Sunday, October 19, 2014

Check in

For some reason my Spot check in didn't go through. I made it down to the E-W shipping lanes south of Block Island and turned north for Newport but this boat is so fast that I got back in no time. Minimum duration is 24 hours so I turned south and am heading back out to sea for a couple more hours.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Off Block Island

Still have a cell connection from the tower on Block so here's a quick update. Sea state is manageable, the swell has a very long period so it's easy sailing over it and the breeze is below forecast in the 10-15 range. Sun is out and it's pretty warm out here. Still puttering along with one reef in the main and the heavy weather jib but making 7+ knots due south.

Outside the Bay

Wave action outside the Bay isn't too bad. 14 knots of breeze and the boat is doing 6.5 knots with a reefer main and the heavy weather jib. Forecast was for a SW breeze but it more out of the S right now to I'm beating out of the bay.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bermuda 1-2 Qualifier

Mike Piper is allowing me to race his J/111 Eagles Dare in the next Bermuda 1-2 and he will join me on the return double handed leg. In order to qualify, I need to make a solo, offshore passage of not less than 100 nautical miles and not shorter in duration than 24 hours. I depart tomorrow morning early. Forecast is showing 15-20 knot breeze with gusts to 30, which is plenty but the real challenge will be the sea state as I'm expecting a large swell from hurricane Gonzalo to mix and confuse with the wave action from the SW, turning W and NW wind. It's going to be ugly but as I'm not racing, I won't be pushing the boat and will sail conervatively with goal to be not to break anything and safely complete the requirement.

I'll post some position reports here via Spot and will try to take some video footage along the way to post upon my return.

Here's hoping all are safe on Bermuda tonight. They're in for a far rougher ride than I.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Philip S. Weld Memorial Trophy

Jeroboam's trophy for the Bermuda Race double handed division win arrived yesterday. Found a nice spot on my office wall below the black bear to hang it.

Great American IV Update

Great American IV came out of the water at Maine Yacht Center this week. Joff and crew are in from the UK to strip the mast and put the boat away for the season. The keel will stay on but the rudders will come out. Some work to do in the shed over the winter but nothing major.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Beringer Bowl 2014

I've always wanted to start a race with something on the grill. This was the year.