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Old 18th Dec 2012, 18:46   #101 (permalink)

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OK - finally unpacked and after a brief respite of "tidy" all is now chaotic again as I excavate Christmas decorations and realise that a lot will need to be reorganised... grrr....

Anyway, here is where we all are in Leg 2:


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Old 18th Dec 2012, 21:40   #102 (permalink)

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Having fallen off the bottom of the map on the first leg I was less than 30 miles from the finish when it was closed.
I also missed the start of leg 2 and was down in the high 400s when I started. This leg a different tactic and was doing 21+ knots for a while.
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Old 18th Dec 2012, 23:25   #103 (permalink)
 
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Pretty much can't beat the routers in these races, so I'm glad we've got a PPRuNe fleet full of seat-o'-the-pantsers to sail with. Otherwise it's hard to stay motivated when you see the huge clump of boats around the leaders, all converged on the same routing solution. Much more interesting to turn off all the non-Pprune boats and try to figure out the solutions on my own.

Anyway, thought I'd give the deep southern route a shot, but seems inevitable that the northern folks will rein me back in. Having fun dodging icebergs, though.
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 01:58   #104 (permalink)
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My boat's not got an engine, which probably accounts for my position
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 07:48   #105 (permalink)
 
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but seems inevitable that the northern folks will rein me back in.
As one of the more Northerly boats I do hope you are right but at present I seem to have discovered reverse !
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 07:57   #106 (permalink)
 
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I'm 12 to 15h behind the router boats. Just yesterday I was 4h behind but got caught by the weak winds.
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 08:00   #107 (permalink)
 
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I'm the same, glad we're all PPRuNe purists on here.
I'm starting to go backwards now as well.
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 09:06   #108 (permalink)
 
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I don't see the point, for pleasure, in following a routing program. Guessing the weather and making decisions from experience is a lot more fun.
Unfortunately pressure of work has left me missing long periods here and there, but it's comeback time now!
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Old 24th Dec 2012, 21:22   #109 (permalink)

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Old 26th Dec 2012, 11:21   #110 (permalink)
 
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Must remember to triple check the +/- TWA delayed commands in future - cost me 12 hours on leg 2.
Sydney-Hobart is fun!
Roll on Leg 3
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Old 28th Dec 2012, 07:38   #111 (permalink)
 
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Leg 3 starts this evening, good luck to all. I must try and aim the pointy end in the right direction.
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Old 28th Dec 2012, 07:48   #112 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the reminder, I set up for the start as soon as I registered but must check the forecast later or I will be, as usual, heading the wrong way.
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Old 28th Dec 2012, 17:30   #113 (permalink)
 
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30 minutes to the start.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 11:15   #114 (permalink)
 
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Somebody needs to tell Flugholm and Bushfiva about presetting a start course !

While I know that at this stage position is nothing, can someone who understands confirm that the reference for DTG and therefore position is Great Circle and not Rhumb Line.
If correct I have only just twigged this !
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 11:32   #115 (permalink)
 
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must be great circle. those like me near the rhumb line are showing as near the back of the field
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 11:53   #116 (permalink)
 
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For some reason which escapes me now I was mucking around with the GC mode and didn't clear the GC route, then 'Gibneyjr' took a dive south to be around the GC track and became #1 even though, visually, he was miles behind.
Then I got it !

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Old 29th Dec 2012, 11:56   #117 (permalink)
 
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Yes, it's because of the 'great circle' route. I've read quite a few books on the 'Whitbread' as it used to be known and the secret for this leg would be to go as far South as possible which would be the shortest but being careful not to get in amongst too much ice or the wrong side of the areas of low pressure.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 12:08   #118 (permalink)
 
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Well the GC nearly has you in Antarctica but to me the 7 day forecast has a lot of blue bits down there.
I think the waypoint in the last leg did us a favour as it forced the fleet North and to avoid the slack winds further South again against the widely held view that South was the way to go.
As ever we will see.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 14:00   #119 (permalink)
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What the... I thought I had set a starting course. I was squinting at a 5" screen running a remote access session at the time, though. Things were *small*.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 17:42   #120 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Brockie
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