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Old 07-08-2016, 14:56   #1
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784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

Congratulations to Francois Gabart on the recognition by the WSSR council of a new single handed sailing record.

784 miles, average speed 32.67 knots.

Quite a big step over the previous record of 718 miles, set by Thomas Coville.
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

I am in awe of these guys who do these records.
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

Nice, but did he flip?
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Nice, but did he flip?
Yep, twice, he could have cracked the 1000 miles if he wasn't spending all his time turning the boat over on his own.
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

Wow!

I would love to see some video of that boat at speed.

Imagine the nerves of Amsteel that sailor has and the mental and physical stamina required for that tense 24 hour period. It must have been super exhausting!
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

Not trying to dis this record but when Bank Pop set the current circumnavigation record the skipper gave a lot of credit to the guys back in France who monitored the weather and planned the route to take advantage of it; and also to the guys back in France who studied sat pix and routed them around flotsam and jetsam. When Spindrift 2 attempted to break the Bank Pop record (yea I know basically the same boat) they ran into light winds heading North to the finish and fell behind the great pace they had been setting. Under the right conditions any of the 100+ feet tris would have a shot at the record with a great pro skipper on them.

While I have great respect for the guys who sail these boats I also give credit to the team behind them.
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Wow!

I would love to see some video of that boat at speed.
Found this.

Wish I could speak French. A brief glimpse of what looks like a speed reading of 27.3 knots while he is speaking at the end.

32, 27... still fast enough for me. That's getting up to windsurfing speeds and they scare me silly.
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

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Congratulations to Francois Gabart on the recognition by the WSSR council of a new single handed sailing record.

784 miles, average speed 32.67 knots.

Quite a big step over the previous record of 718 miles, set by Thomas Coville.
That's really cranking! I can hardly imagine the thrill of sailing like that.

Was it an isolated one day speed run or part of a longer passage? The reason I ask is while I'm not a solo basher for normal sorts of yachts, I kinda worry about hundred foot boats of any number of hulls whizzing about the ocean at those speeds with the skipper asleep. The usefulness of cat naps when doing ~30 kts becomes debatable. I know that the big multis are kinda fragile, but if they pranged someone at that speed, the smaller yacht (like me) (who would not expect another boat in mid ocean to be going near that fast) would suffer badly, I reckon. I hope it never happens, but ya gotta wonder...

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K.E. = 1/2 m (v)2

It's that squared velocity that has to get you worried.




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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

Now I know how to stay awake while single handing - I'd be too scared at those speeds to ever go to sleep lol.
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

GILOW, Thanks for posting the video.

In that video segment, it appears like he has perfect sailing "sea" conditions. Good wind and not much surface wave or swell.

Notice the wing like forward struts (cannot recall the multi term now) to the amas. It looks like they are wide and provide some lifting surface from their shape (which appears like an airplane wing).

Whenever I see something like this, I am glad to see a human pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved. That is admirable.
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

Many people have done 24 hours straight, safely, Lindbergs flight was over 30, I think?

Did he really flip that boat in the video and right it by himself?
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Many people have done 24 hours straight, safely, Lindbergs flight was over 30, I think?

Did he really flip that boat in the video and right it by himself?

Nope, adjust your sarcasm detector
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Re: 784 miles in 24hrs, Single handed.

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GILOW, Thanks for posting the video.

In that video segment, it appears like he has perfect sailing "sea" conditions. Good wind and not much surface wave or swell.

Notice the wing like forward struts (cannot recall the multi term now) to the amas. It looks like they are wide and provide some lifting surface from their shape (which appears like an airplane wing).

Whenever I see something like this, I am glad to see a human pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved. That is admirable.
They are just daggerboards. In this case it looks like L boards. What's really nuts is these guys have figured out that the extra drag from the lifting foils only benefits when the boat is doing in excess of ~20kn. Below that they retract them and use the strait centerboard in the main hull. But since the boat averaged over 25kn around the world I am not sure how much they retract them.

Video of BankPop breaking 40kn...
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