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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Well, there are Vendee Globe racers, and then there are Vende Globe wannabes...

This guy was having a Big Freakin' Sail, alright - until he wasn't...

Gotta agree with Charlie Doane, on this one... An Archimbault 35 in the Southern Ocean? Seriously?

I imagine there's more than a couple of passengers on that cruise ship who are more than a tad annoyed with this guy, after not getting their full $20Ks worth on their Antarctic cruise...

This is one VERY lucky dude...

ALAIN DELORD: Vendee Globe Wanna-Be Rescued By Aussie Cruise Ship



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Yeah, I remember reading about that guy. But everyone knows the rules of BFS...

Rescue=FAIL

You gotta bring her home for it to count.

(PS - Jon, do you agree with Chuck on this part?

"Delord, a very experienced ocean sailor, was apparently stalking the Vendee Globe fleet in a bid to sail non-stop around the world alone through the Southern Ocean when he was forced to abandon his boat.")
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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

For some days that I had the intention to post about that on the Interesting boat thread but since you have posted here, well, it's done

The Archambault 35 is a great boat with an outstanding stability and is one of the favorite boats to race the Transquadra, a solo or duo Transat for amateurs. Many A35 (and smaller boats like the A31 or the SF 3200) made the race along the several editions without problems.

But one thing is an offshore boat another a boat to sail or race in high latitudes.

I remember some years ago professionals discussing if a Class 40 racer, a bigger boat with a considerable bigger stability has safe to race on high latitudes. After that several circumnavigations races took place and the boat show that it was up to the job but the boats were duo crewed and it is not a non stop race. If the weather is particularly nasty they can post pone the start of each leg. Anyway I guess that in what concerns safety in what regards a light boat, a 40class racer is about the limit in what regards good sense.

Going for a non stop navigation with an intention to establish a reference mark (and that implies to sail on high latitudes) with a A35, alone with 64 years of age is madness. When someone does mad things, sometimes one can get lucky, others the very real possibility of disaster happens and that is the case.

The sad thing is that guys that try to pull stunts like these are looked by many, including responsible sail magazines, as a hero and not as a mad man.

Mon Voile Mag , Archive » Un sacré défi !

Alain Delord, marin morbihanais, a fait naufrage en mer de Tasmanie : Un navire vient à sa rencontre - France 3 Bretagne

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Yeah, I remember reading about that guy. But everyone knows the rules of BFS...

"Delord, a very experienced ocean sailor, was apparently stalking the Vendee Globe fleet in a bid to sail non-stop around the world alone through the Southern Ocean when he was forced to abandon his boat.")
Yes, he was a very experienced sailor but being experienced does not mean necessarily a reasonable one.

Delors had crossed the Atlantic 17 times and his best performance was a 3th place on the Mini class Transat in 2001.

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Paulo,

I noticed that this boat uses a "vacuum infused sandwich pvc" hull construction. I assume it's a pretty light boat? If so, maybe more easily holed by the rig?

Also, how do these compare to the Open 40s in terms of toughness? The two look very similar to me.



It seems the A35 is a lighter-built knock-off of the Open 40?
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Yes, he was a very experienced sailor but being experienced does not mean necessarily a reasonable one...
Heh-heh. Yeah, that was my point.

This is from one of the articles (translated by Google):

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But crazier is that he chose to challenge on a A35, a pure regatta boat of 10.59 m. We know Archambault, it's solid. Remember the misadventures of John the Baptist Ollivier, alias Titou, who had struck a whale with its A31 The White Whale . But anyway, the A35 is not a boat built for the Southern Ocean. This is not the opinion of Alain ... which nevertheless equipped and transformed Tchouk Tchouk Nougat (it is a curse of Captain Haddock, but it is also the name of the boat) accordingly. Seven months of construction (installation of a staysail forestay, mast reinforcement, hard top, etc.) and then three weeks of preparation were required before launching into the deep.
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Paulo,

I noticed that this boat uses a "vacuum infused sandwich pvc" hull construction. I assume it's a pretty light boat? If so, maybe more easily holed by the rig?

Also, how do these compare to the Open 40s in terms of toughness? The two look very similar to me.



It seems the A35 is a lighter-built knock-off of the Open 40?
Yes it is a pretty light boat but that does not mean that is no a though boat. In fact in the English blog it is said that the boat was rolled and break the mast. That is possible, but the French say that they only know that the mast broke and that in consequence the boat was holed. In 7m waves and 30/40k winds when a mast broke it is necessary luck for not finish with an holed hull. He was alone and with 64 years in a small and relatively narrow boat in big waves and high winds, probably he just waited conditions to become more clement to cut the mast lose...too late it seems.

Regarding the differences between the two boats they are really big in what regards stability and safety features. The 40class racer is a race boat, the A35 is a performance cruiser, a stiff boat but a moderately narrow boat. The 40 class racer is a kind of a smaller Open 60, a beamier and much stiffer boat with a bulb at the end of a 3m draft that has also water-prove bulkheads and it is unthinkable (it has large parts of the boat full of foam).

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Re: Big Freakin' Sails

More information:

Delors was sailing at 50º South at South Southwest from Tasmania. the boat lost the mast, the Australian navy was informed but he did not ask for help. Only several hours later, after the mast damaged the hull, he went for a mayday.

The ship that responded to the mayday is a cruiser specialized in Tourism in the Antarctic and was returning from Antarctica, going to the Macqarie Island. Big luck for Delors. Normally there is no boats on that area that is the biggest earth desert in what regard men. The ship had to make 440Nm in very difficult sea conditions to reach him.

During the time the boat take to reach him AMSA organized airplane rotations to fly over Delors. 5 airplanes were used, day and night. They dropped survival material, life-raft, water, food, communication means, survival suit.

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And now with Jean Pierre Dick sailing his keel-less 60 in rough seas. Yep - these Vendee sailors are monsters.
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