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Old 10-28-2016, 04:26 PM
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Here is the site for the race which starts on Nov. 6th about 12 noon--29 entrants this time around!
http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/

The Boats: IMOCA 60 2016-2017 Foil Assist

Skippers: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/skippers
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Old 10-30-2016, 09:27 PM
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Good article in tonights Scuttlebutt:

http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/20...Read%20on#more
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Old 10-31-2016, 11:20 AM
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Thanks for the Vendee update Doug. I'm very intrigued by the solar sail technology used on team 'Natural Energy". If anyone has any more scoop on that please share. I find it quite amazing the solar fabrics are now flexible enough to be incorporated into the mainsail and have enough juice to recharge 9 batteries. It's enough to power a boat for up to "a week". That's impressive to say the least.
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Old 10-31-2016, 12:00 PM
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OK tracked down the supplier of these solar sails. The approach looks promising and I'll be anxious to see how this boat performs.

http://www.solarclothsystem.com/home
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:07 AM
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A tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJgi-F9Njzo doesn't appear to be any volume-or anything I can do about it.....
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:49 PM
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Seeing the below decks of one of these, I'd hate to see one capsize. It would be like being in a machine shop in an tsunami.

These are also very wide boats which heel a lot. In the old days, the wide boats sailed on their bottoms and the narrow boats heeled. At least then the crew couldn't be flung very far. Now he can fall almost two stories, if he's perched on the high side and the boat does a sudden, unexpected lurch.

But these are very tough sailors. I'm sure at least some of them will manage.

Although I think this has become a far too reckless enterprise, I wish them all the best of luck.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:32 PM
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Guillaume Verdier(one of the designer/engineers) on the chances of these new boats finishing the Vendee at 24000 miles:

"I hope people don’t see it as a normal, everyday thing to finish the race.”

More here: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/15501/grand-designs
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:58 PM
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Story from Scuttlebutt and how to watch the start on Sunday Nov. 6th at 1300hrs on the coast of France-about 8AM EST(?):
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/20...m=click%20here
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:44 PM
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Vendee--Dali Foils

Even though the guy uses the word "foiling" to describe what the Dali foils do for the IMOCA 60's -which is not true-this is an interesting video particularly as it applies to Hugo Boss:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEO2IibiWTU
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:24 PM
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Supplying the boats for around the world singlehanded:
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More on the foils on Hugo Boss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdtF...ature=youtu.be
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Livestream starting tomorrow at 2AM:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwZhD1tEVXw

And/or this-start of broadcast 6am tomorrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmte4-QN7rs
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Foil on "No Way Back"

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Hugo Boss-the coolest looking of all the boats-in my opinion-but man when there is no wind and lots of sun that thing will be an oven! Spectacular foil assist video!
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Tracker: http://tracking2016.vendeeglobe.org/hp5ip0/

Edmund de Rothschild in the lead, The Boss in 8th.......
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