ATLANTIC 57 CAPSIZE: More Details on the Fate of Leopard

25 Nov

Leopard upright

Inspired in part by disparaging critiques made on the relevant forum thread at Sailing Anarchy, Leopard’s skipper Charles Nethersole got back to me earlier than I expected to discuss details of the catamaran’s capsize last week. We had a long conversation this morning, and I also a long conversation yesterday afternoon with Leopard’s designer Chris White.

The main critique on the SA thread has been that the crew was negligent, given the unsettled weather conditions, in not having someone constantly stationed in the outside cockpit ready to cast off sheets in the event of a sudden ...

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ATLANTIC 57 CAPSIZE: More Details on the Fate of Leopard

25 Nov

Leopard upright

Inspired in part by disparaging critiques made on the relevant forum thread at Sailing Anarchy, Leopard’s skipper Charles Nethersole got back to me earlier than I expected to discuss details of the catamaran’s capsize last week. We had a long conversation this morning, and I also a long conversation yesterday afternoon with Leopard’s designer Chris White.

The main critique on the SA thread has been that the crew was negligent, given the unsettled weather conditions, in not having someone constantly stationed in the outside cockpit ready to cast off sheets in the event of a sudden ...

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Communication Systems

25 Nov

Yesterday was an important US holiday, Thanksgiving Day, for families and friends. We seem a long way from home, now 19 days at sea, yet almost at the start of this around-the-world adventure and race. So many more miles before we see family and friends in person. Yet we were all brought a little closer by the technology that we now have at sea, email and satellite phones. I remember my first transatlantic voyage, in 1978, from the Canaries to Barbados, and our only communications was by ham radio (I still am licensed as WA1BZE) by hoisting an inverted V ...

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Making Up Miles

24 Nov

In the last two days we’ve made up some ground on the group of boats that have been in front of us for the last week or so. Jean-Yves Bernot, guru of the great French weather routers, when I studied with him last summer, said ‘try to put yourself in a position to get lucky’. So we did, and we did get lucky, with more wind on our track than on the other boats track, and we’ve picked up both mileage and a few places.

The South Atlantic weather map looks distorted, with a vast swath having little or no ...

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What a great trip south!

24 Nov

So, I have decided to start up my blog again.. this time it will be in English so I don’t eliminate the 6+ billion people who don’t speak Swedish… And now when Andy and I have started our new chapter on our own, I feel I have the time (do I really think that will happen, more time… :) ) to focus on a few more things that is mine.

This blog will be about traveling, sailing, adventures on the high seas, working on the boats, friends, exercise, enjoying life, money, eating and cooking, the ups and downs of traveling and ...

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ATLANTIC 57 CAPSIZE: Crew of Leopard Saved 400 Miles North of the Dominican Republic

23 Nov

After some initial confusion over the vessel’s identity, it has been confirmed that a Chris White-designed Atlantic 57 catamaran named Leopard (as opposed to a production Leopard catamaran built by Robertson & Caine) was capsized last week well north of the DR while on a delivery from Virginia to St. Martin. All three crew onboard, led by skipper Charles Nethersole, were rescued from the overturned hull by MV Aloe, as documented in the video above, taken from a Coast Guard C-130 search plane that monitored the evacuation.

As has been noted on at least two online forums (Cruisers ...

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ATLANTIC 57 CAPSIZE: Crew of Leopard Saved 400 Miles North of the Dominican Republic

23 Nov

After some initial confusion over the vessel’s identity, it has been confirmed that a Chris White-designed Atlantic 57 catamaran named Leopard (as opposed to a production Leopard catamaran built by Robertson & Caine) was capsized last week well north of the DR while on a delivery from Virginia to St. Martin. All three crew onboard, led by skipper Charles Nethersole, were rescued from the overturned hull by MV Aloe, as documented in the video above, taken from a Coast Guard C-130 search plane that monitored the evacuation.

As has been noted on at least two online forums (Cruisers ...

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The Finicky Genoa

23 Nov

Last night we came up against the precise finickiness of the genoa, our biggest upwind jib. It is masthead height, tacks to the bow, and trims through the ring along with the solent and staysail. Our polars say that upwind it is good to about 13 knots true wind speed. But actually, at that windspeed, the boat is completely overpowered with the sail. What works at 10 knots TWS, is actually then overpowered at 11kts TWS, and I spent the night (see the sleep data!) constantly easing the traveller, pulling it back in, filling ballast tanks 2 and 3, then ...

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Busy holiday season in the deep south

23 Nov
Tomas Coville aboard Sedebo

It’s going to be a busy holiday season in the deep south. Not only will the Vendée Globe fleet be roaring across the Roaring Forties but two ambitious record attempts will be sharing the same waters. Ahead of everyone is Tomas Coville aboard his 101-foot trimaran Sodebo. Coville is attempting to break the single-handed non-stop circumnavigation record. On November 6 he departed from Brest on the west coast of France and has since set a blistering pace. He is currently approaching the Kerguelen Islands which lie just above 50 degrees south, in other words just ...
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