Land HO!

17 Jan

“Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV. And behind me, is the southern ocean and Cape Horn, that we passed, about 29 miles off, this morning, going past Diego Ramirez Island. Now we’re heading north. Typically a question is always how do you get past Staten Island? So we came up here and here is Land HO! It’s amazing.”

 

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Following a Dream – closing in on the finish

17 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – closing in on the finish

17 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – Champagne sailing

17 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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176: SV Delos

17 Jan



Presented by:


SV Delos’ videos have become an internet sensation. After leaving Seattle in 2009, Brian, who later met Karin in new Zealand, and his brother Brady have been sailing the world and filming their adventures. Almost by accident they’ve become the most popular sailing videos on YouTube and it’s become their primary source of income. Andy & Mia met Karin & Brian in Stockholm for the podcast.


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The Route Around Cape Horn

16 Jan

I’m going to you a show a little bit of a primer about why we’ve chosen our route here, out around the Continental Shelf off Tierra del Fuego:

 

Position
56° 48’S x 71° 11’W
Course
90° True
Speed
10.6 knots
Log
20, 796
True Wind Speed
20 knots
True Wind Direction
240°
Sails (click for diagram)
Mainsail (2 reefs), Staysail
Air Temperature
43°F / °C
Sea Temperature
47°F / °C

Winch Pedestal Revolutions (daily) Amp Hours: Alternator (total) Amp Hours: Solar (total) Amp Hours: Hydro (total) Amp Hours: Wind (total)
4489 1376 17,666 2979
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New 24-hour single-handed record set

16 Jan
Hugo Boss on a tear for the finish

It’s coming down to a nail biting finish of the Vendée Globe as the two boats at the front of the fleet are keeping the pedal to the ground eating up the last 1,000 miles to the finish in Les Sables-d’Olonne. So much so that Alex Thompson on Hugo Boss has set – subject to ratification – a new 24-hour single-handed record for the most distance covered in a 24-hour period. Overnight Thompson sailed an incredible 536.81 nautical miles. This is the second time that Thompson has broken the record in this
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TRUE CONFESSIONS: The New Lunacy

15 Jan

New Lunacy bones

I have been shy about mentioning this to people, for various reasons, but now it’s time to come clean. You’ll have noticed I am trying to sell Lunacy, my faithful Tanton 39 cutter of the last 10 years, and some have asked what comes next. The answer, of course, is another aluminum boat. Two of the many things owning Lunacy has taught me is once you’ve had an aluminum boat, or a boat with a transom skirt, there’s no turning back. So, yes, the new Lunacy has both those things, though that photo up there won’t tell you ...

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Shocking & Noisy & Bouncy

14 Jan

Every 6 hours I get a new GRIB file for the weather forecasts. Every 6 hours it seems that the essence stays the same, but the wind strengths at Cape Horn increase. I plot out various scenarios, trying to keep moving, but with an idea to stay near the north of the depression for lighter winds than out at the periphery where it is 30-35 knots now.

We have tack gybed several times in the last 24 hours. Last night we also maneuvered to miss the Estimated Drift Position of various possible icebergs spotted by satellite on December 21. A ...

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An Eventful 24 Hours

13 Jan

What an eventful 24 hours. We were in the bulls-eye of the strong winds for the depression. Solent to staysail to storm jib, and 1 reef to 2 reefs to 3 reefs in the mainsail. A big sea built, and it was, as usual, cold and gray. We had 35 knots of wind, and although the polars call for more sail than I had, I still felt it was correct for me.

Finally, I thought it would be best if we tried to escape to the south, and so tack-gybed, which we accomplished in the big seas gratifyingly. We headed ...

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