VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

duncan (the other one)

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better start a new thread.

Why are the Solomon's a mark of the course (to be left to Port) ?

Surely that just shuts off another tactical avenue which might make for some excitement.

 

jack_sparrow

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Piracy while your on the go is non-existent up there. Park over night a bit dodgy...3rd night in one place you're probably fucked without making some chieftien arrangements. I suggest they don't want to add what potentially could be a huge spread in the fleet due to safety concerns. A rescuer in that part of the world is your fellow competitor, not the locals.

 
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jack_sparrow

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Dunc I said "huge spread" meaning hundreds of miles caused by going into the ITCZ and a huge lump of dirt in the middle. That is a big big fleet area for the RO to worry about with no SAR within cooee. That said heaps of opportunities for big splits even with that WP and as you desire to exist.

 

ModernViking

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It seems to me that VOR and the fangroup, wet themselves when the boats come into port within a few minutes of each other.
This is just one more thing to keep that happening.

 

stief

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Models of ocean currents are still pretty rough, IIRC.

So, if local knowledge of the eddies and gyros will be important, good to see Juan Vila using WOXI to check out the coastline currents from Sydney to the Bass Straits  :p

 

Miffy

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Forecasting the Pacific is harder - ECMWF is consistently 5 days better than GFS, but the Pacific is where it has the fewest data points. This leg, and the leg after will be best routed by reverting to historical data & setting intermediate waypoints (let's try and get us around here by such a such a date) - relying on Adrena will send you into a high pressure of hell as you arrive 2 days outside of the forecast accuracy range. For example?

Go to the forecast around New Caledonia and Solomon Islands - pick January 3 and 4. Then click between ECMWF and GFS. 

It'll be bloody insane to do the click a button navigation this time around.

 

stief

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As always. Does anyone ever think they can click-route 100%? Sheesh. No science has ever been able to fully predict weather anywhere, let alone the complex interaction between people understanding weather. 

 

Miffy

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If you're sailing from Canary islands to Cape Town, and ignore idiots who tell you to bash down the coast, you can basically click a button and it'll get you there. 

The area between New Caledonia, Solomon and Guam is a nightmare. 

 

southerncross

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A broken foot and a little broken bone in here back prevent Annie Lush from sailing in Leg 4 to Hong Kong. She is replaced by ex-SCA Sally Barkow #teambrunel

 
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