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Old September 26th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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Any sailors? Volvo Ocean Race Round the World

2008-2009 Race starts (actually starts) in a couple weeks leaving from Spain.

These boats achieve and sustain powerboating speeds with wind alone. The technological improvements are cool, but seeing a 70' boat doing 25 knots is something.

I'm biased as a sailing enthusiast, but I think this race is fascinating for technology, the human element, and just the fact that they friggin' race around the world at full tilt, 10/10 capacity, 24 hours a day, seeking storm conditions because it wicks up the hull speeds. I'll be glued to the computer in my spare time for the next 8-10 months.

http://www.volvooceanrace.org/index.aspx?bhcp=1

videos...
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Old September 26th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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Very cool. Thanks for the link.

I told my Wife just last month to not be surprised if I disappeared for a month someday to help out on a long passage. You can imagine how that went over.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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You tried that, too? I got the same reaction, I suspect.

Though, last night she asked how long before our boat was done. The little voyaging boat is our escape pod, and that's what she wanted to know for... "let's sell out and sail... or just f-ing leave."

I once suggested floated the idea of taking a job on an offshore survey vessel. I'd be away ~6 mos a year in segments doing something awesome, and home the rest of the time. What could be more brilliant!? I almost had to get a hotel room when I pressed the issue.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 11:35 AM
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Though, last night she asked how long before our boat was done. The little voyaging boat is our escape pod, and that's what she wanted to know for... "let's sell out and sail... or just f-ing leave."
Hey, at least you got some positive feedback! I'd love to bag it all and go cruising; but alas, she'll have none of it (even though her cousins did just that for the past 3yrs). Oh well, I guess I'll have to be content with bareboat chartering somewhere different every year. At least she likes doing that!
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Old September 26th, 2008, 12:22 PM
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Emerson as much as the Volvo is impressive i have a huge amount of respect for the guys that do it solo. My buddy Brad Van Liew. Won the open 50 class of the Around Alone race. If you go to our website www.exodusfilmgroup.com and click on the television link you can see a trailer of the show we are putting together on it. Around alone...now that takes serious balls!
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Around alone...now that takes serious balls!
True enough. When and where will it show? Looks like an interesting show.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 12:42 PM
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Oh, no doubt! Thanks for pointing that out. I'd almost forgotten to look into the Vendee this year and see just when it starts.

Around Alone / Velux 5 Oceans / BOC Challenge and, IMHO most especially the Vendee Globe, are the very pinnacle of sailing!

I've read numerous times that there are more people who have summited Mount Everest than have sailed alone around the world. If I had to choose how to spend my lottery money on a sailing race, I would be most drawn to the Vendee... solo demans respect.

November might just see me looking for a Crackberry so I can keep up with both races. I'd give my left nut to have a shot at any of these races (of course, I'd be in trouble because as you say, it takes balls!).

Can't wait to see the show!
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True enough. When and where will it show? Looks like an interesting show.
Not sure where it will end up in the US. Unfortunately, not much interest in sailing here. I sat next to Dennis Conner on an airplane and not a single person recognized him. We are doing it more as a labor of love than anything.
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How about this Volvo race? What channel(s)?
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If you want to follow the details of the only American competitor in the Vendee Globe, Rich Wilson, his website will be up soon. It will have daily updates, live tracking, video, ship log, essays, q/a with the team helping his planning (drs etc.), podcasts, etc.

Some info on him is here:

http://www.sitesalive.com/ocl5/index-rbw.html

Key thing to notice in that short bio:

"all went according to plan until they reached Cape Horn. There, driving under bare poles for three days in seas that built to 65 feet, the trimaran Great American finally capsized on Thanksgiving Day 400 miles short of The Horn."

Mark
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I've got some great video from a boat I race on doing steady 20-25 knots in a Hurricane a few years ago.
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