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1 December 2017


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поздравления kenza!!! HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH outlaw!! Felicidades Exmeromotu!
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Navigating in a race around the world is always a great joy as it was Sailonline’s original design purpose and somehow one can just breathe a sigh of relief to be on our way across the oceans again. For those unfamiliar with ocean navigation, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your skills on probably the best online virtual sailing navigation simulator … for FREE! Whether you like increasing the density of the on-screen wind arrows (see Options under the Info Tab) and using Mark I eyeball to identify your best winds, or whether you are a supremo of routing software, searching for the optimal resource for winds and smoothing them to their closest fit with the Sailonline race, this really is a game for everyone. Old, young, aspiring yotties or legends (in reality and/or virtuality) and especially if you find yourself mostly house- or desk-bound, for whatever reason, this is the time to let your imaginations, and skill, roam the oceans and race!

The course for Leg 2 of our World Race clearly showed that Fernando de Noronha was not a waypoint. Suddenly all possibilities were open, and many were tempted by the opportunity to go along the African east coast as a shortcut to Cape Town, but once again the old saying "West is Best" showed to be true.
Then came the big decision on how best to pass the doldrums, and again the old saying "between 26 and 30 degrees" turned out to be true.
SOLer Alexandria described it very accurately in a post in Sailonline’s Facebook Group, when he said:
"The longitude at which crossing the doldrums has to be chosen carefully. Too far east (ie east of 025 ° W), and you are likely to fall prey to winds or not more than 8 knots, or be forced to sail SW to WSW. Too far west (say, west of 029 ° W) and you might end up sailing higher and slower than those east of you, even though the wind angle tends to back somewhat as you go to the west after exiting the doldrums. "
This passage brought many pretty close to Fernando de Noronha and from there it was just about finding the Westerly Stormtrack and aiming for Cape Town and The African Coast Pack was left to sweat.

And then kenza won again!
His victory this time was only by 4 minutes, yet after a distance sailed of nearly 7000nm this was nice. The top ten boats arrived at the finish line within 10 minutes 16 seconds. Impressive after a 21-day race. With 471 boats participating in the race, flying the flags of 28 nations, our podium has earned all respect possible.

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