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VOR: Very interesting

Hey Guys, you should give a good look at the the VOR: About 1000 Nm to go and three boats with a difference of 20Nm, very complicated weather pattern big tactical decisions on the next hours and all the three are taking different options.

I guess that there is a big chance that the winner will be determined on the next 24 hours.

Puma starts with a 13Nm head lead…but that is no big assurance given the difficulty of the game ahead. Any slight mistake will cost it the lead.

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Race Data Center

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Transat AG2R

Now, if the VOR is super interesting what to say of this one? Take a look at what is close offshore racing:

Transat AG2R La Mondiale 2012

Tabarly and Morvan has been in a close fight from the beginning, changing regularly the lead and to make things more interesting they got decent wind and are going fast. Nice images too:



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Antigua race

Also great images from Antigua...it seems they also got a nice wind






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Re: VOR: Very interesting

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Hey Guys, you should give a good look at the the VOR: About 1000 Nm to go and three boats with a difference of 20Nm, very complicated weather pattern big tactical decisions on the next hours and all the three are taking different options.

I guess that there is a big chance that the winner will be determined on the next 24 hours.

Puma starts with a 13Nm head lead…but that is no big assurance given the difficulty of the game ahead. Any slight mistake will cost it the lead.

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Race Data Center
It is on these conditions that big gains can be obtained. All boats are doing less than 6K, some just doing 2K.

So far Puma had played it brilliantly and has won miles over the pursuers (3.5Nm) and most of all, now they seem to be all in about the same course.

Another one that has been playing very well is Groupama that reduced by half the distance that separates it from the leader, but I guess that it is too late and the weak winds ahead will not be to its advantage.

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Race Data Center


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New boat Xp 50

It is on the water and I find it absolutely gorgeous, one of the nicest looking boats around:











This boat seems to have absolutely brilliant performances: In light winds with 6K wind the boat can make 8K speed and that is extraordinary because light wind sailing is not the area where this boat will excel.

http://www.x-yachts.dk/uploads/Diagram_Xp50.pdf

This boat belongs to the family of "heavy" boats, boats that have a big Ballast ratio, in this case almost 50%, with big drafts and all weigh in a torpedo. This means that this boat will excel in strong winds and heavy seas where that ballast ratio can be put to good measure. One for the Sydney-Hobart, or to cruise fast and safely around the world, and for that, just look at this galley:






Not a naked racer for sure... What a boat


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Cruising Indian Ocean

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New boat: Grand Soleil 43

Well, Cantieri del Pardo, now under the Bavaria umbrella, seems not to want to waste time. After the 39 success now they are going to make a new 43.

The later model, that is a very beautiful boat, won last month the Spi Ouest-France putting 3 Grand Soleil 43 in the first 4 positions on IRC 1. So much for the French boats

They are substituting what is a winner...and after having a look at the new boat, I guess they are substituting for another winner and a better boat.

The designer is the same of the 39, Claudio Maletto, and the boat has about the same weight (less 100kg) but it has more 250kg of ballast and a more modern transom, with the beam brought aft. The beam is about the same (more 5cm) but the LWL is 30cms bigger. A more stiff boat and a better boat downwind without losing nothing of the very good upwind potential of the older boat.

They still use a grid do distribute the keel weight and the stays forces by the hull, but from some time now they have substitute the steel one by a carbon one. The boat will cost over 300 000€.




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The boat project

Crazy story:

The Boat Project is a living archive of people's stories and lives, a 30ft vessel made from donated wooden items. From February to July 2011 the public donated their wood to the project but not just any old wood. Pencil or piano – exotic as Zebrawood or as familiar as pine every piece had a story behind it. Donations arrived in their thousands, from the highly personal to pieces of national importance. All of these donations are now being used to build a state-of-the-art seafaring yacht.

The Boat Project

Over 1200 people donated wooden objects of significance which have all been used in the build of the yacht designed by Simon Rogers Yacht Design.

Lovely daysailer and an work of art:







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Moth sailing

If I was younger that would be the dinghy I would sail. It should be a great sensation, just flying over the water leaving the other boats dead on the water.










But I have to admit this is also nice inshore sailing and should be creat fun:




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Jeanneau 50 DS

Cruising on a Jeanneau 50DS, nice and easy:

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