Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tuning Up

Keane and I got some good training time in this weekend with a practice/tune-up race from Marblehead to Minots Light off Cohasset. The Peterson 34 Greyhawk was just launched on Thursday of last week and heading for Newport Saturday morning so we thought we'd bat it around with them for a bit on their way to the canal. They got out to an early lead as Jeroboam managed to find more than a few holes tacking out of Salem Bay but out in the open of Mass Bay, Greyhawk was severely handicapped flying only their 100% blade in 10-15 knots of breeze vs. Jeroboam's 140% genny so we made up some lost ground and then some. We left Greyhawk to continue on their merry way and turned back to Marblehead for some spinnaker practice, including unwraping it from the head stay which wasn't a planned drill but a good exercise nonetheless. Jeroboam continues to impress me, posting solid performance numbers at all points of sail. Just about all the kinks are worked out and almost all the cruising luxuries have been jettisoned. Good thing too. It's almost time to race.

Monday, May 9, 2011

First Full Training Weekend

Spent the weekend training, first doing all the required safety drills with my crew mate John Keane on Saturday, then focused on performance Sunday. Even with the boat not quite yet in full performance trim, Jeroboam was at or very close to speed targets at every point of sail, pleasing me to no end. Personally, I felt pretty rusty with some sloppy tacks and gybes on Sunday but managed not to break anything. Only have seven more full training days before the start but I'll get out after work here and there to do some drills when there's wind.

I came across a great post-race interview with Mike Hennessey of the Class 40 Dragon conducted by Joe Cooper following the 2009 Bermuda 1-2. It’s a little over 50 MB so it takes a few minutes to download and the sound quality is poor but worth a listen if you’re a Class 40 and/or Hennessey fan.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Splash!

I can't tell you how excited I am that the spring bottom prep job is done. With that miserable week behind me, I have a month of training ahead before crossing the Bermuda 1-2 Leg 1 starting line on June 3rd.