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  1. Yet still captivated me enough to root for him, albeit not for the win. He just seems so likeable, and seems to really have fun out in the middle of nowhere, compared to someone like Alex who just seems miserable. Same with Boris, who actually made videos that were watchable for someone who doesn't speak good French
  2. Surely a boat like Yeah Baby ( https://www.raceyachts.com.au/our-yachts/hugh-welbourn-designed-yacht-for-sale/ ) is a much better deal. And cheaper! Crazy
  3. My guess is that there is a problem with the 'flip-up' system of the rudder in question, ie. he hit a ufo, took the rudder out and the force of the impact also broke the mount. I think its a lot more complicated than just dropping a new rudder in, even if he is carrying one onboard (which face it, he would be).
  4. To be fair, even the fully crewed 100andsomething foot J-Class boats get it wrong, if anything it'd make the start interesting now that there's only two supermaxis. Also every time I see this a little bit of my soul dies inside of me
  5. Fingers crossed I can make it work! Maybe I need to find a hot girlfriend with huge knockers and set up a patreon and see you over on that page in cruising anarchy. Or I put in some hard work and get it done myself. I think most employers can see the hard work a sailor needs, and how those sorts of skills can be transferrable to the workplace. Regardless, cheers for your thoughts
  6. Fingers crossed some of these problems are solved in time for the ocean race, imagine a boat full of 10 or whatever crew with half of them sleeping having something like this happen. A good way to loose talented sailors that would be...
  7. Sorry WHAT??? How much needs to go catastrophically wrong for a boat like that to fold in two in 4 seconds? I guess when carbon fails it really REALLY fails
  8. I realise that much of the s2h is a pissing contest for the supermaxis, but wouldn't it be awesome to watch a decent fleet of imocas or class 40's absolutely hauling ass through Sydney heads and around tasman island. I guess its still to far from France to tempt them into coming on down, and that foils aren't allowed (or are they? when does a daggerboard count as a foil?).
  9. A sobering reminder of the risk we all take whenever we go offshore.
  10. And the autopilots that the VG boats use are way way ahead of the consumer market in terms of technology in many cases. I imagine some of the Sydney boats will be running nothing more than a beefy tiller pilot that just steers to either the wind or a waypoint, not taking into account roll, waves, currents, etc. Because of this, I could easily see many boats still hand steering a lot of the time, especially in shifty conditions with a kite up.
  11. Hang on, where did he go? I cant see any of those glorious comments anymore
  12. I guess it also comes down to how 'competitive' you want to be, realistically most older style cruising yachts could be fitted out to be cat1 safe. Won't get near the front of your division though (probably)
  13. Gotta say im a bit sad that im ignored, im so intrigued as to how one would make a three masted imoca
  14. Hang on, just to get this straight, you want a: - Carbon Fibre, Scow bow, brigantine (3 masts) rigged, Imoca 60 with a cabin top on it? Is it foiling too? Have you ever seen a boat in real life mate? You're nuts.
  15. Have you seen the inside of an Imoca 60? No standing headroom and a 'living' area of like 2x6 meters just behind the mast. The rest of the boat is just bulkheads and sail storage in light air. Do you really think the average cruising couple knows how to handle a wing mast and 3 headsails? I almost think there couldn't be a worse boat to base a cruising boat off of
  16. That's somewhat the plan, I've got one more year of uni left, then its time to hit the water on my own. I sometimes regret not taking a gap year straight out of high school but I really think then I wouldn't have been motivated enough to actually go to Uni, as silly as that might sound. My younger brother is taking a gap year out of hs, the same year I finish uni, so if we go together its cheaper too. We'll see. As I said right now I'm crewing anyway and building up my quals, maybe ill find a job later on delivering fancy yachts to fancy places, shitboxes to shitholes, Ill figur
  17. What a curious boat, shape like a warship and painted like a UK lifeboat, and a pedestal grinder forward of the cabin house... Interesting design philosophy that's for sure. Kudos for crossing the south atlantic in the middle of winter though
  18. Unfortunately I'm still at the 'dreaming about buying a cool boat' stage, but I appreciate the insight. Looks like it could be a reasonably competent boat, seems to have a bit more keel than Prion who just got 2nd on PHS in the Maria race.
  19. You also have to remember that its not just a flat bit of ice either, its allegedly over 500 meters deep and is shedding smaller icebergs off the sides constantly too. Id want to stay well, well away from that thing.
  20. Even if we had the entire imoca fleet competing, I bet the broadcast would still be exclusively a super-maxi match-racing show... Although maybe this year with only two of them we'll get to see a tp52 or two on there too
  21. Makes the thousand or so dollars for the Sydney Hobart almost seem reasonable. Then again, to most people that own or sponsor an ocean racer that's over 60ft, 400k euros is chump change. Hopefully they get a t-shirt thrown in for that price.
  22. I race out of Kettering fairly regularly on a few boats so if I see someone talking about Bulldozers ill know its you
  23. George: We need to have less carbon, lead and plastic in the oceans, there's already a pollution problem Juan: Ok boss, more shit into the ocean it is
  24. Good Advice, now if only I actually had a job hahaha There's certainly a non-zero chance we do, although the Tassie sailing scene is actually fairly big
  25. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/hobart-cbd/sail-boats/mg-30-yacht-for-sale/1260999980 This baby looks interesting, but also looks like it could need a new suit of sails before she's competitive. For the moment ill just keep on crewing on cool boats and I'm sure something will come my way one day
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