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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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After watching I Ship It about nine or ten times, I thought it was time to share it on my Facebook and show its wonderfulness to all of my friends. I did not expect my dad, who only ever watched Harry Potter when I dragged him to the theater, to watch it, love it, and show it to my mom, who loved it too! It just goes to show that a film with good writing, great actors, and terrific directing appeals to everyone. Now please excuse me while I go listen to Horcruxes for the hundredth time.
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TRUE OR FALSE: I heard through the grapevine that you are indeed a Boston University alumni?! If so, what class/major?! Such a great city and school! (If this isn’t true whoops awkward)Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
True. I switched around a bit but ended up with a political science major with a pre-med concentration. So obviously I moved to LA to act and write.
Really miss Boston, although if I never saw Warren Towers again, it would be too soon. If you’re there, have a dunkaccino for me.
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What’s up with all those giant volcanoes on Mars?
Mount Everest is an enormous and awe-inspiring sight, towering 9 kilometres above the Earth’s surface. But if you were to stick it on Mars right next to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, it would look foolishly small—Olympus Mons triples the height of Everest and spans the state of Arizona.
Mars is sprinkled with huge volcanoes, hundreds of kilometres in diameter and dozens of kilometres tall. The largest volcano on Earth, on the other hand, is Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which rises only 4 km above sea level.
So why is Mars blessed with these monsters of the solar system? Why doesn’t Earth have any massive lava-spewing structures?
Geology, my friends.
Earth’s crust is split up into plates that move and collide. Usually, volcanoes are formed at the boundaries where two plates meet, and one subducts below the other and melts in the heat below the surface. This melt rises as magma and causes volcanism.
But in some places on Earth, there are “hot spots” in the middle of plates, where magma rises up from the core-mantle mantle in plumes. When this magma is spewed up onto the surface, it cools and solidifies into rock, and over the years, the rock builds up and up. When plumes open out in the middle of the ocean, the magma builds islands.
Plumes are fixed, always pushing magma up to one spot, but the Earth’s plates don’t stop for anything. While the magma rises, the plates move over the hotspot—at a rate of only a few centimetres a year, but still, they move and take the newly-made volcanoes with them. So, gradually, the plates and volcanoes move on, while the plume remains in the same spot, building a whole new volcano on the next bit of the plate. As the plate moves on and on, the plume builds up a whole chain of islands, called island arcs. This is how the Hawaiian Islands were formed.
The island-volcanoes never get too big, because the plates keep moving onwards. On Mars, however, the volcanoes are enormous because the magma appears to keep rising, cooling and solidifying in the same place, taking its sweet time to build up colossal mounds of volcanic rock kilometres high.
So far, we’ve seen no volcanic arcs like we do on Earth, and this is generally taken as evidence that Mars has no tectonic plates.
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