Will Harris has said in his newest instagram reel that the cockpit is too hot to sleep in right now, so they are sleeping on the sails in the frontAnybody heard or seen any good oven baking stories, inside those cosy cockpits, yet?
The point is that Will Harris is aware of all of this more than anyone here, yet in the vid Harris appears surprised, disappointed, by the serious differential of speed with the rest of the fleet.There are a few things to consider for Malizia 3:
1. The boat is much more radical than the other 'new' designs so one would expect it to take longer to find all the quirks
2. With the new foils and a rig optimized for heavy weather as well as a relatively heavy boat, if they need 18 kn wind to foil and the others need 15 kn, then they would lose a lot of miles in the conditions of the last few days
3. This boat was built for the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans but has yet to ever cross the equator. It was only sailed close to the European shore, one roundtrip to the Carribbean and now from Spain to the doldrums. Maybe it will be a rocket ship once it gets to 'its' sea
That being said between this leg and the RdR the team seems to be missing some pace
This is what stood out to me as well. Perhaps, with the limited time to test the new foils, they didnt get much data in the 6-10 TWS bracket. However, Borris did share his assessment that Davies' foils appeared initially faster than their latest foils. VPP should have given some signal of a potential/theoretical issue in light-air DW.The thing is that Will Harris is aware of all of this more than anyone here, yet in the vid Harris appears surprised, disappointed, by the serious level of speed differential with the rest of the fleet. (perhaps he overplays it ?)
but they are ...Such a pity Scat sea surface winds are not available anymore.
Now it is back to satellite photos.
Very well said. I know Will Harris is well regarded be he wouldn't get a gig on Apivia or Linked Out or Charal IMO. His comments are extremely alarming. If they finish last in this race they can be written off going forward IMO.ICTZ crossing will be a restart for the race. Will be interesting to see if the Navs make their target ICTZ-exit takeoff windows.
One thing about Malizia is that their polars are likely (read hopefully) more different than some of the other current gen IMOCAs. So, at this stage, with their position, the only thing they can do is position the boat for future leverage in favorable conditions. This polar difference may not be taken into account in some of our routings and ETAs- where we still don't understand how they will perform in the southern ocean.
Interestingly, regarding Malizia, I saw a recent video of OBR footage where Will Harris says they "just could not find their mode" in the early days' light conditions. I find that admission remarkable and somewhat alarming. How can such a well-funded program not have spent the hours to practice, optimize, and document their modes in light-air DW. I appreciate that these conditions are not the norm for the VG or this TOR race but they are evidently not a corner case. Maybe something else is up aboard (e.g. sails).
It's just remarkable that the crew seems frustrated and surprised by the boat's performance (as opposed to being aware of the boat's weakness in those conditions). What a novel surprise to have at the beginning of the 2nd 4,600 nmi leg of a 12,000 nmi race......
Pretty shocking after a few days of hearing west is best. And I thought the western boats were going to do well 24 hrs ago. Maybe not over yet, but now East looks better and better.East appears to be paying off. Who wouda thought that. Weather overlay, likely BS, makes me wonder how far east one could have cut the corner. In any case, good on GUYOT. Let's see what lays ahead.
Thought the satellite went down. Know of Ascat, but that is not surface winds I believe.but they are ...
Hi Leo, there is still ASCAT data available, see the picture for 06:56 UTC. There were 3 satellites (hence ASCAT A-B-C data), one sat is out. I check regularly for coverage of the fleet. Especially in the ITCZ ASCAT data is the only and best tool for evaluating a forecast imho. But one third less observations means that you have to get more lucky that the area of interest is observed during a pass.Thought the satellite went down. Know of Ascat, but that is not surface winds I believe.
Is there a link or is it not public anymore ?