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Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Will be interesting to find out where their navigational failure was?

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Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Sounds like a case of not paying attention.

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Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Aren't these guys supposed to be professionals? It's one thing to perhaps lose a rig when you get rolled in the Southern Ocean, or in a storm. But to run aground and lose the boat? Even if you draw 20+ feet, there are lots of deep places to sail fast in. I've been on a ketch where we banged the bottom while racing, but we raised the centerboard and kept going. Did they forget they're not in a dinghy?
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Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Hey, as they say, "it's just a matter of time before you run aground like a VOR sailor".


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Unfortunately, this is going to put a huge dent in Nico's sailing career. That sucks. I really admire the guy.

It sounds pretty dicey. They are in the middle of nowhere. I hope Alvi can help them.


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Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

Just saw that the Vestas crew is safe on an island and Alvi is racing again:

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Re: Team Vestas Wind grounded in the VOR

This makes me feel better about running into a rock at 6+knots in a Catalina 400 under spinnaker a couple years ago.

(Wasn't the driver or navigator at the time btw)

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Professional or not, finding an uncharted reef the hard way is bound to ruin your day.
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Professional or not, finding an uncharted reef the hard way is bound to ruin your day.
Not exactly what I'd call "uncharted", that archipelago is actually indicated on the 12" globe I have sitting on my desk... :-)

0:28 seconds in, you can see the chart being used aboard ALVIMEDICA...

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