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Post Options Post Options   Quote GybeFunny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 13 at 7:16am
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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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.
What could possibly go wrong?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 13 at 8:53am
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote sargesail Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 13 at 11:14pm
Possibly last tack done - 750 miles to go.  Forecast looks solid.
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And with that tack 10 hours earlier than mine you gained about 4000 places on me!. Will be interesting to see how this works out over the next couple of days. I'm hoping for better angles and more wind to get back in front.  ( at least after today)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 13 at 1:36pm
Sargesail and Sparks 23, it looks like you have a good drag race to the finish. Sparks behind with better angles, Sargesail ahead with tighter angles. Whose it gonna be?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote andy101 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 13 at 2:50pm
Decision a couple of days ago to go round the top of the azores high looks like backfiring - 10k at least so far and a large hole appearing in 36/48 hours time Cry
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Post Options Post Options   Quote craiggo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Feb 13 at 1:38pm
Went for the over the Azores approach too and it's gained me about 30000 places. Should finish this afternoon. Phew!
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Should also finish this afternoon mid 70ks, the Azores originally cost me 25k but have got them back now as the front did arrive from the NW and I think it will end up gaining me about 5k overall.
Enjoyed it but best when having someone from the Forum close by to race against, a good contest with Craiggo since Brazil.
 
 Made one or two costly mistakes, first one was in the South Atlantic on the way down when I got greedy for overall ranking, held off turning south to avoid a developing hole and ended up getting badly caught in it. Worst mistake was when going on holiday for a few days before Xmas setting a course taking me just south of an ice gate near Australia, it wasn't so much the 48 hours spent going back upwind but the distance everyone else went West during that time moving me from 50k to 150k. Also crashed into Brazil on the way but only for a couple of hours so not to damaging!
 
Will do it again at some point but only in the Winter!
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Feb 13 at 4:41pm
Would definitely agree that having people you know around you makes it far more interesting. 
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