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

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014



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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afro-dominicano: Starry Night of Qinhai Observatory “Qinhai…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014



afro-dominicano:

Starry Night of Qinhai Observatory

“Qinhai observation station is located near Delinha, the third largest city of Qinhai Province on the beautiful Tibetan Plateau at approximately 3200m elevation. In the white dome, there is a 13.7m radio telescope which is the only radio facility working in millimeter waveband in China.”Zhou Yannan

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seanpersaud: Legend has it one of Ryan Bailey’s many self…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014



seanpersaud:

Legend has it one of Ryan Bailey’s many self appointed nicknames is “The Love Chef.” We thought that was pretty gross, so we invited Brian L. Patton – The Sexy Vegan – to show him how to be a real chef. Of food. Naturally, things went great. Check out Episode 3 of Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey!

I legitimately enjoyed this episode. I find myself wanting to know more about Ryan’s relationship with his wife.

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sciencefriday: spaceexp: FTFY: The exact position of the 1881…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014



sciencefriday:

spaceexp:

FTFY: The exact position of the 1881 Orion photo

Whoa.

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eowyn-of-tardis: Reading “Eleanor & Park”: A Story by…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014





















eowyn-of-tardis:

Reading “Eleanor & Park”: A Story by Me

What’s the term for fan transmedia? There should be such a term. I’m sure there is, and I just don’t know it.

For now I’ll just point to eowyn-of-tardis. What she did. That thing.

So good.

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It doesn’t always pay to take the middle. Moderation in…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014







It doesn’t always pay to take the middle. Moderation in all things, but that includes moderation. You can try to hedge your bets by not committing to an extreme, but that doesn’t make it a good bet. Sometimes you have to go all in to make a gain.

One of the really compelling things for me about racing, as distinct from cruising, is that it holds up an objective mirror of your sailing. You can have fun approaching sailing casually, and if you work at it you can become a better sailor, but if you want to really improve you should race. When you first start racing you’ll lose a lot. But that’s okay. Those losses are the honest friend who’s willing to tell you the truth: you’re not very good. So get better.

Racing (by which I mean, losing) made me a much better sailor. All the crews in the VOR are better sailors than I will ever be, but the lessons continue for them, and one of the lessons from the last few days is that the middle isn’t always a viable compromise.

The two boats that went west (ADOR and Brunel) are well in front at this point. They’re emerging from the doldrums, and I think there’s a good chance one or the other of them will go on to win the leg. It’s still a long way to Cape Town, but opportunities to pass are fewer after this.

Vestas made a gutsy call by going east, and the result is that at this point I think they’re solidly in third, with the best chance of any of the trailing boats to break into the top two.

But oh, those boats in the middle. Twenty-four hours ago Mapfre was even with Vestas. But Vestas went east while Mapfre went west, into the middle, and the result is that now Mapfre is 25 miles further from Fernando Island than Vestas is.

There still a chance for a reshuffling in the trailing four boats as they work to emerge from the doldrums; I’m pulling for SCA, back in seventh again, to catch a break and move up. But I feel for those last four boats. They can see from the scheds what’s happened, but there’s nothing they can do at this point, except fight for whatever gains they can make among themselves.

Watching the videos from the last day takes me back. As a southern California racer I’ve spent many hours sitting under slatting sails, trying to get the boat moving. I actually kind of enjoy it; there’s a delicate balance, a quiet intensity, like building a house of cards. One false move brings the whole thing down, but if you maintain focus and push your senses to the limit you can feel a breath of air, and get a little movement, and then a little more, and build on it.

In one of the videos you could see that the boat had partially rolled up their headsail as they rocked, windless. That might seem surprising; normally you’d think that the less wind there is the bigger the sails you should use. And mostly that’s true. But in the lightest conditions, especially if there’s a leftover swell, a small sail can actually be faster — sometimes much faster. The big sail flops against the rigging and never assumes the proper shape. A small sail, though, can fill quickly during the precious few seconds when a puff hits, getting the boat moving. It’s really fun when it works, especially when you go screaming (hah!) through a fleet of competitors at a knot and a half with a tiny windseeker up while they’re sitting motionless with their #1’s.

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nevver: Storms 2014, Mitch Dobrowner

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


Mitch Dobrowner


Mitch Dobrowner


Mitch Dobrowner


Mitch Dobrowner


Mitch Dobrowner

nevver:

Storms 2014, Mitch Dobrowner

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you should never search for the blog ‘lies’ and end up on a blog called buffalo lies. you will be sorely saddened and weirded out.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Posted as a public service.

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yulinkuang: This looks like one of those romcom movie posters…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014









yulinkuang:

This looks like one of those romcom movie posters that come out every holiday season. This makes me very happy.

I look forward to the day when _actual_ Yulin-directed romcom movie posters come out at holiday time. Because those movies are going to be so good.

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justonepurpose: I have Hannibal blacklisted, but because nbchannibal is a sponsored blog, it shows…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

justonepurpose:

I have Hannibal blacklisted, but because nbchannibal is a sponsored blog, it shows up on my dash anyways. This is a violation. I despise sponsored posts and I will spitefully refuse to watch any shows or movies that have showed up on my dash via sponsored post.

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Wolf (Yang Jiru) at the press conference announcing his…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014





















Wolf (Yang Jiru) at the press conference announcing his selection for the crew of Dongfeng Racing Team, one of seven teams competing in the 39,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race. Source.

“During the press conference Leo explained he worked very hard and congratulated Horace and I for being onboard for Leg 1. I know how hard this is for him because he tries and tries so hard, but he is not yet ready for whatever reason, and I can feel he’s so sad but he’s so proud of us. This is why I left my place in the press conference and hugged him – this is why I cry. From the beginning I said, I race for China but now, now I also race for Leo.”

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british-history: maritimehistorypodcast: The Battle of…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



british-history:

maritimehistorypodcast:

The Battle of Trafalgar

21 October 1805

Today marks the celebration of Trafalgar Day! The Battle of Trafalgar took place on this day in history, 21 October 1805. It was a naval engagement between the Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies during the War of the Third Coalition of the Napoleonic Wars. British victory spectacularly confirmed the naval supremacy that Britain had established during the previous century. The victory was achieved in part through Nelson’s departure from the prevailing naval tactical orthodoxy when he chose to deliberately cut the opposing fleet’s line in three rather than approach the enemy fleet in a single line of battle as was the custom. Nelson, however, was mortally wounded during the battle and became a British war hero as a result.

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I drive this piece of road every time I do my mega-commute to…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



I drive this piece of road every time I do my mega-commute to LA.

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Sigh. Doldrums. I happened to have the tracker open when this…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014







Sigh. Doldrums.

I happened to have the tracker open when this update came in, and I actually laughed out loud. “Dongfeng is going backwards.” My wife, from the desk next to me, said, “You wouldn’t be laughing if you were on the boat.” Which was a good point.

Vestas is way to the east, and working their way farther east. They’re still behind, but their track is less squiggly than those of the other boats. That means one thing: wind.

If you hover over each of the little boat icons in the tracker to see their current boatspeed, there’s this:

  • ADOR: 4 kts
  • Brunel: 2 kts
  • Dongfeng: 3 kts
  • Alvimedica: 2 kts
  • SCA: 3 kts
  • Mapfre: 6 kts
  • Vestas: 6 kts

Six knots isn’t very fast. It would be a brisk walk on land. For a boat that can surf at 30 it doesn’t sound like much. But for competitors who take infinite pains to eke out a tenth of a knot advantage, going 50%, 100%, or even 300% faster than the other boats is huge. At the moment Mapfre and Vestas are crushing the competition, and they’re not having to use up much racecourse to do it.

It might not last. But at least for now, the eastern strategy looks like it has a chance.

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Who’s the oldest person on Tumblr?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Who’s the oldest person on Tumblr?:

suzer1:

lies:

It was a joke at first. But I’m getting kind of worried. I’m 50, which really does not feel anything like as old as it sounds. But it would make me feel better if I could find someone on Tumblr who was older than I am. Heck, I’d be stoked to find someone in their 40s.

Searching on the tag…

Got you beat! born in the 50’s … you young whipper snapper

Haha. Yes, I’ve found a few since I posted that. Thank you (and dduane, and fvfarm, and others) for making me feel young! :-)

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Navigator Wouter Verbraak on Vestas Wind talking about their…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



Navigator Wouter Verbraak on Vestas Wind talking about their strategy entering the doldrums.

Actually, at the moment there is an option to go east, which is very rare. So I’m scratching my head and double-checking that it is actually the case, because statistically it is a very dangerous strategy to go east. So I’m about to get the next satellite picture, which will be important to verify whether the models are in line with what is actually happening, or whether we should again, like so often in this leg, throw the models in the bin and go for what we see in the satellite pictures.

Apparently they decided to take the risk, because Vestas is way out there now, 35 miles east of the nearest competitor, Mapfre, and more than 150 miles east of the current leader, ADOR. As of the 1840 update (Oct 21) the eastern route doesn’t appear to be working, but that could change based on what happens in the next 24 hours.

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paintdeath: Childe Hassam – Rainy Night (1895)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014





paintdeath:

Childe Hassam – Rainy Night (1895)

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from-the-helm: sinusamoris: Don’t forget the VOR How could…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014



from-the-helm:

sinusamoris:

Don’t forget the VOR

How could you?! This year’s race is awesome.

Team Brunel OBR Stefan Coppers, taking pictures like a boss. :-)

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Will Oxley, navigator for Alvimedica, interviewed as the boat…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

















Will Oxley, navigator for Alvimedica, interviewed as the boat approaches the doldrums on October 20.

Source: The Inside Track – Episode 7.

Oxley’s bio, as listed at Sailing Scuttlebutt:

Will Oxley, 49, North Queensland, Australia

DOB: April 22, 1965

Will brings navigation depth to this young team having been part of three Volvo Ocean Races, twice as navigator. Will has completed more than 240,000 nm of ocean racing including four round the world races and 14 Sydney to Hobart races. He skippered Compaq in the BT Global Challenge 2000/01 and he was also the weather coordinator for the Swedish Victory Challenge America’s Cup team. He provided navigation and weather support for Puma in the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race. For the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race he was navigator with Camper (Emirates Team New Zealand). Will is also a marine biologist, working from 1992-2000 at the Australian Institute of Marine Science as part of the Long-term Monitoring Project studying the Great Barrier Reef.

There are sailors in this race who have a lot of experience. And sometimes that experience tells them, eh, it’s kind of a crapshoot. Hope we get lucky.

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The VOR fleet has entered the doldrums. Or more properly, the…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014









The VOR fleet has entered the doldrums. Or more properly, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), where the sun directly overhead heats the ocean and creates a 300-mile-wide belt of rising air, thunderstorms, and light, tricky winds.

The fleet has spread out on a wide front stretching 150 miles west to east, with the western boats doing better, at least so far. Brunel and ADOR, the two that concentrated on staying north and getting as far west as they could while passing the Cape Verde Islands, are now farther south than everyone else. They have a substantial lead, while being in a dead heat with each other according to the tracker.

In the middle, both west-to-east and in the standings, are Dongfeng, Alvimedica, and SCA. I’m looking forward to seeing video from SCA; I’m expecting some happy faces at their having worked their way back into the race.

Farthest east and trailing are Mapfre and Vestas, with both of them, especially Vestas, actually heading back east a bit in the 1255 update. They must be hoping for better wind in that direction.

It’s kind of a big roll of the dice for all the teams over the next few hundred miles. The ITCZ is chaotic, with big convection cells that rise up and leave the boats under them dead in the water, while boats on the edge of the cell get wind. The crews can try to stay alert and steer themselves around the worst of it, but with with limited maneuverability they mostly have to take whatever the wind gods dish out.

The fleet compressed front to back when it entered the doldrums, and it will stretch out again when it leaves. But which boats will leave first?

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