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Old 14-11-2020, 16:39   #76
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Re: Vendee 2020

But look at that 4 boats on the inside, with Isabel Jochke on the lead. They bravely tried something different, which is very important in some racing situation, and now they still have the strong tail wind of the depression and are closer to the most optimal layline. They most likely will run out of luck and wind soon, but who knows...
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Old 14-11-2020, 17:30   #77
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Re: Vendee 2020

A community member at www.windy.com has added a plugin to allow the tracks of the boats to be visible in Windy.

A big thank you to Kevin Saliou for developing this plugin

This can be used together with the Wind layer and other features for those who are interested to look at more specific weather data.

Each boat can be clicked on to view a pop up with more data.



Instructions for use:

Go to: https://www.windy.com/plugins?28.188...1,4,i:pressure

(this displays Plugins + Wind Layer + Atlantic View
- change the Lat/Long later by dragging the screen as the race progresses)

Click: Load plugin directly from npm

Type: regadata

(NB: windy-plugin- will appear automatically after clicking inside the box)

Click: Load & activate

After: Enjoy!


NB: At the bottom right you can also turn On:

- Particle Animation (moving wind)
- Pressure (should be turned on already)
- Reported Wind (reported data from weather stations
eg: Canaries Airports are visible in my screenshot below)

You can also click anywhere on the screen to display a dropped Flag with data at that location. This can be dragged anywhere on the screen.

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Old 14-11-2020, 18:08   #78
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A community member at www.windy.com has added a plugin to allow the tracks of the boats to be visible in Windy.

A big thank you to Kevin Saliou for developing this plugin

This can be used together with the Wind layer and other features for those who are interested to look at more specific weather data.

Each boat can be clicked on to view a pop up with more data.
Beautiful, thank you.
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Old 14-11-2020, 18:45   #79
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Re: Vendee 2020

I see 16 boats all within spitting distance of each other...I'm sure they all know where all the other boats are in relationship to their boat.....if we can see it, surely they can too...

The big trick is crossing the doldrums...I'm confident we will see a splitting of the ranks then.....a few miles to the east or west can find yourself in a hole...and with no or little wind your options quickly diminish..

crossing a day later may also be quite different from boats ahead of you....it could be better...it could be worse...no telling....computerized wind conditions do not always tell the whole story....

Once all the boats make it thru'....we'll undoubtably see a new pecking order...
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Old 14-11-2020, 18:59   #80
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Re: Vendee 2020

Alex is a sweet boy in a good toy. The problem is he tends to break boats. So I see him in one of two positions: DNF or WIN.


DNF is very likely, and not just that he is Alex but far more because of the DNF rate in this race. Win is somewhat likely too - to finish first first you must finish BUT who does not push hard never wins. He pushes.



I am hugely disappointed Manuard's boat had some hiccups and is not in between the fore part of the fleet. Manuard has what it takes, as any ARC sailor can affirm. ;-)


Towards the ITCZ the smart ones will be sailed mostly in the AUTO mode - it is a drag race, there is nothing to it, put the medal to the pedal and sleep as much as you can to recover. Later at ITCZ there is a lot of nerve racking analysis paralysis syphilis. Some sailors love it, others hate it. All know there they are sort of 'given' miles rather than anything else.


And the same thing (sleep, trim, eat, sleep) continues below the ITCZ until they reach the SW part of the S Atlantic oscillation. There the race begins again.


Funny thing is the one that gets into ITCZ first becomes a 'rabbit' - you will see them on your AIS (or from the mast top) and may be able to sail round them - should they get caught in a local lull.


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Old 14-11-2020, 19:45   #81
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Originally Posted by jmh2002 View Post
A community member at www.windy.com has added a plugin to allow the tracks of the boats to be visible in Windy.

A big thank you to Kevin Saliou for developing this plugin

This can be used together with the Wind layer and other features for those who are interested to look at more specific weather data.

Each boat can be clicked on to view a pop up with more data.



Instructions for use:

Go to: https://www.windy.com/plugins?28.188...1,4,i:pressure

(this displays Plugins + Wind Layer + Atlantic View
- change the Lat/Long later by dragging the screen as the race progresses)

Click: Load plugin directly from npm

Type: regadata

(NB: windy-plugin- will appear automatically after clicking inside the box)

Click: Load & activate

After: Enjoy!


NB: At the bottom right you can also turn On:

- Particle Animation (moving wind)
- Pressure (should be turned on already)
- Reported Wind (reported data from weather stations
eg: Canaries Airports are visible in my screenshot below)

You can also click anywhere on the screen to display a dropped Flag with data at that location. This can be dragged anywhere on the screen.

This is great, thank you.
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Old 14-11-2020, 21:08   #82
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Weekly recap video

https://youtu.be/7klbcWysxXQ
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Old 14-11-2020, 22:16   #83
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Re: Vendee 2020

Is Alex also using that halyard hook that’s caused problems for other boats?

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So I've been doing a Daily report on the Vendee Globe 2020, but also trying to give a bit an educational twist to it.

https://youtu.be/tUJPMZvbXcM


Curious if this lives as much among the cruisers here Who would like some foils on his boat?
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So I've been doing a Daily report on the Vendee Globe 2020, but also trying to give a bit an educational twist to it.

https://youtu.be/tUJPMZvbXcM


Curious if this lives as much among the cruisers here Who would like some foils on his boat?
Have been enjoying your videos immensely with my morning coffee here in Subic Philippines as we recover from yet another Typhoon.

Having lived in Aalsmeer for many years doing large yacht projects, its also nice to hear that friendly dutch sense of humor.... Dank je!
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Re: Vendee 2020

Quote Barnakiel
Alex is a sweet boy in a good toy. The problem is he tends to break boats. So I see him in one of two positions: DNF or WIN.

I think that assessment of Alex, is a bit unfair.
If I remember correctly on last Vendee, did not his foil hit something???

I do agree that there is a very high risk of mechanical failures, I dare say a certainty!
Luck often determins if that failure cascades into a DNF.

Unlike Formula One with average 20 races per season, the Vendee format of solo high speed racing only once every Four years, does not enhance reliability.

This is my favorite race because of the huge commitment each skipper puts into a test of surviving mechanical and weather divergence better than the rest.

It is both instinct and luck that determines the standings, but in my eyes they are all winners of the ultimate sailor's Marathon.
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Re: Vendee 2020

Wow, that plugin for windy is great, because you have a weather preview, while on the Vendée site there seems to be only the current situation.

Funny enough I took a different approach when selecting who I'd follow more closely.
I looked who I found most sympathic.
They are unlikely to win, but more fun to follow for me.

Here are "my" favorites:

Clément Giraud
Armel Tripon
Sébastien Destremeau
Pip Hare
Clarisse Cremer

and, being German of course:

Boris Hermann & Isabel Joschke

Interesting enough, I did not like Boris Herrmann previously, but now that I see his attitude and videos, that changed.
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Re: Vendee 2020

Yes, Boris’ video updates are very enjoyable and interesting in terms of mental state and information. His website has more data than I can make use of but certainly valuable to more technical navigators than me. Next four days should be the first decent look at relative performance of these foilers.
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Old 15-11-2020, 06:48   #90
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I'm sure that Alex is fully aware of " you break it, you lose" quandary, but like last time, his boat is perfectly capable of sailing without foils.

His strategy might be if he can put enuff distance between himself and other entrants in the Atlantic, he can somewhat take his foot of the pedal in the Indian and Pacific ocean, though I doubt that, once you are racing you are racing.

Clearly, he has a fast boat, as shown to date, he is also no newcomer to this race, tactics are as much a part of winning this race as boat speed.

The big unknown.....as much for him as the rest of the fleet...is hitting a submerged object.....

I, for one, would like to see him do it, he has certainly paid his dues, but it's a toss up, I'm a big fan of Jean Le Cam too...

They've got another 10 weeks or more to sort it all out...
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