Vendée Globe Nail Biter

18 Jan

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If you haven’t been following it, the leaders in Vendée Globe are within a day or two of finishing, to cap one of the greatest games of cat and mouse in sailing history. At the time of writing, after racing for 73 days and over 24,000 miles solo, Alex Thomson is only 34 miles behind Armel Le Cleac’h.

Alex Thompson has slashed the gap by two thirds in the last few days, in part by setting the Vendée single day record. Video here. You will also see in the video that Mr. Thompson is battling multiple equipment failures, but ...

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Following a Dream – Disaster strikes

18 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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BE GOOD TOO RETURNS: My Favorite Abandoned Catamaran Appears On a Beach in Scotland

18 Jan

Be Good beached

How the worm turns! I posted my account of how I and three others abandoned the Alpha 42 catamaran Be Good Too 300 miles off North Carolina exactly three years ago today. And now here I am come to report she has just washed up on a beach in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. I couldn’t believe it at first. A guy named Jef on the island of South Uist sent me the photo you see above just yesterday, plus a few others, and asserted he thought it must be Be Good Too. The only similarity I saw was ...

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BE GOOD TOO RETURNS: My Favorite Abandoned Catamaran Appears On a Beach in Scotland

18 Jan

Be Good beached

How the worm turns! I posted my account of how I and three others abandoned the Alpha 42 catamaran Be Good Too 300 miles off North Carolina exactly three years ago today. And now here I am come to report she has just washed up on a beach in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. I couldn’t believe it at first. A guy named Jef on the island of South Uist sent me the photo you see above just yesterday, plus a few others, and asserted he thought it must be Be Good Too. The only similarity I saw was ...

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Land HO!

17 Jan

“Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV. And behind me, is the southern ocean and Cape Horn, that we passed, about 29 miles off, this morning, going past Diego Ramirez Island. Now we’re heading north. Typically a question is always how do you get past Staten Island? So we came up here and here is Land HO! It’s amazing.”

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Following a Dream – closing in on the finish

17 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – closing in on the finish

17 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – Champagne sailing

17 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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176: SV Delos

17 Jan



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SV Delos’ videos have become an internet sensation. After leaving Seattle in 2009, Brian, who later met Karin in new Zealand, and his brother Brady have been sailing the world and filming their adventures. Almost by accident they’ve become the most popular sailing videos on YouTube and it’s become their primary source of income. Andy & Mia met Karin & Brian in Stockholm for the podcast.


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The Route Around Cape Horn

16 Jan

I’m going to you a show a little bit of a primer about why we’ve chosen our route here, out around the Continental Shelf off Tierra del Fuego:

 

Position
56° 48’S x 71° 11’W
Course
90° True
Speed
10.6 knots
Log
20, 796
True Wind Speed
20 knots
True Wind Direction
240°
Sails (click for diagram)
Mainsail (2 reefs), Staysail
Air Temperature
43°F / °C
Sea Temperature
47°F / °C

Winch Pedestal Revolutions (daily) Amp Hours: Alternator (total) Amp Hours: Solar (total) Amp Hours: Hydro (total) Amp Hours: Wind (total)
4489 1376 17,666 2979
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