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In Topic: Thomas Coville RTW attempt 2016

07 December 2016 - 09:14 PM

As small consolation for going slow, it looks like TC will be seeing land and perhaps even the Cape itself, and perhaps in comfort.  The pace is really remarkable, there's good reasons why Joyon's record has held for almost a decade. I wonder if routing, forecasting and software have much to do with it, or is it more about the boat?  I look forward to seeing the comparisons with records to the Cape when he gets there.

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

07 December 2016 - 08:42 PM

Armel in a good position to extend here not surprised if he extends to 130 miles ahead in the next few skeds or 24 Hours. Alex has sailed further by going high and now he's trying to come back down better pressure South it seems. Still only 46% done Armel and Alex so long way to go. Has Armel been lucky or simply the best prepared.? 

You got that right, Armel is 130 ahead now!  (Maybe it took a bit longer than the prediction.)  We have to agree that missing the UFO/OFNI really is a matter of luck, but that doesn't get you to the front and ~5 days faster than the record.  The foil experiment seems to paying.


The course of the Marion Dufresne is interesting, are they working there are taking shelter?  Kito's boat is still tracking, an asset from Kergelens perhaps could grab it as it drifts.

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

02 December 2016 - 11:34 PM



Methinks the conditions where Armel can overtake Alex are greatly diminished. 


Now, could Armel have suffered damage and he is not "telling"?

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

30 November 2016 - 07:16 PM

INteresting boat, from hunting pirates now to guard Imoca's.
Range of 10.000 miles, they can stay a long time out there.

Good pick Leo, only 2000 miles from refuelling and... where this is is where the deep-sea-fishing pirate long-liners are !!

And a speed of 20 knots, would be hard pressed to catch the leaders! Interesting link, thanks

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

29 November 2016 - 08:41 PM



(from 2013)


Summary : A maximum width is defined at the front to make "scow" like hull impossible (I think the reason behind being not to make all the old or new at time boats totally outdated).


Which is pretty damn ironic - since they now sport Dali foils don't you think?


Speaking of design ^^ I haven't understood how Hugo Boss is more narrow than the other boats, since it is described as 5.8 meters wide, same as BP VIII.  Is there a more fine entry so that max beam extends for less of the boat?


While we're at it, AT seems pretty chuffed about the speed:


Speed is ‘obscene’

“And we are not fully foiling, we are semi-foiling, so the foil picks the boat up and it loses all the drag of the hull and up it goes and at some point you’ll go down a wave and you can’t get out of that wave, especially North Atlantic waves, which are short. So the slow-downs are very impressive, but, my god, the acceleration is amazingly impressive. It is quite astonishing what the boat can do.”

The speed of the boat on the foils Thomson describes as “obscene”: “I have been over 30 knots more than I have ever been before.” To date Hugo Boss’s top speed has maxed out at 35 knots, which only a few years ago would have been respectable on a multihull of this size.

Read more at http://www.yachtingw...BmIsMJ7cQSSo.99