For the first time in a while it took me some time to get through all the content. Even Randy made a few. Thanks for keeping up the good posts.
Just reported on VOR:Akzo speed at latest 13.00 update is 15.5 kn. only, compared to the others 22-25 kn.
Gone cost them dearly, very sad !
Shit giblet or not, Bicey, Neil Cox and the Southern Spars rep in Capetown are going to get shirt fronted by Teapot big time in Melbourne over this. Watch this space.Except Akzonobel sailing under headsails only because the mast-track came off in 2 places after a gybe.
Yep. I don't have near the sea miles of some around here and have spent 7 days with nothing less than 35kts on the anemometer in the North Atlantic. Gusts to 55 were a regular occurrence, and we had the sea state to go with it (20 foot waves with 10 foot breakers on top of that). When your 15 ton lead sled is hitting 20 kts under storm sails you know you're neck deep in some shit and its best to put the pro drivers on the helm to keep the old girl in one piece....Comanche set the current 24 hour monohull record on the leading edge of this same storm btw, but they also stayed further south to avoid the 40 and 50 kt pressure zones. The lack of sunlight for such long periods of time is what can really drive a man/woman mad, and the big reason I would hesitate to take a trip through the Southern Ocean.Shang more than you think is my guess...don't ever be mislead by ones own desire to tell all and everyone to join in.. remember the Old Norse saying..."silent but strong waters run deep".
Looks bad..how about totally fucking fucked and their biggest worry now is getting to a pitstop that precludes lift outs in time to fix insitue and start the next leg. Love to be the Southern Spars guy signing off on that fixit program without pulling the rig out.Looks bad for Akzo
WowI think I'm getting all wet....
When Charlie came down after his watch he sat on the engine box and slumped in exhaustion, then made a comment to TJ about not being able to make the boat go slower than 30 knots for an uncomfortably long period of time."When it's really windy like this maneuvers are really expensive," says Charlie. "When you know it's the right thing to do, but the right thing to do takes two hours and 100% of everybody's effort, sometimes it's hard to reach that conclusion. Lucky for us we bit the bullet and have stayed in touch with the group."According to Sifi, our highest recorded gust has been 50 knots and our top recorded boat speed has been 38 knots. I didn't know they could go faster than 33.