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...... Maybe I did not have understood correctly Classic 30 question. I thought he was talking about the boat he posted.

Classic30, for more information search on the thread search engine for David Raison and Bathtube bow.
Paulo, it seems to me that you understood (and answered) my question correctly. ..but thanks for the search tips. I will look those up.

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Re: Norbert Sedlacek and Fipofix on their way again!

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Norbert Sedlacek has departed from Gijon in "Fipofix" for another singlehanded Atlantic crossing attempt. You may recall that his initial attempt, last Fall, was cut short by electrical problems and a collision with an unidentified floating object, which damaged his rudder.

He initially set off yesterday but encountered problems with autopilot controller that forced a return to Gijon for repairs. But now he is on his way and, if everything goes smoothly, will arrive in New York City in a few weeks.

I am really hoping he succeeds and will do my best to go down and visit the boat when he arrives.
yeah - all the best to harald and his little boat!
new york - i thought he is crossing to st. augustine, florida?
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yeah - all the best to harald and his little boat!
new york - i thought he is crossing to st. augustine, florida?
Damn! Must have changed his plan. And I don't blame him. If I crossed the Atlantic in a boat that small I would not want to arrive in New York City in winter. Unfortunately, I don't have the option of flying down to Florida to greet him.

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Sydney-Hobart 2013 and Radford 12

The Hobart of the old designed boats is gonna away. Today almost all boats are contemporary designs, racing boats and performance cruisers. The Radford 12 is no exception, being a design of Graham Radford that was part of the crew. We can see on this nice movie that they went fast....and even so they only made 72 out of the 84 that finished the race. The Level towards performance in what regards the end of the fleet had grow substantially on the last years.

from Greg Wilkins on Vimeo.



The Radford 12 is a nice design with the particularity of being an aluminium boat:



Sail-World.com : Copernicus is coming: Radford Yachts

RADFORD YACHT DESIGN - Radford 12m - Cruiser/Racer

Radford is an Australian NA with many stock plans on the market, particularly aluminium voyage boats:

RADFORD YACHT DESIGN Home Page

He has also on his site a nice page about boat stability:

RADFORD YACHT DESIGN - Stability Discussion

and the fact that he participates as crew on his designs in tough races like this one contradicts the naysayers that insist that the NA that design this type of fast boats for offshore conditions don't really know what they are doing since they never sail their designs on this conditions. I know, it does not make sense but I am tired to hear things like that on this site

This Hobart was a tough one, specially for the boats on the tail of the race, like this Radford that have made it to the finish with fling colors...with the designer crewing it.


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Re: Norbert Sedlacek and Fipofix on their way again!

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Norbert Sedlacek has departed from Gijon in "Fipofix" for another singlehanded Atlantic crossing attempt. You may recall that his initial attempt, last Fall, was cut short by electrical problems and a collision with an unidentified floating object, which damaged his rudder.
It is Harald, Norbert's son!

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The "professor" takes a new student:

Michlel Desjoyeux, the two times vendee globe winner (and three times winner of the Solitaire du Figaro), called with good reason by the French "Le professeur" took under his wing the new French talent Corentin Horeau and will team up with him on the next Transat AG2R.

A nice guy Michel and with an eye for new talents. His last "student" was François Gabart, the last winner of the Vendee Globe and that one has already grown his own wings.

Corentin Horeau : "I didn't really know Michel before dinner with him one night in Gijon during the last Solitaire du Figaro. It was after this dinner that I got the idea to propose to do race the Transat with him. I was a little intimidated, but I told myself that I had nothing to lose. So I sent him an email when he was sailing the Transat Jacques Vabre with François [Gabart]."


Desjoyeaux : "I immediately thought Corentin's idea was friendly when I was offered to sail the Transat AG2R with him. To sail in the Figaro is part of my program in 2014, so this opportunity is welcome. I didn't know Corentin very well before last summer on the Solitaire du Figaro. I admit that the current passed between us and our partnership should be effective. We will train over winter in Port La Forêt where a lot of courses are already scheduled out of the Pôle France Finistère Course."

Corentin was the 2012 winner of the Team Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel trials, that is the is French equivalent of the Artemis Offshore Academy, both aiming to bring new blood and talent to solo sailing offshore racing. Now Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel has made him its 'Skipper Espoir'.

I bet we will have here another winner. The 24 year's old skipper had done recently his first solo racing Transat with the best Figaro sailors (transat Bretagne Martinique), finishing 8th out of 15, even with some problems (he run out of fuel and water).

Here we can see him finishing that Transat:

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Thomas Coville started his attempt on the solo circumnavigation sail record:

The record holder is Francis Joyon (solo) on Idec with 57 j 13 h 34' a difficult one to beat.

Here is the Teaser:



You can follow the attempt here:

Maxi-trimaran Sodebo - Record du tour du monde en solitaire

For now he is beating and losing time but soon he will have winds over 30K on the beam and should go like a rocket. I hope he does not take too much wind. This year that has been a nasty one!!!
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Re: Sydney-Hobart 2013 and Radford 12

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The Hobart of the old designed boats is gonna away. Today almost all boats are contemporary designs, racing boats and performance cruisers. The Radford 12 is no exception, being a design of Graham Radford that was part of the crew. We can see on this nice movie that they went fast....and even so they only made 72 out of the 84 that finished the race. The Level towards performance in what regards the end of the fleet had grow substantially on the last years.

The Radford 12 is a nice design with the particularity of being an aluminium boat:


Radford is an Australian NA with many stock plans on the market, particularly aluminium voyage boats:

RADFORD YACHT DESIGN Home Page

He has also on his site a nice page about boat stability:

RADFORD YACHT DESIGN - Stability Discussion

and the fact that he participates as crew on his designs in tough races like this one contradicts the naysayers that insist that the NA that design this type of fast boats for offshore conditions don't really know what they are doing since they never sail their designs on this conditions. I know, it does not make sense but I am tired to hear things like that on this site

This Hobart was a tough one, specially for the boats on the tail of the race, like this Radford that have made it to the finish with fling colors...with the designer crewing it.
At the risk of sounding overly critical, it is not surprising that they did not get a better result. Either they did not have the correct downwind sails or they decided to take a conservative strategy. The conditions during which they are flying the poled-out #3 with double-reefed main probably called for a 1.5oz or storm kite, if they were in full-on racing mode. I am not criticizing that decision, but I am willing to wager that other boats that finished ahead of them were being more aggressive, and carrying kites up to the limits of their prescribed range.

Of course, it is likely those boats have at least a few professional sailors on board, but I think if you want to make a good result in this race you have to push harder. For me, I probably would have kept a spinnaker up as much as possible, during daylight hours, and switched to the poled-out jib at night, if wind conditions called for it.

Again, it is easy to make such comments from behind a desk, staring at a computer screen. But I've raced in conditions just like that, so it's not like I'm suggesting crazy, reckless stuff.

But they definitely looked like they were having a terrific time, and even in the big breeze they enjoyed shorts-and-technical shirt weather. Very comfy.

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Corentin was the 2012 winner of the Team Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel trials, that is the is French equivalent of the Artemis Offshore Academy, both aiming to bring new blood and talent to solo sailing offshore racing. Now Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel has made him its 'Skipper Espoir'.
Not many people know that Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel made me it's 'Skipper Désespoir' last year. A very good decision on their part.

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