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Old 12-11-2012, 11:27   #16
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Re: Vendee Globe - the real race

Reload the page or click the button on the bottom left of the page.

It looks like all the boats have radar and at least Energa has a D400 wind gen and solar panels.
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Re: Vendee Globe - the real race

I used a different browser, all is good now. I have been checking the past race stats and am pretty much blown away (no pun intended) with some of the 24 hour runs single handed. Either capable boats, or big brass ones.

Anyone know what the entry fee is?
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Re: Vendee Globe - the real race

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I used a different browser, all is good now. I have been checking the past race stats and am pretty much blown away (no pun intended) with some of the 24 hour runs single handed. Either capable boats, or big brass ones.

Anyone know what the entry fee is?
Or both. I heard a talk by Bruce Schwab about his race on Ocean Planet a couple of times back. As he's working through his slides, one comes up of him standing at the end of his boom doing a repair. I don't recall how the picture was taken or where he was on the course, but the backdrop looked plenty unpleasant. He talked about the repair like it was no big deal. Big brass ones, indeed.
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Re: Vendee Globe - the real race

INTERESTING!

Gabart in the lead and following the current optimized route from qtVlm pretty close. The red track is the wind direction at Gabart´s position as of 12 Nov 18:00 Full info in the WPT properties list.

Prediction based on Imoca 2008 as the nearest polars available for a similar craft.
The boat speed is therefor not correct and should be 17 kn.

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Première photo envoyée par Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) avec une mer agitée !
First picture sent by Jérémie Beyou (master cock) with rough seas! (Translated by Bing)
I love this translation of a post on facebook.
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I love this translation of a post on facebook.
Brilliant.
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Old 13-11-2012, 00:23   #22
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yes it does have a wind gen DF
They're spinnaker poles DD
Umm... no, they're 'deck spreaders'

Yves Parlier first came up with the idea in 1996, I think. His rig nevertheless broke during the race, and he pulled in to Stewart Island (a remote but inhabited location in the deep south of NZ) and repaired it. He reprocessed and re-rigged a smashed 87 foot wingmast (hence a lot bigger fore and aft than usual), cutting away the damaged part and splicing the remainder to come up with a 56 foot mast, which he re-erected on his own, at anchor in a windy part of the world, on a stripped out, lightweight racer without outside assistance or equipment, and rejoined and finished the race.

Needless to say the guy's a legend, despite being shy and self-effacing.

The idea is that they carry the chainplates well outboard of the hull, widening the staying base (as on a multihull) so that the stays can run straight to the hounds of a rotating mast, without needing any on-mast spreaders.

A fringe benefit is the ability to sheet the reaching sails to the end of the outriggers

The idea of the rotating mast (which can have an aerofoil section, like a wing) is to clean up the airflow coming onto the mainsail, for a useful improvement in lift and reduction in drag.

Such rigs can be a handful when sailing "under bare pole" in extreme conditions, though.... especially the wing masts with deck spreaders, which (due to the stays not providing any intermediate fore and aft support to prevent mast bend) have to be deep fore and aft.

(Some rigs, pioneered I think by Ecover) use swinging spreaders on the wing mast, which gets around this problem and keeps the stick nice and stiff going upwind, but has to be superbly well designed and detailed if it is not to be unreliable.
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Yes, I found 2 boats for sure that have wind generators. I think last race almost all boats had them.
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My understanding is that they sleep for 15-20 min. periods, get up and check everything and then sleep. They train to get into that mode well before the race.
It's called Polyphasic sleep. Loads of singlehanded do it, including me when sailing with the wife and kids as i effectively single hand at night. Here ere are a couple of interesting resources for it and how to do it well for passages...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphasic_sleep

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/200...yphasic-sleep/
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foolishsailor, thanks for that. I had heard the name for that but it had entirely oozed out of my head.
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Re: Vendee Globe - the real race

Another yacht/trawler collision today. No one hurt but maybe another retirement.
Shows how easy it can be to get into close quarters in a big ocean ,,
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Another yacht/trawler collision today. No one hurt but maybe another retirement.
Shows how easy it can be to get into close quarters in a big ocean ,,
And another claim that the fishing boat hit him... while he was asleep:

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At the time Bureau Valley was about 400 Nm west of Lisbon. He was asleep in the cockpit with his AIS and radar both active. At the time he was making around 18kts with 32kts of SW’ly wind which was making visibility limited.
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Re: Vendee Globe - the real race

Today´s point of view from OpenCPN....

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Although a smaller screen,OpenCPN is also available on my Galaxy SII smartphone,using the PocketCloud app.

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And here,OpenCPN displaying the Vendée race on my Galaxy SII using TeamViewer.

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