same time.

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Probably been posted by southern, and a bit old, but otherwise just to get into the mood:

Hong Kong here we come! 

 

 

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About 4 hours until the accursed stealth mode turns off.

I have a suspicion the current lack of any apparent leadership of the VOR means that there is nobody who can make any sort of decision about changing any aspect of the race. So even if the guys in the VOR office all agree that stealth is a mess, there isn't anyone who has the cojones to do anything about it.

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Just now, Francis Vaughan said:

there isn't anyone who has the cojones to do anything about it.

Probably the case or maybe not something they're willing to change mid Edition.

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3 minutes ago, Francis Vaughan said:

there isn't anyone who has the cojones to do anything about it.

No, they nearly all agreed, but Brisius had forgotten to clean his coffee cup!

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5 minutes ago, Francis Vaughan said:

About 4 hours until the accursed stealth mode turns off.

I have a suspicion the current lack of any apparent leadership of the VOR means that there is nobody who can make any sort of decision about changing any aspect of the race. So even if the guys in the VOR office all agree that stealth is a mess, there isn't anyone who has the cojones to do anything about it.

Part of the problem with Turner's leaving - he dreamed up all these shotgun ideas but sure seems like left at just the wrong time when empowered decision making needed to be made. 

Sure someone casually thought Melbourne would be a fun pit stop. What a great idea! Nope. 

Stealth mode for more tactical separation! Coverage details not well considered. 

Centralized OBR for flavor and movement of ppl around! Adversarial relationship with OBR potentially being seen as outsider scooping secrets. 

 

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Looks like the final approach to the finish is pretty constrained with the exclusion zone there, and the wind may be pretty light.  What's the current like in there?  Any risk of a boat being hung up in an ebb while the guys behind come charging in?

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Looking at the SIs, the rule on stealth is thus:

28.2 Boats may elect to have their position reports not published for three consecutive scheduled 6 hourly reports. However reports will not be withheld whenever a boat is within 200 miles of the Leg finish.

So we might argue the meaning of published, but other than that there is really nothing in the official definition of stealth that should cause a tracker blackout. That is just an ad-hoc decision. It is one that precedes MT's tenure. Even if a very severe reading of the SIs interpreted publication as being any sort of release, it is a matter of a few minutes to issue an amended SI. It isn't as if they don't amend the SI and NOR on a regular basis anyway. Or just ignore them.

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7 minutes ago, Your Mom said:

Looks like the final approach to the finish is pretty constrained with the exclusion zone there, and the wind may be pretty light.  What's the current like in there?  Any risk of a boat being hung up in an ebb while the guys behind come charging in?

Yea, any locals?

They finish around midnight, that may very well mean NO wind.  Will it be live?

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3 minutes ago, Fiji Bitter said:

Yea, any locals?

They finish around midnight, that may very well mean NO wind.  Will it be live?

LIVE stealth mode. Riveting.

At least we won't have to wait 6 hours to see fuck all. ;)

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1 hour ago, Miffy said:

Part of the problem with Turner's leaving - he dreamed up all these shotgun ideas but sure seems like left at just the wrong time when empowered decision making needed to be made

Leaving??? unless that is a cardboard cut of him in Honkers..he is right up the front pressing the flesh.

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14 minutes ago, jack_sparrow said:

Leaving??? unless that is a cardboard cut of him in Honkers..he is right up the front pressing the flesh.

Is he there as CEO? Or guest/facilitator as former program lead of DF?

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16 minutes ago, jack_sparrow said:

Leaving??? unless that is a cardboard cut of him in Honkers..he is right up the front pressing the flesh.

Maybe he knows something we don't know about what is going on. Given the manner of his departure - ie leaving at a time of his choosing to bow out - strutting a high profile in HK seems slightly odd. 

Perhaps he has dirty pictures of the new CEO team - or the new regime of VOR ownership has moved the centre of things in a critical manner.

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Looks like Scally will be within 200nm in 3 hours. Will any of the stealth boats be showing up before then?

Trying to work out when to resume having a close interest in the race....

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8 minutes ago, Miffy said:

Is he there as CEO? Or guest/facilitator as former program lead of DF?

His "mate" Jamie Boag was there too, in an interview with also the lovely Lijia Xu. Can't find it anymore...

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Scally Media spreading some fake news around.......

 

FUN Fact, they were forced to retire cause they didn't sail the course correctly and were facing a rule 69 over how they handled the aftermath of the protest.

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7 minutes ago, Tropical Madness said:

It’s gonna be a foggy night... they could drift around for a while if the finish is off the RHKYC, but it seems to be off Kai Tak (old airport) which is generally a huge windshadow area

Getting to the finish line will be a scary slog thru the Tathong channel? Escorts mandatory.

Considering how there's precedent for major point penalties for not adhering to TSS during last edition...

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Volvo Ocean Race: Will Scallywag skipper David Witt (AUS) eat his words if they win Leg 4 after adding female navigator Libby Greenhalgh (GBR)?

SAN FRANCISCO – Before the start of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the crew rules were changed to encourage the teams to have at least one female. The number of sailors allowed in an all-male crew was reduced from eight to seven, but a team could take up to two female sailors, to make a total of nine. Skippers could take 10 sailors if the team consists of an even male/female split, and an all-female team may take 11 crew members. According to the VOR press release announcing the new rules, this was, "Designed to add flexibility for teams, and create a clearer pathway for female sailors to take part in the race...."

When learning of the new rule, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag skipper David Witt(AUS) had a lot to say about it. According to an October 28, 2017 article the Hong Kong-based team's hometown newspaper, the South China Morning Post, Mr Witt said, in a nutshell, "There's no room for women on my boat." 

 He didn't stop there.

"The least amount of people you can really sail on the boat is seven, so you want seven strong guys. It’s practical I think. The boats are one design and the sails are the same, so weight is the big issue – food is rationed and you basically live in your skin with some wet weather gear. The only different decision you make in this race is the people. And that means character, gender and numbers.”

 Nor did he stop there, adding his now infamous "social experiment" comment.

 “A lot of the other teams are taking one or two girls, and I think that’s Volvo doing a social experiment, and I’m pretty sure I know what the outcome will be and I don’t really want to be part of it. I’m not being a misogynist, but I think the way the rule is written is actually derogatory to women sailors as well – what you’re saying is you can have an extra person but only a girl because they aren’t good enough.”

But when Olympic silver medallist Annemieke Bes (NED) left rival team AkzoNobel in the the contractual and personnel chaos that consumed that team prior to Leg 1, Mr Witt did an about face and recruited Ms. Bes, explaining his change of heart by saying he needed another hand on deck so he could spend more time with his navigator down below deciding tactics. The second reason was that they had found the right woman and she fitted in perfectly. “We didn’t just get a girl for the sake of getting a girl. We had to get the right person and Annemieke is the only person we asked,” Witt said.

Then there was the unfortunate "Morning Show" incident on Lisbon-Cape Town Leg 2 that resulted in a third-party protest against Mr Witt and his then navigator Steve Hayles (GBR) under racing of rule 69, "Misconduct." The third-party protest was filed by a non-competitor, indeed a race fan, as the result of a silly, sophomoric on-board video that some saw as sexist, misogynist or worse. The protest, after a big harangue in the sailing media, was summarily dismissed by the VOR's International Jury during the Cape Town stopover, and costing the team thousands in legal fees.

(World Sailing should be ashamed of having promulgated this ridiculous rule and the attendant procedure; Sailing Illustrated again calls for its immediate revision.) 

For the Cape Town-Melbourne Leg 3 Mr Hayles was replaced as navigator by Antonio Fontes (POR). That didn't seem to help, as they finished as an also-ran for the third leg in a row.

 In the first three legs Scallywag finished 5-6-5 in the seven-boat fleet. Not that you can easily discern their results from the scoreboard on the VOR website, screen-capture right, which only shows per-leg points. Even more confusing is that Leg 3 scored double points. And some wonder why our sport is not taken seriously by mainstream media.

For the current Melbourne-Hong Kong Leg 4 Mr Witt recruited Ms Greenhalgh, a VOR veteran and meteorological expert, as navigator. So now there are two women on board, including the aforementioned Annemieke Bes. And with less than 1300 miles to the Hong Kong finish, they are leaders of the pack. Indeed, most pundits tip Scallywag to be the likely winners come this Friday or Saturday.

 Today our good friend Richard Gladwell (NZL), the editor of the Kiwi edition of Sail-World.com, published a nice photo-essay written in part by Ms Greenhalgh, on the navigational and routing routine aboard Scallywag. A few days ago, skipper Witt and navigator Greenhalgh made a gutsy call to turn west sooner than the rest of the fleet, in effect cutting the corner on the others. This despite predictions by many that there would be more wind to the north. 

In another article, Mr Gladwell says that decision has led to one of the biggest comebacks in VOR history.

So isn't it ironic, and more than a bit delicious, that the skipper who said, "There's no room for women on my boat," and who so far has three dismal finishes, brings onboard for Leg 4 a second female, as the all-important navigator no less, and is now poised to win Leg 4 into their ostensible home town of Hong Kong?

One assumes that, barring snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, upon finishing Mr Witt will at least eat some humble pie if not his own words.

https://www.sailingillustrated.com/single-post/2018/01/16/Volvo-Ocean-Race-Will-Scallywag-skipper-David-Witt-AUS-eat-his-words-if-they-win-Leg-4-after-adding-female-navigator-Libby-Greenhalgh-GBR

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Update from OBR Amory Ross onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing:

Lat/Long: 19.473N / 120.526E
Wind: 27 kts
Air Temp: 25c
Sea Temp: 28c
Boatspeed: 26.5 kts
Heading: 295-degrees

In the early hours of this morning we rounded the tip of the Philippines and entered the South China Sea, choosing to transit the Luzon Strait along its southern shore. 

After a day of positioning ourselves between the trailing fleet and the corner, things got interesting last night when it appeared on a few consecutive skeds that there were some different approaches being taken. It’s impossible to cover everyone so the call was made to go whichever way was fastest for us. With a persistent wind shift that made sailing north unfavourable, we committed to the south and gybed around some islands all night!

And now we have the South China Sea and nearly 450 miles to go… This body of water has a terrible habit of churning up some wretched seas. It’s the northeast monsoon season and there’s a cyclical blast of strong wind that comes down from the mountains, growing and shrinking almost weekly. 

It appears we’re in one of those surges now with steady 27-30 knot winds. And since we’re inside a large bay, wind creates waves and waves bounce off islands and continents and it can get all sorts of chaotic. I really don’t like it in here. 

Furthermore, there are many small islands, oil and gas platforms to avoid as we approach the Chinese mainland, before racing up a busy, narrow river to the finish in downtown Hong Kong.

With 24 hours to go though, the big push is on! This leg is far from over and there are any number of potential outcomes so the team is grinding hard knowing there’s a nice break just around the bend.

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Seems like some big gains coming for DF as they are able to crack off when they get to the bigger and headed breeze.  Scally is currently sailing low of the layline with the breeze forward.  

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Thread Drift:  Mavericks is pumping for The Challenge.

Surfline report updated Thursday, January 18 at 01:38 PM

10.7-15.3 m - 7-10 times overhead 

https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/Mavericks-photos-video-big-waves-surf-contest-12508177.php#photo-14905189

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43 minutes ago, hoppy said:

Looks like Scally will be within 200nm in 3 hours. Will any of the stealth boats be showing up before then?

Trying to work out when to resume having a close interest in the race....

Seems like Vestas' reveal and Scally hitting the 200nm will be right about the same time, give or take a few minutes.  

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Ah, Sailing Illustrated again, full of contentious statements that only us here are entitled to use.

And eating humble pie? What a joke, it will be humble beer or  more likely humble champagne, and plenty of it.

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37 minutes ago, Roleur said:

Seems like Vestas' reveal and Scally hitting the 200nm will be right about the same time, give or take a few minutes.  

This would suggest that SiFi had super accurate routing for Scallywag. Time their stealth mode almost to the minute in terms of maximum effect as late as possible...

Mex

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53 minutes ago, southerncross said:

Thread Drift:  Mavericks is pumping for The Challenge.

Half Moon Bay, a very beautiful place if you stay on the moorings, past the Marina. Entrance can be tricky, as you can imagine next to that Mavericks spot. Nice pub too, with free food on Saturday when all the fisherman are in, IIRC. And Sailrock very unique too.

Thanks for bringing up good memories, southern!

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14 minutes ago, mexican said:

This would suggest that SiFi had super accurate routing for Scallywag. Time their stealth mode almost to the minute in terms of maximum effect as late as possible...

Mex

Think that SiFi might be 30 min wrong.  Forss/Windy would have been spot on though...

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3 minutes ago, Fiji Bitter said:

If you want +1 likey you have to tell who!  Scallywag?

Oh it's the Scallywag maxi

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3 hours ago, Fiji Bitter said:

Probably been posted by southern, and a bit old, but otherwise just to get into the mood:

Hong Kong here we come! 

 

 

First thing he should do in HK is get that nose checked out!

1 hour ago, southerncross said:

Update from OBR Amory Ross onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing:

Lat/Long: 19.473N / 120.526E
Wind: 27 kts
Air Temp: 25c
Sea Temp: 28c
Boatspeed: 26.5 kts
Heading: 295-degrees

In the early hours of this morning we rounded the tip of the Philippines and entered the South China Sea, choosing to transit the Luzon Strait along its southern shore. 

After a day of positioning ourselves between the trailing fleet and the corner, things got interesting last night when it appeared on a few consecutive skeds that there were some different approaches being taken. It’s impossible to cover everyone so the call was made to go whichever way was fastest for us. With a persistent wind shift that made sailing north unfavourable, we committed to the south and gybed around some islands all night!

And now we have the South China Sea and nearly 450 miles to go… This body of water has a terrible habit of churning up some wretched seas. It’s the northeast monsoon season and there’s a cyclical blast of strong wind that comes down from the mountains, growing and shrinking almost weekly. 

It appears we’re in one of those surges now with steady 27-30 knot winds. And since we’re inside a large bay, wind creates waves and waves bounce off islands and continents and it can get all sorts of chaotic. I really don’t like it in here. 

Furthermore, there are many small islands, oil and gas platforms to avoid as we approach the Chinese mainland, before racing up a busy, narrow river to the finish in downtown Hong Kong.

With 24 hours to go though, the big push is on! This leg is far from over and there are any number of potential outcomes so the team is grinding hard knowing there’s a nice break just around the bend.

Haven't sailed in Honkers since the '80s but don't remember no narrow river!! Maybe he's getting a leg ahead of hiself?

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