Saturday, May 31, 2014

More Press: SpinSheet Magazine

SpinSheet Magazine is planning some good Bermuda race coverage which you can find here, including some emphasis on the short handed division. I met one of the editors, Duffy, a couple years back working race support at Flip Flop Regatta on John Keane's powerboat, Rockstar.

Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 Newport Bermuda Race Program Published

Each race, the RC publishes a program to get people excited about the event. This year's program includes an article on short handed racing by Chris Musler who crews often on the Class 40, Dragon. Chris is a great guy, solid promoter of short handed racing and frequent writer for a number of different sailing publications and websites. Not all the elements of this article that pertain to me are accurate but I'll cut Chris a little slack since it was 2 years ago and many of the reports issued by the RC at the time contained inaccuracies.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Bow

Deck view from the first spreader
Photo: Kirsten Wilson

Made some great progress this weekend in getting Jeroboam ready for the Bermuda Race. Safety inspection is scheduled for June 2 and all is on track for that milestone. Start is about 3 weeks away.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Great American 4

In the shed but not for long, launch is coming soon.

The guy on the ladder is Joff Brown leader of the UK team of pros who are helping Maine Yacht Center modify, prepare and launch the boat.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sundown in Salem Harbor

Photo Credit: Kirsten Wilson

The Work List

I'm slowly ticking through Jeroboam's spring work list. The bottom was a big one, very glad that's out of the way and I managed to finally resolve the radar issues I was having in Plymouth last year (and which have been following me around since then). Here's what's on the docket for the next 45 days leading up to the Bermuda Race:
  1. Masthead tri/anchor switch replacement, test
  2. Rudder Reference Sensor Switches replaced
  3. Engine kill cable replacement
  4. House battery test, possible replacement
  5. Annanometer calibration and testing - this thing needs help
  6. Speedo is out of commission, and it isn't fouled, possible replacement if I can even find a spare part
  7. Primary & Backup Autopilot calibration and testing
  8. AIS Firmware Upgrade
  9. VHF/AIS antenna testing
  10. Laptop testing, sat & cell data connections, software updates
  11. Commission water maker, replace pre-filter and membrane
  12. Review spares inventory, replace/replenish/discard
  13. Replace cockpit jackline
  14. Gel coat repairs
  15. Replace aft boom main sheet/preventer
  16. Up the mast for a full standing/running rigging check
  17. Engine maintenance
  18. Mooring ball maintenance
  19. Dinghy maintenance
And of course I'll be adding to the list frequently...

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Perfect Bottom

Jeroboam was out of the water this past weekend for a coat of paint at Beverly Port Marina. Before OSTAR in July of 2012, I hauled Jeroboam out for two weeks, removed all the ablative paint, started at the gelcoat, added three layers of barrier coat and finished with three coats of nice, hard vinyl Interlux VC Offshore paint.

Last week I was almost down to the last layer of paint so I added one this weekend and sanded the finish to 200 grit. I dive on the boat every week or two during racing season so there will be plenty of opportunity to wet sand underwater with increasingly finer grit prior to the Bermuda Race which starts June 20. I'll gradually build up to 800 grit then do a final burnish with bronze wool an evening or two prior to the race.