Sunday, July 28, 2013

The old familiar sights of Rockland.

You know that incoming tide I was all excited about on that last post? The breeze lightened up so much that the swing came long before the finish.

Jeroboam finally crossed around 9:35 pm after some hairy encounters between Two Bush Channel and Mussle Ridge Channel to avoid some outgoing tidal currnent. I had some success in the last Downeast Challenge (2011) so built on that courage and ventured out onto some touch and go territory. No groundings to report but lots of headway so all's well.

It was fun to roll into Rockland. This was one of my home bases when I was spending a bulk of my summers in Maine. Good restaurants, good bars, plenty of dock space/moorings, fantastic competition. In July/Aug it really doesn't get any better than this.

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Longitude:-69.07266
GPS location Date/Time:07/28/2013 17:40:17 EDT

Message:Two Bush Island to port. Dying breeze.

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Frustrated

It's hard to be competitive when you're autopilot is on the fritz, but I don't wish to minimize the fact that Peter on Panacea has sailed a great race. We're neck and neck as I type this message on approach to Penobscot Bay. There's still a long way to go so anything could happen. Looks like we're going to have a long beat into the bay, conditions which sometimes gives Jeroboam the advantage over Panacea because I can hold tighter angles on the beat. Throw in some cold rain and fog and this will be a grueling finish. The one bright spot is we have an incoming tide so at least we won't have to battle the current as well.

The fluxgate compass is the problem with the autopilot. Again. I had the same issue on the delivery to Europe this spring and had to replace it on Horta so the one in there is brand new. Well, only three months old and with 4,000 nm of use. I suppose "new" is relative. Still, it drives me crazy when this stuff don't work the way I need it to.

Last night, I was running down wind with the kite up, down below, making some dinner when the autopilot decided to dive deep and gybe the boat. The spinnaker wrapped around the headstay really badly and took me a long time to sort it out. After the second autogybe, I tried another full recalibration but the something just isn't right with the compass. I'm using the auto pilot for upwind work right now and it's snaking around a bit but not too badly.

If it can't hold a course by the time I get to Rockland, I may leave it there for my buddy Kim Baker to fix and take the bus back to Boston. I don't think I'd be up for a 120 nm delivery back to Salem hand steering after this race.

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GPS location Date/Time:07/28/2013 08:36:43 EDT

Message:Autopilot is killing me. 2 awful spin wraps

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gulf of Maine Solo Twin

Slow start but the wind gradually filled. Resolute took an early lead and shows no signs of letting up. My autopilot was all 6's and 7's at the start so I had to do a full recalibration. It's not 100% but it's doing ok right now so fingers crossed.

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GPS location Date/Time:07/27/2013 16:15:44 EDT

Message:Slow start, autopilot issues, moving well now

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GPS location Date/Time:07/27/2013 08:31:43 EDT

Message:GOM Solo/Twin race, Ptown-Rockland, ME, 140nm

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Marblehead Halifax Race

Rolled into Marblehead this afternoon in time to see a bunch of friends start. Here's the Class 40 Dragon that I raced against in Bermuda 1-2 and Newport-Bermuda.