17 minutes ago, ant1 said:
Isabelle on her retirement from the race, she's extremely sad of course...
I wonder where she will go to... From there Rio de Janeiro might be the easiest and safest option. Downwind to Cape Town is and option but would require more time in potentially big sea. Punta del Este will be quite tough from that location.So gutted for her.
And I’m wondering where she’s headed tbh, getting further away from the South American coast all the time. Not much option in the current weather given the boat’s state, but what next?
I'm surprised that the AT racing tracker does not show them, they should be able to superimpose on the VG tracker.Interesting departure timing for Team HB, relative to the fleet's position. They're close to the same latitude as the leaders. They'll need to work some downwind angles, so I'm guessing they'll pass by Fernando de Noronha in some kind of "competitive but behind" position... Like maybe in the gap between Tripon and the pack ahead of him... Fully crewed, they may then be able to put on a show of blowing through the fleet. I'm having trouble deciding if that would be good marketing or a dick move.. Either way, I guess my point is that I'm wondering if their departure timing relative to the fleet's position was random coincidence or not.
Or... Maybe they'll be sailing fully in delivery mode and I'm totally wrong about this.
Her VG has indeed been cruel, but admire the way she handles it. Win indeed.She is focused on finding manoeuvrable sailing conditions, while waiting to be able to choose a destination where she can bring her IMOCA safely back. For this, she can count on the assistance and expertise of Christian Dumard, meteorologist, the Race Direction and his technical team.
Blimey, what happened to his face?! :lol:
From left to right, Jean Le Cam, Patrick Morvan, Serge Madec and Marc Guillemot, record-breakers for the crossing of the Atlantic, off the island of Saint-Nicolas (Finistère), April 16, 1984. (LANGEVIN JACQUES / SYGMA)
She had that and it also broke. Edit- Bebmoumoute just beat me to itI have no expertise in swing keels whatsoever, but couldn't there be a standby system installed that will lock the keel in a vertical position that is separate from the rams?
This surprised me, actually. I’m assuming the emergency keel brace is a solid metal component. Given it doesn’t have to move, with no fiddly hydraulics, it should be stronger and more reliable than the regular canting gear, shouldn’t it?She has one, but it broke as well.
Another option is Itajaí, half way between Rio de Janeiro and Rio de la Plata. The Volvo Ocean Race stops there, as did the Transat Jacques-Vabre. Incidentally, on the 2015 TJV Isabelle's boat, then Quéguiner, won 3rd place there.I wonder where she will go to... From there Rio de Janeiro might be the easiest and safest option. Downwind to Cape Town is and option but would require more time in potentially big sea. Punta del Este will be quite tough from that location.
Even a couple (or some even number) of high strength lines (probably would want them to be low modulus so that impact would not transmit all of the force instantly) would work? And be lighter?This surprised me, actually. I’m assuming the emergency keel brace is a solid metal component. Given it doesn’t have to move, with no fiddly hydraulics, it should be stronger and more reliable than the regular canting gear, shouldn’t it?
It seems rather unlikely to me that it just broke under regular sailing conditions, even in heavy weather.
So I’m wondering if the damage was in fact to something else - such as the mounting points in the hull. This could also explain the water ingress. And of course, as others have pointed out it’s possible the UFO collision also damaged the keel - perhaps exerting a load that the brace couldn’t handle.
Idle speculation, but will be interested to learn more, if we ever do...