Friday, May 8, 2015

Bermuda 1-2 Prep

Preparation for Bermuda 1-2 is progressing very well with the work list gradually dwindling. Accomplishments include:
Radar Reflector
  1. Replaced stern wire lifelines with dyneema
  2. Resolved gear shift issue for battery charging
  3. Stern knife replacement
  4. Soft shackles for jib sheets
  5. Soft rail for barberhaul/reaching and adjustable "car"
  6. Reworked main reef lines
  7. Reworked headsail in/out haul
  8. Rigged jacklines
  9. Improved NMEA data interface between autopilot and other boat systems
  10. Instrument calibrations
  11. Improved VHF DSC interface
  12. Full electronics checkout
  13. Tested bilge pumps
  14. Thru hull valves checked
  15. Nav light test
  16. Replaced inflatable PFD
  17. Added more smoke signals and emergency food rations to ditch bag
  18. Mounted and tested radar reflector
  19. Jib halyard replacement
  20. Paper chart kit checked
  21. Updated safety equipment location chart
  22. Comms test
  23. Applied race numbers to hull & deck
  24. All race provisions, mainly freeze dried food, acquired and organized by leg
  25. All Bermuda 1-2 safety requirements checked and dealt with
Additionally, we've had some good training days on the water but haven't been able to test the new code zero yet. Still tons to do and only 28 days until the race start. Charge!

New jib halyard next to an older one

Monday, April 13, 2015

We had a brutally cold winter in Boston this year and life on the boat was cruel. Water temperatures in the inner harbor dangerously approached the freezing point but thankfully there were only pockets of ice and my slip, on the outer edge of the marina where the Charles River current is strong, escaped getting iced in.

The water lines on board froze, as did the winter water lines the marina strings about a meter below the surface so I was without fresh water for a month or so but that was good motivation to get to the gym. Huge thanks to Sebastian and the crew at Constitution Marina for all their hard work at keeping the water flowing and the docks and parking lot clear of snow.

I've been busy getting Jeroboam ready for sailing season. Even though I'm not racing this boat to Bermuda in June, there are still lots of other things to be done and other races later in the season to prepare for. Spring work list includes:

  1. Remove canvas cover
  2. Bend on sails
  3. Check all running rigging
  4. Check all standing rigging, up the mast, inspect all the masthead gear
  5. Full electronics/autopilot test, re-calibrations for all
  6. New red/white LED bulbs for cabin
  7. Galley light housing replacement
  8. Auto pilot ram bolts re-torqued
  9. Clean water tanks
  10. Switch to propane water heater, commission, test
  11. Commission dinghy, outboard, bottom paint
  12. Replace stern vent covers
  13. Commission mooring, attached pennants, replace shackles, dive on mooring to inspect bottom chain and shackle
  14. Clean barbecue grill
  15. Dive on boat bottom, clean, replace zinc
  16. Spare docklines, fenders, hose, winter gear to storage
  17. Engine maintenance, oil/filter change, coolant/gear oil check
  18. Winch maintenance, disassemble, de-grease, re-lube

Having finished most of the above, I departed Boston yesterday for my mooring in Salem Harbor. Mike Piper's J/111 Eagles Dare is slashing in Fairhaven today and we're sailing back to Marblehead this weekend so the race to prepare/train for Bermuda 1-2 is officially on.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

This Saturday, March 28 is the rescheduled date for my North Shore OSTAR talk:

Time: 10 AM
Where: Marblehead Yacht Club, 4 Cliff St, Marblehead, MA 01945

Proceeds to support Rich Wilson's non-profit, SitesAlive! Rich will also be on hand to give an update on his Vendée Globe campaign. Please join us!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

UPDATE: OSTAR Talk postponed until Saturday, 3/28, 10 AM, Marblehead YC

UPDATE: my talk Saturday has been postponed until 3/28. The parking situation in and around Marblehead Yacht Club is dismal so we're going to put it off until some of those snow banks melt.

Proceeds to support Rich Wilson's non-profit, SitesAlive! Rich will also be on hand to give an update on his Vendée Globe campaign. Please join us!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Points East Magazine

John Keane brought my attention to a cool photo of Jeroboam in Points East Magazine. It was taken on New Year's Day when we competed in the Jack Roberts Memorial Race hosted by Constitution Yacht Club. I've done that race more frequently on Keane's old C&C 40 named Eddystone Light but this year was Jeroboam's second entry.

Photo Credit: Bernie Wideman

Melissa took some other good shots from on board:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Boat Designs for Vendee Globe 2016

Most of the new boats in the coming Vendee Globe plan to use foils to partially lift the hull out of the water, reducing wetted surface and friction, allowing the boat to sail faster. Here's a brief video of the Banque Populaire VIII program. Pay particular attention to the test mini near the beginning. The boat looks like it's about to head into the stratosphere.

Présentation du nouveau monocoque Banque... by VendeeGlobeTV