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Old 19-11-2012, 15:33   #76
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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

I don't know but what was amazing to me (as well as the repair) was how cool he was with his head down in the cockpit while the boat was doing 20 knots.

The leaders have hit the doldrums (le Pot au noir) and Armel le Cleach may already be through.

The first 6 boats are within 65 nm as they approach the equator.

Sam Davies is getting a shorter mast installed in her boat and plans to sail it home.
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I'd be curious to know what epoxy and duct tape he used and if it works. Still very impressive to make such repairs while underway on a bouncing boat.
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Old 19-11-2012, 18:31   #78
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Remember some time back one of them fixed and re-rigged the mast somewhere in a small anchorage in the Southern Ocean? All by himself, no crane, no nothing ...

They are not yet at the Equator and 25% of boats have dropped out. How many will make it to RSA gate then?

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Remember some time back one of them fixed and re-rigged the mast somewhere in a small anchorage in the Southern Ocean? All by himself, no crane, no nothing ...

They are not yet at the Equator and 25% of boats have dropped out. How many will make it to RSA gate then?

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The guy you are remembering was Yves Parlier.

Yves Parlier's survival story - CNN

I think the attrition rate is about normal. Seems like each time a bunch get knocked out early. The Bay of Biscay usually get at least one or two.
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Yep. This year Vizcaya was unusually merciful.

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Sam Davies is sailing back with a mini mast and a sail from a laser. I had read it earlier that she had a laser sail but thought it must be something other then a sail from a laser. Nope there is a picture of the sail and it is a sail from a laser.
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Sam Davies is sailing back with a mini mast and a sail from a laser. I had read it earlier that she had a laser sail but thought it must be something other then a sail from a laser. Nope there is a picture of the sail and it is a sail from a laser.
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Whatever gets you back into port. On my list of things to do is to try and rig a tarp as an emergency sail should my 540 square foot main ever fail beyond repair. I sailed on a Dhow in Mozambique that did very well on salvaged UNICEF cargo wrap stitched together with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Not high tech but, can't beat the price.
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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

Gutek retired. B&G autopilots problems said to be software.

My fun statement about only 10 making it to the first cape might be prophetic in the end ... ;-)

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I see one or two boats have had to make a penalty turn by sailing two hours north. I can't find any info why. Anyone know?
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I see one or two boats have had to make a penalty turn by sailing two hours north. I can't find any info why. Anyone know?
Bad crossing of Finistere TSS. Seven boats penalized.

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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

Here´s today´s update of Banque Populaire´s position today 23 Nov at 10:00 UTC.

Also displayed qtVlm´s optimized route from present position to ´Gate 2´

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Vincent hit a metal buoy and will try to fix the damage. But it is a bad one. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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Vincent hit a metal buoy and will try to fix the damage. But it is a bad one. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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So 4 of the 20 boats have run into something. That's a statistic that'll make all the discussions on single handing more interesting.
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So 4 of the 20 boats have run into something. That's a statistic that'll make all the discussions on single handing more interesting.
Doubt it.

Can't see any relationship between the number of crew and hitting objects or not.

But I do think it adds to the thread of 'amount of floating rubbish in the oceans'.

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Doubt it.

Can't see any relationship between the number of crew and hitting objects or not.

But I do think it adds to the thread of 'amount of floating rubbish in the oceans'.

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Really? Even given the fact that two of the boats hit other boats while the entire crew was asleep? If you have 4 people it's not likely the whole crew would be asleep at same time, and that's 6 more eyes.
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