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I'm in!  Haemorraging places at the back just now.  Going SE at best VMG - West again when the sly are in...anyone know if it plays the currents in - 1/2 a knot from the Portugese trade surface current would be nice!

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I'm must be flipping brilliant at this...just checked my course this morning, I overtook 32+ thousand boats in my sleep Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dougal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 12 at 7:51am
Originally posted by getafix

I'm must be flipping brilliant at this...just checked my course this morning, I overtook 32+ thousand boats in my sleep Wink
 
Yes, I got 15000 overnight too.  There is a lesson here!
 
The dilemma is still do I stick to the coast or gybe out west.  I think west but the questions is when... Confused
 
This is taking over my life..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 12 at 8:19am
Yes even I managed to overtake 24000.
 
I suspect that many people going West are now getting caught in the ridge of low winds, so paying the price. I see most of us I still heading South, which is why we are going to pay for the current gains later on when we eventually need to head West.
 
I'm keeping South whilst I have wind, but as soon as it drops I'll head West.
 
BTW, I'm playing with the basic boat and no extras, how is everyone else? I think the extras do give a big advantage, so it would be great to see who I'm playing with on level terms.
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I win, I gained 41000 places overnight chucking the spinni up and going directly south. I'm catching you lot up, well providing you sail into a dead patch for 24hrs.

Edit - I too havent paid anything, dont intend to, otherwise it will get very expensive. I am sure those out front will be changing course a lot and have auto sails etc etc.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dougal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 12 at 8:35am
I'm on the basic boat too - I have no intention to spend money on this.
 
Nice move Richard!
 
ps this is a stupid question, but which way round the world do we sail?  Should I head for S America or S Africa?
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South Africa, Cape of Good Hope.
 
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Originally posted by rb_stretch

South Africa, Cape of Good Hope.
 
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Originally posted by Dougal

Originally posted by rb_stretch

South Africa, Cape of Good Hope.
 
Thanks!
 
Worth pointing out that, on average, RTW boats mostly go over to Brazil to a) get through the doldrums quickly and b) catch the trade winds into Cape Town. Very rarely do people follow the African coastline.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote radixon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 12 at 11:23am
I'm following the race leaders, they seem to be doing ok
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