Archive for March, 2012
It’s the morning of March 27, which means (as seen on the countdown on the NSL right sidebar) that there are only 111 days to the Pac Cup start!
Where does the time go! So much still to do!
Yesterday Annika and I were up at the boat knocking off a few PacCup checklist items, including practicing deployment of the emergency rudder. It went OK, but I will be drilling some more holes in it to add some attachment points to make it easier to mount, and also to better secure it to the boat. It is so buoyant that it tries to ride up and out of the mount, and needs to be restrained, here with some green utility line.
The DH Lightship ended not with a bang, but a cold and wet whimper as all but 5 of the 36 entrants retired in the face of light winds, bumpy vomit-inducing seas, and the flood tide that started all too early for most. As you can see from the track above, we were among the retirees. My crew was Gilles Combrison of GC Marine, who has done most of the rigging and deck work on Temerity over the last two years.
We had a good start, as most of Div A was fooled by the Race Committee’s mistake of starting the race 5 minutes earlier than had been stated in the SI’s. The First Warning was meant to be at 0900, with the first start at 0905, but they started the sequence at 0855. It was light, light, light though, and the lighter speedsters pulled ahead. We set our somewhat baggy 0.75 oz runner and tried to make do reach-to-reach jibing to keep boatspeed up, the angles be damned. It was cold and there was a heavy drizzle much of the time. Eventually, we realized that we had spent 4 hours covering 25% of the course distance, with the wind only expected to get lighter later on. So we bailed. Well at least it was good practice of a sort, and I enjoyed sailing with Gilles. Hopefully he can join us later in the season and we will have some better weather!
A storm trysail is required per OSR 4.26 and is thus a PacCup requirement. We has ours built by Dominic Marchal of Marchal Sailmakers in Alameda (UK Halsey). It was delivered recently, and this week Annika was able to bend it on and in consultation with Dominic work out its sheeting requirements. Looks good.