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    A 1/2" polyester core halyard has a breaking...

    A 1/2" polyester core halyard has a breaking strength around 10,000 lbs. A Class 40 with a 400 sq ft jib in 25 knots upwind can see 2,000 lb of load. This chart from Yale Cordage shows that this line...
  2. Crazy Uncle Carl With toil and sacrifice behind...

    Crazy Uncle Carl
    With toil and sacrifice behind us, and more to see
    Our old souls head to sea for serenity.
    Middle names Danger we go together
    Hoping for no drama no matter the weather.
    Most say...
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    Go/No go decision for this year is no go due to...

    Go/No go decision for this year is no go due to family reasons. I need things settled down on the home front before I can go with a clear head. But Nov. 2020 for sure. Didnít want to be down there as...
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    I see, and what is your goal? Set a benchmark for...

    I see, and what is your goal? Set a benchmark for the route? Just finish? Get experience? Personal journey of discovery? The why is not an easy question, and for me a complex one.

    Comments on the...
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    Offshore passage time is more correlated to LWL...

    Offshore passage time is more correlated to LWL than displacement which is behind Alan’s wise input. The exception to this is heavy air downwind sailing when surfing and planing arise. You may also...
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    My understanding is that it is common practice in...

    My understanding is that it is common practice in the Class 40/IMOCA world. Eliminates halyard chafe, halyard stretch, and of course reduces weight aloft. A bit risky in a RTW effort. In addition to...
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    Another thought would be a J/35. Fast and...

    Another thought would be a J/35. Fast and sea-kindly. Headroom is only 6-1, I think. Someone started out from the East Coast in the late 80's to go around the world, but fell asleep and ended up on....
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    I could I suppose, but Romance. Rounding a...

    I could I suppose, but Romance. Rounding a natural, significant island rather than a buoy. Why do it at all, if not for romance?
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    Hmmm. First, it could be that leaving...

    Hmmm.
    First, it could be that leaving from/returning to Victoria provides enough distance, I don't know. I don't have interest in leaving from Canada as I'm unware that anyone has left the USA and...
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    The WSSRC confirmed that there is no location on...

    The WSSRC confirmed that there is no location on the US West Coast that makes the distance long enough if you go straight to Cape Horn. I made the suggestion that if I kept the island of Hawaii to...
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    Hi, sorry I just ran across this thread as I...

    Hi, sorry I just ran across this thread as I thought it went dormant a while back. Feels like it has taken somewhat of a difficult turn.

    As I think about the journey and prepare Sparrow, it...
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    Hi Philipe, A mission critical piece for me is...

    Hi Philipe,

    A mission critical piece for me is the electrical energy - autopilot system. I will not have a wind vane, so electrical energy must be generated enroute, stored in batteries, and drive...
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    Is this a lower budget, or higher? ...

    Is this a lower budget, or higher?

    http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1990/Open-40-2454647/Labuan/Malaysia ?
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    Yes, you have to assume you will suffer at least...

    Yes, you have to assume you will suffer at least one knockdown, and better to plan on a full rollover. Interesting to hear his comments and experience with the series drogue. I plan on taking a...
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    Maybe, but not sure what that means. My boat has...

    Maybe, but not sure what that means. My boat has seen at least 60,000 offshore miles and I'm not hesitating. Hull-Keel attachment would be critical evaluation though. From the photos it looks like...
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    That Guirec Soudee site is spectacular. You gotta...

    That Guirec Soudee site is spectacular. You gotta love someone that brings two ice axes, crampons, a drone and a chicken along.
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    Iridium Update

    Iridium NEXT update: 4 of 8 launches are done, the fifth is scheduled for March 29. The remaining 3 are scheduled for this year. The new service is being called Certus. Some info of note from the...
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    Yup. Find a pony.

    Yup. Find a pony.
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    My sense is that sponsorship is not realistic, to...

    My sense is that sponsorship is not realistic, to either hold a race or prepare specific boats. That means for anything to happen it would have to be a low key, corinthian deal. 4 guys going for a...
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    Yes, I think he went around 3 times. Once in the...

    Yes, I think he went around 3 times. Once in the boat I now own, once in a better, faster Open 50, and then again on an IMOCA 60. Each time with stops, however.
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    Looks like he's making it! Good to see an...

    Looks like he's making it! Good to see an American out on the water. He's posting here if anyone wants to follow Jerome Rand: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1060676710732719/
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    I was talking about a non-stop journey. I think...

    I was talking about a non-stop journey. I think Tim Kent's effort was during the Around Alone which has stops.
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    Well, yes I suppose you are right. I might be...

    Well, yes I suppose you are right. I might be creating a target for future mariners to shoot at, even if it's slow. While I wouldn't be making any sort of WSSRC record, there are other records. To my...
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    No no just make it. I will be quite satisfied to...

    No no just make it. I will be quite satisfied to make it without stopping. Part of it is there are only a 40 ft or 60 ft vessel records. My boat is 50. Another part is my low budget, so lithium and...
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    Sparrow and I will be departing under the Golden...

    Sparrow and I will be departing under the Golden Gate in Nov. 2019.

    Apparently there is no location on the US West Coast that makes the trip long enough for an "official" round the world...
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