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Brest Atlantiques 14000 mile double handed

Four trimarans headed out today:


Seems it was a bit bouncy. Sailing with reefed mains theyre only going 29 or so knots.
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This shows a series of videos from on board the boats:

Wet. Windy. Moving right along!
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Truly amazing. Thank you. Beats the AC for watching real sailing.
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Looks like a ton of fun! Sign me up!
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For an hour or two or until something breaks.

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Re: Brest Atlantiques 14000 mile double handed

They’re now off Madeira, south of Spain. Now that the seas have smoothed out a bit they’ve all been averaging more than 30 knots boatspeed for more than 24 hours.
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These do not seem to be delicate ‘round the buoys dinghies.
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Re: Brest Atlantiques 14000 mile double handed

ETA Rio is Wednesday. (Eight days out of Brest.) Gitana is putting in to Salvador for repairs en route to Rio. Macif heading for repairs in Rio. Hitting things at 40 knots apparently does things to rudders. This will enable the other two boats (Sodebo & Actual Leader) to pass them. The Rio-Capetown leg looks to include upwind work and icebergs to avoid.
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ETA Rio is Wednesday. (Eight days out of Brest.) Gitana is putting in to Salvador for repairs en route to Rio. Macif heading for repairs in Rio. Hitting things at 40 knots apparently does things to rudders. This will enable the other two boats (Sodebo & Actual Leader) to pass them. The Rio-Capetown leg looks to include upwind work and icebergs to avoid.

Not surprising those boats (and crew) are taking a pounding. May be a tactic would be to allow the leaders to beat their boats up by going all out. When they have to stop for repairs then the guys in the back just cruise into the lead. Still would hate to be on board when one of these boats hits a sleeping whale or cargo container even a tree at 40 knots.

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Re: Brest Atlantiques 14000 mile double handed

One of the videos (Macif’s, I think) includes an OFNI (objet flottant non-identifi) alarm going off. Macif is getting a replacement rudder from the old Banque Populaire boat, flown in from France. Gitana has issues with one of their foils delaminating. Hugo Boss, in the Transatlantic Jacques Vabre last week, lost their keel.

We had an America’s Cup foil designer (hydrodynamicist) give a talk about foils at our club. Cavitation at high speeds can cause incredible vibrations - think of your Laser centerboard and rudder at speed, and multiply that by 187 or so. He showed us videos of foil tips disintegrating. You don’t necessarily have to hit anything. Just go so fast it sets up vibrations. The thing shakes apart.
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For an hour or two or until something breaks.
Honestly, I've watched all the videos of this event that I can find an my general observation is how comfortable the ride looked even in extremely rough conditions. IMHO the fact the boats sail with a crew of 2, plus a media person that is not allowed to assist in sailing the boat is indicative of the vessels sea kindliness.

The videos indicate they enjoy a smoother ride than anyone on several Gov Cups I can think of. Blasting along at 30-40+ knots through 12 foot seas, standing flat footed and waving at the camera while getting a blast of spray is way better than getting pounded to the point moving to do anything becomes an act of will like on a monohull beating into a the Chesapeake chop.

I'd love to sail on one of these monsters.
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