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Whitelighter
18-10-08, 20:31
Going East of the Canaries was a blooming disaster...

Bejasus
19-10-08, 10:46
I went North of Madeira and then gybed south to pass to the east of the Canaries and got back to within 29.? nm of you. You still seem to be doing well though.

Whitelighter
19-10-08, 11:39
made up a few places now and did the overnight stint in good airs at close to 20knts.

Now just starting to get into the islands i think I will gybe round soon to take up a more southerly course

Dipper
19-10-08, 11:54
Don't go between the 2nd and 3rd islands (counting from the West). See my Sneaky Little Islands post! There's a yacht there at the moment and it might just hit them. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

Whitelighter
19-10-08, 12:00
Thanks for the tip, but I am cruuently North of the Westerly most island and plan to drop down the west side of the chain

Dipper
19-10-08, 12:03
I got worried. If you gybed now you would hit them!

Whitelighter
19-10-08, 12:06
Thanks, blimey you have you zoom in super tight to see them, normally I look at the chart from about 5000 ft /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Sneaky, and a little bit naughty.

BrendanS
19-10-08, 15:04
Have to admit, I'm struggling on tactics for next 48 hours. It looks dire to port, which is where I really want to be

Dipper
19-10-08, 15:13
It looks like ideal mobo conditions for you Brendan.

http://www.sailblogs.com/member/guapa/images/doldrums_scale.jpg

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BrendanS
19-10-08, 15:24
Oh very funny! At least I'm ahead of most of you on leader board! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif


I suspect that will change rapidly over the next 48 hours, as we all change course and find our ways through

Dipper
19-10-08, 15:34
I don't think any of us has got it right. Those boats at the extreme West managed it by sacrificing the southerly route to get out into the winds. Now they are tanking along directly to the mark especially Blur.

I have decided to get the hell out of where I was by ignoring VMG and going for speed to the West. I might just get out far enough in time to catch a reasonable breeze past the doldrums before they expand across to the West. I'm making 11.9 knots at the moment.

Fingers crossed.

BrendanS
19-10-08, 15:38
I still don't have a clue what I'm doing. If anyone has any tech questions about XP or Vista, please post now.

Dipper
19-10-08, 16:01
You are in a very difficult position and I really don't know what to advise. Straight ahead will be deadly slow but shorter. West will be good for a while but you won't get down to the South before the doldrums spreads all the way across. There is some wind to the East. In fact there will be a patch of 10m/s at one stage but I don't know if you can get there to catch any of it.

I suppose you could just try the shortest route and hope for some luck but it doesn't look very lucky at the moment.

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Bejasus
20-10-08, 09:46
I came down west of the Canaries but split the Cape Verdes being in 2 minds as to head west and down or head east and across. What clinched it, is as you say, would get to the west to late to get down through the doldrums, so east it is and hope to then be able to beam reach back across, midweek.

Whitelighter
20-10-08, 13:55
Go away, I cant keep looking over my shoulder at you /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

fireball
20-10-08, 15:46
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Now I'm going to have to play catchup .... again!!

Ah well ... hopefully you lot won't quite be in cape town by the time I'm through the doldrums!!

Dipper
20-10-08, 15:47
The wind forecast to the West has improved again. I hope it stays that way. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

TigaWave
20-10-08, 15:51
swings and round abouts! I thought I was out of it two days ago...but there is still a long way to go, I was wondering what you had crashed into!

Bejasus
21-10-08, 09:48
what I cannot figure out, is that currently, Victorious is closer to the mark than you and he is also near the rumb line whereas you are further away and out to the north west, yet your position is ahead of his. You are curently listed as 462 and he as 464. How is that working?