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Old 03-12-2016, 11:35   #196
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Re: Vendee Globe 2016 - Bon Voyage!

What a great race up front.
Any guesses as to when Alex will stop to try an cut the stub off?
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Ross Daniel, Alex's technical director said today that they see no pressing need for him to do that as he has been doing so well the way it is.

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Old 03-12-2016, 23:23   #198
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Shiraishi climbed his mast to mess with his sensors. Those are some real tall rigs to climb solo.

Really like this guy. He's always cheerful and says only nicer things about competitors and sending them good vibes.

Shiraishi lost his mast today. That makes 5 boats broken out of 29 starters. My pre-race prediction was 11 finishers, but we have the Southern Ocean and the North Atlantic in winter to go.
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It's been a tough 24 hrs. for the fleet.
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Yep. Some of the boats got somewhat bruised in the first real world ;-) wx system of the race. But there is more wx coming.

The weather will sort the prepared from the meek, and a number of bad luck ones will have to go home early too. BUT there is less bad luck if one is well prepared, at least this is what the sailing karma people say.

Nandor lost a kite, a halyard, and control over the boat, there are two headboards lose and one mast missing (well, half of it) and two AP failures.

It is only the beginning.

How many will make it all the way?

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Josse just broke a foil.
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Josse just broke a foil.
You think it is broken?

I thought it was jammed & non operable because of the crash.

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You think it is broken?

I thought it was jammed & non operable because of the crash.

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That means broken to me.

Romain Attanasio has hit a UFO and damaged both of his rudders. He is heading to Cape Town.
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Inoperable and broken are interchangable.
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Interesting that in the last video by Alex Thomson he commented on the reaction of some people to his driving the boat. He said something like when he is sailing over 20 kn. that what we saw was completely normal. He said it was a "harsh existence but completely normal".
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Amazing video of Destremau starting his engine by winding rope around front pulley,then through blocks to a hitch on the jib sheet,un cleats sheet and the jib starts the motor![starter motor has burnt out]
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Amazing video of Destremau starting his engine by winding rope around front pulley,then through blocks to a hitch on the jib sheet,un cleats sheet and the jib starts the motor![starter motor has burnt out]
I have read about this before but never witnessed. Off to watch the vid right now.

I like how he built the promise over 4 videos and now I can see how it gets done.

BTW I would imagine such a small Yanmar could (or could not?) be started by hand ... if you have the handle ...

I love these videos. I love how VG upgraded their media capability. This is how the shore/media side of racing should look like.

I KNOW extreme ocean racing is hard ... but I want to se the sweat and the tears. I want to watch superboats and I want to know they are sailed by HUMANS.

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Kito De Pavant hit something hard,look like he will have to abandon ship,almost in the 'middle of nowhere' Wish him luck!
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Looks also that Pieter Heerema's No Way Back is on its way back now (sorry, could not resist )
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Polux thanks for the link. Yikes 35,000 in the Virtual Race. News - Southern Ocean’s lows for the virtual fleet - Vendée Globe 2016-2017
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