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« Reply #375 on: November 13, 2020, 01:59:54 pm »
That's why he has a sealed cockpit - he does not like getting wet....

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« Reply #376 on: November 13, 2020, 02:27:36 pm »
I read a book about sailing in the southern ocean and would completely want a sealed cockpit down there.  High winds, unmeasurable swells, crazy temperatures, and the fact that the nearest land mass or help is days away. 

I really do respect those guys and think that they are participating in the worlds most dangerous sport.

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« Reply #377 on: November 13, 2020, 02:39:17 pm »
Dee Caffari used to have her offices close to ours....

Go to 2:20.  When this happened the nearest other human being to her was in the space station

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Re: Our Mate Alex Thompson’s Races
« Reply #378 on: November 13, 2020, 03:31:33 pm »
@goosehd

Here is a discussion about the cockpit concept....



And here is some seriously great footage of the old Higo Boss (we have part of that mainsail as an awning at the office now)....



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« Reply #379 on: November 13, 2020, 06:45:13 pm »
For those of you who don't know.  The French have historically been the masters of long-distance solo yachting.  For years Alex was seen as being "too" professional by the French, they did not like the way he went about this his desire to win in a professional and business-like fashion. Basically, they disliked and mistrusted him.

In the 2012 Vendee, the French skipper JP Dick, lost his keel a few days away from the finish line .  Alex diverted his course to shadow JP, whist JP either had to abandon ship or learn how to sail without a keel. That sacrifice made the French love and respect Alex.  In 2019 the French awarded Alex the French National Award of Merit (probably the British equivalent of a Knighthood).

As I type this, Alex is heading into the eye of Storm Theta.  He has his cojones on the table.  The French now call this bravery (us mere mortals would probably call it stupidity) "Doing an Alex"..

I'm proud to know Alex and am frankly humbled by what he is putting his mind and body through.....

Go boy.

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« Reply #380 on: November 13, 2020, 08:12:10 pm »
Giles,

I bet Alex would be great to share a pint or two with.  Also, thank you for the story about Dee.  My hat is off to her.  Being on the mast for 90 minutes in the southern ocean, when you don’t particularly like heights.


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« Reply #381 on: November 13, 2020, 08:14:43 pm »
He's a fucking heathen - rum and coke.....
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« Reply #382 on: November 13, 2020, 08:46:09 pm »
So you’re saying he’s a proper sailor (pirate)!   :D

I bet he can spin a yarn or two.

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Re: Our Mate Alex Thompson’s Races
« Reply #383 on: November 17, 2020, 10:53:06 pm »
Any news on Alex’s progress?
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Re: Our Mate Alex Thompson’s Races
« Reply #384 on: November 18, 2020, 01:24:51 am »
@motojobobo Here is the current info:

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Re: Our Mate Alex Thompson’s Races
« Reply #385 on: November 18, 2020, 03:56:30 am »
Thankyou @goosehd ! Looks like Alex is clearly in the lead and doing fine. 👌🏼👌🏼
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Re: Our Mate Alex Thompson’s Races
« Reply #387 on: November 18, 2020, 07:07:00 am »
I am impressed by Jean Le Cam. He is sitting in the lead pack in an older boat.

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Re: Our Mate Alex Thompson’s Races
« Reply #388 on: November 18, 2020, 08:07:56 am »
No foils, amazing....
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« Reply #389 on: November 18, 2020, 11:09:38 am »
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