Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just Run Over the Little Guys

Steve Dashew has a good post on selective-use AIS features. I have ranted on this before, but features that allow you to ignore Class B, small vessel AIS signals continue to accumulate. AIS works in a range that largely intersects the coverage of radar and visual monitoring. Since both radar and visual monitoring can usually detect large vessels, small vessel detection is one of the main benefits of AIS.

There seems to be a widespread notion among mariners that class B signals will create too much noise and clutter on displays, so it needs to be turned off. I have even seen this attitude among single handers sailing small craft.

Large carriers have great difficulty seeing small boats because they are so high off the water. At a distance, small boats do not show up against larger waves. Up close, small boats may fall in the visual shadow of the ship. On radar, a small craft may appear to be sea clutter. Class B AIS is the most effective method of avoiding the rundown of small vessels by large carriers. Please don't turn it off.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chandlers Released



After almost 13 months in captivity by Somali pirates, the cruisers Rachel and Paul Chandler have been release. This is great news. We wish them the best.

Full stories are being covered by the press. Here is the BBC report.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cruising Gadget: VHF/DSC/GPS


I recently got one of these for the San Juan 24. This is a Standard Horizon HX850s VHF with GPS and DSC. It won Practical Sailor's Editor Choice and Best Choice in September 2009, along with the 2009 Pittman Innovation Award from Sail Magazine.

The key to this radio is the combination of a GPS and digital selective calling (DSC). This makes it a viable alternative to an EPIRB for inshore and near shore work. It turns out that EPIRB distress signals must filter through international and national processing centers before help may be dispatched. The DSC distress call will reach all boats and stations withing VHF distance that have DSC functionality. The radio is also perfect in case you need to abandon ship. You would be able to talk with rescuers and re transmit your updated position. Additionally, the radio floats and glows in the dark.

The GPS is not really suitable for navigation because of the small screen and limited information displayed. It would serve as a backup in a pinch. It comes in rechargeable and disposable battery configurations.

There is more information over at Panbo.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pacific Mexico Cruising Guide


Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer have released their second beautiful cruising guide for Mexico. I have not seen a copy yet, but their Cortez guide was one of the best we have ever seen. It does not look like the book has made it to Amazon yet, but you can get it from theier publishing company, Blue Latitude Press.

You can find more information at Three Sheets Northwest.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Water and Home

Today is 2010 Blog Action Day. This year's focus is water, more specifically, safe drinking water. Over 5000 people a day die due to water borne illnesses. Over 1 billion people do not have access to safe, reliable drinking water.

I learned these facts by watching HOME, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. HOME is an outstanding video that clearly illuminates environmental degradation. One of the main themes is the water cycle.



HOME is available at YouTube and on DVD. Watch it at the highest resolution that you can. More information about the environment from the makers of HOME can be found at www.goodplanet.info/eng/

Please help. Please sign the petition UN now to improve drinking water quality.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Solo Non Stop Circumnavigation Attempt


Well traveled cruiser Jeanne Socrates is about to begin a solo non-stop circumnavigation attempt aboard her Najad 380, Nereida. Jeanne has circumnavigated twice, but has been forced to call at ports due to mechanical difficulties.

We became aware of Jeanne through the 2010 Single Handed Transpac. Nereida was entered in the race, but bad weather in the Southern Ocean slowed her progress toward the starting line. Jeanne managed to sail into Hanalei Bay in time for the Awards Party. She recently came to Port Townsend for a mini refit before the upcoming 8 month attempt.



Nereida has left Port Townsend for a small shakedown cruise before heading to Victoria BC. Jeanne will begin her circle from Victoria sometime in the next couple weeks when a weather window appears. In the past couple of days, there have been storm conditions of 40 to 50 knots at the western end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

We wish Jeanne the best of luck and fair winds. You can follow here blog here. There is an additional website here.


Westsail 32 Optimizations




These photos show the Westsail 32, Velella, in the yard in Port Townsend for a refit. The owner is doing Dave King's modifications for streamlining the keel and rudder. Included in the changes are:
  1. Elimination of extra through hulls.
  2. Elimination of a Dyna-Plate.
  3. Remaining through hulls being ground flush with the hull.
  4. Fairing of the rudder hinges.
Captain King told me that he calculated as much as 2 square feet of protruding surface area on an average Westsail 32 hull. The elimination of these obstructions can add a knot of sailing speed. Captain King used some of the modifications to win the Pacific Cup and place second in the Single Handed Transpac (with a broken boom), on adjusted time. The under body of our Ingrid is very similar to the Westsail, so we will probably make similar modifications at the next haul out.

More information on the modifications can be found at the Westsail Owners's Association.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Farewell to Dodge Morgan


Dodge Morgan, who was the first American to circumnavigate non-stop, died last week at 78. He completed his route in 1986 in only 150 days. He produced a book, The Voyage of American Promise, and a video about his lonely months at sea aboard American Promise. Both of them are worth a look.




There is a lot more detail at the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Green Boating at PTWBF



There were several talks on sustainable boating at the 2010 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. These included sessions on new bottom paint technology and the environmental importance of choosing a boatyard.

I attended two talks on green boating operations. The first was "A Non-Petroleum Boat" presented by Peter Wilcox. This was partially an update on current trends and also a thought experiment. Peter listed in detail all of the components of a boat that contain petroleum and then proposed how they might be replaced. Items included fuel, motor and transmission oil, fiberglass, epoxy, paint, caulking, plastics in everything including electronics and even wiring insulation.

Peter has recently built a fairly green boat name Ama Natura. The boat has been a proving platform for many of his ideas about petroleum reduction. The most practical and available solutions are bio diesel and use of vegetable based motor oils and lubricants. Peter also stressed the importance of efficiency in boat and engine design. Steps he took during his construction included drag reduction and sourcing a low rpm engine with a large propeller.

More information on Ama Natura can be found here.

The second talk was given by Dieter Loibner, the author of Sustainable Sailing: Go Green When You Cast Off. Dieter is a native of Austria and brings a European sensibility to the subject. The presentation focused on all aspects of the impact of activity on the water from fuel to sunscreen. Again, this is more of a thought exercise than a set of steps to employ. The sad truth is that many technologies are not ready for prime time. Dieter talked about a few attempts at diesel electric hybrids that missed the market needs.

It was interesting that both presenters were from Portland, a city that seems to be leading the way in green technology adoption.

Another thing I noticed was that the sessions had low attendance. They were given twice, but the sessions I attended only drew six or eight people. I found this disappointing. It seems if any boaters might be environmentally conscientious, it would be the wooden boating community.

It seems that the high cost of developing technology and the relatively small market are a major barrier to green boating product. Dieter did say that West Marine is requiring all suppliers to produce green alternative products before 2012. In the mean time the field will have to be driven by small tinkerers and the trickle down from other industries.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pia



Pia is a 1938 Spittsgatter from Port Townsend. These are handsome, tough little double enders built for North Sea and Norwegian waters.

Sadly, Pia went aground during a serious gale in the Strait of Juan de Fuca last week. This was reported on the Bitter End Blog. The photos are from the Sea Marine yard in Port Townsend. There was serious damage, but things could have been much worse.

Joe Breskin


Joe Breskin isn't building Ingrids anymore, but he was making wonderful music at the Wooden Boat Festival this weekend. Joe is focusing on art and activism these days.

2010 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival



Here are some photos from this year's Wooden Boat Festival.

Early Super Yacht



The M/V Olympus was built in 1929 for a Wall Street business man. She has a had a few lives since then including some WWII service. Among the ship's company is a full time chef. She was looking fine at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Idefix on the Windy Reach

Adrian Johnson won the 2010 Singlehanded Transpac on his Olson 3o Idefix. He produced the following video while crossing the roughest part of the trip known as the "Windy Reach" It is a simple shot of him hand steering with a couple of reefs in the main. It gives one an idea of what things were like.



The original post is here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mechanical Shark

The Majestic Plastic Bag



The life of a plastic bag from the store to the Pacific Gyre. 19 billion bags per year are used in California alone. A new bill in California, AB 1998, is designed to stop this. Learn more at Heal the Bay.

USCG Eagle Photo Montage

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.


The barque Eagle as seen by Michael Barley through the Animoto tool. Found on Sea Fever blog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Work Continues



The San Juan 24 currently know as No Name is getting naked. Don't forget to visit No Name's blog, Restore24.

Cleaner Tugboats



Ports are dirty places. Inefficient diesel engines are used by ships, tugs and trucks. Often ships use the dirtiest grade of fuel available - bunker oil. The Foss tugboat company is starting to replace it's fleet with hybrid boats. More information can be found here and here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Metal Boat Festival



The Metal Boat Society is holding the Metal Boat Festival in Port Angeles this weekend (August 20, 21 and 22). Among the events will be the Women’s Saturday session & Sunday panel of Q & A for women by women and a swap meet. Check it out.

I saw this on the Bitter End Blog.

Zipper Boat


Different kind of motor boat by Yasuhiro Suzuki at the Setouchi International Art Festival . More information here and here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sweet Anaïs

Anaïs  is our neighbor's wonderful gaff sloop. She is adapted from a Kingston Lobster Boat as designed by Howard Chapelle.

Dockside 6 Meter Shots

Here are a few pictures of 6 Meter boats taken before the second day of the North American Championships.

Little Climber



A recent visitor to Point Hudson takes to the crow's nest.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

SALT - Ocean Voyage without the Water



Salt is a documentary film on POV from PBS. One man travels across Australia's Lake Erye alone.  Read more in the NY Times and at the photographer's site.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Roger Taylor and the Jester Challenge




One of the three interesting stories told by by Roger Taylor in his book Voyages of a Simple Sailoris that of his preparation and racing in the 2006 Jester Challenge.  He outlines in detail the modifications that he made to Mingming, his junk-rigged Corribee.

 Photo (c) Roger Taylor

Since 2006, Mingming has made several long distance journeys in the North Atlantic.  70.8% has a nice post on the latest trip to the Davis Strait.

If you are interested in long voyages, small boats and single handed sailing, you will probably enjoy Roger's books.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Newest Member of the Family

We recently purchased a 1974 San Juan 24 as a knockabout day sailor and coastal cruiser. After we do some restoratio, we hope to race the boat casually and cruise the Puget Sound. Here are some pictures taken after we cleared off all of the trash and gear.



You can follow this restoration effort at a new blog Restore24

Native American Canoe Art

The Tribal Journeys Festival is a yearly rendezvous of many western Native American peoples.  Participants arrive by canoe from as far as several hundred miles away.  This year the gathering was hosted by the Makah people of Neah Bay.  We visited after the landings and saw some of the canoes and tribal dancing.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SHTP - Awards Dinner Photos



These are pictures from the 2010 Singlehanded Transpac awards dinner held at Big Tim's Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei, Kauai.

Larger images can be found here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

SHTP - Adrian's Trailer



Here is a short clip of the end of Adrian's race on Idefix. Adrian won the race on his Olson 30. A longer movie maybe forthcoming...

SHTP - Ronnie's Video




This is a video taken by Ronnie Simpson aboard Warrior's Wish in the 2010 Single Handed Transpac.

Limahuli Garden

Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Garden, Ha'Ena, Kauai. Sights include very rare Hawaiian plants, 700 year old taro fields and settings from South Pacific.



Larger shots here.

Kauai South Coast and Waimea



These are more tourist shots of the south and west part of the islands. Larger photos can be found here.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ma ka hana ka `ike

“Ma ka hana ka `ike” means “through working one learns”.  In this case a sweet group of Hawaiians taught us how to make Poi out of Taro or Kala.  Poi is the staple starch of many Polynesians and Hawaiians.  It comes from the root of the Taro plant.



Each Thursday a group of volunteers comes to the Waipa Foundation to do communal work of making Poi.  Groups of people will sit and talk while scraping and cleaning Taro roots that have been soaked in water.  The roots resemble sweet potatoes that have been skinned only they are a pink, mauve color.  The small roots or eyes are scraped off as well as any imperfections.  I do not have photos of this part of process, as some of the locals were worried about privacy.  Five or six people will sit around a tub and work while swapping stories.  I met a lady whose father had helped with some of the dinners for the early Single Handed Transpac Race.  Another lady used to live in my hometown of El Toro, California where her husband was stationed as a Marine. 

This is not really a tourist destination.  All people are welcome who want to learn and work.  The Waipa Foundation exists to rebuild Hawaiian community and culture.  The grounds include a community garden and workshop.

One man was making a handmade throwing net for fishing.  It took him all day, each day for two weeks to finish an 11 foot diameter circle.  He had hand melted lead for weights for around the edge.  This net was made from modern fishing line.  In the old days, they used cotton and other natural fiber ropes.  He claimed that this net sinks faster and hardly any fish will escape.

We got to see some true local culture and felt a welcoming warmth of the people.

SHTP - Rooting for the Guys

 Paul on Culebra after his finish.

There have been several finishes in the last couple of days. George came in on TAZ!! on Tuesday night and was greeted by a small city of relatives.  Dream Chaser came in on Wednesday morning. Pakele came in early this morning. Al Germain on Bandicoot is expected anytime now as I write.  Al has had a pretty good run after restarting a couple days behind the pack.

We are now rooting for Adam, AJ and Sam.  Sadly, it does not look like they will make the party on Friday.  They have been facing light winds.  Adam on Blue Moon has put up a great battle.  In addition to light winds, he only has 19 feet of waterline on his Folkboat.  We keep hoping for a strengthening in the Trades to carry them home.
Max on Solar Wind.

Check out the latest on Latitude 38.

Adam before the start.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rebel

Phil Green's Rebel is for sale.  This boat sails like a dream.  While were out chasing Saraband at the finish, Rebel handled well in 2 to 15 knots.  She was extremely capable in the 3 to 4 foot shot chop outside of Hanalei Bay.

 Rebel will sail off and on the mooring effortlessly.  If you are interested in an ocean-capable day sailor, you should check her out.  We have also heard estimates as low as $2500 to ship her to the mainland.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SHTP - Saraband Finishes

Phil and Tanya took us out again today on Rebel to see Saraband finish. There were really variable winds. A squall had just passed and all was dead calm. By the time we made it out of the bay it was over 15 and gusting.

Here are pictures of Saraband coming in. There are also some shots of Harrier, Paul and Culebra, and Max with Solar Wind. Tree time will be busy tonight.



Larger sizes can be found here.

Monday, July 5, 2010

SHTP - Warrior's Wish Finishes

Ronnie and Warrior's Wish finished the race around 2pm local time on the 4th of July.  A local sailor, Phil, took us out on his sloop Rebel.  I snapped the following pictures as we circled Ronnie.



Thanks to Phil and crew for taking us out.  BTW, if anyone wants a really sweet day sailor/racer, Rebel is for sale.

Larger pictures can be found here.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

SHTP - Hanalei and Kauai Photos

We arrived on Friday July 2 at about 2:30pm.  Hecla was bobbing gently at anchor.  She had probably only been in for an hour or so as the RC was still on board.  Last night, July 3, Idefix finished. We saw her at anchor this morning.

The following are photos from North and East Kauai.  The place is truly paradise. There are not many race photos yet.  I hope to get more soon. Many boats will probably arrive Monday the 5th.  The trades have been diminishing, so it may take longer.  We are hoping that Ronnie on Warrior's Wish  might make it in tonight to see the fireworks.



Larger photos can be found here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SHTP: Free Wind Tomorrow

The racers seem to see this sign every day.  There is still light wind even though the fleet is turning the corner into the Trades.   It looks like the trades winds may fill in on Wednesday.  Hopefully these guys will get the full down wind experience for the finish.  See the latest updates at Latitude 38, position reports, log reports, and the Oceanslogic blog.

Plastic Suck(s)(ed)



Electrolux wants to use recycled plastic from the oceans to build new vacuums.  More details over at Sea Fever Blog.

The Spill Continues

Sunday, June 27, 2010

SHTP - News from the General


 Ken (The General) Roper has posted his first log report.  It is clear that he is squeezing all the performance out of his Finn Flyer, Harrier:

All is well aboard Harrier. Having found a "heavy" glass bottle of Pacifico, the skipper is forced to sit in the cockpit watching the the breeze pick up and consume said bottle of beer in order to lighten the ship and pick up that extra knot or two. Watch out! all those with bets in place!

The General, who used to be an Army General, is participating in his eleventh official Single Handed Transpac. Apparently he sailed the course another time without entering.  He is believed to be 81 years old.

Check out all the skipper's log reports.

Building Pharaoh's Ship

PBS's NOVA documents the building of a 4000 year old style vessel from drawings found in Egyptian ruins.  The ship is held together only by mortise and tenon joints. Ships such as these were thought to make 1600 mile round trip journeys on the Red Sea.  You can watch the show online.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

SHTP - Wind Update

Here are some of the 0900 positions over the 1000 wind for Saturday 6/26.  The winds are picking up some.

The Trades look like they will strengthen by Wednesday.

Around the Horn



A nice short about sailing around Cape Horn. Remember your helmet and your rum. Best in full screen mode.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Resurrected Ingrid - Alajuela !

BitterEnd has a post about an Alajuela 38 that was raised after it sank at the dock.  Seems somebody left the loo on.

SHTP - Light Winds

Here are some of the Wed 9am positions plotted on the 10am wind forecast.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SHTP - The Washing Machine

 The General's Harrier Outside the Gate - Photo by JohnS

It sounds like it has been a very rough couple of days for the fleet. The causalities include blocks, halyards, wind vanes, and electrical systems, not to mention lunch.  It has been blowing 28 to 30 knots or more with confused 10 foot waves. It sounds as though the windy reach is calming somewhat.  Hopefully it will not calm too much as the Pacific High drifts south. Good Luck guys.

Check out these news sources:
Adam of Blue Moon's Oceanlogic.com
Ronnie of Warriors Wish's Open Blue Horizon
Adrian of Idefix's Idefix Ship Log
SHTP Position Reports
SHTP Competitor's Logs
Latitude 38 - Lectronic Latitiude
Tiger Beetle's Pre-race photos
Start Picture Wrap-up
Norcal Sailing
Photos of Dave King and Saraband
Westsail 32 Message Forum
AJ of Second Verse's Sponsorship 

Monday, June 21, 2010

SHTP - The High Moves South


SSS member Pogen posted this interesting overlay of the weather and the current boat positions. The majority of boats have been running near the rhumb line. The Pacific high is moving south to intersect the rhumb line.

Hecla declared his intention to sail as deep as possible, but then he has the speed to make up for the extra distance.

I noticed that AJ on Second Verse seemed headed off towards Santa Barbara last position check. I was hoping that this did not mean a problem. Now it looks as though he may be trying to skirt the high.

It is sad to hear that Bandicoot has retired and that Mirage his heading back after starting a second time.  I hope there are no injuries or major damage.

180 SOUTH

180º SOUTH Trailer from Woodshed Films on Vimeo.

180 degrees SOUTH - Conquerors of the Useless is a great adventure movie that combines sailing in the South Pacific with climbing, surfing and conservation in Patagonia.  It interweaves the journeys of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins in 1968 with Jeff Johnson and friends this decade.

Beyond great photography and adventure, the film focuses on the development woes of Chile and Patagonia.  The story of Conservacion Patagonia's founding by Doug Tompkins is told.  The film makers document  the beginning of Sin Represas, a grassroots fight against the damming of Patagonia's rivers.

The movie is now available on DVD and Netflix on demand.

Sin Represas Patagonia Without Dams from Woodshed Films on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Photos of Racers Leaving the Gate

Erik Simonson of h2oshots.com has posted his professional photos of the racers between the start and the Gate. You can see them here.

SHTP Start Photos

The following pictures were originally posted by an SSS member Tinker, here. I edited them a bit to get some close ups of the boats.



Larger photos from the slide show are here or click for a larger show.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

SHTP Position Reports


You can track the racer's positions here.  The positions should be updated twice a day.  Currently they are reported at the starting line.

SHTP Starts Today

A reduced fleet of 15 boats will start the 2010 Single Handed Transpac today at 11:05 off the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon.

Some of the readers may not have heard that I withdrew about a month ago.  Early test sails were rough and I did not feel that I had enough time to practice before the qualifier deadline.  It has been very disappointing, but I am already looking forward to 2012.

I want to wish all the racers great luck and hope they have a blast on the crossing.  I did not get to spend that much time with them, but I really enjoyed the group.

Winds are predicted at 12-1 knots at the SF buoy today, so it should be a great start. There should be enough wind for the fleet to get away, but also allow them an easy transition into the routine.

KTVU.com had some pre race coverage.

I hope to see some of the finishes in Kaui in a couple weeks.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Cruising Black Box


I ran across a great essay on the fifth essential element for successful cruising. It was written by John Vigor and he calls it the Black Box Theory.  The first four elements are:

1. A well-found ship
2. A good crew
3. Adequate preparation and maintenance
4. Seamanship
 
 
Read on the find out the fifth.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Baja California in 1949


This is an interesting old movie of what Baja California looked like in 1949. It was made by Silas Johnson, who was a sailing mentor to our good friends in San Diego. It is a gem both because of the rare footage and the post-war style. The introduction at the film archive says:

Johnson is another "lost filmmaker", who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
 
These spots are familiar to cruisers and Baja HaHa participants.  A larger version can be found here at the Academic Film Archive of North America.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Toucan Circles the Farallones

One plucky sailor from Berkeley, Bobby Arthurs, sailed his intrepid Albin Vega, Toucan, in the Single Handed Farallones Race last weekend. It took him  over 15 hours to complete the 52 odd miles and then a couple more to get back to his slip.  Below is a video he made.  Great job, Bobby.


farallones race sss video (better quality)
Uploaded by bobbyarthurs.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wrecked Oceans

This is a TED talk by Jeremy Jackson on the state of the oceans.  It may scare you.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jester Challenge Preview


70.8% has a nice post on the Jester Challenge.  This is an Atlantic, single handed race for small boats.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lift


QUEST on KQED Public Media.

A nice explanation of the physics of sailing. Found on H2uhO.com

More on Plastic Gyre


QUEST on KQED Public Media.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Crew in Training

New photos have just been unearthed.  Sail training in Alsmeer, The Netherlands. Oh Lekker!

Never Ending Winter

It is raining again today in the Bay Area after two day of fresh SW winds.  On the long range weather picture, there is a significant low approaching from the North next Sunday and Monday.  Prior to that there may only be five knot winds outside the Gate.  I am looking for a window to get in the qualifying cruise.  I believe that AJ on Second Verse went out this week, which is beginning to look like a good move.

Provisioning Tip: Bacon Latte


This is for racers that cannot live without their espresso machine.... The bacon latte.

Provisioning Tip: Octopus



Swallow fast...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Harmonica Man of Jefferson County



Here is a story from our new home in Jefferson County, Washington. Check out the Andy Mackie Music Foundation.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Men Who Stare at SSBs

I found a nice writeup dating back to the 2006 race today.  It is titled Singlehanded TransPac and the Art of Psychological Warfare written by Rob of Tiger Beetle.  It makes it clear that we heavy cruising boats have a major advantage - luxury.  Some of us can have steaks, showers, and standing head room.  Better yet, we can talk about it during radio checks.  Of course, payback comes when the fast guys get to lie on the beach and whine about how long it is taking us to finish.

Progress?

I am getting near the end of the work.  Down to niggling details such as tightening and lubricating things, trying to find the last ten pairs of my wife's shoes and throw them overboard.  Stuff like that.

A bunch of the racers still need to do their qualifying cruise.  Rob Tryon will lead us out of the Bay on the 15th for a four or five day jaunt.  This will be two hundred miles out and back.  This will tell me what was not tightened and lubricated properly.  I will have about a month to make amends and batten down the hatches.

Do you know how many packages of ramen you can put in place of a pair of shoes?  Imelda Marcos could have fed the nation.  You don't have to boil them as long either.

Still Voting for the Boat?


The contest where Adventuress could win $100000 and maybe spend it in Port Townsend is still running. Your vote can help.  She is only 2% ahead of the next competitor. Go to VoteForTheBoat.com or check this prior post for details.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SHTP Weather and Tactics


Skip Allan, the winner of the 2008 Single Handed Transpac, is leading a discussion of weather and tactics for Hawaiian races.  The thread of the discussion can be found here.

Garbage Island


Toxic Garbage Island Episode 1 from VBS.TV on Vimeo.

Video from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  The full show can be found here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Safety Inspection


Maitreya had her safety inspection yesterday.  She is still missing a few minor items - a couple charts, a compass deviation card and some belt and suspenders tie downs for the companion way and  drop boards.

Thanks to Rob Tryon for coming over and spending the time doing this.  Thanks to the race committee in general for being there to answer questions and keep moving everything forward.  I believe that Bob, Rob and others have taken on pretty much a full time job to get this done.

Friday, April 30, 2010

SHTP Emergency Steering



The slides show the new sculling oar on the boat. This arrangement will allow full turns to one direction and small course adjustments. Up wind, with the sails balanced, the boat will keep her course. Downwind she will require more tending.

2010 Single Handed Transpac Race Divisions

There are 50 days to go and the Race committee has released the race divisions:
NAME

LOD

DLR

PCR

Division

Dream Chaser

40

256

133

A

Nereida

38

267

133

A

Pakele

36

266

155

A

Second Verse

38

260

156

A

Maitreya

38

496

170

A

Culebra

34

219

127

B

Bandicoot

30

157

131

B

Solar Wind

33

186

149

B

Harrier

31

260

183

B

Saraband

32

419

199

B

Koh Samia

21

108

116

C

Hesperus

24

143

164

C

Southernaire

31

241

187

C

Fri

34

389

196

C

Blue Moon

25

325

249

C

Rage

40

169

71

D

Warrior's Wish

31

123

75

D

Idefix

30

79

99

D

Taz!!

27

81

129

D

Mirage

31

94

135

D

Hecla

54

57

-30

MH

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