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    Default Vendee questions

    Dear Skip,

    1.) With 16 hours and 15 minutes in the "bank", where will Jean Le Cam place?

    2.) How many places, (if any) will Charal advance before finishing?

    (Bonus question)
    What aspects of the race have intrigued you, (if any)?

    A curious reader

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermission View Post
    Dear Skip,
    1.) With 16 hours and 15 minutes in the "bank", where will Jean Le Cam place?
    2.) How many places, (if any) will Charal advance before finishing?
    (Bonus question)
    What aspects of the race have intrigued you, (if any)?
    A curious reader
    Exciting stuff..the first-to-finish Vendee Globe racer will not win the Race, as time is owed to the boats that returned to rescue KE. My guess is Yannick Bestaven on MAITRE COQUE IV will emerge overall winner, even after finishing 3rd boat-for-boat. But not by much, only minutes likely. Stand by to stand by.

    The first-to-finish boat, in less than an hour, Charlie Dalin on APIVIA, will be finishing in the dark, literally. APIVIA's running lights have been unreliable. Hope no press boats interfere as APIVIA will be sailing at 20 knots.
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    Just had a chat with Ken ("General) Roper in S. Carolina. His wife passed 2 weeks ago.
    Be aware someone may be using his e-mail address, going by Harry Roper, and asking for a "quick favor." Bogus

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    Drama in the Vendee Globe. Boris Herrmann, on SEA EXPLORER-Yacht club de Monaco, was in contention for first overall until 100 miles out he hit a fishing boat, causing unknown damage.

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    So Boris, a young German, is much slowed and likely lacking a functioning foil and/or bowsprit, may not even podium. If not, Jean Le Cam, the fleet favorite, oldest skipper, sailing a non-foiling boat, and rescuer of Kevin Escoffier, may well podium finish in 3rd overall. This would be huge news in France!

    No, in single-handed racing like the Vendee Globe, if you hit another boat, there is no recourse or time allowance gratuity. You are always assumed in the wrong for not standing proper lookout.

    If you are reading this and entered in the 3BF, a reminder there is a Skippers Meeting this evening, Wed. Jan.27 at 7:30 pm. Check the SSS main site for details. Here's the login link to join by computer.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8698243716...Examc1a2RqUT09

    Meeting ID: 869 8243 7162
    Passcode: 3777
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    Though short and sweet, another premium sunset this evening, the last day of January, 2021, as viewed from the CBC bridge.

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    The bridge, built in 1993, sits 92 feet above sea level, measures 7'x8' and looks west. There is a chart table with my venerable, 11 year old, Toshiba laptop (Windows 7), an even more ancient hardwired Horizon Explorer VHF radio. A printer, file cabinet, 3 wall bookshelves, a National Geographic World Map, 2x12 volt batteries connected to a 20 watt solar panel. a recording barometer, binoculars, and a model of 72' L Francis Herreshoff ketch TICONDEROGA aboard which I sailed the 1963 and '65 Transpacs.

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    Can anyone spot the glow-in-the-dark angel?
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    Glow in the dark Angel is on the bow pulpit. SDK

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    Is there a tale behind the glow in the dark angel? As in...is that where you spent most of the race, Skip?
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    The angle is hanging out on the bow sprint, preparing to call stroke for the rowing crew, who have not yet appeared on deck!
    Ribbitt

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanH View Post
    Is there a tale behind the glow in the dark angel? As in...is that where you spent most of the race, Skip?
    Hi Alan,
    CBC has a plethora of glow-in-the-dark angels, bronze gekkos, sailing themed mobiles, and rubber animals in the halls of the mritime museum. Junior visitors, as well as seniors, are continuously amused.

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    You are correct that I did spend consider time lying in the net slung under TICONDEROGA's 11 foot varnished bowsprit watching in awe Big TI's clipper bow emerge for 15-20 feet as she would surf her 100,000 pounds down a Pacific roller at 20 knots. As you can see in the photo, the net, hung, from the whisker shrouds, was sometimes useful for catching sails as well as fetching up crew who might lose their footing.

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    TICONDEROGA won the Barn Door Trophy (first-to-finish) in both the '63 and '65 Transpacs. And her '65 record time wasn't broken until we did it on WINDWARD PASSAGE in 1971. Who owned TICONDEROGA and then WINDWARD PASSAGE? Lumberman Bob Johnson from Portland. OR, a master celestial navigator, and part of the legend. Johnson had chartered TICONDEROGA for the '63 Transpac, and halfway across bought the historical yacht for $50K over the SSB radio. "Next time," Johnson exclaimed, "we're going lighter and getting rid of that damned bronze bathtub."
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    A bronze tub! Sigh! Now that is my idea of heaven: a hot bath aboard a moving sailboat. Since I get seasick, would I get doubly sick, d'you think?

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