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Possibly last tack done - 750 miles to go.  Forecast looks solid.
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One of the over-riding impressions from me is that it gave me a much deeper appreciation for what the Vendee skippers go through. 
 
The longest I've ever sailed singlehanded was across the channel which only took 14 hours. I remember how my emotions were definitely amplified with the isolation. Given how much more Vendee skippers are isolated, any frustrations we may have had during the game with the weather, routing etc must have been many times worse on the water. Not sure that I would have the right stuff for that.
 
It was also interesting how different strategies could be equally successful. I notice that I hunted around for the wind taking a lot more risks and consequently of the finishers so far, I've sailed the most miles of all of us, 28074. Even more surprisingly it gives me a higher average speed than the "with options" boats in our group. Dougal on the other hand sailed 27,554 and Bootscooter even less at 26527 miles. I think it was only a bit of luck that put me ahead of Dougal, as I actually thought he was being smarter (maybe in hindsight, I don't know) on the risk taking as I often had to put a lot of effort into making my risks work (the South American coast being one of them).
 
Anyway, I can say a learnt a lot from this, but maybe that is because I've never done any real ocean racing myself.
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Originally posted by rb_stretch

Woohoo Smile
I finished at half past 6 this evening, my position was 13874 and I did the race in 80 days 6 hours and 26min. Having everyone on the forum racing definitely made it a lot more fun and kept me at it.
For the first time with no options very happy with my position, which was less than 24 hours behind the leading forumites with options.
Special mention to Dougal who was pretty much my pacing guide for my risk taking on virtually the whole journey - wouldn't have been the same without you in shouting distance keeping me on my toes.
 
My wife can now breath a sigh of relief. Good luck with all your finishes.
 
I finished yesterday morning in 17,861st, just outside the 80 day mark, which I was really pleased with.  To be honest though I still have no idea how rb and I pulled out so much distance on Sparks and Jaws who we were neck and neck with at one point in the Southern Ocean.
 
Thanks rb, and everyone else on here, it definitely made it having a group of 'known' boats to race against.
 
Good luck to all those still going.
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I finished 18874th, not too bad. I had a good start but I kind of got bored towards the end. I far prefer the Volvo where you race for a few weeks and then stop for a few weeks as it doesnt get as stale then.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GarethT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 13 at 7:17pm
Not sure I'll do another one. This one was quite disappointing; iPhone App only worked when I was in Spain, not infrequent lock-outs (one when I sailed in the oppposite direction for 4 hours at 18 knots - then another 4 hours to get back again), but the biggest frustration for me was the ice gates. They just made the Southern Ocean a procession with very few tactical options.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ginge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 13 at 6:35pm
I've got a while to go still, does anyone know when and what the next big race is?
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Woohoo Smile
I finished at half past 6 this evening, my position was 13874 and I did the race in 80 days 6 hours and 26min. Having everyone on the forum racing definitely made it a lot more fun and kept me at it.
For the first time with no options very happy with my position, which was less than 24 hours behind the leading forumites with options.
Special mention to Dougal who was pretty much my pacing guide for my risk taking on virtually the whole journey - wouldn't have been the same without you in shouting distance keeping me on my toes.
 
My wife can now breath a sigh of relief. Good luck with all your finishes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 13 at 7:15am
Originally posted by andy101

Originally posted by craiggo

Finally crossed the equator, Phew! It's been a tough stretch from cape horn. Managed to claw back over 25000 places only to lose them putting in a tack to clear the South American shoreline. I'm hoping for a nice windshift to carry me NE to the finish.
 
At least you managed to tack away before hitting the shore Cry, I have been following a very similar track to you for the last couple of weeks (thunt is also close on our tails). Not much happening for the next 2 or 3 days then I think it is a case of hoping the Azores high lets us go round the top of it rather than through the middle!
 
By all accounts from the real sailors to the virtual regatta ones, the South Atlantic has been really painful this year.
 
The Azores high has been surprisingly difficult to call as well. Bootscooter got hit the hardest going below it, but the overall winners found that was the quickest route - tis luck of the draw to some extent. Thankfully we're only doing this from our armchairs!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 13 at 7:10am
Congratulations Plastic Pig, the first forumite home.
 
Looks like Bootscooter is going to be back for breakfast and I'll be in for dinner this evening Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GarethT Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jan 13 at 11:47pm
Just gybed for the finish. Should cross in about 2 hours.

G'night all.

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