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  1. kass

    Boat design, selection and setup for the rest of us

    Bound to be a fascinating thread. Thanks for starting it! I bought my boat 'Zest' in early 2013 with the intention of taking part in the OSTAR, which I did in 2017 after extensive solo/double racing/cruising in the UK/France/Ireland/Portugal (Azores x 3). 1. A custom design by Rob Humphreys...
  2. kass

    Vendee Arctique

    Her latest blog post may shed some light…https://www.piphare.com/blog/digging-deep-is-compulsory
  3. kass

    Vendee Arctique

    If you're interested in the exact details of the modified course (from https://www.vendeearctique.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/Avenant%20IC%20Amendment%20SI%203.pdf):
  4. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Regarding my rankings history charts, I've 'fixed'* them so that they aren't upside down (i.e. boat in first is now at the top of the chart). Also, the link for the Ocean Fifty chart has changed and can now be seen...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    I agree, although it's probably just an optional feature that organisers can choose to pay for or not. I've been especially missing the rankings history charts...and finally got round to making some myself (better late than never). They are upside down (i.e. first is at the bottom), and I have...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    It will be interesting how much (or little) trouble the sargassum turns out to be for the fleet. Henri Laurent from Sailgrib was kind enough to send me a jpeg of the latest chart from University of South Florida's Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS). Unfortunately it's not freely...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    And for comparison, a little clip I took of Arkea Paprec: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWayUpMK4Xv/
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Here's a video the team made about the new foils. It has subtitles and you can turn on auto-translate into English if necessary.
  9. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Last I checked, there were no foiling boats in the ARC. They were doing >20 kts boat speed downwind. Most likely foiling, and then felt the boat suddenly nosedive and stop. Presumably the mast just kept going over the bow. Not hard to imagine. Why the boat suddenly plowed into the wave and/or...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Nice work. Three of the four Ultims in the pack (i.e. excluding Sodebo) have gybed over now. In addition to being the best route, weather wise, it will help them avoid some obstacles, namely the ARC+ fleet. See screenshot attached. I imagine seeing some TJV boats blow through might be the...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Thanks! I was not aware that Will Oxley is doing their routing. Interesting. So pleased they managed to sort things so they could rejoin the race. Will be fascinating to see if they can catch up. 
  12. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    What makes you say that?
  13. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    I'm glad I resisted sharing the videos I found by googling 'dolphin roadkill' earlier then...
  14. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Yes, but only for the multihulls.
  15. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Gutted for Justine and Sifi. I had high hopes for them on this race. That boat does not have a great record on this event. That makes just one finish out of three attempts, and two have ended with her mastless in A Coruña. At least this time they have a relatively short and painless motor to...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Not sure if you're trolling me, or picked a just picked a poor image to illustrate my point. I've attached a better one for you. In my experience* the larger traffic does for the most part stay within the TSS. The fishing vessels stay mostly to the east of it, over the continental shelf...
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Only thing you need to apologise for is making my homesick! That's my old fleet from Bembridge, Isle of Wight. Super people, with a lot of great sailors to learn from. The season runs from October until April. They race on weekends when there's high water during daylight (roughly every other...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Caught a glimpse of Initiatives-Coeur's routings on a video they posted yesterday (screenshot attached) . Kind of hard to make out, but appears that more of the routings are favouring going west of the TSS. From the forecasts, there doesn't seem to be much difference in terms of wind or sea...
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    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    Je vous en prie Monsieur ! (Capitaine ?)
  20. kass

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    I asked the same thing of a number of knowledgable people I bumped into before the start. Consensus seemed to be that Sodebo 3 is quite a bit heavier than the rest of the fleet, and given the expected light conditions she will struggle. Just looking at the rudder systems of each, it was easy to...

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