Typically instruments assume there is no leeway and calculate true wind with that assumption, because typically heading is unknown, or only magnetic is known with very significant error margin.
Sure the overall is Holcims to loose, but calling it before even half of the points are distributed is a bit steep
Agreed, but as much as I hate to say it, she shouldn't push it if she still feels the effects. Adding layers to a concussion will really mess you up super bad. I have a friend who got whacked in the head twice while training offshore. Still decided to do the Newport-Bermuda Race with concussion symptoms for reasons that are their own and that I won't comment on. They were super out of it for the whole race, had to fly back without doing the delivery back, and didn't get to enjoy time in Bermuda much.Post concussion syndrome can last for months. Many months. I’m hoping her symptoms have settled so she can continue -both for her benefit racing as much as our benefit for their entertaining team dynamics) but she needs to be careful about further head knocks
The Overall Race has 45 Points in total to be distributedSure the overall is Holcims to loose, but calling it before even half of the points are distributed is a bit steep
If Holcim has to abandon the TA leg right at the start the overall is wide open for the Top 3
"Bad RNG lol"So might Holcim potential loose out twice to TM because of autopilot issues? Is some of that due to the bow shape? The autopilot is having an "easier time" on TM?
In the last HPRB video linked before Kevin states "its only finished at the finish line".I think Kevin has accepted 2nd place and is playing it safe. The 4 hour average was 14 compared to 20. But Malizia has yet to finish safely. No "Hermanos Busto" moment this time please. Go, Team Malizia!
If I'm not mistaken only TM has full standing height in the cockpit. Several sailors have already complaint about never being able to fully stand up.To be fair, the 11th Hour boat doesn't look all that uncomfortable either I like the cockpit (albeit less than Malizia but still) and they at least have bright colors all over, which is super nice to the eye. Boats like Biotherm and Holcim are kinda sad when it's all grey.
One day when hopefully I get an IMOCA built for myself for the Vendée, I think I would add in the graphic design brief that it should have a bright and diverse color scheme. Obviously it would need to be in accordance with the sponsor brand identity, but I'm sure you can always figure something out.
Light winds are not coming and would not help either (unless no wind at all, which is even more unlikely). TM just has to remain in one piece.In the last HPRB video linked before Kevin states "its only finished at the finish line".
It only needs 1 bad maneuver from TM and light winds at the finish and HPRB might be back in the game.
A boat stuffing the bow in is harder to helm than one that doesn't. The incident has happened more than once for them. If I crash gybe in 35-40+ knots and loose a race I don't want someone telling me it's a bug."Bad RNG lol"
Funny phrases aside autopilot issues are often just plain back luck. Electronics already act pretty goofy on dry land so the environments in these boats are just a problem potential multiplier. It's often difficult to tell exactly what's going on but think of it like a computer bug. It just happens without you doing anything in particular.
I certainly don't think the autoilot is having a hard time driving the boat because of the boat design, I think it's just a bug.
Exactly, IIRC there was some kind of torture where victims would be put in a hole not high enough to be able to stand up straight and not wide enough to allow for any other position than standing. Not sure why these boats need to be that precarious in terms of comfort. As you say, crew well-being plays an important part in performance, especially in long, grueling legs as this one. They should take that into account for the next formula.If I'm not mistaken only TM has full standing height in the cockpit. Several sailors have already complaint about never being able to fully stand up.
3 months during a VG in a slamming IMOCAs is already brutal, then put 3 months of being bend over on top of that and I wonder at what point the performance loss by a higher roof is equalized by better sailor morale.