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Regarding the Open 60 Stamm, out of the strong winds seems to be loosing the pack that is in pursuing the leader, that are now only three. The laeader Gabart/Drejoyeux seem to have taken a radically different route option and are going in Peniche direction (my home port) and they are getting very close to it before turning to the Atlantic again.
Broken rudder blade for Macif explains the detour to your house, Paulo. What a shame, as they were disappearing into the sunset against the rest of the fleet. It is getting quite depressing how risky it is to race in the ocean these days, with all the floating debris that can easily damage keels and rudders, even sink boats. In the past you only worried about whales and growlers, or perhaps a floating tree trunk if you were near the mouth of a river. Now you have to deal with stuff like this:


Fortunately there are no races going from the U.S. / Canada west coast towards Asia, but it is inevitable that this sort of debris will eventually be found everywhere, making ocean sailing increasingly more dangerous.

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Hold on:
We have the Victoria to Maui Race.
We have the Transpac.

Those are East to West races accross the Pacific towards Asia.
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Hold on:
We have the Victoria to Maui Race.
We have the Transpac.

Those are East to West races accross the Pacific towards Asia.
Bob -

Vic-Maui is probably at risk, but the TransPac and Pac Cup start quite a bit further south and head SSW, which I think is outside the predicted landfall of this particular debris field. But I'm no expert on the Northern Pacific currents, by any means.

Certainly folks who do the Swiftsure Race (I've done two of them) are already familiar with floating log risks (not to mention being run down by bulk carriers and fishing boats at night in Juan de Fuca). And I'd be nervous about the outside legs of the VanIsle 360. That's going to be truly ugly.

Don't know if anyone has ever hit a container or similar debris on the TP and PC races, but we know boats have hit whales and been sunk.

I was thinking more of Northern Pacific East-to-West - i.e., from NA West Coast to Japan (a race you'd probably never get anyone to sign up for).

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Broken rudder blade for Macif explains the detour to your house, Paulo. ....
I went to the Port to take some pictures and to see the boat....but they were not there. I should have looked at the race map first. By the map they were on Nazaré, the port where I used to have my boat, some 15Nnm North of Peniche, 15Nm by the sea but a lot more by land.

Anyway even if they had been there amazingly they had already repaired and they had sailed away a little before 18 30. That should be the time I arrived there but as there is an our of difference and that's French time they should have sailed away before 17.30 so I would have missed them anyway.

You think that race map can have such a big error regarding land position? It worked quite well regarding France, I mean, Le Havre and Roscoff.

Anyway the good news is that the wonder duo is back on the fight again and I believe they they will have not a big delay over the others. In fact when they were pointing here, even if I thought that was odd I thought they were doing that for having a better wind angle and certainly they will are going to be faster then the others even if they are more far away.

Anyway the race needed this. These two have an unfair advantage: The better boat and the two best sailors. on my book that is not fair

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Ps: they have updated the map- they are making 19.8K while all the others are making about 16K

Transat Jacques Vabre 2013

By the way, the Mod 70 are making over 26K That's also unfair They go like a train.


Jour 4 - Edmond de Rothschild (MOD70) - Transat... por TransatJacquesVabre
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The postman non stop sailing circumnavigation.

I don't know if I had mentioned the extraordinary story of a French postman that had a dream to circumnavigate?

He was 52 years old and like most of us with that age he worked. His job: postman, a popular one on the French back country. So he started to think how he could manage to circumnavigate and keep his job and found out that it had to be a non stop circumnavigation.

For that he had to work without any vacations for 4 hears to join the needed time to circumnavigate. With the 30 days vacations of the 5th year he would have 150 days. It had to be enough. So he was on schedule, to circumnavigate non stop in 150 days, not because he wanted to beat any record but because he could lose his job.

He had not much money so the best he could get was a 20 year old 34ft Jeanneau. It had to do.

Don't ask me how without vacations he managed time to prepare the boat but he was helped by the French sailing passion. Many helped him and the number of people that was on the port to see the unknown postman sail away was a proof of that.

His name: Alain Maigan, he did not make it in 150 days but on 185 days (26,100 nm) but it seems that the French post service did not fired him.

Here you have a very nice movie about his story. It is in French but the images speak for themselves:



Now, it is not to expect that a simple non stop circumnavigation would be enough for such a character. His new project for next year with the same Boat?

A circumnavigation non stop by the wrong way, against the dominant winds : East to west.

He is looking for sponsors. If you want to help:

Alain Maignan 11 mois en Orbite autour de la Planète "Terre et Eau" contre vents et marées - Schouten de retour du Mille Sabords | alainmaignan.sportblog.fr
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Transat Jaques Fabre

and Lalou capsized. He was trying to recover over Yves (the leader) and both boats sailed in the night almost side by side and at eye sight view. I have said those Muti50 were very fast but tricky to sail at full blast and that's what happen:

They sailed with 17k wind at full speed: Ironically, after surviving a Biscay gale, it was in more manageable but gusty, shifty trade winds conditions that Lalou Roucayrol and Mayeul Riffet on Arkema - Aquitaine capsized at around 2230hrs (French time) on Sunday with the Portuguese trade winds blowing from the N’ly sector at around 20kts. The fast, gusty conditions proved to be the undoing of the multihull in conditions which often cause problems for multihulls, flying downwind. The gennaker sheet would only need to have snagged with a bad set of waves when the evening visibility was poorer.

Yann Eliès (FenêtréA Cardinal) who was close when the trimaran capsized comfirmed to race direction what had happened and that the two skippers were uninjured and did not want immediate help. Eliès was less than a mile away when it happened. The duo, in coordination with their technical team, will set up a tow to Portugal. Weather conditions are not due to become any worse off Lisbon in the coming days.


You have the full story here (French):

Mayeul Riffet : "On va aller sous l'eau" | Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 : Le Havre - Itajai | Novembre 2013

Les circonstances du chavirage | Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 : Le Havre - Itajai | Novembre 2013

This video was taken some hours before ans shows the two M50 battling. That battle was going on for a long time and Lalou (the one that capsized) was ahead:


Jour 4 - FenetreA Cardinal/Arkema - Région... by TransatJacquesVabre
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Macif and the two star skippers after having lost 4 hours in Peniche (Portuguese Port) are back on the leading pack that pursues the Leader, now Safran, with Marc and Pascal. After having solved that problem with the furler here they are having a very good performance. Macif is now near Stamm and in some hours I believe it is going to overtake it.

On the 40class Rogues and Delahaye maintain the leadership but the 2th is Riechers/Brasseur and they are closing. Two Manuards designed boats leading the race. The Spanish team that was second fall way back on the classification and I think they have some problems on the boat.

As a curiosity Sam Manuard, the designer of the two leading boats is racing too, not as the main skipper but giving an hand to Mura, a less experienced Italian racer that is racing with one of his boats (2012). They had been in 8th place (not bad at all) but they are now losing time and are going to do a pit stop in Spain to take care of a mast fixation problem.

Also the leaders are going to make a pit stop. Probably they are losing some time to Riechers because they have not any wind information:

"Not long after they left Roscoff in the lead of the Class40 fleet on Sunday morning at 0400hrs (CET/France) French duo Sébastien Rogues and Fabien Delahaye realised they had lost the two essential wind vanes off the top of their mast. "

Also a pit stop for the Spanish team to take care of the problem that has making them slower: The starboard rudder was hit and needs replacement.

On the M50, now that Lalou is out, the 2th place belongs to Le Roux that pursuits Yves Le Blevec. Yves announced that is going to make a pit stop in Madeira so things are going to be hot in what regards leadership:

"Class leaders of the Multi50s, Actual, sailed by Yves Le Blévec and Kito de Pavant have confirmed that they have decided to make a technical stop in Madeira which lies 160 miles away pretty much on their direct course. They plan to re-instal part of their wind instruments at the top of the mast. "
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Here are some images from my newest design project for an East Coast sailor.
I hope Paulo can make these images more presentable for me (please).

The client currently owns a Hinckley SW42. He wanted a boat with more DWL. I kept the displ the same as his current boat. He has a bridge he has to clear to get to his cruising area and that restricted rig height. We are also draft restricted due to the area where the client sails.







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Here are some images from my newest design project for an East Coast sailor.
I hope Paulo can make these images more presentable for me (please).

The client currently owns a Hinckley SW42. He wanted a boat with more DWL. I kept the displ the same as his current boat. He has a bridge he has to clear to get to his cruising area and that restricted rig height. We are also draft restricted due to the area where the client sails.
Purty.... I like the SW42 similarities... new and 'improved'

Upsized your images too..
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