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    Astrolabe Anarchy!

    From what I understand, it's basically a manual version of the calculations celestial calculators do. The booklet has "how to" instructions and their own worksheets that I just print copies of.
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    Astrolabe Anarchy!

    I still do it. Here's a running fix I did during my last Gulf crossing, a little over a mile from gps position. I use S-Tables. They are quick and take up very little room. https://www.celestaire.com/product/celestial-navigation-with-the-s-table/
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    What I hate the most about Rob's approach is that he insists on quoting people out of context. He is a thread burner like DL, and just like DL, the best approach is to ignore and especially not quote them. Neither know what they're talking about but are the first to plant their flag on a topic. For example, below is a video of the boat Rob marketed as an ocean capable race boat? And he spends much of his time criticizing other Proa designers, who are actually sailing their boats, as in seaworthy! Get your popcorn ready though, Rob has a pre-packaged victim response ready to be pasted here with some tweaks criticizing me and whoever else calls him on his bullshit. Enjoy the show!
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    Defi Azimut 2020

    Reconnaissance is what. Maybe AT was there on a rib, with a wig and big moustache.
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    Defi Azimut 2020

    Tripon. Hell yeah.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    It's happened one time in 10K miles of sailing Jzerro and this was due to an abrupt wind shift under a rain shower in the Gulf while sailing to Cuba. I dropped the jib, lowered both rudders and put them hard over to tighten the turning radius. Then I wound the mainsail to the other bow and Jzerro started moving "backwards" until she essentially gybed back onto the correct orientation and we were off again. It was a low stress event that was quick to sort out.
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    girls run aground in WA State ....

    At least he is willing to admit he's never been any help with getting women off, and this will not be an exception.
  8. I wish that were the case but there's a reason performance boats pay extra to unlock the TWA feature their autopilots. While I've never seen an autopilot steer a performance boat well to AWA, on TWA the sensors for pitch and roll seem to override the TWA command to keep boats planing and adjusting for waves, especially off the wind, sort of simulating how we steer. Buy an off the shelf pilot from West Marine and set it to AWA and you will be going back to compass steering in no time, with TWA N/A.
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    Mini Globe Race 2024 - Classe Mini 580

    These will be very slow. Like phrf 300 slow. If they get some good skippers, it could be good racing though.
  10. And huge shout out to PRB for their skipper's first solo race.
  11. This has been incredible. Several restarts in one event. Those who don't complete this IMOCA "clinic" are at a disadvantage for the upcoming VG.
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    Mini Globe Race 2024 - Classe Mini 580

    I'd race that little clump around. They'll have fun.
  13. This race has been incredible. Can anyone think of a more compelling IMOCA race in the last five years?
  14. I've always liked that boom, but also, always wondered how long it would be around.
  15. Of the three new VPLP designs, Charal has a huge advantage. They launched early and tested the shit out of the boat, refined the foils, bow and who know what else and are further testing on the race course. However, Verdier must be feeling really good about his design approach since it doesn't seem they've changed much at all since launching and then Charal essentially adopted his foil concept. Also, both Verdier designs were capable of holding off the modified Gen 2. VPLP out of the box, so that's fantastic. My favorite is the Manuard design. Very fast off the wind, early in the race, with very few miles. I like Manuard's approach the most. Scow bow, water shedding deck, low flying and simple looking. I hope Armel's team gets her sorted, because I think his boat is going to be the easiest to drive hard in the South.
  16. Just a good night's sleep after a tack gone awry.
  17. He certainly had laminate issues during the last RdR, but the initial issues were during a different Transatlantic. Maybe even a return delivery? That boat used solid laminate for the hull, reinforced with lots of internal structure. I think the new one uses a sandwich laminate instead. This race would have been a great opportunity to further test the new HB before the VG.
  18. This is actually good news for Armel. It's unlikely he would have taken the opportunity to smash the hull the weather for three days if there wasn't a mandated race mark. This would have ended his Vendee Globe. Good news is, out of the box, his boat seems very fast off the wind.
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    Where did you get those bean bags?
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    Sat Tracking SPOT...tracking not reliable

    SPOT uses only one of their satellites to link to a shore based tower for it's service. It will not tether to another Globalstar satellite to complete a connection, so at certain distances offshore it won't work at all. Iridium uses many satellites that tether to each other until they reach a shore based tower. SPOT's service brags about the clarity of their phone calls when they are within their zones compared to Iridium, but they don't have the range whatsoever. I'm only interested in data and care about voice calls, so Iridium all day. Warning, the information above is not 100% accurate, but that's what I remember from using both.
  21. Me too. Manuard's move in bow volume is (IMO) a sure thing at this point based on results in the 650 and Class 40. 2, 4, 60. I still think it was a stoke of genius on Raison's part to bring this offshore. Helps foilers land softer and get back on foils quicker, and non-foilers to get up sooner without stuffing as much, all with higher averages. From a reliability standpoint I suspect neither suffer as much bow stuffing, which the rigs will appreciate. For Tripon, I think the key to his success will be keeping the boat as simple as possible since there is very little development time, and just pacing himself through the lens of having a fast reliable boat. I wonder how much his experience with the Multi 50 will inform his sail selections, since it seems their performances are similar offshore.
  22. If the other skippers aren't worried, they should be. This boat looks right and this skipper has won big offshore events before without being much on anyone's radar. He showed a lot of wisdom in his Multi 50 RdR victory, when he talked about restraining his urge to put up his big gennaker while approaching Guadeloupe. Conditions were within sail limits but gusty. Many sleep deprived solo sailors wouldn't have made that clear headed choice and he won handily.
  23. As long as that's a spinnaker, I don't care what the front looks like.