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Old 03-17-2009, 09:29 AM
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Wow... Saddly, I think that is a little big to be used as a steering wheel...
This is sort of timely . This report came in today from the Volvo around the world sailboat race. These boats use similar wheels as noted above. To get an idea as to how rough things can get in the open ocean check out what happened here.

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PUMA LEG FIVE DAY 31 QFB: received 16.03.09 1424 GMT

We simply had to pay the toll before this great ocean would let us get off the exit.

The Southern Ocean finally showed up over the past couple of days, showing us just a little of what she is all about- heavy air running, finally what we came for but maybe a bit more than we had asked for.

All was going according to plan. il mostro was prepared to have couple days of breeze blow through - we were expecting up to about 40 knots where we were positioned on a tight low that was coming from the north. Sure enough, winds filled in right on schedule and building. We went through our sail transitions to plan. One small problem, Mother Nature wasn't letting us off the hook so easy.

We had a few good scheds in a row and I went to the bunk to catch a few minutes. When I woke, I looked up at the instrument panel in front of me at the nav station to see 43 knots of breeze. Yikes, here we go. I went to the hatch and asked how everything was on deck and the boys looked reasonably in control.

Next thing you know we were skidding on our side a bit and I heard the flapping of the headsail. The boat came back down and the next thing I hear is ‘Kenny, grab this!’ And through the hatch comes half the steering wheel. I think this is the part where I throw in the ‘and the wheels were certainly coming off’ phrase.

Anyway, it turns out that Bob Greenhalgh was driving and in total control when a wave literally crashed over him from the side of the boat. It threw him and half the wheel across the cockpit into Erle Williams’ lap. On the way, his tether ripped right through the platform we stand on to drive. I think Erle tossed the sprawling Bob to the side and dove for the wheel on the leeward side - not in time as the boat was skidding sideways at about 30 knots. Broken wheel, broken jib, bunch of bent stanchions, and that pretty much threw us off our game for a bit of time and a lot of distance.

For example, just to get the wheels swapped out, we essentially had to take down nearly all the sails and steer with the emergency tiller. Not good. All bodies present and accounted for and thankfully very few bumps and bruises to the guys. By the middle of this we were reading a solid 50 knots at times. That's pretty windy especially down here where the cold wind seems far more potent and strong than normal.

So, we hung on tight and as yesterday passed the breeze slowly subsided to nice sailing conditions last night. The leaders got away a bit which is a shame. But, we live to fight another day. Jib was fixed in three hours by Justin Ferris, and Casey Smith had the wheel fixed (for the second time this leg, same wheel) underway within the hour. That wheel just came out and is on the port side just waiting for another go.

So, bottom line is that we have a little over 500 miles to go to this great Cape and the Southern Ocean has finally showed up and she ain't going to let us go without a bit of a bon voyage. A bit more breeze to come, but I have to admit that 30 knots seems like child's play compared to the breeze we had yesterday.

It’s the little things that put everything else into perspective.

Kenny Read - skipper
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:54 PM
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43 knots! Damn...
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:40 PM
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43 knots! Damn...
And these guys will most likely be out there for the full 40 days . This is one of those extreme sports that few know about but among sailors the top of the crazy ladder . I was involved with a team start up back in 94 that had the funding fall apart. I was actually relieved as it was just a bit over my head at the time but an opportunity I could not turn down .

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That's gotta be one of the most expensive extreme sports out there. Insane.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:34 PM
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That's gotta be one of the most expensive extreme sports out there. Insane.

And its been going on annually for quite awhile . Their web site is very informative , check it out .

http://rapidshare.com/users/HM3UM9

Here are a few video to give you a flavor of the sport.

http://www.volvooceanrace.tv/page/Ne...593677,00.html

http://www.volvooceanrace.tv/page/Fe...568234,00.html


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The other day I was wanting to order sonething on line that was carbon fiber and my wife said I shouldn't get it... "You have too much Carbon Fiber now." I started wondering... Is that possible?

Too Much Carbon Fiber? Say it ain't so...

What do you think?
This is too much Carbon Fibre (Vinyl Wrap):

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Hehehehe

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Wraps dont count since its not real carbon fiber......

Thats being said any fake carbon is too much
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Thats being said any fake carbon is too much
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:52 PM
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Yah, nothing worse than wrapping your car in fake carbon fiber stickers. Gross.

Needs more neon underglow and stick-on side grills.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:22 PM
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Dont forget stick on vents and hood scoops rally!!!!
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Dont forget stick on vents and hood scoops rally!!!!
Wait, I thought those were supposed to be awesome. At least every non-buick around here has them, I thought it was just to help exhaust engine heat (because racecar).
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These work well with the el carbon.

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Old 10-21-2011, 11:42 PM
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Do they make carbon fiber car-lashes?

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