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moody frog

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  1. Love that ! Duodecimal v/s Roman decimals, never thought about that but wish I had. A lot of food for thought ! Thanks
  2. I read Paprec's report at the time of the race. They pointed out that this was their first trial foray into offshore sailing and that at this point, contrary to others, they did not fully IRCized the boat. With the TP 52's rating being very close to, the cut-off, that was it. Details on their FB
  3. "Chance 37" (a not so one-ton)was NOT Britton's first design of that size, he had had before "De Schelde II" then "Breyell II" both under RORC rule. Shape evolution between those 3 shows a full time enquiring mind and a number of "finds". Soon after the Chance 37, came the "Offshore 1" 33' and "Salmon" logic was in place and ... in line (do I believe)
  4. And Sam did some shore weather routing too (with JL Nelias), memory is weak but fortunately Google says it was for Coville. Which fits with her having one of the neatest brains on the circuit.
  5. Question: Who would buy (and/or afford) a C40 outside a fully sponsored project, which in turn would insist on TJV participation and "returns" ? (only TJV and RdR provide those) Question 2: Which (sailing illiterate) marketing manager of a sponsor would "take the risk" of not going mainstream i.e scow bow ? C40 is a good advertising product (cost/return ratio) and business talks. Alternative TJV courses introduced this year are purely "potential returns" inspired. If successful it should boost the C40 class. Note: I'm a long time fan of scows
  6. James22: - Shorthanded: again the Genoa might be a problem despite the sizeable original winches. - Broker: looong time I've not been involved in that ( cms would know much better). in those days I would have suggested a short charter, to be refundable in case of purchase. (PS: here in Europe prices seem to be in the $ 40k range for a decent one)
  7. Has been a "hot" stretch of water for centuries e.g: - As far back as 1839, both Navies had to interfere in what had become a fist-fight, and a calming down international treaty be signed between UK and France. - 1939 a "commando" of French fishermen forcefully built a settlement on Les Minquiers, where Jersians had started building navigation marks. Jersian and French powers resisted to no avail, fishermen flew the tricolour. Once the "interim" Germans gone, French and UK governments had to tackle the problem, which required the Den Haag international court to state Jersian r
  8. Your two precise questions: - How high they point? : with a non-furling genoa, will easily outpoint any "modern" yacht !! (and a joy to tiller-steer upwind) - How do they stand up in a blow? : very well - they were designed as an ubiquitous boat one could set either as a long undercanvassed One Tonner or alternatively with more SA as a minimum Admiral's cupper. Most are slightly above the old OT rating, therefore pretty stiff ! (nota: very well but the low freeboard makes every weather going a bit "impressive") My only other comments: - that genoa is big for family cruisin
  9. I read between the lines: " We, French team, are on the verge of being excluded from the field - because of results but also because we repeatedly fail finding money, I had to try a bold move and keep fingers crossed"
  10. Unfortunately one has to take a year subcription to that newspaper to get the full article I can see that Fijis' sunlight does not affect good eyesight Other interesting point is that Besson had last spring been elected vice-president of the French sailing Federation in an internal coup. Can of worms.
  11. exactly what I suggested. Incidentally, the sensitivity to wind angles also showed in the battle between Sodebo and Actual. One tack perpendicular to the direct route for Sodebo, shortly after Fastnet, resulted in a significant advantage by the Scillies where Actual regained as much by a different routing between TSS. IMHO: so different beasts that hv nothing to do in what shd be a pure IRC race.
  12. I have followed the race, this year, more than I ever did in the recent years. My attention was first attracted by the "bold move" of the big tris and Imocas down to the Channel Islands: Could modern boats high speeds re-shuffle the long established approach to Channel tide traps ? (Shd Skorpios and Rambler have taken the same approach ??) Speeds: interesting to see 40 footers and JPKs holding or overspeeding the monsters of "most commentators" days like Stormvogel, pen Duick and Swan 65s over more than 600 miles in big boat weather. The other point of interest was watching the
  13. And the Polish V 70 is not that far away, less than 50nm away. !!
  14. Yep ! I guess they looked for a class which would fit with their life rythm and provide fun when they were free to sail. QTs then somehow crossed the most boxes when duly -and intelligently- modified , by the class. (Going backwards in their lives was probably nice too) That behind the class was a hard pushing individual certainly helped.
  15. You'll find out that these boats have been reshuffled (rig & keel) and rebuilt for more than $50k. Question then is why people regroup in a such a dry-sailed class, must be some reason ..... and lack of something in the current offerings.
  16. 1/4 Tonner I believe,with a "naming" mistake, Looks to me as a GRP "Quarto".
  17. Actually it is somehow the reverse situation !! The Yacht-Club which had founded the One-ton-Cup had regained their cup in the early sixties, just to face the demise of the 6mR class, no more challenges !! One of their officers, Mr Peytel conceived the brilliant idea to promote level-class racing within the then burgeoning fleet of RORC racers. (If you want to find competitors follow what owners are buying) Such was the success of the two first events that the "Ton-classes" were born ...... Peytel was even quoted saying "we had planned on a friendly meeting of the French, B
  18. Oh yes that's older than us ....... 14th century celtic boat (replica)
  19. So big were the numbers of "Scampis" and Magnusson's "Ballad" built, that it might not have left room for anybody else?
  20. That is great Sleddog and .... so good to read "Alan has deepened NELLY's keel to a design by Larry Tuttle". ! Kind of news I like.
  21. At the time, I had been only too happy to see a brass plate with " design by Philip L. Rhodes". How's that about misplaced trust
  22. Although I would rank a Biscay crossing in a mine sweeper which moved in the gale, hour after hour, as an IOR boat before a death roll as one of my more frightening experiences ........
  23. Second you 100% on the press. We came back, retired, in the middle of the night. After a few hours sleep and a quick phone call home, we regrouped on the Plymouth quay. Then comes this guy, long gray hairs and a "Colombo" like raincoat. "How did you guys on "Javlin" do ?" he says in French. A lot of ?????? were surrounding our heads till we realise we wear early "Javlin" fleece jackets . After introducing himself as the reporter sent by the largest french tabloïd, he went straight to his concern, "have you lost any friends ?" telling us the Dutch warship was bringing back corpses.
  24. Thank you for the story P. Wop. When we reached Plymouth (retired) I felt we were no where as decent sailors as we previously thought .... just to hear a lot of stories and tick-off a number of "bad job" boxes. Now, 40 + years later, you help me tick te last remaining box: "unable to keep a proper DR for very long hours" . Thanks PS: no engine and no electronics bar the RDF.
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