My theory on this leg numbering confusion is that the Clippers' PRO unexpectedly split Leg 1 into two parts. So that Leg 3 is actually Leg 4. They just didn't bother to renumber them. And our Blog host thinks he can get by by calling this chapter "Next", instead of for what it is.
I was thinking I could finesse this...
Gerry, try following link and you'll know all about leg numbering !http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/index.php/the-race/the-route/
Paula said...I think Race 4, Leg 3 covers it!!No going back
Good luck one and all
Leg, arm, route, whatever. What I can't figure out is why did the Race Committee place a mark on Kerguelen Island? Did they specify somewhere which side to pass on? Or - is it that they are they trying to confuse me (us)?They show us the red line to keep us out of the icebergs but again there is no mention of this in the race instructions. Good thing these are only make believe boats!
For the time being, I am 1 mile ahead of Contiguous so, please, no one give her/him any info or assistance?
This is the french version of the VR news, which clearly states that Kerguelen Islands are to be left on starboard :http://www.virtualregatta.com/news.php?id_news=1159The english version doesn't give this precision.
Vladimir, apparently Belladonna doesn't comprehend the English language so well. Try Francais next time?
Gerry, do you really want to send Con to south pole ???
Vlad, don't play the ghost vessel, tell us your boat name :-))
You too, Gerry! What are you sailing?
I see the Race Committee put down their vino long enough to answer the question about which side of the mark to pass. I guess I need to recalculate my great circle route!...and leave the mark to starboard!Good luck.
Contiguous said... Man - weekends can be rough when one leaves the reach of the internet. Gone for 30 hours and drop 4300 places. I flat lined at 090° - Ouuuch! I've got a lot of work to gain back.So - which boat is Gerry's and which boat is Vlad's??? Mystery men. eh? Must be the shy type.Contiguous
Paula said...At last we have wind... and plenty of it!! So far, I have been lucky and advoided any serious wind holes and I'm ready to dive south in 36 hours time. What would I do without Zezo!?!?!?A the moment, Bella is exactly 200 boats in front of me so I have a steady target to aim for today. Rest of you guys are way in front except Contiguous. I thought that bying those 'comfort' options would allow you to stay below and only occasionally take a peek topside? I did see one serious (AO) contender do a sudden U turn and head back to Cape Town so I suppose a skipper is always needed on board.Vlad and Gerry... where are you? In front or behind me? Sail on!No going back
Has anyone seen where the inshore regatta went?
Vlad & Gerry I will leave to speak for themselves. I will speak up in behalf of Bailiff.Bailiff is a better skipper than I am on either sea, liquid or digital. (Just Dessert: Bailiff kicks A in the Inshore VR!) When I inadvertently left Zezo's url on B's computer he frankly lost interest in MP's VR. He thought Zezo had drained the game out of the game, if you know what I mean. In any event, Mr. B has professional and domestic delights which far outshadow anything he can find among Many Players. I am very happy for him.I am excited to watch the competition between Belladonna and No Going Back. As for Contiguous, no lead over that resourceful one is adequate.As for Kukitol and Yachts of Fun? What cannot be said of their performances?
Paula said...It is exactly 12 hours since my last post at WX this morning and I'm happy to report that I'm now exactly 100 boats behind Bella at WX this evening. Spooky or what?!?!?!?No going back
It's 11:00 AM UTC+2 and I'm now 204 boats ahead of you Paula. Keep trying, it's usually within the last 100 miles that you pass me :-)))
Leaderboard added to post! Have to enjoy it while it lasts!
Paula said...Thanks Doc, Bella and NGB were playing leapfrog over the last 24 hours but I see I'm bottom of the leaderboard again :-(No going back
I'm on my iPad so I can't tell what is going on....!
Doc - 419 = pretty nice place to be right now. You seem to be putting together a rather nice run. Should be interesting to watch what happens with the next round of weather! Good luck!
For those who are interested (I'm sure you all are) the VOR will start in a forthight. There is a preliminary "beta" race organized, starting in about 2 hours (14:00 UTC+2). Follow the link for more info and sign-in.
Oups............ forgot the link, sorryhttp://www.volvooceanracegame.com/
Paula said...I'm in !! (VORG that is) Not sure I like it though...The VR rankings for Clipper are all over the place at the moment. We will get a clearer picture after passing the Kerguelen Buoy and hopefully I'll move up in the game. Right now I'm actually on Page 67 in the SO rankings - how embarrasing!! Here's hoping for a pleasant surprise for NGB when I wake up at WX in the morning :)No going backPS Nice one Doc!!
All over the place is an understatement. I've never seen boats go by this fast. I feel like I'm on ice going backwards down hill. What did you do to me Doc? Did you spread some of your giant kelp out to grab my keel? VORG sounds good but the controls need some work. I tried every thing and I couldn't even change course. All I got was "ooops - something went wrong" The beauty of Beta. Good night West Coasters.
I guess I need to bitch more often. I set a personal new record of passing 5,357 boats in 3.5 hrs. Wow! Thanks for the kelp bath Doc!
Paula said...Well done Contig!!It is just past morning WX and I'm now on Page 3 in the SO rankings!!WoooooooooohoooooooooDec, we need a revised leaderboard NOW !!No going back
NGB page 3 No 82 SO - Wow. keep up the good work.
I am so far back now, my crew have begun digging out their fishing gear....
This is the quiet contemplative portion of the race where everyone is lulled into an acceptance of their relative position so much so that they are getting out the fishing gear? What sort of Corinthian sailors are you?
On my boat, the appearance of fishing gear implies the crew is fearful of the ship's stores running out before our yacht reaches shore.
Paula said...I didn't bring any fishing gear, didn't think I would need it.All my crew have been on constant watch and very alert the past few days. Despite initial massive gains after passing the Kerguelen buoy, we have continued to lose places and boats that were behind are now in front?!?!?!?? What happened?? Kukitol, Contig, any advice?No going back
Well, back on the 13th, I said my position around 500 couldn't last. I guess I spoke the truth!
Paula said...New target for NGB: Finish at Geraldton at #1500th or less!! A big ask as presently #1482th :-(No going back
Nice Going, Fukitol and Contiguous! And No Going Back, too! Paula is 22nm ahead of me at this point.
Paula said...Congratulations Kukitol, up there will the leaders for the whole race ... and to you too Contiguous for that marvelous comeback !! Thanks guys for organising all the drinks for the rest of us. I can see Doc from the keyside and the rest are not too far behind.No going back
I dosed off from celebrating with a glass of champaigne in my hand. As I awoke, Belladonna was walking down the dock. (I wanted him to find me under the table.....
Thanks Doc! The party is on!
Sorry Doc, there was such a crowd under that table that I did'nt see you !!!
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