Sunday, June 26, 2016

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Jeroboam

Jeroboam
Latitude:40.94627
Longitude:-69.03369
GPS location Date/Time:06/26/2016 09:51:37 EDT

Message:No wind, slowly motoring against the tide.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Jeroboam

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Latitude:39.11282
Longitude:-67.22098
GPS location Date/Time:06/25/2016 09:52:43 EDT

Message:Boat email not working apparently.All is well

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Friday, June 24, 2016

400nm To Go

Jeroboam is making good time but I'm afraid the breeze is letting up now as I pass through the front line. Boat speed will drop even further as I begin to cross the Gulf Stream in the next several hours. Hopefully the other side of the front will bring the 15-20 knots I had on this side and I'm well positioned for the NE breeze, not to mention ready for some cooler air.

I got the end caps off the broken pole yesterday and took all the measurements I need for a new one. I'm tempted to go with a carbon replacement but I know it will be materially more expensive so I'll probably end up with aluminum again, perhaps one with thicker walls and a higher breaking strength. One of the end caps was pretty banged up from the break but nothing a hammer couldn't bend back into shape.

I woke up last evening to the boat moving rather slowly through the water. When I popped up on deck, there was no spinnaker flying, rather it was dragging through the water by the tack line. I managed to get it back on board and it appeared to be intact though I won't know for sure until I fly it or lay it out on some grass and really go through it. Turns out the swivel shackle at the head which attaches to the sock failed. I located a spare and had it all back together before dawn.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Homeward Bound

We finished yesterday late morning, just ahead of Ruse so that was an interesting turn of events at the end. Not sure how we did in the standing but I would imagine the official results won't be available until later today or tomorrow.

After finishing, we motored to Hamilton, cleared in/out and subjected Jeroboam to a post-race safety inspection, which is identical to the pre-race inspection. This is the only race I do that conducts inspections on both ends. I suppose the race committee no longer believes this is a gentleman's sport and assumes at least some of the boats will attempt to race lighter by ejecting some safety gear between the pre-race inspection and the start. I can't imagine anyone doing that and would be shocked if they uncovered any examples of this.

By around 7pm last night, I was outside the reef and heading north toward the South Channel entrance to the Gulf of Maine. The forecast looks mild so it's going to be a stretch to be home in time for the conga line of conference calls on my calendar Monday but I will push the boat as hard as I can to get back.

Damage report from the race course mainly consists of the whisker pole. We were surfing dead downwind with the jib poled out to port and the main to starboard making incredible headway but the the large wave pattern would occasionally kick the stern way out to starboard, rounding the boat up. Even hand steering, I couldn't keep the boat on it's feet very well but the speeds we were hitting enticed us to continue on. As the breeze built over 25 knots, the whisker pole couldn't withstand the pressure of the back winded jib in a round up and folded in half. We managed to get the boat and two pole bits under control in time to not damage the sail or anything else. We recovered what was left of it and I will drill the ends out to attach to a new extrusion.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Final Stretch

It's Russ' birthday today! Happy Birthday!

We're about 90 miles from the finish line so we're hoping to cross tomorrow morning. The forecast has been a bit fickle today in a dying breeze then it picked up from the SW so for the moment, we're generally heading in the right direction. If the forecast holds true, we expect a shift to the S and a beat into Bermuda.

All systems are working normally on board including the watermaker so I basked in the luxury of a shower today, as did Russ. Many of my sailing friends reading this will no doubt chide me for such extravagances during an ocean race but when you race a cruising boat, there's no point in not taking advantage of these things. On my buddy Tom's boat, Whisper, they are undoubtedly running the air conditioner today - now that's true luxury.

Ruse is having a hell of a race out here so I think they are the boat to beat in our class at this point. Close on our heels is Yankee Girl which is a Morris 36 Justine co-skippered by another Morris 36 Justine owner so there's some serious experience with that boat on board. The other double handed class is presently dominated by Kiva and Solarus, two boat who have benefited from their long waterlines and their strategy of going East of the Rhumbline. We're doing our best to stay in the hunt.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Jeroboam

Jeroboam
Latitude:35.61237
Longitude:-67.22821
GPS location Date/Time:06/20/2016 17:36:02 EDT

Message:Mother Nature threw it all at us today.

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT Jeroboam

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Latitude:36.63845
Longitude:-67.84277
GPS location Date/Time:06/20/2016 05:51:42 EDT

Message:Double reef, big waves, making good time.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Jeroboam

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Latitude:38.58725
Longitude:-69.94937
GPS location Date/Time:06/19/2016 09:54:07 EDT

Message:Happy Father's Day from Jeroboam! Breeze on.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Slow Night

Breeze was way down overnight. We switched to the asymmetrical sometime after midnight and are still flying it now. The moon was almost full last night and sun is shining brightly this morning. Russ spotted some whales breeching a mile or so off.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Off to the Races

We had a good start off the line and beat down toward Pt. Judith before tacking. We were then lifted to the rhumbline and the lift continued so we are now reaching with the jib barberhauled to the rail and heading straight for Bermuda. Wind may abate this evening but we shall see. All is well on board.

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Bemuda Race

It's a beautiful day for a race! We presently have 8-12 knots out of the East but that may change to SE by the time we start. Jeroboam is in the third starting group, which is Class 2, with the gun at 3:20 PM today.

Each boat is equipped with a tracker so you can see where we are. Click here, then on the left side of the screen, click on Teams to see all the boats listed alphabetically. If you wanted to only view the double handed boats, click where is says "Click here to Show Class Filter" and uncheck all the classes except Double-Handed.

I'll post updates here occasionally and on Faceworld.

Forecast for the race might be interesting in the Gulf Stream, with an opposing breeze to the current. These conditions tend to build very tall, short period wave patterns that are unfavorable to little boats like Jeroboam. It will certainly be a wet ride and with the breeze out of the northeast, cold too.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

NY-Vendee Race

I had the privilege of participating in the in-port race in NYC just before the start of the solo NY-Vendee (Les Sables d'Olonne, France). Hanging out with Rich Wilson has many, many perks and this was one of them. He managed to secure a crew spot for Armel Le ClĂ©ac'h on Banque Popularaire, one of the new, foiling IMOCA Open 60s. It was an incredible experience sailing with one of the French greats. Here are some shots from the event:

















Sunday, June 5, 2016

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Jeroboam

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Latitude:42.51495
Longitude:-70.87273
GPS location Date/Time:06/05/2016 18:25:13 EDT

Message:Test message. Bermuda Race starts June 17.

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