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I was this close to mad and Wattie a week or ten days ago, and, as has happened with too much regularity throughout this race, since the day I started - I got stuffed by a light wind pocket which formed just head of my track, and they zoomed out 400 miles or so ahead in the good wind on the other side...

That had happened enough already that back at C. Horn, of frustration and hoping to at least having had done something 'interesting' with my time to that point, I decided I would forego any ranking result (ha, as if I had a chance...) and see if these VR boats could make it through the Straits of Magellan.
I never found out.
I did find out, after 3 or 4 tries, that on backtracking and once past the mark, the server changed my status to having never cleared the CH checkpoint. Nice waste of time learning that...
Not wanting a DNF, I gave up on the idea and resumed following the 'forced course'.

So then, unknown and undeclared to mad and Wattie, I made them "The Reason", and have been tracking them relentlessly since. :D

If the server forecast holds, I might finish between them. I'm ~50 miles behind Wattie, and only 30 behind mad right now, and a few miles enough further south that I have 2-3mph more wind than they do for the next 12-18 hours. I intend to make it close, even if they don't give a shit. :)

 

               
       
               
 

 

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Good morning, This is that last update from me - the happy threesome have had a close finish with great relief all round.  There are still 5 SAists out there.  @vibroman abruptly turned left

Good morning (just, it's almost lunch time here), As pointed out the ranking are starting to make sense.  We are back to regular programming with @Your Mom back on top.  shockwave11 has managed t

Good morning, I see that @chuso007's  8yr old has pulled off some masterful strategy over the last few days, but is now in the middle of a heaving, sweating mass of SAers.  A place which may make

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Anybody know how many skippers in the Sydney to Auckland race...

Finished 2 hours behind Your Mom SA..exactly 1600th ..7 days and 7 minutes.

 

Fell asleep at the wrong time twice

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On 1/20/2021 at 1:47 AM, Tunnel Rat said:

Good morning,

No one has managed to finish since the last update. It is looking slow at the moment for everyone in the mid Atlantic, things should speed up soon for m2for after his interesting quadrilateral.

Mid has made it around the Horn and is chasing the rest of the pack in the S Atlantic. It will be interesting to see if Sticky's eastern route will pay off, I have my doubts!

20-Jan                
01:30UTC                
Place SA Name Boat Name DTF Days Hours Minutes Seconds Overall Finish
1 Your Mom Your Mom SA   68 22 25 45 23
2 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11   0 0 12 3 126
3 daan62 hutspot77   0 2 58 54 2202
4 Tunnel Rat Mongrel   0 3 4 35 2440
5 Will Lee Lorraine III   0 3 12 50 2853
6 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey   0 3 14 29 2928
7 Marty6 Cambodunum_VSC   0 3 20 18 3210
8 MasterRobin MasterRobin   0 3 20 50 3249
9 Gufmiester BigBalls   0 3 28 8 3648
10 Wet Hog WetHog-SA   0 3 28 36 3675
11 Iced Tea rule69   0 3 35 51 4039
12 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA   0 3 39 30 4221
13 TocToc Vuvuzela   0 3 45 45 4541
14 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA   0 4 28 45 6046
15 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA   0 4 37 15 6263
16 12345 Siafu   0 5 26 53 7273
17 TPG Hooperdrivestheboat   0 6 42 32 8236
18 viper43 viper64043   0 8 40 1 8820
19 Hydrogene Eau Gazeuse   0 11 1 8 9366
20 RIGO Screaming_Eagle   0 22 21 8 11333
21 kea.nn kea.nn SA   1 5 14 45 15428
22 yeahbuoy Cool J   1 7 58 17 16694
23 gavinbpk PGB   1 14 30 24 17688
24 arr4ws Arr4ws   2 5 1 58 21927
25 ttc546 ChrisAero2542   2 5 28 27 22671
26 sailon2 jahmbo SA   2 5 39 49 23093
27 Raz'r SVKahoots   2 6 42 55 25949
28 SteveJH Stephen_1987   2 6 49 24 26185
29 Giddy Up G-Troit_Express_SA   2 10 42 57 38366
30 bushsailor rushour   2 11 50 51 41602
31 F15 AUS AUS3572   2 12 29 54 43229
32 Flaming Flaming   2 12 45 49 43894
33 Mike G MikeVentura   2 13 11 45 44881
34 CordRipper RumHam   2 13 16 42 45057
35 MalahideGreener The GreeneMachine   2 16 43 33 48843
36 x2sea m2for-SA 1882.76          
37 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 140.1          
38 Headntac Ryoochi 270.9          
39 bbl Gjallarhorn 749.1          
40 PB2207 Chi-2207 811.6          
41 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 871.1          
42 klymen klymen 910.4          
43 rhenders The Hooded Fang 923          
44 chuso007 Lateral Festivis 1390          
45 Laser1 Hotfoot 1563          
46 Kenny Dumas SA_ Kenny Dumas 1577          
47 Knut Grotzki SA_KnutG 1663.4          
48 mad Sticky 1665.7          
49 Wattie MuritaiWatt 1730.1          
50 CapnK KR deCap 2987          
51 Mid SA_Mid 4587          
52 MobyBick MobyBick 5xxx          
53 gary Hschutz 10xxx          
54 Vin Divided Sky 12xxx          

I didn't have a massive amount of faith, but just for once decided on a flier.................it didn't work.:P

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21 minutes ago, mad said:

Thank fuck that's over and done with. :P

Amen! I think you crossed the line about 15 miles ahead of me. Congrats, good race!

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12 minutes ago, CapnK said:

Amen! I think you crossed the line about 15 miles ahead of me. Congrats, good race!

I was watching to see who was around. 

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Having just played around around on Syd-Auck race, it’s plain to see the advantage of a full pack. The people I normally follow are back to being Corinthian and miles back again. The new format is getting clunky, change course and 10 minutes later it’s reverted back to the original or exactly 180 degrees opposite. 

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Yeah, those 10 minute update intervals are a pain in the ass, especially in close quarters to land. Don't really know why they went for that since the server load should me much less after deactivation of the automatic updates.

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33 minutes ago, Marty6 said:

Yeah, those 10 minute update intervals are a pain in the ass, especially in close quarters to land. Don't really know why they went for that since the server load should me much less after deactivation of the automatic updates.

Put me on the rocks in the Syd-Auck race and took me an hour to get back off, also paid for a CZ with points and never able to use it.  I'll never part cash for something so unreliable, and get some of the junk of the new upgrade screen as well.

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Good morning,

This is that last update from me - the happy threesome have had a close finish with great relief all round. 

There are still 5 SAists out there.  @vibroman abruptly turned left just before the finish, bounced off Greenland and then stranded himself on the Labrador coast of NE Canada.  @Mid had some R&R on the beaches of Southern Brazil and is currently heading in roughly the correct direction in the middle of the S Atlantic. @MobyBick is ashore on King George Island just around the corner from The Machu Picchu Scientific Base which is a Peruvian polar scientific research facility in Antarctica (redundant fact time!). @gary (Divided Sky) spent quite a long time in a pub just south of Perth, but has relaunched and is heading towards the Horn, just north of Point Nemo.  And lastly @Vin and his boat Hschutz are firmly aground in Fjordland of SW New Zealand between Dusky Sound and Taiari Inlet.

Thanks to everyone for participating and making this thread a fun place to be.  See you for the next big one.

Tunnel Rat.

8-Feb                
01:15UTC                
Place SA Name Boat Name DTF Days Hours Minutes Seconds Overall Finish
1 Your Mom Your Mom SA   68 22 25 45 23
2 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11   0 0 12 3 126
3 daan62 hutspot77   0 2 58 54 2,202
4 Tunnel Rat Mongrel   0 3 4 35 2,440
5 Will Lee Lorraine III   0 3 12 50 2,853
6 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey   0 3 14 29 2,928
7 Marty6 Cambodunum_VSC   0 3 20 18 3,210
8 MasterRobin MasterRobin   0 3 20 50 3,249
9 Gufmiester BigBalls   0 3 28 8 3,648
10 Wet Hog WetHog-SA   0 3 28 36 3,675
11 Iced Tea rule69   0 3 35 51 4,039
12 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA   0 3 39 30 4,221
13 TocToc Vuvuzela   0 3 45 45 4,541
14 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA   0 4 28 45 6,046
15 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA   0 4 37 15 6,263
16 12345 Siafu   0 5 26 53 7,273
17 TPG Hooperdrivestheboat   0 6 42 32 8,236
18 viper43 viper64043   0 8 40 1 8,820
19 Hydrogene Eau Gazeuse   0 11 1 8 9,366
20 RIGO Screaming_Eagle   0 22 21 8 11,333
21 kea.nn kea.nn SA   1 5 14 45 15,428
22 yeahbuoy Cool J   1 7 58 17 16,694
23 gavinbpk PGB   1 14 30 24 17,688
24 arr4ws Arr4ws   2 5 1 58 21,927
25 ttc546 ChrisAero2542   2 5 28 27 22,671
26 sailon2 jahmbo SA   2 5 39 49 23,093
27 Raz'r SVKahoots   2 6 42 55 25,949
28 SteveJH Stephen_1987   2 6 49 24 26,185
29 Giddy Up G-Troit_Express_SA   2 10 42 57 38,366
30 bushsailor rushour   2 11 50 51 41,602
31 F15 AUS AUS3572   2 12 29 54 43,229
32 Flaming Flaming   2 12 45 49 43,894
33 Mike G MikeVentura   2 13 11 45 44,881
34 CordRipper RumHam   2 13 16 42 45,057
35 MalahideGreener The GreeneMachine   2 16 43 33 48,843
36 x2sea m2for-SA   9 18 1 51 56,427
37 bbl Gjallarhorn   11 7 54 39 57,975
38 Headntac Ryoochi   11 17 9 51 59,646
39 PB2207 Chi-2207   11 17 38 44 59,840
40 rhenders The Hooded Fang   11 17 39 58 59,847
41 klymen klymen   11 22 41 57 63,478
42 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches   11 23 1 8 63,949
43 chuso007 Lateral Festivis   14 7 35 33 135,208
44 Laser1 Hotfoot   14 18 36 32 141,895
45 Kenny Dumas SA_ Kenny Dumas   15 14 23 21 152,099
46 Knut Grotzki SA_KnutG   16 4 46 42 158,251
47 Wattie MuritaiWatt   20 22 0 56 206,199
48 mad Sticky   20 22 26 44 212,732
49 CapnK KR deCap   21 0 10 43 233,928
50 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 2529          
51 Mid SA_Mid 2016          
52 MobyBick MobyBick 4695          
53 gary Divided Sky 6801          
54 Vin Hschutz 9106          
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10 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Good morning,

This is that last update from me - the happy threesome have had a close finish with great relief all round. 

There are still 5 SAists out there.  @vibroman abruptly turned left just before the finish, bounced off Greenland and then stranded himself on the Labrador coast of NE Canada.  @Mid had some R&R on the beaches of Southern Brazil and is currently heading in roughly the correct direction in the middle of the S Atlantic. @MobyBick is ashore on King George Island just around the corner from The Machu Picchu Scientific Base which is a Peruvian polar scientific research facility in Antarctica (redundant fact time!). @gary (Divided Sky) spent quite a long time in a pub just south of Perth, but has relaunched and is heading towards the Horn, just north of Point Nemo.  And lastly @Vin and his boat Hschutz are firmly aground in Fjordland of SW New Zealand between Dusky Sound and Taiari Inlet.

Thanks to everyone for participating and making this thread a fun place to be.  See you for the next big one.

Tunnel Rat.

8-Feb                
01:15UTC                
Place SA Name Boat Name DTF Days Hours Minutes Seconds Overall Finish
1 Your Mom Your Mom SA   68 22 25 45 23
2 Blue Mountain YC  shockwave11   0 0 12 3 126
3 daan62 hutspot77   0 2 58 54 2,202
4 Tunnel Rat Mongrel   0 3 4 35 2,440
5 Will Lee Lorraine III   0 3 12 50 2,853
6 Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey   0 3 14 29 2,928
7 Marty6 Cambodunum_VSC   0 3 20 18 3,210
8 MasterRobin MasterRobin   0 3 20 50 3,249
9 Gufmiester BigBalls   0 3 28 8 3,648
10 Wet Hog WetHog-SA   0 3 28 36 3,675
11 Iced Tea rule69   0 3 35 51 4,039
12 Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA   0 3 39 30 4,221
13 TocToc Vuvuzela   0 3 45 45 4,541
14 Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA   0 4 28 45 6,046
15 Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA   0 4 37 15 6,263
16 12345 Siafu   0 5 26 53 7,273
17 TPG Hooperdrivestheboat   0 6 42 32 8,236
18 viper43 viper64043   0 8 40 1 8,820
19 Hydrogene Eau Gazeuse   0 11 1 8 9,366
20 RIGO Screaming_Eagle   0 22 21 8 11,333
21 kea.nn kea.nn SA   1 5 14 45 15,428
22 yeahbuoy Cool J   1 7 58 17 16,694
23 gavinbpk PGB   1 14 30 24 17,688
24 arr4ws Arr4ws   2 5 1 58 21,927
25 ttc546 ChrisAero2542   2 5 28 27 22,671
26 sailon2 jahmbo SA   2 5 39 49 23,093
27 Raz'r SVKahoots   2 6 42 55 25,949
28 SteveJH Stephen_1987   2 6 49 24 26,185
29 Giddy Up G-Troit_Express_SA   2 10 42 57 38,366
30 bushsailor rushour   2 11 50 51 41,602
31 F15 AUS AUS3572   2 12 29 54 43,229
32 Flaming Flaming   2 12 45 49 43,894
33 Mike G MikeVentura   2 13 11 45 44,881
34 CordRipper RumHam   2 13 16 42 45,057
35 MalahideGreener The GreeneMachine   2 16 43 33 48,843
36 x2sea m2for-SA   9 18 1 51 56,427
37 bbl Gjallarhorn   11 7 54 39 57,975
38 Headntac Ryoochi   11 17 9 51 59,646
39 PB2207 Chi-2207   11 17 38 44 59,840
40 rhenders The Hooded Fang   11 17 39 58 59,847
41 klymen klymen   11 22 41 57 63,478
42 Hike, Bitches HikeBitches   11 23 1 8 63,949
43 chuso007 Lateral Festivis   14 7 35 33 135,208
44 Laser1 Hotfoot   14 18 36 32 141,895
45 Kenny Dumas SA_ Kenny Dumas   15 14 23 21 152,099
46 Knut Grotzki SA_KnutG   16 4 46 42 158,251
47 Wattie MuritaiWatt   20 22 0 56 206,199
48 mad Sticky   20 22 26 44 212,732
49 CapnK KR deCap   21 0 10 43 233,928
50 Vibroman Vibroman_SA 2529          
51 Mid SA_Mid 2016          
52 MobyBick MobyBick 4695          
53 gary Divided Sky 6801          
54 Vin Hschutz 9106          

Thanks for all the updates TR, when are we assembling again?

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12 hours ago, mad said:

Thanks for all the updates TR, when are we assembling again?

No problem - it has been enjoyable.

Here is the list in the VR calendar.  I might well do the RORC 600 and see how many islands I can bounce off.  Is there much interest from the rest of the gang?

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Looking ahead the only other one that grabs my attention is the Fastnet.

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I kinda have to do C600.  I have a bit of a reputation to uphold there.  I've done it five times, finishing 6th in 2020, 6th in 2019, 4th in 2018, 1st in 2017, 11th in 2016.  The 11th was my best finish at the time, and the win was my second win (only about 2 weeks after my first win).  I like that event.  With that said...  The Auckland race that just finished has me less confident than usual.  I shanked every decision in that one, and the spike in interest from Vendee has a huge number of people playing with fervor.  We'll see.

If you like coastal sprints, those events would be C600, SMQ, NCR, and Fastnet.  I'll probably do most of those.  Maybe all.  Depends on how much sleep I lose trying to do well in the first couple.

If you prefer long ocean passages, then the Transat, or the ongoing Tara Ocean thing (Isla Noir - Puerto Montt is starting in 5 days, and then Montte - Valpo, Valpo-Iquique, Iquique - Panama, Panama-Pitre, Pitre-Cayenne).  I'm not doing Tara, and I'll probably skip the transat because transats get dull to me...  The French really like transat races, so there are several per year.  I might think about the Mini Transat or Sables Horta.  The Tara would probably be fun if you've never done Clipper...  Long passages on slowish boats can make for interesting strategy.  But I've done two Clippers and last year's Magellan event (15 legs to circle the world in a caravelle that tacks through 130 degrees), so I'm a little tired of long passages on slowish boats.

They add events all the time, so the calendar is far from set.  They also generally have at least one record going.  Right now, it's Jules Verne, though mid-April.  You could start that any time in the next 2-3 weeks and still finish.  I've never done very well in it, but I keep trying.  (For those who don't know, records are events where you can start anytime, and the ranking is based on elapsed time, so finding a good start window is key...  You can also pay credits to restart anytime, and can restart free after a finish, completing multiple runs if there's time).  They haven't added whatever's next to the calendar yet.   If they do LA-Honolulu, I've won that the last two years.

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Have fun Mommie and Thank You Mr Rat.... BYEBYE...

oh and one last thing!!! a big round of applause for one overly big wet PIG who took my idea and ran way to fastaway with it,

Go Faster! Out

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6 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Looking ahead the only other one that grabs my attention is the Fastnet.

Same here

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8 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

No problem - it has been enjoyable.

Here is the list in the VR calendar.  I might well do the RORC 600 and see how many islands I can bounce off.  Is there much interest from the rest of the gang?

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Looking ahead the only other one that grabs my attention is the Fastnet.

probably the R600, channel race and Fastnet I think. Possibly one of the others if there's plenty of lumpy bits to avoid. 

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New to VR.  I looked years & years ago at the start of a Volvo and thought it was pay to play by default so canned that.

Vendee was the first one but will do other bits & bobs home & work time permitting.

Hoping to earn a few freebee points to buy some proper gear in the big events :-)

 

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4 hours ago, Laser1 said:

Hoping to earn a few freebee points to buy some proper gear in the big events :-)

If you just want to earn credits and you don't mind posting some awful finishes, my recommendation would be to just enter as many events as you can stand to deal with, without buying any options for any.  Try to check in once a day and keep pointing in the right general direction.  They usually give you far more time before the race closure deadline than even the most casual users need to finish.  Literally just checking in once a day to re-activate autosails and set a decent straight-line course for the next 24 hours should get you to the finish, and will earn you some credits without much work.

Of course, if you occasionally find one that you want to invest more time into, you'll get more credits out of that.

The important thing is to remember to check into the race after finishing, and click the "Get" button to actually claim your credits.  If you never do that, you don't get any credits for your finish.

 

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1 hour ago, Hike, Bitches! said:

I did the 1st leg of that Tara Ocean thing, and it was painful. An event that is only a few days might be fun like the RORC 600..

Tara leg 1 was quite painful, I spend 1/3 race at 1.5kts and not sail later legs. Looking forward to 600, should be fun!

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8 hours ago, Your Mom said:

I also skipped the Tara, but FWIW...  Apparently they improved the boatspeed starting with leg 2.

Was only really painful race I have ever sailed in (virtually). Looks as nice offerings ahead for 2021. Unsure regarding new scoring, ELO seems fairer but we will see.

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4 hours ago, Jean-Baptiste said:

Unsure regarding new scoring, ELO seems fairer but we will see.

The new VSR is a participation contest.  You can be ranked higher finishing 1,000th in every race than entering only 70% of races and winning every race you enter.  Don't allow yourself to care about it unless you want to race in every event.

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9 hours ago, Your Mom said:

The new VSR is a participation contest.  You can be ranked higher finishing 1,000th in every race than entering only 70% of races and winning every race you enter.  Don't allow yourself to care about it unless you want to race in every event.

Precisely, unsurprisingly they have put economics ahead of accuracy.

I think best plan is to just enter races that find of interest and not be concerned with ranking. 

I may just hold you off across the line in the Verne, my 11 day head start seems to have given me the required margin.

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On 2/17/2021 at 10:48 PM, Your Mom said:

The new VSR is a participation contest.  You can be ranked higher finishing 1,000th in every race than entering only 70% of races and winning every race you enter.  Don't allow yourself to care about it unless you want to race in every event.

My apologies, I did believe I was up voting, turn out wss doing opposite.

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Nord Stream Series anyone? 9 days out... SA_Bump is in.....

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13 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

I'm in.  Not paying anything, but I have quite a lot of credits so I will probably get some bells and whistles - to be decided on when a clearer forecast is available.

 

My plan, I will get foils and see about sails when forecast becomes more clear. Bonne chance à tous!

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Gjallarhorn is in.

Full pack: I want to know that it's me and not my boat when I sail badly.

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