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Thanks Albycore!
My suggestion for differing polars is that I am quite certain none of us (me included!) have the patience of Slocum for the entire journey that took several years. At best, I would recommend having the Spray's route in archive and then run the legs of the voyage over a year at different times. This will keep it fresh and interesting.

I'm sure Slocum would have used a Seacart had it been available!!!

"I'm sure Slocum would have used a Seacart had it been available!!!"

Only if it had an autopilot.

"One of the most remarkable things about Spray was her ability to run before the wind under her regular fore-and-aft rig with the helm lashed, and hold her course for hours or days on end. If Spray had not had this ability, Slocum's performance would have been a physical impossibility." wikipedia.


--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2011-06-11 22:28:23 ---
Doing the VOR at the same time would be great fun. Point taken that we could already do this somewhere else though - and with mobile support, and presumably correct polars could be very addictive, if somewhat disloyal ;-)

We could sail it as 'SOL'ers and bring people back to SOL at the end of the VOR?!

So maybe we should do something else and accept that it's already covered by other parties.

Stand By for Political Incorrectness
That's my disclaimer. Having been "invited" to try the U.G. beta of the VOR, I can say without hesitation that... IT SUCKS! Compared to the SOL tools and sophistication, I can't IMAGINE why they (VOR) would partner. Perhaps because it really IS a game and not a streaming sim like SOL.
I may not be very good at SOLing (yet) but I can sure tell the difference in these two virtual platforms. Let's do our own thing. Leave the masses to their "game".

SP I am really happy to take your word on that, if it's rubbish we should do our own. In which case I really would like to do it real time and place - this is the premier event as far as I am concerned, particularly as we have NZ and France back in the running.

Can't we just make up a polar ;-) The polar geeks would love that wouldn't they!
I'm with Blake. I would like to do the Volvo Race, it is the premier Around the World event and would be great to follow it around. Would definitely increase interest in the race. It is unfortunate not having a V3 polar, but surely someone must know someone who know's someone...?
I think letting a v3 polar slip would be a guarantee of losing your job! Would have to be more a 'generalised characteristics' kinda thing rather than an actual polar I would think. Like keeping an eye of things like skippers saying 'this one is three knots faster on a broad reach'. Could also adjust the between legs.
We should do the Fatnet against the V3 boats to see how our current polar stacks up or if Puma is doing the Trans Atlantic check it against her and adjust accordingly. Really need to be as close as possible.
Undercover - I don't think SOL can attempt the round-the-Irish-rock race by any other name... there is probably way too much "sensitivity" over that one, BUT.. the TransAt you refer to..is that the Newport RI to Lizard Point one in a week's time? If not, which one do you mean

We have that TransAt in the SOL race calendar - currently using 90ft monohull but it would be easy enough to change to our VO70v4.

The Polar dudes on SOL (y'all know who you are) can I am sure put their heads together to compare performance and make the necessary tweaks to the SOL polar to get us something more closely approximating the newest IRL one!
We can crunch a V3 polar given access to (decent) tracker data. The "2010" Open 60 was done this way (trying to allow for SOL weather) and we were extremely close on our last RTW.

We're not going to get much of that before October, but there'll be some.

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