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  1. We have plenty of bougainvilleas here, and they are magnificent. They are native to south america, but have conquered the world. They were first described during Bougainville's voyage, possibly by Jeanne Baret, the first women to circumnavigate - which she did disguised as a man.
    10 points
  2. I think it is just smart seamanship. Some ppl call it lack of courage. But YesWeCam and Apivia aren’t similarly situated. Anyone who launched a new boat this edition except Kojiro and maybe Armel intended to win this. It is a lot of coin to convince the sponsor to give up and with the lead in hand, if Apivia now loses it because of a breakage? Good luck getting the same hand of cards dealt - Charal, Corum, Hugo Boss broke. LinkedOut on one foil. No heroics - everyone knows Apivia is fast even in light air, she can be conservative even as far as on the way back north in the south Atlantic appro
    9 points
  3. Tune in today's Vendée Live and guest the designer Sam Manuard, responsible for Armel Tripon's L'Occitane en Provence. His first VG but won the Multi50 class in the last Route du Rhum. Could be interesting design listen with leaders conditions and this in mind. - A "scow" = more sea state friendly. - Pretty sure his foils are fully retractable. And a random he also one of the few with a wind generator. Why I bloody don't know?
    8 points
  4. Rudy & McConnell catch COIVD, die, and stand to be judged at the Pearly Gates. God meets them asks "DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?" Rudy says, “Yes. What were the real results of the 2020 election and who was behind the fraud?”. God says, "THERE WAS NO FRAUD. BIDEN WON MORE ELECTORIAL VOTES, 306 TO 232”. After a few seconds of stunned silence, Rudy turns to Mitch and whispers, “This goes higher up than we thought”.
    7 points
  5. Weather update + AIS positions After updating Anaconda Navigator and playing with Python for half a day, I succeeded in running the AIS-script posted up thread earlier and import the positions for the first 8 boats into OpenCPN. Compared the reported 17:30 positions with their AIS-positions. As the timestamps for AIS differ from the 17:30 timestamp and benchmark, there are differences. For some boats these delta's are bigger than I can explain atm. Either the AIS scraping is not accurate enough for some boats, or their reported positions do not match the 17:30 timestamp. My guess is the l
    6 points
  6. During the Three Rivers race.. This boat... Has to go under this bridge.. Twice..
    6 points
  7. I am rooting for AM and NYYC in spite of the tainted DeVos money. I try to look at it as rooting for Terry Hutchison and the AC tradition.
    6 points
  8. Thanks for the explanation. I knew that they had a different intake for the raw water when heeling hard, or now, I guess foiling as well... But I still couldn't understand how raw water could get "inside the engine" (dans le moteur)... I guess the only option is indeed through the exhaust line and back into the engine through an open exhaust valve. It is either that or a much more serious damage as a blown seal or gasket somewhere in the engine... He was indeed lucky that he did not hydrolock and broke something. I guess one of the chambers filled up with engine stopped and the start
    5 points
  9. Radio interview of Maxime Sorel; it is on the French side of the website, but not the English side. From what he says, it is tough... And regarding problems and failures, when it rains, it pours... The skipper of V&B-Mayenne was on the radio call this morning; he explains the tough conditions he has encountered in the past few days and how he manages the problems on board. " I have never seen a sea state like this! It is very hard to sail, the boat slams, then gets off in an overspeed surf. For safety reasons, I preferred to slow down, and reduce sails. RIght now, I have
    5 points
  10. I was thinking it would make a great starting point for an R2K boat FB- Doug
    4 points
  11. Windy, bumpy, cold and fast. They are doing outside shifts 30/45 min to spot potential icebergs.
    4 points
  12. Cannot believe what I have just seen on the french TV M6; they were interviewing JLC who is very disappointed. With his friend Kevin, they decided to make a joke and they made up the story of Jean being hurt by a flying fish ... with red stuff on his cheek. Unfortunately, nobody understood the joke and he received ton of sympathy messages. On a more serious side of the race, he is worried about the beating the boat received so far and will probably slow down a bit until he can check everything.
    4 points
  13. Little shithead showed up, proper schooner crew rolling in at 200 am looking like hell the night before you sail. So we are officially crazy cat people again...
    4 points
  14. I’m not sure Jack - but I’m pretty sure this is the first edition where sea state data and predictions probably play a more important role for the foilers than just expected wind speed and direction. Right or wrong - it is clear the VPLP and Verdier boats were optimized to achieve extremely good avg speeds very quickly above 15 knots and don’t need to chase the heavy airs. The last few years’ weather have been weird for everybody and I wouldn’t be the least surprised if things are stranger in 4 years time.
    4 points
  15. How is JLC so quick? Fastest guy out of pretty much everyone in the fleet. Can he actually win this thing?
    4 points
  16. Returning to base yesterday:
    3 points
  17. No crank handle...This is where someone posts on how to use snatch blocks, a line and gybing to start an engine with no power or has a shot starter motor.
    3 points
  18. I think that one of the other advantages of having the foils entering the hull so high, compared to other boats, is that in case of encounter with UFO, and god forbid, damage to the foil case/hull connection (just like we saw on Arkea Paprec), it does not mean immediate water ingress. The opening being so high, you could hope that it would stay out of the water most of the time (at least by sailing more conservatively) and easier access for repair from the outside. Regarding Tripon weather situation, according to the wind overlay on the official tracker, he should benefit from a small LP
    3 points
  19. A Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again and it won again. The local paper read: PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT. The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in another race. The next day the local paper headline read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS. This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby convent. The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the fol
    3 points
  20. I like my incorrect interpretation better.
    3 points
  21. Sad to see it in that kind of shape. Back in better days. .
    3 points
  22. BDS has been used during Dubya's term. Things will be very different after 1/20. Then it will be principled opposition founded on deeply held core principles.
    3 points
  23. Spot Sport- Ultimate 30
    3 points
  24. Helpful hint, run a nut down prior to cutting. After cut slightly bevel the cut and unthread the nut and it will chase the thread and clean it up as it comes off.
    3 points
  25. After his financial quest before the start w/ an old boat, after facing tropical storm Theta, after playing the inner lane like a wild boar the hole Atlantic, and after rescuing Escoffier in the middle of the Agulhas current clacclacclac aftermath... if he finally wins this... would be really historic and absolutelly mindblowing
    3 points
  26. Ref Charlie Dalin, we need to remember he is from the Desjoyeaux/Gabart school, he doesn't say if he has problems or not. You will also note that he never (or rarely) films the front end of the boat, avoiding giving any information whatsoever about the sort of sails he uses. So he probably had some issues (as Desjoyeaux says, Vendee Globe is one problem per day), most likely nothing major but we won't know for sure until the end. I also agree he is sailing conservatively, like Armel in 2016. Hey he has a reasonale lead, in theory is faster than anyone behind him.
    3 points
  27. JLC fastest boat in fleet over 24 hours with a not too shabby 460 Miles. He continues to amaze. Still love to hear where he sits effectively given the redress owing to him?
    3 points
  28. NYYC did it for 132+ years, so ETNZ have a fair way to go yet before it gets tiring
    3 points
  29. Yea.. in a way he did. 1764 he established the French settlement at Port Louis. The British had claimed the Falklands since 1690 but only established their settlement in 1765 at Port Egmont, Saunders Island. It wasn't until the next summer that the French and British became aware of each other when their survey vessels ran into each other. As was the norm in those days both captains sent over a letter saying get off my land.... followed after a polite pause with an invitation to dinner. Bougainville sold out to the Spanish who sent a force to throw out the British... Which they did but Br
    3 points
  30. Handbags magnetic mainsail control.
    3 points
  31. lol Jack you need to stop shattering continental versions of history that tries to make ppl feel less bad about their maritime traditions
    3 points
  32. Only five retirements out of, what, 33 entries? This is one of the better Vendees considering that the average attrition rate is 52%. Always seems like a bunch have issues before Good Hope, a few more by the Horn, and a few more tired ones thinking they made it in the Atlantic. This race is, and always has been, about managing yourself, your boat, with maybe a bit of lady luck mixed in. But looking back, it is the meticulous, well prepared, talented skippers who win. If Le Cam, or whoever, wins, it is not because of someone else's retirement. It is because they earned it, prepared for it, and
    3 points
  33. Here is 28 November, but not saying whether that confirms wifey's assertion or not:
    3 points
  34. Yep and considering Damien's boat is 3 edition old (2008) It's his first Vendee and he has one full functioning hand..... very impressing
    3 points
  35. Good morning, The Kerguelens have been left behind by the leaders who have about 3 days to get to Cape Leeuwin. There has been lots of gybing since the last report, with yours truly sticking his toe over the line and getting slapped by the virtual invigilators. The wind is going to veer to the NW relieving us from this unceasing gybe fest. I'm very happy that I am not doing this as a real life skipper or crew on one of these boats! One thing to watch is the changing VMG angles as the wind speed decreases. There is now a very big gap from Moby Bick back to the happy threesome tha
    3 points
  36. i remember that shit.
    3 points
  37. “Just to play devil’s advocate, [Biden] would probably say, ‘I haven’t gotten Covid and the president did, and he’s not a big fan of wearing masks’,” pointed out MacCallum, before being interjected by Giuliani. “And I haven’t either, and I don’t wear masks as much as probably I should … What they claim is science is nonsense,” said Giuliani. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/06/trump-lawyer-rudy-giuliani-masks-coronavirus-fox-news Now, he's got it? Good. Fuck him.
    3 points
  38. you can do this with the decompression lever, can't you? They stopped including those and a crank handle on marine diesel engines just after the war.
    2 points
  39. just enlarge it if Vendee rules changed a bit. The most winning boat in 650.
    2 points
  40. Since you mention wanting to make sure the threads are good after the cut, you probably know to put nuts on the bolts before you cut them. Removing the nuts after the cutting clears/cleans the threads.
    2 points
  41. Cayard yelled at the pirates crew for hanging sunglasses up on the leeward side. Next time he was off watch they tacked, crew woke him up & told him to swap sides, he got the message.
    2 points
  42. And on behalf of all of those who had the pleasure of sailing onboard mate - Thank you. I can never remember a cross word or anything but laughter and fun. And a few hangovers. I only wish we did more. Now this day brings a smile to my face everytime I think of it. Some mates, the girls, 25 knots and we took home all the pickle dishes. The only thing we didn't win was the meat tray. Again mate thank you for not just being a great skipper, but a great mate.
    2 points
  43. Beat me to it. Like most of the funky IOR boats, C-2 marathon canoes are built to be rule benders. The 26 was even worse. Same hull, with a standing headroom cabintop. My Dad had one, it was nicknamed 'Beluga'. They did sail better than they looked.
    2 points
  44. The tip of the ETNZ foil breaking the surface more often is just a side effect of the foil being straight vs having anhedral. I don't think breaking the surface makes a big difference. My take on straight vs anhedral foils is that the secret is in Glenn's hands and in sail control! As it runs out, the center of effort of the sails has to be more or less where the direction of foil lift intersects the centerline (or more precisely a line somewhere between center of gravity and rudder downforce, but it's close to the centerline.) The straight foils ETNZ has are probably more effic
    2 points

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