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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Clipper Round-the-World Race: Leg 3



35 comments:

  1. Here we go again.

    Good luck to all

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  2. Kudos to Doc and No Going Back for keeing an eye on the weather! Nice move early to take a commanding lead. Well done!

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  3. Paula said...

    Commanding lead?!?!? I wish! Jeez Contiguous, you must be playing a different game!lol. It's Fukitol who is up front.

    The following link was sent to me recently. Someone might find it useful!


    Great Circle Calculator.
    http://williams.best.vwh.net/gccalc.htm
    Enter target coordinates on top line, and current coordinates on bottomline. Then hit "compute." It then gives you the heading for the target under the Output boxes.

    It does not take into consideration land mass or wind calculations. It calculates on how the crow flies.

    No going back

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  4. I don't know NGB - you're 22 nautical miles ahead of me and we have not even been racing but 3/4's of a day. I say that's a pretty nice lead and your are in a commanding position. And - I'd rather be in your position than Fukitol ( boy I have a hard time writing F_____L in print. Why is that?).

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  5. FYI - for Great Circle Route calculators I find this site helpful except remember that it does not consider land mass either. I found that out on our last trip between Cape Town and Australia. It started to route me right through Antarctica! Live and learn.

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  6. lets try again: Great Circle Routes

    http://www.marinewaypoints.com/lear/greatcircle.shtml

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  7. Paula & Contig: Great Circle Routes don't do it for me, because the whole idea of wind prediction is omitted and that's key. (Of course!) The magic bullet for me is VRTools. But I don't deserve VRTools because I haven't smart been enough to be able to install it since the last VORG!

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  8. Paula said...

    Contig, I followed your link and was redirected to another link :-( Good point about being taken to Antarctica, I hadn't thought of that. I haven't used the Great Circle router thingy before but now looking at a few options as I'm going to France next Saturday and won't have computer access for a week. I guess I can just turn the pointy end of the boat towards CT!!

    Doc, I tried downloading VRTool again last week but my computer started freezing up so still sailing by the seat of my pants (and Zezo :)

    No going back

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  9. Maybe we can work something out, Paula. I'm going to be Sans Computer Friday through Sunday on the weekend of the 23rd...

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  10. Paula said...

    Sorry I can't assist Doc, I'm not back until late on Saturday 23rd.

    No going back

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  11. Yep well not sure I'm where I want to be either, it's what comes of sleeping too long through the wind change this morning, heavy night, but who knows it could work out ok.
    As for struggling to write my name Contiguous, sorry if it offends, call me "little f" or Roscoe after my English bulldog if you want, see my avatar.

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  12. I just woke up to the fact that you're a couple of hundred boats behind me. How did that happen? How long has that been happening? How come I wasn't told so I could enjoy it while it lasted>

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  13. Doc - that's quite the little formation you are leading. Do you send out messages when it's time to change the formation? Gather a couple of more boats and you'll be leading a freaking armada! Well done.

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  14. Contiguous, it has not gone unnoticed that Fuckitol is gaining on me. He has closed within 77 boats with me. And you, Sir, are in a position where you can give me some adversity.... I am not oblivious to all of you who are arrayed against my fortunes..... Even Paula is not above lee-bowing me...!

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  15. Doc I've dropped back abit from you today due to going out for a sail instead of sitting at the computer, still I had a good day, 2nd overall, must try harder.

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  16. Paula said...

    I'm leaving for the sunshine in the south of France VERY early in the morning :) I was going to point NGB in the in the direction of Cape Town when another skipper volunteered to hop on board and keep an eye on things.

    It will be intersting to see where I am in a week. Right now I am #1,386 overall and #132 on Page 5 of the SO boat table.

    Doc, I had to Google 'lee-bowing' but I'm still clueless.... Looks like the real battle is between you and F*****ol, though he still hasn't caught up the lost places - must try harder indeed!!

    Come on Bella and Cont - you must try harder too!! Best of luck getting support next weekend Doc.

    No going back.

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  17. Ok Paula,
    I am trying, very trying at times, he he.
    Hope you have a great time in the south of France, wish I was there as well, I love France, will have to wait until Oct when I should be going to Italy for 8 days, seems a long way away at the moment.

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  18. Nice is nice. Especially when you are young, care free and single! What I time I had in Nice. I don't think it would be the same today.

    Oh well. I'd better watch out for Doc, Fukitol and the armada trying to pull a slam dunk.

    Good nite from the east coast!

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  19. Hi Contiguous,
    You just reminded me, Nice in Nice, that was a great track from the Stranglers, will dig it out to listen again, thanks for that.

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  20. Fukitol, you're welcome. I tried to send you a message way back but my "send a message" only works 20% of the time. MP said I should check my spam filter but everyone I talk to says that's probably not the problem. I was trying to tell you that I’ve been told that my Grandfather came from Congelton, UK in the 1800’s. I think that is near you. I should try to visit there some day.

    Now a favor - Can you send a message to WeebleOne and tell him I'm not being rude? Tell him I tried to respond to his message but my “send a message “is not working. Very frustrating. Thanks.

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  22. Hi Contiguous, I've relayed your message to WeebleOne.
    Yes Congleton in Chesire is not too far away, about 1.5 hours drive away from me, never been there but been near a few times.

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  23. You guys have all eaten my lunch again. Congratulations!

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  24. well done Contiguous, your turn to get the beers in

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  25. I'm leaving my computer in a few minutes for a few days. Congratulations to all!

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  26. Hey - Fukitol - free beer in the yacht club bar.
    go to the upper level where the special folk are.

    Thanks to Doc for managing the blog site and for serving such a good lunch. Thanks to all who raced - even if they did take the weekend off to go to the South of France.

    See you all on or about 5 Oct when the real boats are scheduled to depart. Until then. - C

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  27. Paula said...

    Hey Contig! I spent a whole glorious seven days in Sète in the South of France. 43° 24' 0" North, 3° 41' 0" East. I lost a couple of VR places but it was sooooo worth it. I guess I'll eventually make my way to the bar. Am I included in the lunch invite Doc?

    The autumnal equinox took place at 2:04 a.m. yesterday, Friday morning when the sun crossed the equator heading for the Southern Hemisphere. I was up early and watched a stunning sunrise over the Meditterenean Sea. Roll on the winter solstice on Dec. 22 when I can look forward to spring again.

    Congratulations to everyone and see you all at the start of next leg in October. Thanks for maintaining the blog Doc.

    Meanwhile, best of luck to Ireland in the Rugby World Cup 2011!

    No going back

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  28. I finally arrived yesterday night my time, delayed by different reasons, not all my fault.
    Anyway, congratulations to all, especially Paula who as usual made a tremendous finsh to beat me by a lot !
    Hope to see you in a while (5 october) for the next leg.

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  29. Readers interested in where Paula's No Going Back finished can get some impressions of Sete, by following this link. Just click on NEXT, and then keep on clicking!

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  30. Thx, Belladonna, for giving us the headsup on date! I nominate you for Fleet Captain!

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  31. Belladonna, your Fleet Captain !October 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    "Race 3, South Africa to Western Australia, starts on Wednesday at 1430 local time (1230 UTC) and sees the ten strong fleet take on the infamous Southern Ocean."
    This is written on Clipper RTW official site, but check on VR !

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  32. Paula said...

    Hey Guys!
    That seems like a very short break!?!? I'm back on board now and 'No going back' is loaded with crates of nice goodies for the long trip to Geraldton. Biltong anyone? Anyone know the approximate ETA in AUS?

    Thanks for posting the link to the lovely pics of Sète Doc, now just a distany memory for me. I have never been there in winter and it was very nice to see those images.

    On your marks.... get set......

    No going back

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