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  1. VG sailors at sea in the rough A translation: JLC: Damien can you receive me ? DS: Yes Jean I can (garbled)... I don't think you're receiving me that well but I receive you very well. JLC: Yeah, now I do, clac clac clac.. and ... clac clac clac (0:30) DS: What are you doing, you're playing with your camera ? JLC: Yeah because, its screwing up... cla clac clac... there we go DS: Listen (garbled) JLC: Well listen its a pretty incredible story right, we meet in the middle of the indian ocean, 3 miles from one another, its pretty extraordinary. DS: (garbled) what you did
    25 points
  2. I think starling speed is a bit faster than seagull speed.
    11 points
  3. 11 points
  4. Vendée Globe. Michel Desjoyeaux: "I'm appalled, when there are 40 knots, everyone talks about a storm". After Armel Le Cléac'h and François Gabart, following our interviews with the former winners of the Vendée Globe in the company of the only two-time winner of the single-handed round-the-world race: Michel Desjoyeaux. And when you have dominated the way this event was his, you have the right to say everything. It makes sense and it is direct. Voiles et Voiliers: What is your assessment at the end of this first month of the Vendée Globe? Michel Desjoyeaux: First of all, peo
    10 points
  5. Reminds me of a more detailed account of this mission to St Paul. I haven't yet found it on google yet, but here's a brief outline I found from facebook - "The island itself is a collapsed volcanic caldera, accessible via a shallow bar. The interior of the caldera is said to be crawling with southern fighter crayfish and pre WWII the French operated a cray fishing operation there. Following the outbreak of WWII the dozen men who manned this operation were stranded on St Paul's for the duration of the war. Over the next six years all but one man succumbed to the effects of scurvy. The island th
    10 points
  6. in the old days the winds were stronger, the waves were bigger and the water was wetter. Didn't know MD was one of the four yorkshiremen.
    8 points
  7. Small interview of Armel Tripon on the French side of the website, without English translation. So here it is. After a very tough start and a lot of technical issues, the guy is finding the rythm, has good weather, knows it and is trying to get the most out of it. On board l'Occitane en Provence, Armel Tripon is sailing fast in the Indian Ocean. Here is his mindset after one month at sea. "I must be the only one with flat seas in the Indian Ocean. I feel like I am sailing in the English Channel, it is a dream! I am still ahead of a front, I almost see blu
    7 points
  8. Some really cool shots from above! https://www.martin-raget.com/folio/2616/pratice-racing.html https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3631802100210155&id=100001412028875&sfnsn=scwspmo
    7 points
  9. Weather update So Dalin and his boat survived that cold front passing last night. Now calmer weather projected as the front moves away. Nice reaching conditions. See pics 1 and 2 for IR clouds and ECMWF wind/pressure. Moderate Tropical Storm Bongoyo is projected by the Mauritius Met Service to move SE. If it goes more south it could impact the back end of the fleet, so I've plotted it. The LP coming down +/- Friday between Australia and the AEZ can be seen top left of Australia. Sea is calming down a bit to 4 meters (pic 3). As my weather routing just crashed 3 times in a row, I
    7 points
  10. There was some discussion about bringing Tomy Abhilash's boat there by the Indian Navy after his rescue in the GGR, but was deemed impractical... He was dropped off at nearby Il Amsterdam Island (49nm away) by the French Fisheries Patrol ship Osiris, and later picked up by an Indian Navy destroyer. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/golden-globe-race-all-efforts-made-to-rescue-commander-abhilash-tomy/articleshow/65909618.cms?from=mdr The suitable anchorage at St Paul is hard by the beach in the extreme NE corner of the caldera. There had been a French lobster cann
    7 points
  11. https://www.ouest-france.fr/vendee-globe/vendee-globe-sam-davies-on-remet-le-bateau-a-l-eau-dimanche-7080715 Initiaves Coeur will be re-launched on Sunday.
    6 points
  12. I know we use seagulls in here, but Stuff obviously have their own speed gauges using starlings.
    5 points
  13. I have no idea whether ITUK is shit, I am very clear that Magnus has no idea whether they are shit either. It just looks like he has read some of the pro-kiwi press and got a bit mouthier.
    4 points
  14. Desjoyeaux surely hasn't forgotten who very nearly won the race and finished 2nd right on his heels in the 2000 Vendee Globe, the youngest sailor (with Alan Roura) to ever finish the VG, 24 year old Ellen MacArthur... a heck of a sailor !
    4 points
  15. Well, it's not that clear to me, I have to admit. I'd like to BELIEVE it's so, but we've all been here before. The very first time the boats almost come together and some of you cheerleaders are getting way over excited and well ahead of the game. Just sayin.
    4 points
  16. Poor Donnie, his last chance to get a Time Magazine person of the year award is lost. See who did a better job.
    4 points
  17. I guess this is when GD goes around to Bruno Trouble and tells him to back off with Mr Raget taking photos from the helicopter. The Kiwis would be much better off if the pictures of their lower batten controls were not out. Letting the defender out and about amongst the challengers this early in the game can't be to GD's liking, even if it does generate event publicity and helps in getting the city and the govt off his back.
    4 points
  18. I think we can safely say that "The laser class" will not succeed. As far is I know now eurilca and all it's member organisations are focussing on getting a better representation in ilca but not on TLC. Next years' Dutch Masters will be an eurilca event as usual. The world sailing meeting in which the TLC application was rejected seems to have sealed the fate.
    4 points
  19. If only that were true! It looks like they are all on a sharp learning curve. The boats must be an incredible adrenalin rush when they take off. At the higher wind speeds they are right on the ragged edge of control with disaster possible at any moment. Plus all the issues of mechanical and structural failure. Plus trying to get the twin skin deck sweeping bottomless mainsails to work and controlling twist at the top. And then choosing high or low aspect jibs. Then the foils and foil controls and getting enough hydraulic power from the grinders.... It is a contest of gigantic propor
    4 points
  20. I'd rather slower boats, longer races, and the tension over time that generated. Not the fast and furious for the attention deficit generation.
    4 points
  21. Yeah me too. There used to be something special with what Peter Montgomery used to call the "trial of strength" where the two IACCs would go upwind in unison until the windward boat would either get spit out or could live there. With the lead mines that intense moment could last 10 minutes or more and was just exhilarating.
    4 points
  22. Look at conditions in photo needed to access the shallow narrow break in crater wall. And bring min 800 feet of anchor rode rope not chain.
    4 points
  23. There's a story behind the Finn. I bought it in the late '70's in Seattle, though it was from the Bay Area and had been owned by Peter Sutter- I bought it from his son. I sailed it off the Shillshole I-14 dock for several years. I loved sailing that boat, watching the sun set over the Olympics. As simple and pure as sailing gets. I moved to Santa Cruz in the mid 80's to go to work for West Marine, just when they moved HQ there- which ended up being a short lived career choice. But in the turmoil of moving, the Finn & trailer were stolen from the Santa Cruz yacht harbor parking lot.
    4 points
  24. this is a trajedy that boat was destined to become a work of art Roger is an astonishing bloke and a good man on the helm I slept well when he was in charge through the nights of a 500 miler from the solent to edinburgh
    3 points
  25. Dog lies. Why do you people engage him on his outright bullshit? It's like trying to play ping-pong with a vacuum cleaner.
    3 points
  26. Investigate and bring charges if necessary then try him in a court of law. That’s how this country is supposed to run.
    3 points
  27. Absolutely incredible and *Thank You* for the translation. What I love about this exchange is that here you have two competitors, but they are okay to talk about what sails they got up, what they might do, no trying to hide shich kind of tells me the level of confidence they have in sailing their boat. I also got a kick about them talking about foilers and how they were beating down on Boris. No pride there huh? ;-) It is something to consider when a man of JLCs's experience is saying this is a new experience....Wow. I think this group of boats is a blast to watch for they have ma
    3 points
  28. When I saw this topic back on top I couldn't remember it, so I started reading. When I got to "Austin's" post, I got am unexpected lump in my throat. I'm one that never met him, or really even knew much about him other than his SA persona, But he always showed a decency in everything he said that made me want to know him better. Jiffy, I'm terribly sorry for your loss.
    3 points
  29. Med mooring can separate the men from the boys.
    3 points
  30. I'm translating it cortosam, will post it when done... takes a little time.
    3 points
  31. I'd love to see a Hugo Boss-sponsored Jules Verne attempt, skippered by AT.
    3 points
  32. JLC talks to Seguin via VHF. Plenty of info there. There are french subtitles, auto-translate should work.
    3 points
  33. Size/power isn't everything. Back in the day, I had one of the first Datsun 240z cars when they came out. Raced a Jaguar XJS, his 5.3L V12 left my 2.4L inline 6 for dead in a straight line. But I caught him at every set of corners, and might have passed, had he not been all over the road. That "24 ounce" was an awesome sports car for it's day, and price. I miss it. Same with these boats, it will the sum of the entire package which includes the crew.
    3 points
  34. Guess it doesn't matter too much if ETNZ are muffin their starts if they have starling speed?
    3 points
  35. Thanks for the update, good job to all involved
    3 points
  36. Welcome to the site, Jiffy. Sorry we had to "meet" under such terrible circumstances. For a while there, Matt was talking about moving out to the PNW and I was encouraging him at every turn. Eventually, he decided to stay put (probably to be with you!) so I stopped nagging him. Once we get out of this Covid tunnel, I'd love to get a bunch of SA'ers together for a sail around the PNW waters in Matt's honor. If and when that happens, you would be most welcome to join.
    3 points
  37. Yup, it was pretty obvious that Burling was sandbagging in the starts prior to the cup itself. Even Chris Draper went on air and said precisely that during the knock out stage with BAR if I remember correctly. He even specifically stated that Burling was allowing himself to be hooked on occasions. In fairness his dominance in the starts against Spittle cannot be solely attributed to his prowess. That start in race 8 where he looped around and stuffed Jimmy head to wind was legendary but also at least partially due to a more manouvreable boat.
    3 points
  38. To finish this off, this is what I ended up making. Rather than bush the stud pivot point (which is in thinnish sheet metal) I bushed the Morse cable. Made a new stud (no brass lying around so I used 316SS) a bit larger to take the bushings, which are threaded for the cable and made from PEEK. I'll put a locknut on each side. Should be good until the engine dies I think. Max's has simple flat shift levers, on mine the shift lever is formed into a clamp to the shift shaft, otherwise I'd do what he suggests.
    3 points
  39. I would prefer that we get back to following norms, rules and laws across the board. He seems like a more than qualified choice, and would be great when the time runs. Pick someone who doesn’t require a waiver. If the position is open in 2023, Gen. Austin would be a great choice. He isn’t, now.
    3 points
  40. Just wandered through the viaduct. No sign that they're going out.
    3 points
  41. Good morning, Lots of discussions above about the pros and cons of routers. All I know is that if you take a flyer off the obvious route such as MikeVentura, you can loose miles very quickly. On to more interesting matters - the rankings for the back three seem to be completely farked....... All I do is copy down what the rankings say. It looks very wrong. MurataiWatt has been put back in his/her correct position and closest competitor Moby Bick has got over excited on his southwards strategy and gone well over the limit, then bounced back and heading almost due north - not n
    3 points
  42. My favorite woman on this Vendée, no mannerism alla Clarisse, just perfect sailing, quietness and boldness as well
    3 points
  43. Isabelle eats the southern ocean for breakfast: " The wind has been blowing strong, 35, 40 knots since this morning. The sea is foaming, powerful, indomitable. Sitting in my seat, while my MACSF surfs, I am mesmerised by the spectacle of nature in the wild. Cradled, dazzled, I feel like I am dough kneaded by the elements. " (Isabelle Joschke, VG site) " Cette femme est imperturbable !!! " (comment on youtube, This woman is imperturbable !!!)
    3 points
  44. I can assure you, nothing was added to The Rod's replies. Perhaps sharing my reverence for The Rod, as well as my deep appreciation for the journalistic accomplishments of my Sailing Anarchy predecessors (RIP Lil Murray), would help you understand why editing or embellishing on his replies strikes against my very nature and sense of honor. The Rod is a man of action. A man of great vision. A man of few words. A man of even fewer words that are comprehensible. Misunderstood genius? Yacht Building Savant? The next Robert Perry? The Frank Lloyd Wright of the sea? These are not question
    3 points
  45. From my oceanographer friend at Tidetech. Attached is a timeseries of 20-min predictions for Hobart this week. As you can see on a daily basis the shape of the tide varies from the almost once a day occurrence that you have noticed to a more regular nearly twice a day tide. This kind of tide is called 'mixed' for obvious reasons. Why? Because there is competition between the once a day tidal forces and the twice a day tidal forces. Oceans are affected by both these tidal frequencies but the shape (and depth) of the ocean offers more favourable response
    3 points

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