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ronnie_simpson

Member Since 16 Dec 2008
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In Topic: Singlehanded TransPac 2014

30 June 2014 - 10:27 PM

damnit! wilderness 30 Domino suffered rudder failure and is headed to Monterey with potential USCG assistance. 


In Topic: 2014 Figaro starts today

29 June 2014 - 09:59 PM

yes, but parking up and fleet compression before the English Channel looks inevitable...


In Topic: Singlehanded TransPac 2014

29 June 2014 - 09:47 PM

Any thoughts on the course?  Grab some south with the breeze or just follow the rhumb  line?    Wind looks a bit favorable going south, maybe a couple of knots more, but will that make up for the extra distance traveled?

 

in a typical Hawaii race, yes, it pays to go south as you generally find better pressure once in the trades and can begin surfing. it also allows you to stay on starboard longer and start kite reaching earlier/ longer, and setting up a nice, sometimes close to layline gybe to port when the breeze goes really easterly like it usually does 2/3 way down to course. if you are on a boat that surfs, you must get the boat surfing to sail the boat to it's rating. being a singlehanded transpac, more of the boats in the race are slow displacement cruising boats and will not benefit from sailing additional miles and should only aim to sail in enough pressure to achieve hull speed, therefore 'banging the corner' a bit closer. 

 

I like what Dave on Domino is doing. Cracking sheets well off and making more than 7 VMG, while getting way south of the fleet. This should pay off later, and his 28-ft waterline length just barely surfing in steady trades should move him well up the leaderboard.

 

in 2012 shtp on my Moore 24, i was one of, if not the single most southerly boat from the get-go and it paid big dividends against the other lightweight surfing boats that were in my division.


In Topic: 2014 Figaro starts today

24 June 2014 - 04:13 AM

moody frog was right. no tidal gate for Fabien to get back in the race. Really bummed to see him DNF leg three. geez, how many times have we seen a dismasting or rigging failure cause a leader to drop out of a Figaro race this year alone? Gildas in the AG2R, Yann and Fabien both while leading Solitaire. lame.


In Topic: Singlehanded TransPac 2014

24 June 2014 - 04:01 AM

 why is it so difficult to get a Moore Offshore circuit going on the West Coast? There could be an entire contingent of Moore's in the SHTP. But none showed up this year. This is really a better entry level option compared to the Mini. 

several reasons I suppose.

 

Moore's are special boats and owners tend to hold onto them, thus not many for sale at one time.

they're 30-40 years old and only 24 feet long. it takes a special kind of weirdo to want to race one solo to Hawaii. there's just not that many of us out there...

strong one-design class, so mostly fully crewed buoy boats. 

 

i agree that it's a great platform, for crewed or solo/ DH. After 4 Hawaii races on different boats, I still have many of my best memories solo on a Moore 24.

 

comparing it to a Mini is dumb. one boat is super old and no longer in production and the other is still seeing new designs annually and has built 5 times as many boats. if you buy a Mini, you can race to Hawaii, then go compete against literally dozens and dozens of boats in the Mini Transat. 

 

There are two Moore's and 4 Santa Cruz 27's racing to Hawaii in this year's Pac Cup. that will be fun to watch.

 

don't discount two E-27's v SC 27 v Pogo 2 Mini in SHTP. that'll be pretty neat.