Small Disasters and Monte’s Air of Nonchalance

31 Jan

January , 2019/Day 117

Noon Position: 43 20S  128 19E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ;E 7

Miles since departure: 16,282

Avg. Miles/Day: 139

 

It was a day of small disasters.

First, rain came in after I’d bagged the drogue and got us underway, bringing with it a shifting wind the likes of which I’ve never seen. From 11 knots to 35 knots and anywhere from 295 degrees to 239 degrees. The poles went up and then came down. The working jib went free and full and then reefed and then full again; then gybed and then… And all the while, Mo heaved ...

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Another Night on Drogue

30 Jan

January 28, 2019

Day 116

Noon Position: 42 51S  125 23E

We’d done 102 miles as of noon.

As it turns out, I was over-cautious with this third low.

I deployed the SHARK drogue again at 4pm and then slept until 10pm, when weather started to come on. I then made a cup of tea, dressed in foulies, and sat up with the low until 3am, well after the forecast called for it to peak. Winds never got much above 30-35, and they were more in the high 20s. All good sailing wind, except for the heavy, lunging ...

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Helm ergonomics, Steve Dashew style

30 Jan

 

Cochise is certainly eye-catching, and especially so when you realize that you’re looking at the personal cruising “dream machine” of a remarkably innovative designer, engineer, and mariner with hundreds of thousands of offshore miles under sail and power. Fortunately, Steve Dashew is also an outstanding photographer and a motivated blogger, so you too can learn about the evolution of his FPB (Friggin Power Boat) series in deep detail at SetSail.com.

But you may also notice that the Dashews announced their retirement from FPB building in September 2017 (while also posting a grand photo history of their half-century afloat ...

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GOLDEN GLOBE RACE: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede First to Finish in 212 Days; Mark Slats is Penalized

29 Jan

GGR First Across

This happened this morning at Les Sables D’Olonne. A really great achievement, to win a non-stop RTW race at age 73. HATS OFF to Jean-Luc!!!

If you’ve been following you also know that Mark Slats, on The Ohpen Maverick, isn’t far behind. To avoid a huge winter gale blasting into the Bay of Biscay, Slats diverted toward La Coruna, Spain, after consulting with Dick Koopmans, his race manager, via sat-phone. This violation of the race rules has drawn a 36-hour time penalty from race organizer Don McIntyre. This is twice as long as the 18-hour penalty Jean-Luc received after ...

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A Pause Between Lows

29 Jan

January 27, 2019/Day 115

Noon Position: 42 56S  123 04E

We’d done 101 miles as of noon.

Ran slowly ExN on drogue all night, and morning found us up above 43S. So far north! So far back down to The Traps and The Snares at 48S.

I pulled the drogue in before noon. The line had wound itself into a knot overnight, and I wanted to unkink everything before tonight. The drogue has a swivel at its line attach point and I’ve added another at the bridle. We’ll see if this helps.

Hauling it in when wind is 25 knots ...

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GOLDEN GLOBE RACE: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede First to Finish in 212 Days; Mark Slats is Penalized

29 Jan

This happened this morning at Les Sables D’Olonne. A really great achievement, to win a non-stop RTW race at age 73. HATS OFF to Jean-Luc!!!

If you’ve been following you also know that Mark Slats, on The Ohpen Maverick, isn’t far behind. To avoid a huge winter gale blasting into the Bay of Biscay, Slats diverted toward La Coruna, Spain, after consulting with Dick Koopmans, his race manager, via sat-phone. This violation of the race rules has drawn a 36-hour time penalty from race organizer Don McIntyre. This is twice as long as the 18-hour penalty Jean-Luc received after ...

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Jean-Luc Van Den Heede wins the Golden Globe Race

29 Jan
 
 
Van Den Heede 100 miles out from the finish – photo Jacques Vapillon
 
 
It was a fun final few days for Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the seasoned Frenchman who this morning claimed victory in the Golden Globe Race 2018. After some brutal conditions in the North Atlantic the wind finally swung into the northwest allowing him a downwind slide into the finish where he
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A Black Night with Rain

28 Jan

January 26, 2019/Day 114

Noon Position: 43 26S  120 52E

I woke to find that Wattsy’s (the hydrogenerator’s) down haul had parted in the night. The unit dragged at the stern, luckily. I’m always afraid I’ll come on deck one morning to find it washed away.

We were still short 30 amp hours of charge, so I spent the time directly after coffee hanging over the stern. Fresh weather for such an exercise. I had to lie down in a puddle of deck wash. Right arm got dunked up to the elbow by a sea, but beyond that, I got ...

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Slowing Down and The Longue Route

27 Jan

January 25, 2019/Day 113

Noon Position: 44 54S 118 10E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ENE 6+

Miles since departure: 15,804

Avg. Miles/Day: 140

I’m trying to slow us down a bit, and that’s the main reason for the lower mileage these last two days.

The issue is that if we are too fast and thus get too far east, we’ll be in the heart of the third low in this series when it drops in late Sunday. By that time, we’ll have had three days of strong wind, and the forecast continues to show that low as the big kahuna of the three. ...

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