“It’s not platonic for me.”

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 11:27 pm



“It’s not platonic for me.”

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“You look pretty sexy in a six-frame loop.”

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 10:24 pm



“You look pretty sexy in a six-frame loop.”

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Zoe studying the entry form is kind of hypnotic.

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 10:24 pm



Zoe studying the entry form is kind of hypnotic.

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anonsally replied to your post:anonsally replied to your post: Dongfeng Race Team… Oh wow,…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Oh wow, that’s long-term. But there are breaks, so it sounds like they can see their families?

Yes; that video I posted earlier today about the surprise video on Dongfeng with greetings from family and loved ones was a little misleading about that. They’re racing for a long time, but the individual legs, even the longer ones, take less than a month to complete.

The families typically fly in and meet them at the stopovers. Expect to see many joyous arrival videos, and subsequent tearful departure videos.

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anonsally replied to your post: Dongfeng Race Team navigator Pascal Bi… Approximately how…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 9:33 pm

anonsally replied to your post: Dongfeng Race Team navigator Pascal Bi…

Approximately how long will the race take?

The race overall consists of 9 ocean legs, plus short in-port races that happen during the stopovers and are scored as a separate competition.

Leg 1 (the one they’re sailing now) should finish in Cape Town by early November. The start of Leg 2 (which finishes in Abu Dhabi) is on November 19. And so on around the world, until the final ocean leg finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden, in late June 2015.

From the official site: Schedule. Route map.

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Dongfeng Race Team navigator Pascal Bidégorry watches a surprise…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 6:10 pm













Dongfeng Race Team navigator Pascal Bidégorry watches a surprise video.

As of October 23, 2014, Dongfeng is in fourth place during Leg 1 of the 38,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race.

Source.

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spoal: What Would You Say? | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Volvo…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 5:35 pm



spoal:

What Would You Say? | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Volvo Ocean Race

I’m a sucker for this kind of thing.

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mindlov: Go team SCA! 

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 5:35 pm





mindlov:

Go team SCA! 

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Photo

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm



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Frederic Edwin Church, Nightfall Near Olana, 1872

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 12:04 pm




Frederic Edwin Church, Nightfall Near Olana, 1872

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rcsailing: Zio and Nightwind 12mR, 1939

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 12:04 pm



rcsailing:

Zio and Nightwind

12mR, 1939

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“Kind of. Not Really.” I Ship It, written and directed by Yulin…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 11:27 am









“Kind of. Not Really.”

I Ship It, written and directed by Yulin Kuang.

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And… it’s a drag race. All the boats have made it…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 8:54 am











And… it’s a drag race. All the boats have made it out of the doldrums and into the southeast trades, and have a straight shot to Fernando. With the possible exception of Alvimedica and Mapfre, who are pretty much neck and neck toward the back of the fleet, it seems unlikely that any of these positions will change before the island.

In the next 24 hours the boats will be entering the southern hemisphere, and the “pollywogs” (sailors who have never crossed the equator at sea) will be initiated by the “shellbacks” (sailors who have) in a hazing ritual that dates back to the days of wind-driven navies. Expect disgusting foodstuffs, King Neptune cosplay, and possible nakedness. The OBRs, all of whom (I think?) are pollywogs, should probably be especially nervous.

A helpful commenter on Sailing Anarchy provided an answer to my question of why ADOR has been so stingy with uploaded videos. Apparently the sponsors in the Abu Dhabi tourism/commerce/booster operation are very strict about what sort of content is associated with the boat, leading to a long approval process. So even though Ian Walker promised something special to OBR Matt Knighton (whom he called “Night Off”, presumably a reference to OBRs not having to stand night watches) in the October 19 video, I doubt the ADOR version of the ceremony will make it past the censors.

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“I’m never afraid to overshare on the internet. I don’t know if it’s normal or not.”

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:11 am

“I’m never afraid to overshare on the internet. I don’t know if it’s normal or not.”

the-eldest-woman-on

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libutron: Glowing mushrooms – Mycena lux-coeli  Like fireflies,…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:11 am



libutron:

Glowing mushrooms – Mycena lux-coeli 

Like fireflies, luminescent squid, and other so-called bioluminescent organisms, glow-in-the-dark mushrooms contain an enzyme known as luciferin. When luciferin is oxidized (i.e. comes in contact with oxygen), it emits energy in the form of light, which causes organisms containing it to glow.

Numerous species of Mycena form luminescent mycelium and/or fruiting bodies. No fewer than 26 species of Mycena have been reported as bioluminescent. This one in the picture is Mycena lux-coeli, native to Japan where it is found almost solely on large shi-no-ki trees (Castanopsis sieboldii, or chinkapins in English), one of the dominant climax species in the native forests of the Kii Peninsula in Japan.

References: [1] – [2]

Photo credit: ©Masahisa Uemura | Locality: Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (2013)

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majagray: #Repost from @volvooceanrace —- Sometimes you’ve…

Posted by jbc on October 23rd, 2014 at 6:51 am



majagray:

#Repost from @volvooceanrace

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Sometimes you’ve got to take a break. Photo by Corinna Halloran / Team SCA

Sally Barkow of Waukesha, WI, at sunset on October 21. Sally is one of three sailors from the US currently racing on SCA — four if you count Sophie Ciszek, who has dual Australian/US citizenship.

This same sunset showed up in several other teams’ photo and video feeds for that day. Although most of the boats were out of sight of each other, separated by up to 150 miles in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, this sunset was something they shared.

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Skipper Ian Walker of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam,…

Posted by jbc on October 22nd, 2014 at 10:51 pm







Skipper Ian Walker of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam, October 19, 2014. Source.

As of October 22, Azzam is leading the 7-boat fleet in Leg 1 of the 38,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race.

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Skipper Ian Walker aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s boat…

Posted by jbc on October 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 pm



Skipper Ian Walker aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s boat Azzam, currently leading the VOR.

I haven’t been intentionally neglecting posting about ADOR, as much as I’ve been frustrated by a lack of video content from the boat. As with the other teams, there’s an ADOR YouTube channel, but the only content with which it’s been updated since the start of the race has been videos filmed before the start of Leg 1.

This video, which I love, is not from the team’s own channel; it’s from the official VOR channel, though it’s listed there as “unpublished” and didn’t show up in my YouTube subscription feed. I only learned about it because a helpful user posted it in the Sailing Anarchy discussion for Leg 1.

It looks like this video was shot on the afternoon of October 19, as the boat sailed west on starboard tack after passing north of the Cape Verde Islands.

Go Azzam.

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In the mobile app if you drag your finger back and forth…

Posted by jbc on October 22nd, 2014 at 8:59 pm



In the mobile app if you drag your finger back and forth horizontally over the gif you can pretend you’re petting the kitty.

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Experience matters I noticed that the VOR fleet’s current…

Posted by jbc on October 22nd, 2014 at 5:51 pm



Experience matters

I noticed that the VOR fleet’s current positions reflect almost perfectly the number of combined previous appearances in the race by each boat’s crew. There’s only one exception: Dongfeng, which is dramatically outperfoming what they should be doing.

For everyone else in the race, it’s an iron law: You could have predicted where they’d be just by looking at the crew bios on volvooceanrace.com.

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