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Old 25-11-2012, 13:43   #106
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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

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Interestingly and surprisingly to me, many seeking this challenge actually admit to having no great love of sailing. It is the challenge they are rising to. Also its a sport "not carried out against the elements, but because of them". So yes, these competitors are a rare breed!
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I have listened to interviews with Desjoyeaux, Riou, Stamm, Dick and I can remember them talking of their love of sailing, ocean and boats.

I bet it takes all sorts to make up the VG crowd and I would love to hear the names of those that I should not bet my money on!

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Old 25-11-2012, 15:53   #107
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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

Interesting that the skipper on Team Plastique, Alessandro Di Benedetto, was sailing his 21' single handed around the globe during the last Vendee Globe. He lost his mast and rebuilt it and continued home.

Most of the skippers have talked of their love of being at sea. They are more at home there than they are on land.
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Old 26-11-2012, 23:34   #108
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I have listened to interviews with Desjoyeaux, Riou, Stamm, Dick and I can remember them talking of their love of sailing, ocean and boats.

I bet it takes all sorts to make up the VG crowd and I would love to hear the names of those that I should not bet my money on!
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Sorry Barnakiel, I over exaggerated, not "many" in this race, just one. I read the interview before I was familiar with the competitors, so the name did not stick in my mind. I have searched in vain for the link to the interview and I have given up (hate not being able to back things up).
The comment he made was something along the lines of enjoying the challenge of extreme sports and the competition, rather than specifically sailing.
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Sorry Barnakiel, I over exaggerated, not "many" in this race, just one. I read the interview before I was familiar with the competitors, so the name did not stick in my mind. I have searched in vain for the link to the interview and I have given up (hate not being able to back things up).
The comment he made was something along the lines of enjoying the challenge of extreme sports and the competition, rather than specifically sailing.
If I had to guess ... maybe Alex Thompson?
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"The perfect night! After an impeccable sunset the cloud colour was extra-ordinary. The night is lifted and the moon shines bright almost full and illuminates the bridge almost like daylight! The sea is calm, the boat glides effortlessly at 11 knots and it is good I ate outside leaning against the fleet 500 to watch the clouds over the moon, what happiness! I'll sleep a little, but I hope the show will continue when I wake up in 1an hour and a half. Sweet dreams. See you tomorrow," Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives cœur) confided in a message last night.
There is a nice quote from de Lamotte.
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There is a nice quote from de Lamotte.
Yes . There is a guy who loves his sailing!
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There is a nice quote from de Lamotte.
Yep he capture the joy of being on a boat. IMO there is nothing like watching the moon rise while on a boat while enjoying a nice meal. Though I am usually at anchor not moving along at 11 knots and then going to sleep for an hour and a half like de Lamotte and the others in this race do. I don't know how these guys actually can sleep that long with the boat moving that fast. I get nervous and uneasy going down below after 30 seconds to make a sandwich with the boat doing four or five. Though I guess in a race like this after awhile sleep comes easy due to lack of a normal schedule.
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Sorry Barnakiel, I over exaggerated, not "many" in this race, just one. I read the interview before I was familiar with the competitors, so the name did not stick in my mind. I have searched in vain for the link to the interview and I have given up (hate not being able to back things up).
The comment he made was something along the lines of enjoying the challenge of extreme sports and the competition, rather than specifically sailing.
You are actually bang on, in the broader context. I can remember reading books from some distinguished ocean sailors where it was clear that they found no joy in sailing and that their whole story was about being "the first to ..." and about the challenge of 'the project'.

One of my fave online interviews are those in last VOR (probably still available on Youtube VOR channel). I listened to Cammas and though: man, this guy is ALWAYS smiling, always so very excited about being there doing top notch sailing. I also loved the take of Ken Read.

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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

Interesting observation today 27 Nov at 14:00 UTC.

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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

Yes, and several of the others are taking the route you see while one is following le Cleach. However one of the comments today was that the winds aren't doing what the grib files are saying.
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The winds are never doing what the gribs are saying; but our idea of what the next 12-24-36... hrs will bring comes exclusively from grib forecast. You either take it or reject it and then in 12 hours or so you can see if your decision was a fancy or else a 'deep insight' ;-). I can tell you 6/10 following the grib/polar routing wins and that's enough to follow the gribs every time, unless you know there is a flaw (like e.g. using grib frcst in coastal areas).

The split comes since the chasing ones could not get the leader by pure sailing speed. BP is clearly the fastest in these conditions and so the chasing ones elected to trust the gribs/polar routing to outdo BP.

So to say it is a mix of your position within the fleet and your risk tolerance levels. Very similar to investments.

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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

I have a lot of respect for these guys, in a little more then an amazing 2 weeks these guys sail from France to Rio de Janeiro.

Good winds guys.

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Re: Vendee Globe - the Real Race

Today´s report shows Banque Populaire still in the lead but heading into a poor wind area doing presently 11.2 kn. Virbac Paprek is ´right on the button´ as far as the optimized route is concerned,also concuring with the visual web report,doing all of 15.2 kn. Interesting race.

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You are actually bang on, in the broader context. I can remember reading books from some distinguished ocean sailors where it was clear that they found no joy in sailing and that their whole story was about being "the first to ..." and about the challenge of 'the project'.

One of my fave online interviews are those in last VOR (probably still available on Youtube VOR channel). I listened to Cammas and though: man, this guy is ALWAYS smiling, always so very excited about being there doing top notch sailing. I also loved the take of Ken Read.

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I think a lot of people who spend a lot of time on the water either working or racing events like this don't find the leisurely cruising most of us cruisers do that enjoyable. I know one tugboat captain who got very upset when his wife planned a charter sail for his birthday. Last thing he wanted to do was spend more time on the water. One thing is for sure I'd never let one of the Vendee Globe sailors use my boat. I think I'd be lucky to get it back in one piece.
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And here,the same grib in visual form..

It´s the same as an X-ray,you´ve gotta know HOW to read it!!

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