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Shipping

A pic I just found in my email of Temerity at the Matson yard in Honolulu preparatory for shipping.

Home now

Temerity is at last home from Hawaii and put back together, modulo putting on the main, a few minor electrical repairs, and some black marks on the port topsides.   I’ve spent the last couple of chore-doing trips in taking off all the offshore gear, and for next season will have the e-rudder set up so that it can be theoretically deployable at sea without the unsightly frame constantly attached.

The shipping cost was brutal, as I knew it would be.   I added up all the bills, and it came to $19,210.34.    For those contemplating shipping their larger boats home from Hawaii, here is what you can expect.

Pacific Cup 2012 Gallery of Misc Pics

We didn’t take all that many pictures on our Pac Cup adventure; as usual we were too busy sailing!   Here is a big collection of all the pics that did not make it into the blog on the first go-around.

 

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Belated post about our finish


As followers of the Pac Cup will have realized long since, we finished at 31 Jul 2012 17:18:59 HST with an elapsed time of 15d 07:03:59, the better part of two days behind our Division winner Naos 30. We were warmly greeted by a very welcoming crowd of fellow racers, along with Mai Tais and pineapple. We were so beat that I wasn’t in much shape to blog much, and have also been busy with our changed delivery plans — we will be shipping Temerity home aboard Matson, rather than sailing her home ourselves. We decided that it was probably too great an effort for just the two of us, we were not confident about the time required, and the lack of an autopilot makes it a complete non-starter. Saturday we are locating to the Waikiki YC for temporary berthing before prepping the boat for decommission and shipment to the mainland. Goodbye Kaneohe!

Temerity wins the “Race to the Start Line”

I’m very pleased that tonight at the Pac Cup awards ceremony, Temerity won the prize for the “Best Prepared Yacht”. This honor was certainly unexpected, but I was very proud and glad to receive it, as I had worked very very hard to get the boat to the start line in a condition that would allow me and Annika to set off on our adventure confident about the boat and our safety. My thanks to the Committee for the award, it means a great deal to us both.

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.

MUST. MAKE. LUAU.

MUST. MAKE. LUAU.

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.

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.

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

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.

Temerity report July 25

After destroying our jibtop by flogging it downwind, we have been sailing bald headed for a while and it is slow. We were reluctant to set the twins on a pole because of all the rolling due to the mixed swell sea state. But we will try again now.

We have worked our way up to the SF-Kaneohe Great Circle line, and are now proceeding down it in a series of jibes, wind angles are distressingly deep. With winds 15 – 25 kts in the day and the sea state as before we are reluctant to set a spin, although we are sure everyone else has theirs up.

Sleep has been a major issue, and eyestrain at night. We have given up on the idea of delivering the boat back ourselves, and fortunately some very kind friends are helping to scope out how we can ship her home, even in this eleventh hour.

We passed the halfway mark last night, and took some time today to play Char’s Treasure Hunt game aboard. Her clues were very cryptic, though, and we have had to ask her for some hints for a few of them.

Mostly Annika and I are focussed at keeping the boat moving to make our made-good 150 nm/day, and on taking care of each other.