Why is this thread so dead with the race so close? Are there other threads I am not aware of?
It really is weird. stacks of posters here are doing the race. One of the all time greats. And most of the posts are about
Left Hook looking for a ride.
Mr. Clean is in Newport also. Saw him at the annual regatta parties. Race starts friday. Nothing. More posts about guys whacking their keyboards all winter on a virtual around the world race.
I once asked the Ed to pin a NPT BDA thread, He told me to fuck off.
Although looks like Mr. Clean is doing the race. Front page.....
I'll have a complete report on our Annual Regatta this week as I prepare for our assault on the Bermuda Race in a 40 foot sportboat next weekened. Gorgeous photo work from the windy Friday race from our friends Allen and Daniela at Photoboat.com. They've got a full gallery here. Results are here. Mr. Clean..
OK, I'll kick it off with a post about the actual race (which I will not be doing this year thanks to having a 12-month old and a pregnant wife to shepherd onto some crappy over-filled airplane with even crappier service).
Anyway, I'm running routing solutions each night now and right now it looks like 2 lows in the western N. Atlantic are going to lead to steady and strong NE winds for at least the first half of the course if not more. Could be record time for some boats to get 400 miles down the track. I set the "sensitivity" setting on Expedition to 20 minutes and last week that returned a HUGE range of acceptable parts of the course; tonight it returned one line about 100 feet wide all the way to Bermuda.
What happens after 400 miles is very unclear. Depends what those lows do.
I recall one year starting in strong NE winds that came with wind and fog. About 2200 hours on friday night I saw a large vessel coming perpendicular to the course on the radar. Hanging out (staying dry) for a while down there, I was on hand when there was a very unusual radio conversation.
Commercial vessel: "Looks like there are a whole shitload of boats ahead of me heading out to sea. Anyone know what is going on?"
Helpful competitor: "It's a race, we're coming out of Newport headed southeast"
Commercial: "Any idea how many there are? I have a barge 100 yards behind me and I don't want one of you hitting the tow line"
Helpful competitor: "About 200 boats. Sorry, this may take a while"
Commercial:"OK, I'm going to do some circles here until you all pass."
Commercial vessel at this point calls a securite with his location and intention, immediately followed by
Asshole competitor: "I you had checked your Notice to Mariners you would have known about this. Next time read up before you leave port."