Archive for July, 2012

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Fishing Report

Yesterday we went after some Mahi for dinner, and had immediate success of a sort. After trolling just 10 min with the jet-head cedar plug we got a strike, a big Mahi, but then as we were pulling him in we got a big puff, boatspeed went to 11-12 kts sustained, and we lost him, with the hook probably torn from his mouth. Reset, and a second strike within half an hour. This one threw the hook as he was being brought up to the boat. Then, a bit late to start a big cooking project.

Today we tried again, and had a strike of some sort but lost the lure. We tied on a plain cedar plug, but no luck after a couple of hours, so we will have to try tomorrow.

At 1945PDT we are 175nm from the finish and expect to be at the dock at midnight or possibly a bit later tomorrow, local time.

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MUST. MAKE. LUAU.

MUST. MAKE. LUAU.

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DDW

Yesterday afternoon the wind swung around to DDW again, so after our nice reaching we were again deep running with only the #2 up. The last three days runs of CMG are 135nm, 150nm and 136nm. Last night was clear, with no squalls and this helped to keep the last number down.

If we can get back to a rate of 150nm/day, this would have us at the finish at about midnight Tuesday, but late Wednesday might be a better guess.

Here are the standings using Fridays position reports if one considers all the Monday starters as a single fleet. I can’t go and look now but I think there may have been at least 3 boats retired as well.

15 Moonshine 370 26 Naos 30 459 27 Nozomi 521 30 Jamani 366 31 VALIS 561 32 Relentless 516 33 Cassiopeia 672 34 Magic 584 35 Lil Angel 756 36 No Strings Attached 675 38 Plus Sixteen 725 39 Temerity 684 40 Weatherly 626

DDW

Yesterday afternoon the wind swung around to DDW again, so after our nice reaching we were again deep running with only the #2 up. The last three days runs of CMG are 135nm, 150nm and 136nm. Last night was clear, with no squalls and this helped to keep the last number down.

If we can get back to a rate of 150nm/day, this would have us at the finish at about midnight Tuesday, but late Wednesday might be a better guess.

Here are the standings using Fridays position reports if one considers all the Monday starters as a single fleet:

15 Moonshine 370 26 Naos 30 459 27 Nozomi 521 30 Jamani 366 31 VALIS 561 32 Relentless 516 33 Cassiopeia 672 34 Magic 584 35 Lil Angel 756 36 No Strings Attached 675 38 Plus Sixteen 725 39 Temerity 684 40 Weatherly 626

DDW

Yesterday afternoon the wind swung around to DDW again, so after our nice reaching we were again deep running with only the #2 up. The last three days runs of CMG are 135nm, 150nm and 136nm. Last night was clear, with no squalls and this helped to keep the last number down.

If we can get back to a rate of 150nm/day, this would have us at the finish at about midnight Tuesday, but late Wednesday might be a better guess.

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Twins/No Twins


We spent a lot of time yesterday getting the twins-on-pole finally sorted, but did not begin flying in earnest until about 7 PM. The challenge had been to come up with a scheme that let one set the pole without being too dangerous in higher winds. We finally used just the spin sheet and guys, in their usual positions, and used the pole like a reaching strut.

It was fun to surf steadily in last nights winds, and squalls of about 22 kts. But each squall seemed to come out of the East, and finally this morning, the wind has declined and is almost entirely from the East — and the whole rest of the course is expected to be like this for many days. The twins were not working, as they have to be flown essentially DDW. We are beam/ broad reaching now in about 10 kts of wind. Unfortunately, we are too beat to both be on deck this morning to attempt a spin set. Even on this easy point of sail, the lack of the autopilot means one of us has to be on the helm at all times. SOG is about 5 kts, so we are really hoping the wind pipes up, or we can get rested to the point of a spin set.

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No Strings in the Night

Late last night we were quite close to another boat, which I thought might be TESA but turns out to have been No Strings Attached. Had I known I would have hailed them on Ch 16, as skipper Nick is a friend. If anyone has his boat email or other contact, send him my belated greeting!

If Fast is Fun, what is Slow?

We are getting tired of going slow, and are worried abut making the parties now! So we spent today’s work time on trying to get the Twins to work properly in a way that doesn’t get anyone killed. We need both of us on deck to do anything at all, since the helm is so light, especially downwind as we are. We probably should be standing off more to the West and bang the corner to Hawaii as so many other boats seem to be doing, and Annika and I have many discussions on this. The gribs show that we should get a header as we go south, which is a good thing for everyone approaching on port jibe, we should all be able to heat up towards the finish.

We are only eating snack food and other prepared things, as we have no time in between steering, sleeping, and working on rigging details and boat handling techniques that should have been sorted out many months ago. Well at least it is a beautiful day on the ocean! We are going to try shorter watches at night tonight, as crash fatigue has been a problem for both of us.

S/V Temerity 782 nm from Finish 29-05 N 146-02 W 26 July 1700 PDT

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Autopilot kaput

Some bad news this afternoon. We damaged our autopilot ram, so it will be hand steering all the way in. Presently 900 nm from finish. Ugh.