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#11 Fish

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 07:07 AM

Looking at the tracker looks really weird, they could have just kept going east and followed Brunel into safe water but instead did a u turn and headed west surely if they were avoiding the reef the could have just kept heading east?

Absolutely agree, the got up to Brunel's track, then turned west and boxed back at half speed.

That does make it look like they didn't have a clue what they were doing.


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#12 JK

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:17 AM

My reading is that the reef is submerged around 4m & 12 miles long but otherwise 60-80m depth. Wasn't suggesting they cant the keel & try and shoot over the top, just that if they felt confident in their information/location they would have been comfortable going relatively close.

 

I'd say the navigator was initially confident of their track but when they received the email they panicked as they could then not be sure where it was. Guess they only have the one brand of navigation equipment on board so not able to cross reference with what the email said & ended up going far enough around to be sure... Although Brunel would have been within AIS range so they would be able to see the track they had taken - but maybe their info had them thinking Brunel had gone too close. The dogleg was around 12 miles side-side.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:35 AM

JK in my charts, outside of the 12NM bit that actually dries, there are several rocks at less than 2m... As all three sources disagree, the data is very unreliable. I'd not cross it, certainly not fast or at night.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 09:05 AM

IT, not saying they should cross it, and doubt they would be thinking that either. They seemed to be on a constant course which I'd assume they thought had them passing safely to one side, then they receive an email asking them if they are comfortable with their course as another charting package has them going straight for the reef. They change direction as if to follow Brunel, then decide to go back where they were but overshooting by a few miles to be on the safe side. As if they were more confident of their original track than the one Brunel followed.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:18 AM

Absolutely agree, the got up to Brunel's track, then turned west and boxed back at half speed.

That does make it look like they didn't have a clue what they were doing.

Well they were in last place, so maybe it was either resign themselves to last by following or do something different.


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#16 Fish

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:44 AM

Well they were in last place, so maybe it was either resign themselves to last by following or do something different.

Yes, and it worked for them. They did win the leg.

Especially in a one design fleet, you can follow the leader or take a risk going somewhere else. Don't think anyone ever won a one design race by following the leader.


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