Archive for October, 2014
After hearing Genny Tulloch mention Dongfeng sailing lower and faster in the on-board interview with Martin Strömberg today, I wondered if you could see it on the tracker. Since the leaders were all basically in a drag race today along the northern limit of the ice zone, it makes for a nice speed test.
And boy, was she right. The gif above shows Dongfeng closing rapidly on ADOR throughout the afternoon. Both boats were surfing at high speed on port gybe. At the beginning of the animation, 1238 UTC, Dongfeng was 28.2 miles from race-leader ADOR. Nine hours later, at the end of the clip, they’ve closed to 12.9 miles. That’s huge.
I think it’s unlikely that anyone on ADOR could see Dongfeng behind them, so they would have been unaware of the Chinese boat closing. The first they would have known about it would have been the 1915 sched.
I think the racing on ADOR probably got a lot more serious at that point. Because the gains pretty much stopped.
It would have been interesting to know who was at the helm and who was trimming on each boat throughout the afternoon, and whether either boat made any sail changes.
This race is very much not over.
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Oh wow. I had no idea this existed.
I think our passing-out-candy viewing selection has officially been decided.
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Martin Strömberg of Dongfeng Race Team, October 31, 2014. Source.
This is the first footage I’ve seen from the lead boats since they got into the good wind last night. I love Martin Strömberg just casually continuing with the interview as he gets smacked in the face. It’s his third Volvo; maybe he’s used to it.
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Gordon Maguire on sailing through ice in the Southern Ocean during the 2001-2002 VOR.
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The middle boats have closed up with the leaders some, but in that leading group of three it looks like ADOR has just a bit more boatspeed. Anyway, ADOR is in the lead as the boats surf east to skim along the northern edge of the ice exclusion zone. Unfortunately for Mapfre and SCA, it looks like they missed the bus and won’t be getting much benefit from this weather system.
There was a video on the official VOR channel yesterday in which Knut Frostad, the CEO of the race organization, explained why they added this ice restriction. Apparently the satellite data that is used to monitor icebergs showed that an iceberg more than 200 meters long was located in a path the boats might be inclined to take. (And as it turns out, that they probably would have taken.)
The screenshot in the video makes it look like the berg is located at about 45°S 15°W. A big berg like that isn’t so dangerous in and of itself, because the racers can see it on radar and avoid it. It’s the smaller bergs (called “bergy bits”, which I’ve always thought sounded cute) and even smaller bergs (called “growlers”) that calve off from the big bergs that you have to worry about. Growlers don’t show up on radar. But a chunk of ice the size of a railroad car can easily sink an ultralight sailboat surfing at 30 knots.
Knut talks in the interview about being on the 2001-2002 Volvo, when the fleet ended up sailing into lots of ice. There’s a cool interview in which Gordon Maguire, who was a crewmember on another boat in that race, describes what it was like to be on the helm during that time. It was Maguire’s fourth time in the Volvo, but as he describes in the interview that experience made him decide it was his last.
I’m a fan of the ice restrictions. It’s already a dangerous, high-risk competition. In the heat of the moment, racers shouldn’t have to decide whether to risk going into an area with known ice.
Once the fleet is past the eastern limit of the exclusion zone, expect them to dive south for more wind. Brr! It’s going to get cold.
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not that you would know
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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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