If they ARE using the boards (and I think that they are), just imagine the loads when partially lifting a 60ft boat at 25kts or so. Better hope there are no growlers floating around...
==================If they ARE using the boards (and I think that they are), just imagine the loads when partially lifting a 60ft boat at 25kts or so. Better hope there are no growlers floating around...
With the boats forced north of 40*S, that puts the leaders on the edge of the fast track. I think Foncia picked a fun time to go into ghost mode. My guess B) after taking Gough Island to stbd., she'll dive S to catch more of the good stuff, gain the best chance of staying in it longer while aiming for a point just west of the east of the next gate.looks like a nice sleigh ride for the southern most 3, with some more struggling for those stuck in the high.
And yet both of the newer boats were lacklust in the RdR. I know Mich made that disasterous choice to go south, but I can't remember what series of events conspired to hold VP3 back in that race.Serious boat failure is the only thing that is going to stop Foncia and VP3 winning this. Depending on the circumstances of the failure, one might suggest luck has something to do with it. It seems to me the 2 newer boats are way advanced , heck they stopped for a day or two and are now nearly 500 miles ahead.! We all hope for a close race but the fat lady reckons you might be wrong? LOL
Full credit to the top 2 teams for proving how advanced they are in campaign management.
It must have been a lot easier for the two to take the western chance, which paid off, since they were forced over there anyway for pitstops. It would have been a much more risky choice to deviate that far west for the others. We saw Mapfre seem to make that choice and then chicken out. Too bad for them.And yet both of the newer boats were lacklust in the RdR. I know Mich made that disasterous choice to go south, but I can't remember what series of events conspired to hold VP3 back in that race.
Welcome, Nick. Oh, and fuck off, newb.Just to clarify, in the BWR the trackers are standalone as you say, so are only sending back pos, course and speed.The Yellowbricks are standalone transmitters. So no chance of additional data unfortunately.Not a bad strategy :lol:Fuck, with 20 knts of boatspeed MD can hang on to that wind for a while. But that ridge is moving with 35 knts or more, so he will get left behind in lesser wind.. But Pella is not lucky, thought he would have decent wind all the way 30 hrs ago. But no, light winds coming. So my money to on MD. Lesson learned, make a stop...get a mojito and carry on.
In the meantime, now we need to start looking for the lows coming off of S. Brazil and the ones coming from Cape Horn. Wave models will be as important as the wind and surface pressure data...
Boy, I sure wish we had telemetry from the boats (anybody from BWR Central listening?)
Yellowbricks can accept nmea data via a serial connection (as per the ones on Sodebo and Banque Populaire) so can also send telemetry data back... It is just a question of money really for organisers, as each data packet is then bigger, and as someone mentioned the team privacy aspect as well.
It is also a bit more of a hassle to install when the trackers are just on a temporary hire... But can be done!
"Saint Helena wasn't a very well organised zone of high pressure. It was a windless shambles, without a gradient, and going through it was dangerous."