Monday, July 27, 2009

Victory!

Jeroboam managed to win class 5, the single handed class, in the New England Solo Twin this past weekend as well as post a corrected time that beat out all the double handed boats that sailed the same course (classes 1, 2 and 6). I'll post some detailed race analysis shortly.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Race Prep & site photos

Got a bunch of weight off the boat today in advance of Friday's New England Solo/Twin. There aren't nearly as many boats entered in the solo race as the double handed twin division but that's ok. There's still some good competition in there. Tomorrow I gear up with the air tank and scrub the bottom then attend the skippers meeting at Newport Yacht Club. I added some photos to the gallery under Bermuda 1-2 including some starting line shots (both legs) and some photos from the awards ceremonies. There's also a nice goofy photo of Keane posted under the Beringer link and a couple starting line photos from the Marblehead-Halifax race posted under that link.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Newport, Part II

Ok, Jeroboam is back in Newport and gearing up for the New England Solos on Friday. If I can just get over this cough before then, I'll be in really good shape. As it turns out, Keane and I won our class in the Beringer Bowl on both elapsed and corrected time and placed tenth in the fleet on corrected time out of 37 boats. This was a solid showing but frankly, I'm glad it's behind me as you'll see if you read the Beringer Bowl entry to the left - yet another horrible BYC event.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Back in Marblehead and Ready to Race

Just rolled into town after an uneventful Gulf of Maine crossing to find that Keane has ageed to race double handed with me for Beringer. This is going to be great. Race start is Friday at 7 pm and so far it looks like it'll be a light air race so I wouldn't expect we'll be across the finish line before dawn.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jeroboam on the move

Departed Halifax yesterday morning bound for Marblehead. I decided to enter the Beringer Bowl before heading for Newport. It's a fun overnight destination race from Marblehead to Provincetown via a buoy outside Boston Harbor. Race start is Friday evening so it will be a little tight but I should have a solid 24 hours between my arrival and the start. This is symbolically an important race for me. Two years ago, I entered Jeroboam and raced double handed with Shawna but we did it without a spinnaker and came in last place in the fleet. It's payback time!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The unposted entry: Wake up call

Apparently this entry never reached my blog. I attempted to post it on Tuesday, July 7th: A boat in our class named Narada just hove into sight; a boat we owe time to. That doesn't bode well. We also downloaded the fleet position data but it appears that most of the boats aren't even listed on the report, in fact half the boats in our class are not listed, including us, so I wonder if the tracking site is even working. We finally got that Southeast breeze we were hoping for which is lifting us toward Brazil Rock. Timing is everything here as the currents run rather swift past the Southwest tip of Nova Scotia and can either help you nicely or hurt you dramatically. If we can't make it in there by the time the current is favorable around 3 AM, we'll probably tack away to where there's less of an effect, though adding miles to our route.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hooray! We finished!

I can't tell you how happy I am to be in Halifax. The race was so difficult on a very different level from the return leg of Bermuda 1-2. The light and variable winds were painful and frustrating but somehow we kept going and managed to finish this morning. Jeroboam is docked in downtown Halifax which will be very convenient for provisioning, laundry, entertainment and all those little errands that need to be run prior to departure for Newport, probably on Sunday.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sorry for the radio silence

Frankly, I've not had anything good to say about this race. The fickle winds and endless doldrums have plagued our progress. Everytime we try something strategically interesting, the breeze fails us and the plan falls apart. What's nornally a 3 day downwind fun race has been a real test of patience.

Monday, July 6, 2009

I knew this was going to be a light air race but...

wow, is this light. We tried to work every puff to out advantage today but with little to show by way of progress to the finish. We're quite a bit South of the rhumb line with the hope that the forecasted S/SE breeze will lift us back toward Brazil Rock before the NE breeze fills in but it's so light out here that it might turn into a struggle. Those boats North of the rhumb line may fair slightly better. The race docs indicate that Noon on Thursday is the deadline to finish the race, although they may extend it if most of us are still out here.

We were hanging out in the cockpit this afternoon when I happened to glance over the stern and see a large whale 10 or 15 feet behind us just slowly following us! Those guys can really sneak up on you. Later we saw a full sized right whale at the surface and got a good look at him through the binoculars.

There's always one day of doldrums on the Halifax race

And I think we're just beginning it. Light and variable winds plague out progress but the good news is that there are many other boats in our vicinity with the same challenge. We have a spot of current helping us along and just enough breeze to keep the spinnaker filled most of the time. We'll probably spend the day pulling our hair out trying to keep the boat moving.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Race Tracker - Direct Link

Ok, Jeroboam is ready to go. I'm going to do some weather analysis tonight and tomorrow and hang out with some friends for the fireworks then it's off to the races! The direct link for the race tracking is http://trackinfo.fistracking.com/Marbleh2009/.

Start Time

Just got out of the skippers meeting which I wish I could say was time well spent. PHRF Class 6 starts at 1:20 PM EDT tomorrow and looks like we'll have a nice breeze for the first 24 hours but after that we'll just be bobbing around out there, working hard for each mile. The really really good news is that it's not expected to pour rain the whole time. There might even be some sunshine.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Marblehead-Halifax Race Tracking

The race begins Sunday, July 5 in the early afternoon and will probably take 3-4 days to get up there depending on the wind. Zoe and I are racing in the double handed division in PHRF Class 6. The direct link for the race tracking website is not yet available but you can find it on race day by going to http://www.fistracking.com/index_tracking.html and clicking on the Marblehead-Halifax link or by visiting http://www.marbleheadtohalifax.com/Race/RaceTracker.htm and following the link that will be posted there. I’ll also post in-race updates here.