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A radical resetting of expectations

At the one week point of sailing, it’s looking like we have a lock on a DFL in our division, due to a very bad weather routing decision and sail selection decision made on Day 2. So we are focusing on just making a minimum of 150nm made good per day which will put us in Kaneohe Tuesday afternoon.

While we did get in some spin handling practice before the race, and I have raced in many OYRA races, it was not enough, not nearly enough. We have yet to fly a spinnaker, either the wind is too great, or the sea state too violent, or the wind fluky and light, so I thought all we would do is tie it in knots.

Some of the things that are working well are our provisioning (for the most part), fishing, Day 1, the power system, water usage and plumbing, and the autopilot. We are using our jib top a lot, but find that in heavy air we are not able to pole out the twins safely, so gave up on them for the time being. This is a pretty big blow to our strategy though. We are able to each get rest as needed after the first couple of nights, except for last night where we had very big waves and 20+ kt winds all night, and we had to hand steer in complete darkness using the compass only. But we recovered and are OK now.

With Annika as crew, I find I am almost completely intolerant of anything remotely unsafe, and this has also prevented us from setting the spin. Hopefully in a couple of days the winds will moderate and we can actually participate in the race as we should.

Fish On

It was sunny and warm and the wind was steady, so I thought I would prep the fishing gear. And then I couldn’t resist setting the line. Twenty minutes later we hauled in this nice bonita (?) tuna, and were soon enjoying super fresh sashimi. At 26″ we won’t win any derbys, but still!

An unfortunate visitor

This little shorebird was far from home when he alighted on Temerity yesterday afternoon, about 250nm or more from land. We tried to feed him some canned fish, but no go. After a couple of hours of walking the decks, he died. Probably he was sick or exhausted already at that point, having been blown by the same NE wind that we let ourselves be driven so far by.



Wednesday Windshift

After reaching in southerly winds for hours yesterday, we hit the shift to the anticipated northwesterly at 1245 early Wednesday morning. All was well for about 20 minutes, as after a very short period of variable winds we were able to continue on the same heading, but now on starboard tack, rather than port. And after a mile, it died. So we have been creeping along for about 7 hours now.

Wildlife: A pod of white-sided tuxedo dolphins checked in for a quick frolic about the boat yesterday in the sunshine, and indicated that they thoroughly approved of our voyage. I feel better than James Brown.

Race: yesterday’s report had us at 3rd in our Division behind NAOS and Nozomi, and ahead of our friends VALIS and No Strings Attached in Div A. NAOS, sure, but how did Nozomi steal a march on us? Pretty sure all Cal 40 owners have some collective deal going with Satan. Our lattitude was about mid-fleet, so I suppose today’s report should tell us who played it right as to dodging around this new deadzone.

Crew status: We have done a great job so far of maintaining water discipline, consuming less than 1 gal/person/day. The skipper has had a lot of trouble sleeping in his off-watch though. Overall crew morale and well being is good. It’s Wednesday and that means fresh underwear for all! Yea! Jim Quanci in this year’s SHTP has schooled his fellow Hawai’i racers on the importance of good bowel function, and by that measure we should also do well in our race.

Aboard S/V Temerity nearly becalmed at 37d 09m N, 125d 30m W Wednesday 18 July 2012, 0800 hrs

The first 24 hours

In just a few minutes we will have been racing 24 hours. Our distance down the track is not great after too much beating in light air, but at the moment we are beam reaching under sunny skies and an odd southerly wind. We seem to be doing pretty respectably against the two new French boats, who were in sight much of this morning. They seem to be sticking to the northern route around the slow stuff ahead, but I could not resist the temptation of some easy VMG.

Whales heard but not seen. We did see two sea otters about 65 nm outside the GG Bridge, water depth must be in the thousands. Who knew?

slow and wet

We pretty much blew our start, but then did well on the long upwind North to avoid the impending Wind Hole of Death due to arrive from the South. Weathered Pt Reyes, tacked South, and now heading NW again in search of better wind. Flew the #3 until 0230, wind was down to 4 kts, so I changed up to the #1 and the wind promptly increased to 8 kts. Still blowing pretty much out of W or WSW.

Ready, set, …

Ti leaves and tiki gods

This bow cannot lose.

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Monte Carlo router

Here is how the multistage Monte Carlo router works.¬†¬† Multiple paths are propagated using polars and GRIB wind data.¬†¬†¬† In this case there are three cycles of 48 hours each.¬† At the end of each cycle there is a crude pruning based on the simple distance to the finish, and then a fancy alpha shapes pruning is done to eliminate near-equivalent cases and also routes terminating¬† internal to the fur ball.¬† When you have gone as many cycles as you care to, examine the isochronic tracks that end closest to the finish.¬†¬† And then tell yourself,¬† “no way am I going that far North”.

The next step would be to take the wobbly best paths and do some sort of simulated annealing on them to refine the results, but no time, no time!

hypnotic mahi fillet vid

But not good for sushi????



Looks light

The long-range GFS GRIBs look very light for next week’s start.¬†¬† Click the pic for a cool animated GIF of some possibly favored tracks.

Satphone/Postie test 1

Sent 15:57 Monday