Well, the fleet is approaching the third mark, with about 400kms or so to run.
The crafty ‘Northern’ boats will probably pass the mark on the high side, and only then funnel down the Malacca strait.
Winds look good for them, whereas the prevailing winds have not favoured ‘Southern route’ boats for the last few days,
Perhaps we’ll get a fortunate shift, otherwise I will be tacking North up to the mark (how embarrassing).
Congratulations to Captain Kaos for leading the PPRuNe group home (yet again) with a very respectable 218 place overall.
The battle for the minor placings continues as I type.
I don’t know what happened to Yotty this time?
His crew all went ashore last week and his boat hasn’t moved since, hope he’s OK.
See you all at the start of leg 4, last one to NZ is a cissy.
Well Johnny, at least it was my best result until now, but upon entering the Street of Malacca I was ahead of me old mate Philou (finishing 5th) from Virtual Racing well into the top 100 together with Kangoo (finishing 10th), they choose the West passage and I choose the East one, rest is history: big fat fail ( Moreover left my auto-angle on during wind shift resulting in going completely the wrong way for 45 mins... oh well...
This leg I used the Iphone app several times, lucky it was during the long steady wind passages.
It was going rather swimmingly, pardon the pun, and the ladies (nee, female crewmembers) were all getting well sloshed and randied up, when real life took over and the skipper was invited on a skiing trip.
Set both ships on a so-and-so heading north of Banda Aceh and pottered off direction Alps. Came back days later, took another couple of days to remember this game, and, well, it'd gone rather pear shaped. Did get the SOL boat round the corner and turned sort of towards Singers, but then real life bit again and another road needed hitting.
All in all, thought to self "fukkid" and consigned this leg to the pages of history, but I'll be back for the next leg of misery. Unless ...
Kaos, You're a star. Its summer where I am so went out for 2 long 4 day real sails during this leg, often out of internet range leading to me going aground twice, fourtunately in VORG, not for real! Next leg will have lots of islands in Philippines and Indonesia to dodge.
Nice race Beaufort! I followed you in by about two hours in 351st place, just edging out RainbowChaser in 359th place. Probably didn't help that I started six hours late and spent a little time on the beach near Singapore.
I definitely missed the PPRuNe fleet designation Rainbow got us during the first leg. Other than you and Rainbow and Viking and Lyric, I could never remember the other boats in the fleet without that little PRU_ tag. Maybe Rainbow can somehow make it reappear for the 4th leg? Maybe? Pretty please?
I'd rather not go the VORG route again...much prefer SOL (even became a member).
It all kicks off again on Sunday.
(My sleep patterns had just about got back to normal) SWMBO has threatened divorce if I keep getting up at 5.50am to check the wind. best of luck to all on this next leg. Johnny.
Just in time I've spotted the reminder for the PRU_ prefix to denote the PPRuNe fleet in Sailonline so... there is now a list for requests running under the thread entitled SOL Ocean Race - Lyric.
For anyone who doesn't remember how it works... your boatname just changes for the designated races (at the moment the SOL World Race)... your normal login credentials (username and password) are not affected.
I will review the list from time to time so there's no cut-off and.. I will go back in the SOL database and change the boatnames for the previous legs of the SWR.
We can make a results grid too (well I can if no-one else wants to do it!!).
luv brockie (RainbowChaser in SOL)
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Ive had bad starts in all previous legs, so have already set myself up for tomorows start and its at 5pm my time, a nice civilsed time for a change. So I will have no excuses! (Except off for a real sail on the Monday, and work and dodgy iPhone interface etc etc)
The VORG may be starting to get a little overloaded? It's always been difficult + slow to save changes near the (UK) teatime windshift. Now 2 days into leg 4, the whole thing has gone t17$ UP. They're currently in the dry docks, trying to fix it ! Just as I was about to unleash my masterplan near TP1 too! Doh.
I'm sorry, these people have taken money to buy credits and we haven't been well served. The whole site has creaked at the edges and it's not as if there hasn't been 2 years to prepare since the last race. There's 170,000 boats in the race and let's be very pessimistic and say they only had 10 euros of credit spent on each one of them - ----- you do the maths, it's a nice little earner!
Well done to GingerP for winning the leg in our group at 122nd place, a brilliant result. I came home second and looks like Superdocious just pipped Slowpoke for 3rd spot.
Im not sure whether to keep doing this race. Bugs and ideosyncracies take away some enjoyment and caused me to ground a few miles from the finish when things froze for 15 minutes as I madly refeshed my browser. Looks like others here grounded too!