Steens Mountain located in Oregon’s high desert is one of the crown jewels of the state’s wildlands. The wilderness encompasses an extraordinary landscape with deep glacier carved gorges, stunning scenery, wilderness, wild rivers, and a rich diversity of plant and animal species.
Photo credit: Bob Wick, BLM
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It’s a rule this time around that each VOR team must include at least two sailors under 30. The home office must have issued an edict to highlight them, because all the OBRs have been uploading videos of their under-30s over the past few days.
You will not be surprised to learn which one was my favorite. :-)
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In Australia we do not celebrate this day like they do in the US
Although it is becoming more popular.
Because the activirties girls do everything they can think of to keep the residents alert
They have all come dressed appropritaly this morning.
Rita who loves to dress up any day is a real witch, I have named her Gertie
Louise who is a lovely tall girl is also a witch but far more elegant.
Larraine looks as though a train hit her
Several girls have bats on their heads
It really is a great success.
We all must be so gratefull to these wondeful girls
I have sent a message to our manager to say how we appreciate the effort.
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Suddenly the world seems such a p e r f e c t p l a c e.
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect g r a c e.
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Evan Gaustad in Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey: Talking Scarriage.
(Warning: linked video includes scary clips from horror movies.)
Because sometimes marriage can be scary.
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As of the 1540 UTC update (October 30), ADOR (leading) and Brunel are staying close enough to wave hello, while Vestas has moved out 17 miles to the west. There’s a weather system moving toward them that might let Vestas catch the stronger winds first; it will be interesting to see if that pays off.
The fleet will probably sail south as far as the exclusion zone to get into as much wind as they can. At the moment that looks like low 20s, maybe, but it could conceivably build and get them into the upper 20s, or even the low 30s. And there will certainly be waves.
So there should be some exciting surfing coming up, even if it doesn’t reach the edge-of-control conditions of a Southern Ocean storm. Which, you know what? Is fine with me. I’m happy that the less-experienced crews get some practice, and the whole fleet gets a better sense of how the new boats are holding together, before they go into full-on washing-machine mode.
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– literally everyone
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(Warning: linked video includes scary clips from horror movies.)
More than once someone has asked me whether Talking Marriage is worth watching. I always have a hard time answering. There’s a superficial level on which it would be easy to answer no, because if you’re looking for the kind of work Sean has done with Yulin, it’s not that.
But I’ve come to appreciate the show a lot. There’s an honesty to it. Even when it seems like it’s just being silly, there’s a layer of truth running underneath. Or sometimes right out on the surface.
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Navigator Wouter Verbraak fist bumps crew member Nicolai Sehested aboard Team Vestas Wind. Source.
Here’s what I love about this clip. Vestas is in the process of making a huge gain, such that as of the latest update (0040 UTC on October 30), they’ve gone from being in the middle of the fleet to essentially being in a three-way tie for the lead. They made that gain because of a high-risk strategic decision that must have been Wouter’s call (along with Chris Nicholson, the skipper).
As a former offshore racing navigator (not on anything like Wouter’s level, but still) I think I have a degree of insight into what was going through his head in this moment. And yeah, he’s sharing the joy with Nicolai, and complimenting his good job on the helm.
But Wouter knows, and I know (and Nicolai and the unidentified crewman filming and probably everyone else on the boat knows), awesome driving at most gets you a fraction of a knot over the competition. You want a 6-knot advantage over a 6-hour period? That takes a navigator.
Go Wouter. :-)
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Are you kidding me? This isn’t an actual race. It’s a cheesy movie plot. In the wind map you can’t even distinguish the three lead boats; they’re all merged into that one triangle.
It looks like they’re trying to get to the stronger wind of that weather system south-southeast of them, but I’m not sure they’re going to reach it; it may outrun them.
There doesn’t appear to be anything really good rolling in from the west at the moment, so it may be that they don’t end up running downwind in full-on storm conditions on this leg after all. In which case they’re all going to be getting kind of hungry. The boats don’t carry extra food (because even freeze-dried, it weighs too much), and the generally light conditions have made the race take longer than usual. Some of the boats have already begun rationing.
The other thing that could slow them down is that red line on the wind map. It’s an exclusion zone at 42°S announced by the race committee a few days ago. Usually they don’t have exclusion zones until leg 5, when they use them to reduce the risk of boats running into icebergs, but with the Saint Helena high having pushed the boats so far south they apparently decided it was prudent to have one now. The boats won’t be allowed to sail south of that line.
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#Repost from @team_sca —- What sailing hands look like after 18 days at sea. All the pictures in our flickr gallery! http://ift.tt/1vhVKbC #teamsca #volvooceanrace2014 #extremeworkconditions @yourpartnertork #hands #sailors #weareteamsca
But I don’t want to get out of the bath yet. I’m having too much fun with my toy boat.
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Oh, wow. There is so much going on in the VOR.
The three lead boats are emerging from the high into the northern fringes of the westerlies. And get this: Vestas, who went way west, such that at least one team in a video from a day or so ago had written them off, made out bigtime. They’ve had better wind and have been sailing faster than every other boat in the fleet for the past day, such that now, when the lead boats have gybed back to cover, Vestas and ADOR are fighting for the lead less than four miles apart.
There are a bunch of great videos that have come out in the past day:
- An audio interview with Carolijn Brouwer of SCA (she of the adorable photo on the dock in Alicante, saying goodbye to her son) in which she talks about their awful night of falling into a hole while the rest of the fleet kept going.
- An awesome on-board interview of Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier by OBR Yann Riou, talking about their strategy over the past few days, and about those nutty guys on Vestas throwing away distance by sailing so far west (though me of the future suspects he might have a different view now).
- An on-board interview with Vestas navigator Wouter Verbraak by OBR Brian Carlin, talking about their strategy, and including a really funny moment I think I’ll talk about in a separate post when I have more time later.
After 18 days and 5,000 miles of nonstop racing, the two lead boats are practically within hailing distance of each other, a third is nipping at their heels, and two more are within striking distance. I have no idea who’s going to win this.
This race has been awesome.
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