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  1. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    With the one design keel there is one hydraulic ram that is connected to the head of the keel.  Then there is a false ram which is really just a tube where you can block the keel on center.  Isabelle had broke the main ram then some time later broke the false ram.  When that happends there is...
  2. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

     It is strange that people would say this when Boris has more experience then both of them put together.
  3. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    There is approximately 40 tonnes on the head of the keel when it is fully canted and sailing.  So you could say about half that, around 20 tonnes to hold it on center.  That would be a tall order with the space where you could tie the lines.  I am not sure it would be possible with the more...
  4. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Not sure why there is not much interest this time around for the zero emission thing.  If Conrad found the money he would have done it of corse.   A OceanVolt motors was installed on Hugo Boss but was never talked about much unfortunately.  In my opinion it is a fantastic set up for the IMOCA...
  5. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    For all the autopilot question:  The new autopilots such as Bravo madentec have all sorts of new modes.  You can choose to pilot by heel angle or boat speed target as well as the normal modes.  They also have certain abilities to machine lean the characteristics of your boat.   Boris could have...
  6. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Godforsaken sea is Epic one of the reasons I fell in love with the VG
  7. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Fabrice 's on-board computer and back up on-board computer is dead. Those are responsable for routing/performance/on-board camaras etc. but does not control anything with his automatic pilot.  
  8. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    If they go north now they will have a TWA of ~80degrees when it starts to get windy.  If they continued east then they would have a TWA of 50 or worse and being crunched against the ice limit when the wind comes.
  9. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Juan K has nothing to do with PRB.  PRB was designed by Guillaume Verdier and VPLP.  Gsea is a engineering company in France that specialises in structural engineering.
  10. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    When PRB was launched some ladies came on board and there shoes punched holes in the deck because it was so light!
  11. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    The crazy thing is that for the last 3 VendeeGlobe editions this boat has retired at nearly the same spot.  Coincidences are mental! 
  12. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Nothing is clear.  So we can't jump to conclusions.
  13. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    The fact is that all new boats are in unknown territory in terms of engineering.  There was a huge jump in performance and loads on the structure from the 2015 boats and the architect can only make educated guesses based on past expériences.  No teams have the resorcess to fully explore...
  14. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    https://www.letelegramme.fr/voile/vendee-globe/le-vendee-globe-plus-suivi-que-le-tour-de-france-et-roland-garros-19-11-2020-12658854.php "More people are following The Vendee Globe then followed the tour de France and [some tennis match]".  Fantastic news coming out of French Media.  This is...
  15. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    He probably has not declared officially to the race direction that he has retired.  That way he can take advantages of media and rankings until he arrives in cape town.   There might also be a money play... but not sure, how, or if any you receive for making to the longitude of cape town.  It...
  16. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Like I said calm conditions.  15-20kts in souther ocean is calm.
  17. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    The rudders are symmetrical but would be nearly impossible and unpractical to switch them every time you tack.  It would also be super risky to sail with just one rudder.  All boats keep both rudders down unless the condition are calm.
  18. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    There are different systems but most have a hook at the end of a ~100mm shaft.  The hook is attached to the boat and a rod attached to the rudder bottom plate.  The flex in the titanium or sometimes carbon allows the rudder to be released.  To reset it you just pull the rudder back down.  I...
  19. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    They are designed with a fuse system and it works really well.  But is is still possible to have rudder damage by a small object that wouldn't kick up the rudder.  If the rudder start to delaminate it can be catastrophic.  When you have two rudders if you have one rudder that is slightly...
  20. Coconuts.is

    Vendee Globe 2020

    For comparison a "eco" new car emits about 150grams of carbon per kilometer.  By the time the average person drives to and from work would amount to kilograms of carbon.  Not to mention this forum with it's 51 pages stored on servers somewhere.  It is a bigger problem then a foil tip at the...
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