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Friday, August 12, 2011

Clipper Round-the-World Race: Leg 2


Bailiff and Belladonna were nice enough to alert me 30 minutes late that the Clipper race had resumed. At the end of the day, I was proud to have been able to send Bailiff this:









This is the way an ocean race should look: hundreds or thousands of hulls, stretched out, abreast as it were. Open Container III's position is designated with the double gold halo around it. (Representing a Corona, which is the best beer to drink at sea or desk.) Bailiff, No Going Back, (thanks for this site, Paula!), Contiguous, and Belladonna can be located. (Sorry for the inadvertent abreviations - I'm still learning how to do this!)


I had a good day, yesterday, (13 August)!

  • Down to 87th place in the Clipper Race. (Out of 16,283?)Probably very short-lived! 
  • First place on the first day of my English Premier League Rotisserie competition, (also probably short lived)! 
  • What what really counts and to whom I wish a long and beautiful life: my 7th grandchild was born. E.L.R. is a 7 pounder-7 ouncer. (7 & 7 & 7!) And she will be a delightful addition to our family. And her parents are very strong & courageous!



That is all the blessings I can muster for one weekend!


14-Aug 2100hrs PDT:




























We are stretched across the South Atlantic to the Coast of western Morocco, on the way to Rio. (Click to enlarge!)

I don't list where our boats are ranked, because I think position (meaning location) is more important. (Location, location, location.)

The double golden corona represents the inexhaustible supply of ice-cold Coronas I have on board Open Container III. Others' location are identified as best as I can....

21-August 2011 00:14:38:


























Look how we have bunched up since the last Satellite shot! Bailiff is only 11 boats behind Yachts of Fun

As requested by Contiguous, here is the Chesapeake area tonight, 27 August 2911. The wind arrows on the right are shown to be shown by the game as 49.7 and 57.9 knots!

55 comments:

  1. Thanks to Bailiff and Belladonna, I'm less than an hour getting started!

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  2. Here's what I see:
    - Bailiff 306
    - Open Container III #635
    - NGB #4554
    - Belladonna # 5237
    - Contiguous (Out of the picture!)

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  3. That's the story of my life. But - watch out!

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  4. Why does the French management of this game never inform English-speaking players when they are starting the races? I know that is a stupid question, but I just had to ask it.

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  5. I've not been advised by the management of the re-start of the race, even if I'm french speaking. I just had a look to the official race site, and confirmed by looking at VR site.
    In the past they were sending an e-mail to their members !

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  6. congratulations on your new addition to your family, hope they are all well.

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  7. Thx, Fukitol, for those sentiments. Nice sailing, Mr. #390! Look for your boat on my next chart!

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  8. Congrats Gramps!!! I'm jealous. My daughter just adopted her no 2 dog. Life is good.

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  9. U da man!!... 67th place on the Clipper tonight, well done! Mx

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  10. Yes! I was 60th. Now I'm 222nd! Perhaps you will identify your boat, Anon, when you pass me?

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  11. Ahoy Skippers!!

    Glad to see you all back for the second leg. Hello again Belladonna, fellow SO skipper!!

    I should have posted here shortly after the starting guns when I was almost leading the race but weekending away and had limited access to the laptop. Yes Doc, I saw you up there in low single figures. I was sub 500th but now seem to be heading in the wrong direction and presently in 4052nd position. By the time I finish this post I'll probably have dropped a couple more hundred places. I won't even mention what ranking page I'm on.

    There is such a wide spread of boats across the ocean, it's hard to see everyone on the same screen. I'm watching the usual SO leaders (Hugo 28 RKN and Meindray RKN) who are presently hugging the African coast. Maybe I'm missing something?

    Nice positions OCIII and Bailiff... what's keeping you Cont? Hurry up or you'll miss the champagne party in Rio!!

    Big congratulations on the birth of your new grandchild Doc, and a girl !! May you all enjoy many years of spoiling each other. Though I guess she will 'wipe the floor' with you. Baby girls have a habit of doing with grandfathers. I recognise the Anonymous Mx signature - it's from Mary at the helm of Yachts of Fun.(753rd) She's just a couple of boats in front of Bailiff (759th)

    I'll just go check my position before I submit this post...... ouch.. ouch.. OUCH!!!!!

    No going back

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  12. OMG!!! I just found Fukitol on my screen, #35th !!!

    No going back

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  13. Open Container III to Gull! Open Container III to Gull! Do you copy? Over?

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  14. Fukitol knows something! She's now #26! Doesn't have as much company as the rest of us, but she has speed!

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  15. Ok so now I'm 25th overall with plenty of time to live up to my name when I Fukitol up, he he. For those interested in SO below is the current top ten 17/08/11 at 10:35 UTC+2

    1 400 JIF29S
    2 409 ciboulette du 31
    3 417 dillon-y-bon
    4 423 durdur
    5 428 charpo IBC
    6 435 Nahia et Aurégane
    7 443 vince 50
    8 452 cuisine
    9 463 LA PIRATE ROSE
    10 468 b5z6h

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  16. Paula said...

    Watch out your guys!! It is now morning WX and I'm catching up. Now in 751st place. I thought I had better make this post whilst in a good position because as sure as eggs, I'm going to drop during the day because of this big wind hole we are in :(

    Sailors on the east coast of Africa must be enjoying their breakfast this morning as they speed along in excess of 10 kts.

    No going back

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  17. The East Coast of Africa is a long way away. Do you mean the WEST coast?

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  18. Paula said...

    Silly me!! Yes Cont, I meant the WEST coast !!

    No going back

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  19. But the West Coast is east of us so I can see how you might think of it as an east coast. I know i'm confused because I live on the East Coast and I'm not doing so well. At least I've still got my keel. ( I need to check my keel bolts ) it's dangerous out here!

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  20. Believe me, I would love to take a picture of Fukitol in 1st fooking place. But I am so over-extended I can hardly turn around, breath, or write so much as a sentence. I've turned my boat over to Otto! Good luck, all. Hope to see you in about 30 hours!

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  21. Well Otto is doing you proud Doc, nice one.
    Don't hold your breath as I can't see me making this leg finish in a top place, the Afrika Korps are on a strong come-back, should make for an interesting few days.
    My own personal battle with "Billy no Mates SA" is now back on as he has managed to get in front again, grrr.

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  22. Paula said...

    Hey F***!!! 6th position overall this morning...(09.46 UTC+1 game time) Nice...

    Doc, you're 103rd so I suggest you should consider leaving Otto on the helm whilst you go and play football!

    No going back

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  23. I wish I had Otto Helm on my Yot! I was following Paul Nayard - usually reliable - and crashed into Dakar!

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  24. Paula, I've got the helm again. This race is the only thing I got going for me, now. I'm getting killed in both of my Rotisserie Futbol leagues!

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  25. Wow! A big change in how these boats have grouped themselves. Very Interesting! Now I'm sorry I opted out of your tracking.

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  26. Fukitol has sent me a PM, scolding me for losing boats. I haven't a clue as to why I've lost 300 or so. Maybe I have kelp caught in my rudder?

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  27. It was hardly a scolding, I've gone from 6th to 189th, too many barnicles on my bum, and I hoped my gay colour scheme (according to my mate Billy no Mate SA) would have kept them at bay. Need to think of a new plan.

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  28. I just don't want to have to wait too long for the inexhaustible supply of ice-cold Coronas when I get to Rio, so come on Doc.

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  29. Paula said...

    Hey Guys!
    Below is a forum post today advising of new wind systems in Virtual Regatta. Changes take place tomorrow Friday, 26th August between 10.00 UTC+2 and 11.00 UTC+2

    No going back.


    New wind system

    New postby ManyMaxx » 25 Aug 2011 15:04
    Hello every one,

    We announced it several weeks ago and our teams have worked very carefully to be able to afford it: in a few hours, the new wind system will be proposed, which should greatly improve the comfort of the players.

    This new system will be in fact more transparent, since it is directly based on the analysis of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and will allow you to anticipate the wind changes as follows: at 6 and 18h, the forecast at 12h will be updated and will contain the winds that will later be posted at 8 or 20h. So you can at 6h or 18h - 2 hours in advance - redefine your strategy by referring to a forecast 100% accurate.

    As for the Clipper, the motor will run every 10 minutes at XXh04, XXh14, XXh24 (etc.) instead of XXh09, XXh19 (etc.) and the wind change will be held at 8:00 and 20:00 precisely.
    This significant change in your habits will take place on Friday, August 26 between 10:00 UTC+2 and 11:00 UTC+2.

    Hoping it will serve you, the Virtual Regatta team wishes you a fair winds.

    ManyMaxx
    Modérateur

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  30. Whaaaaaa..................? I'm opposed to anything that's going to make me think more. I play this game as a way to get away from the rigors of real sailing. The closer it gets to reality, the more it resembles work.... What can we do to nip this plan in the bud?

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  31. On Aug.26 15:00 gmt+2 there is a new post on the french version of the news saying that the new wind system will be postponed till probably Aug.29 in order not to disturb the arrival of the heros in Rio !!!

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  32. New wind system will be set up on next monday at 08:00 am gmt+2.
    Good winds !

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  33. Yikes! I've been obsessing over the English Premier League and Yachts of Fun have passed my ass and is 8nm ahead of me!

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  34. and may you never drag anchor..... take a look at his article from Norfolk - Ocean View area:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2011/08/two-rescued-sailboat-distress-norfolks-ocean-view

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  35. Hopefully Mean Irene will be kind to us tonight and let us keep our power on. 'Cause if I loose power it is very difficult to keep my boat on course.

    Good night.

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  36. Check out the wind pattern off the Virginia & Delaware coast. Pretty intense wind vectors.
    good night again.

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  37. Added to this post to show Many Players' display of the East Coast storm tonight!

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  38. Paula said...

    BAILIFF!!!... WAKE UP!!!... YOU ARE ON THE ROCKS!!! Game Time 2011-08-29 12:26:28 UTC+1

    Best of luck!

    No going back

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  39. Yes! I discovered this and emailed Bailiff just before logging on here! I almost did the same thing last nigh as you can tell from my track. Congratz to Yachts of Fun and Fukitol: worthy competitors! Soon as I shower, I'll be drinking with them. It's 1700hrs somewhere!

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  40. It's about 09:30 PM my time and I'm in a deep wind hole. Nothing else to do than have a couple of Pure Malts and go to bed till 08:00 AM WX. Cheers !!!

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  41. Congrats to Yachts of Fun, Fukitol and DOC! Nicely done.

    And since my MP messaging is still not working here's to No Going Back - NGB - Cleva boy! C – time will tell. I hate starting late!

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  42. Yeah, if it wasn't for Belladonna and Bailiff alerting me, I woulda started with you! I'm buying their beers for sure!

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  43. Very nice final, Cont. Paula, your're gonna miss me by a hair ! Well tried.
    Congrats to all friends already arrived, the Corona must taste great !!!

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  44. Quite a long drawn out slow drifting finish in 1.6 knots of wind. I'm ready for a Single Malt Scotch! Congrats to all!

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  45. Paula said...

    Congrats to everyone finishing in Rio! Hope you are all enjoying the party. Thanks Doc for buying all the beers and particularly the bottle of French bubbly. Yum!

    The finish wasn't quite as I expected. Nice comeback Bella and Cont... leaving me in your wake! Hard luck hitting those rocks just before the finish Bailiff... you must have been gutted! I saw the accident happen but there was nothing anyone could do :)

    Cheers everyone!

    No going back

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  46. I finally get in and everyone's finished with the partying?

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  47. So Gerry - what's the name of your vessel so we can look out for you?

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  48. To all friends skippers :
    Don't forget the start of LEG 2 Rio to Cape Town on next saturday 07:00 PM GMT +2 which is 5 PM GMT or 10 AM PST (California).
    See you soon !!!

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  49. Thanks Bella! See you tomorrow. Thanks!!!

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  50. Please see Leg 3 posted on the top of these Pages>

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  51. Here we go again.

    Good luck to all

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