Saturday, July 28, 2007
Congratulations to all - including Valerie, sorry the many others I don't know - well done and surely exciting! Let's build on this for the next ;-)) time.
This race was the longest ever for Cirrus - 17.51 days -, a full day longer than the slow Pacific Cup 2000 (16.46 days). However, tp also goes over a longer distance (+147 nm), and on average speed the PCup was still slower albeit by as little as 3/100 of a knot (5.27kn vs 5.24kn). Numerology courtesy of Cirrugator...
Friday, July 27, 2007
Did I mention that the skipper is a sailor, not a school teacher?
Well, by now we have a pretty good idea when our services are being requested, and about 3 minutes later, with less than 2 miles to go, there she was in all her glory. The Transpacific Mortgage Group super spinnaker. The wind was about 15-18 and we were reaching with the rail about a foot under. The helm and trimmers were screaming at each other to be heard over the noise and the rest of the crew were screaming just for the pure pleasure of it. I've never seen anything like it. My job was to coach the driver across the line and get the time. The buoy went by in a blur, about 30 feet away and that was it.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
POSITION 21'21N 156'32W
oh boy it was a sad morning here on Cirrus. at around 0130 i was on the helm Nancy was in the cock pit, we were talking story having a good old time, great weather, not a cloud in the sky, all kinds of stars, and a bright moon, i felt a little something different in the wind and asked Nancy to go down and get our jackets, that we might get a little rain. by the time i got my first arm in the jacket the wind had come up about ten knots, we were flying!!! Donna could sense impending doom, she put her PFD on and sat with us on deck. i have to admit i was giving her a hard time, you know calling her a worry wort, and an old lady. while i was heckling my mom the wind came up a little more, i broke Caroline's record, i got a 9.8, then the bow started to dig, i had a minor round up, my mom eased the sheets, i got steering back, i thought i had control, we were flying like a bat out of hell!!!! ol' faithful was in all of her glory!! then we rounded down, that's when the rest of the crew flew out of their bunks and geared up. it almost seemed like we might get it back, the main jibed over hard, the kite was in the water, it felt like our stern was so high out of the water that my rudder was useless. it got to be too much for ol' faithful, she gave way, the boat righted itself, an eerie silence feel over the boat, followed by a wave of mourning. our beloved spinnaker was no longer with us.
once we wiped a tear from our eye it was time to sort out the mess that was going on on deck. Bill was already on deck manning the sock lines, Christin got to use her knife and cut some part of the kite away. i am not to clear on what happened from here on out, i was focusing on not jibing the main, and i was laughing too hard at the show going on on deck. i guess the rest of the kite had got all wrapped up in the fence, i think the fence got cut at some put to get the halyard down. ok after the remainders of the chute were packed away and put down below, it was time to get the fence down. Caroline was standing on the lower bar of the bow pulpit, she had her life line around the roller furling head sail. both of her hands hauling down on the fence. oh have i mentioned all she was wearing was a black bra and black underwear, and her PFD. Christin was on the sock halyard they were yelling at each other UP, DOWN.... NO. UP, UP, UP,....NOW DOWN. and then a whole bunch of grunting. Bill had the million candle light, he was yelling, TO THE LEFT, TO THE RIGHT CAN YOU SEE???. this went on for awhile. it sounded like some deranged work out program. it was really hard for the rest of us to not bust out laughing. it was so funny. but it all worked out in the end Caroline beat the fence. she won!!! we all cheered for her.
we put out the jib, still doing about 7 knots i went to bed. i woke up at about 0600, we could see Haleakala and another boat. as it became brighter out we realized it was The Minnow. they blew past us. we went through another squall, Caroline was on the wheel, i'm not shitting you she tied my new speed record with just the jib poled out and the main up. she is unstoppable. after the squall passed the crew pressured me in to putting up the wedding dress, so reluctantly we did. once set we sailed with it for about ten minutes, till Bill and i decided the wind and swell was to much for a 3/4 kite, we took it down. put the jib back up. now we are about to sail along side Molokai for the next few hours. i will blog more latter.
The dream we were starting to entertain of finishing around sunset has been dashed. It's white sails for the moment and take another look when it gets light, and maybe quiets down a little. Current ETA is looking like midnight.
Our Thursday, 26 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 21N25,155W45. Course 250M, speed 5.7 knots. We went 148 miles yesterday and have about 120 more to go.
sea date 25 July 2007
Back in December 2006 when this whole venture started, July seemed so far away, and getting everything pulled together for a June 2 delivery was going to be a piece of cake. But as the months passed time started to fly and with each passing month it came faster and faster. Even though it was Bill and I always working on the boat, I did call on others for their help and support. Family and friends were called upon for all sorts of help and strange requests, and sometimes families were asked to do more than usual. Even though there are only six of us on board all of the following had something to do with CIRRUS doing Transpac 2007 this year, and I would like to THANK them and acknowledge.
Bill and Valerie
Agnes and Chris Doutre, Chris made it possible to do the delivery
Dana Fujikake our press person,and someone with so much Aloha!
Tom Richie outfitted us with a new spinnaker
Rick at Makani Kai for casting off our lines... a few times.
Debbie Deshais, Ann Ford, Danielle Larrew and all the women of HWYRA and the members of Pearl Harbor Yacht Club.
Ala Wai Marine
Gary Domasin(my brother) and Jim Hormel for letting us crash at their house and use their washer and dryer non stop
G.B. Domasin (my mom) for the use of her car
Al and Peggy Domasin (my brother) for hosting a party for the crew of CIRRUS
MP thanks for following us
Treasure T's Good job on the silk screening
KYC thank you for putting us on your homepage, as well as a link to our blog
WYC thanks for the coverage in the monthly mail out
Rich Roberts thanks for giving us such nice coverage
NORTH SAILS and Fuzz Foster for the awesome spinnaker and hand delivery
Joel Gober for helping us with the dry ice, and navigating advice off of the point
Paul and Robbin Imire (our hosts in Long Beach) I dont know were to start; organizing a tow for us to get to the dock in the first place, making us feel welcome, and answering all of our stupid questions. Can't wait for you to come to Hawaii and do some diving
Warren Wolf for putting together the welcome book, we wore the pages out.
Linda West for supporting our crew and always supporting womens sailing
SLYC (shoreline yacht club), Debbie and all the members, you really made us feel like family!
English Johnny and Kathrine for keeping a watchful eye on the boat and introducing us to all the cool people.
Ullman Sails and Bryan Dair for repairing our main so quickly
Lou and Kim Ickler for the really tasty muffins, and the radio check-ins
Maya Fujikake for helping to run errands and making the Lei for the boat
Star Bulletin reporter Katherine Nichols for really capturing the crew of Cirrus and putting out an unreal story
Ullie Steiner were do I start? the Cirrugator for one. all of the tech support with the blog. taking the blog international. i know i am forgetting a million things
Crew of Siesta for being really jazzed for us
Think Tech Hawaii, Jay and Sharon Fidel for inviting us to do a radio spot from out in the middle of the ocean
West Marine Hawaii for answering all of our questions and letting us return just a few things
TPYC and volunteers (transpac yacht club ) for hosting this race
Latitude 38' for having Cirrus pride
Hilo Hattie's (Sharon)
NOAA weather staff at U of H
The crew of Cirrus,Bill, Nancy, Caroline, and Christine
Most of all I need to thank my family Lindsey and Phillip Austin for believing in me and Richard Blackburn for loving me and for supporting my sailing.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
POSITION 21'22N, 154'34
MESSAGES AT BOTTOM..
what's going on in the world of cirrus?? well the crew is getting very excited for our arrival, about a whole hour will go by till some one will pipe up about a new time equation or theory predicting our arrival to be a little sooner then the GPS, Caroline is getting pumped to eat all the things she has missed so much while she has been at sea, and i know Christin cant wait to see Joseph. its been about 3 months since bill and Valerie have seen each other, he has been talking alot about taking his lady out to dinner. Mom has only seen Richard in her dreams for the past 2 months. Derrick and i have only seen each other for a little less then a month in the past 4 months. Nancy has been thinking about her son Ben, she is looking forward to hopefully seeing him at the dock party.
once we get in that will be the end of transpac for us. Mom, Bill, and I, as well as Valerie, Nancy and our families, not to mention the Hawaii sailing community at large have been working on this for the whole year. it is going to be very odd to not be constantly working toward transpac. what will we talk about with each other? what will i make lists of? what will i do whit all the extra money that will be in my bank account?? i was discussing this with my friend Mark Towill he was telling me about how his crew was so focused on the start of the race, that they didn't see that it brought them that much closer to the end of their adventure.
this is not the last transpac i will do, but it sure has been the best first one i could have asked for, for myself and my crew.
so we have been getting ready to finish, Bill and i have been reading up on the rules for the finish, Bill, Donna, and Christin got the wedding dress all ready for her debut. i have been filling out some of the minor paper work and have been slowly assigning tasks for the crew to accomplish before arrival. tomorrow will be a busy day, lots of cleaning, lots of phone calls to our shore crew. and probably lots of jumping up and down with excitement.
as for the sailing aspect on board, nothing has broken in the last 24 hours, we jibed twice, the wind has picked up just a little, and hopefully, according to our weather charts will continue to build as we approach the finish. oh we saw a PCC, you know a car ship, it didn't try to run us down or anything, that was a big relief. i think that is all i have for now.
CAPT. LG out
DAD: hi dad, i think you arrived back in Honolulu today. welcome home. i have put your name on a list of people that will be alerted to our arrival. Derrick will call you. You also have a date with the crew of Cirrus this Friday night around 1700, you're coming to the awards banquet with us. i'll tell you more about that later. if you have questions call Richard. if Katie is still in town make sure she comes to the dock party too. see you soon.
Aunty Dana and Uncle Tom: it was nice talking to you this morning aunty Dana, you and Tom also have a date with the crew of Cirrus Friday night. don't worry about being kept in the loop about our arrival, your phone will most likely ring so much you'll want to throw it in the water. see you soon.
Derrick: hi babe, im almost home!!! i am going to send you an e mail to your account outlining some instructions for the phone calls you will be making tomorrow. thank you for all of your help sweetie, the whole crew is really jazzed on it. i cant wait to see you, olives lg
We had another totally beautiful day yesterday. We were wishing we could share such perfect moments with loved ones and friends but there is no way. To get there you have to pay your dues.
Our Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 21N44, 153W07. Course 260M, speed 7 knots. We went about 151 miles yesterday and we have approximately 260 to go.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
i am sitting here trying to think of what to put in the blog but i don't really think anything happened yesterday, it was really hot!!!! alot of us just lounged around on the deck. Nancy and Christin saw a moon bow on their watch, that makes for 2 nights in a row, they also got to see the moon set. according to them it looked like a ship on fire. oh and Caroline and i had dolphins come by on our night watch.
this morning Donna and Caroline had a few pilot whales. at some point we were sailing on a reach, so we put out the reaching strut. after breakfast, Caroline put out the fishing lines. she put out her super special lure, the Jamaican hula twister, and a lure my big brother made me, that one does not have a name, but he said it was guaranteed to catch. after our lunch of chili and rice, which we later found out has been recalled, don't worry were watching for sighs of botulism in each other. Caroline's line got a hit, it was a perfect size Mahi mahi, after she got it all cleaned and Christin had put the the hose away we got a hit on Phill's line another Mahi mahi, we were going to throw that one back but once we got it on board we saw that it had lost its eyes in the struggle. Christin helped Caroline clean that one, while Nancy and i tried to keep the boat moving in light winds.
Nancy cooked the first fish in the oven with butter, onion, and garlic salt, it was really yummy!!! i think that is about it.
CAPT. LG out
Doug: what happened?? i thought we were having fun. i am always willing to learn new things. i hope there are no hard feelings and we still see you at the party.
Kimmie and Stryder: i hear you guys can't make it for the finish, oh well. i am glad to hear you are working, i hope it is not anything lame. i love you guys and will call you when we get in. i hope Stryder got his package i sent. lots of love
D man: nice to get to talk at you this morning. you're the best shore crew ever. i am going to send Richard and Valerie a e-mail about the shirts right now. give Oopu a hug. see you really soon.
Maya: i think you sent us a very funny blog yesterday, the crew and i were in stitches!! Bill really liked the C.P., Cirrus pride part. my mom and i have been wondering where you were. see you soon. LG
Aunty Dana: if we make it in on time my mom and i were thinking that you, uncle Tom, and Aunty Candace might want to go to the banquet with the crew. i need to have a head count cause i need to buy the tickets by Thursday morning over the phone. love you
Tuesday, 24 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 21N49, 150W24. Course 240M and speed 6 knots. Grasping for milestones, let me note that we have passed 150 longitude and are about to drop under 400 miles to go.
We have had a rash of bits of advice lately. We're hoping some of these knowledgeable individuals will feel sufficiently keenly about some of these issues to buy us a beer at the YC and pass their experiences on to us in person. Of course, some of the advice amounts to, "You should do it the way we do it, instead of the way you do it."
On Cirrus, usually, no one climbs the mast, and we don't intentionally hoist or lower sails that are whipping about in the wind.
Just for fun (And because I have a couple free minutes.) let me ramble on a bit. We do a lot of things on Cirrus that most serious racers can't imagine. Mostly having to do with safety and being able to use the skills of crew new to the boat or without extensive open ocean racing experience. For example, we use two spinnaker poles, each with it's own dedicated topping lift, fore and after guy. That's six lines so far. Then there are fore and after guys at each clew of the spinnaker, and a halyard, of course. We're up to eleven. There is a spinnaker fence, to prevent wraps, that has an associated halyard. Twelve. And then the line for hoisting and lowering the sock. Thirteen. Then, of course, there are running backs, twings, and (Don't get me started.) all the lines associated with sheeting from the end of the boom in very light conditions. You get the picture.
Wish us wind. See you soon. Bill
Monday, July 23, 2007
POSITION 22'20N 148'56
after dinner the wind picked up, we were moving along at about 8.7 knots up to 9.5, very nice. at around 0130 i was on watch with Nancy, she was in the cock pit while i was on the helm. then bam, and the chute fell in the water. it seemed the halyard had busted. i called down below to get the crew on deck. i turned to see Nancy on the rail pulling the spinnaker on deck, I put Bill on the wheel. Donna was the furthest one forward, Caroline, Nancy, Christin, then me. we almost had the whole sail on deck, when, due to the swell, it got sucked back in to the water. we got ahold of it again, started pulling it on board, at this point the sail was torn, and the tapes were wrapped around the winches, and life lines, all over the place like a spider web, the whole kite was on board the only thing holding us back was.... you guessed it, the sox ( or for those of you hyper-sensitive to spelling errors S-O-C-K) it was about 3 feet under water and was acting like a very large sea drogue, Caroline and I really tried hard to get it on deck, if we didn't do something quick it would suck the rest of the sail back in to the water. so i cut it free. some of you might be thinking that i only did that in order to get rid of my pent up frustration towards sox, but i'll never tell.
we did not stop moving, we all worked together to get the 1.5 up, all said and done the whole ordeal only lasted half an hour. as we were all cooling down in the cock pit, some of the crew expressed gratitude for having gone to sleep prepared for an incident on deck. i noticed the difference myself, 3 people on the rail had knifes, i think everyone had there gloves, and those who are into shoes had them on. i was really proud of my crew.
after that the boat sailed smoothly. we had squalls all night, i guess at one point Christin got the boat up to 9.7 knots. the sun is blazing out on deck and it is unbearably hot down below. so i have to finish up. see everyone soon.
CAPT. LG out
QUICK LETTER TO COMMENT LEFT BY DOUG:
S-O-X, S-O-C-K, we all get the picture. I hear what your saying about SOCKING the kite before jibing. Now take a moment to really think about it... its the same exact thing, all the lines are run the same exact way as before, the only difference is you have brought the SOCK down. If for some reason i am missing something here you are welcome to join us at our dock party upon arrival, my crew and i would be happy to have you give us a demonstration.
Old Faithful is back up. Stbd' pole and stbd' halyard. 530 miles to go. Pacing ourselves well. More than 2/3 of the way and still have a working chute. Then there's the "wedding dress".
Our (on the last Monday of the race) 23 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 22N15, 148W10. Course: all over the place in zero wind squally conditions. Speed: likewise.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
SEA DATE 22 JULY 2007
ok so i went on to watch 2100 mellow seas mellow winds. around 2200 we spotted a boat on the horizon, all the lights were too bright to make out any nav. lights, so we watched it, from the moment we saw it Bill tried to hail it on the radio, they never came up. as they got closer we were able to see they were going to cross from left to right, fine. then they turned toward us, this made me very uncomfortable. i sent someone down to retrieve the million candle light, or what ever it is, we shined the light right on the sail. the boat turned away from us, at this point the boat was closer then 1/4 of a mile. at this point Caroline spots another light on the horizon, so we figured they might be under tow, but that for some reason did not work in my head. so we continue to sail along trying to stay as high on our course as possible. once again the ship turns toward us, made way, then got on to a parallel course to us, but he was way way too close, due to the chute we could not change course to drastically
so i got the crew on deck, i was at the wheel Christin and bill went up to the foredeck to take down the spin, Donna, Caroline and Nancy, were on the spin gear. Nancy was doing a good job of giving me a play by play of what was going on with the ship. since we had jibed the pole earlier in the day, we were now on the wrong jibe to bring the sox down. Bill and i had gone up on to the deck before sunset to figure out a way to work around that fact in case of an emergency, its a good thing we did. we figured that if we put the pole forward then walked the sox sheets to the bow, passed them between the toping lift and the spin, in front of the forestay it would be all good. that's what they did. it would have worked out well except for the fact that i had to steer on a reach in order to stay away from the ship. once the sheets were blown the boat rounded down, the bottom of the kite was in the water, for some reason the sox was not coming down, i sent Caroline up to help, at some point the sheet got caught on the boom, there was no way to get it lose, that alone was really bad! i had Donna cut the line, what ever was the hold up on deck got cleared up, and the sox came down.
the crew would really like me to emphasize just how much the rig was under strain, having the chute out like that with no control of it made the rig really shake and shutter, the line that got caught around the boom was really detrimental, creating a hell of a lot of force in the wrong direction, given enough time it would have broken the boom then got caught around the stanchions and at some point probable taken the hole rig down. but that did not happen,
during this ordeal we were still keeping an eye on the ship. at some point he turned away from us, then promptly put his engines in reverse and back his ship towards us, then went forward, turned and headed toward us again. one of the crew members saw a small boat get to the large ship, we think that was what the light on horizon was. what ever.
all said and done, we got back on the other tack passed behind the ship, i had Christin then Caroline try to get the ship's name off the stern, no luck it was all in Chinese or something, when we passed by we got a good look at the other side of the ship, we think they were hauling net up. what ever they were doing, they were not supposed to be doing it. and they really went out of there way to scare us off. i could have done with out all of that.
we put the chute back up. the wind had gone down a lot, the 1.5 was too heavy now. i had Caroline and Christin bring up the light air chute, we put that one and it worked much better. i sent them to bed. i was still on watch now with Nancy, i asked Donna and Bill to stay on deck. we made some adjustments on the main and we are now sailing along at about 5.2 knots in very light wind.
i would like to make a note here, i spoke to the crew after this whole ordeal about being ready at any given moment to be called on deck in case of an emergency, for example if you wear gloves have them near by, that kind of crap. i asked the crew if they had knives it is always a good idea to have them on at all times. i got some attitude, from very little of the crew, one asked, oh are we to wear our gear to bed? well i have about 4 times so far on this race alone. and i have seen others do so as well. due to all of that it is just a little uncomfortable on board. but it should pass soon.
i got some rest, around 0600 i was woken up by Donna, there was a pretty ugly squall baring down on us. we thought to bring in the kite, but gave it a few minutes. it passed low of us still giving us stronger winds for a short bit. we messed with the main a little then i went back to bed.
i woke up this morning to clear skies, flat seas, and light wind. Bill got on the wheel Nancy was in the cock pit with me helping to center the main, i was taking in on the the main sheet while she tended the boom brake. once the main was centered i asked her to haul in on the boom brake really good, i had no idea just how buff Nancy really is. she hauled on that sucker so hard she busted the shackle holding it to the boom!! the boom brake hit the deck with a bang. that gave Bill a project for the morning. he had to find a shackle that was long but with a narrow shaft, no luck there. plan b, swap out a few shackles that were being used around the boat, to find two that could do the job of one, with a few other slight modifications done to the boom brake it self. Christin helped in that effort, in about an hour we were back in business. all said and done they raised the rest of the main, stuck it back out there, its all good.
for lunch we had mango pancakes, yummy. that's all i can think of for now. oh wait my big brother Phillip is heading out to sea tomorrow. i think some where in the Bearing Sea, going to the North Slope. so i love you Phill, have fun, be safe, watch out for the yellow snow. see you when i get back from work.
Capt. LG out
Our Sunday, 22 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 22N08, 145W18. Course 250M, Speed 7 knots. We have gone 146 miles since yesterday and have about 690 to go. The (ever optimistic) GPS has us at Makapu'u Thursday afternoon. And finishing (in light air) at Diamond Head around midnight. Just kidding........
Whatever you do don't let this guy near your home repair projects. This simple task (for example) seems to have gotten completely out of hand.
The little deck insert in the main cabin, that gives access to one of the manual bilge pumps, gave way the other day when someone stepped on it. The bronze screws holding the little strips of wood that were underneath the insert, to hold it in place, had pulled out. Ideally, a repair could be effected by reattaching the strips with slightly fatter screws.
Unfortunately, the only screws available were slightly longer instead of being slight fatter. So .........You guessed it. The screws came through and the sharp points were getting stepped on with bare feet. (Hawaii crew remember.) Solution? Simple, just cover each point with a couple pieces of gutter tape. (Metallic tape with an adhesive backing.)
An added plus is that the bright tape reminds you not to step on it in the first place.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
POSTION: 22'31N 144'16W
it has been a very nice day. after i finished my blog, we put the head sail out on the pole, that was very nice. we kept the set up like that all night. a few squalls passed over but nothing special. at around 1200 this afternoon it was time to put the kite back up, then we jibed. once i got off of watch i was able to take a nap, it lasted 6 hours!!! oh i feel good. it should be a nice night, there are some squalls, but i hope nothing out of control. i think that is it for now, a few of us are going to play some trivial pursuit.
CAPT. LG out.
Bill had the perfect response, "We are 100 miles in front of the next boat in our fleet, 200 miles in front of the one after that and 400 miles in front of the one three behind us. As far as I know there is no trophy for beating California Girl."
They were making 7.5 kn. when we spoke and were about to change sails and gybe (again!) so we didn't talk long. The crew takes such good care of me - told him he had to call or I would worry. Thanks, ladies!
Latest prediction on this end has Cirrus arriving at oh dark thirty on Friday morning. If accurate they may be tired but they will make it to the awards banquet. Sure hope so!
For latest ETA click router picture in the sidebar. Ulli
However, after yesterday .............
Our Saturday, 21 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 23N01, 142W51. Course 255M (down the pipe), speed 6. We've come 141 miles since yesterday. Not bad considering the wrap and too many jibes and sail changes to count. I'm sure Lindsey must have skipped a couple in her blog. (The mind will only take so much.) Kidding again.....
We still have about 840 miles to go and only the roughest guess as to how long it will take. Time is running out.
Friday, July 20, 2007
SAE DATE: 20 JULY 07
TO GO: 897!!!!
holy crap. what a day there is so much to tell everyone, keep up, im going to do this fast and dirty.
after blog yesterday the seas got super disorganized!!! it was so hard to steer, but we were making good time so we did not want to take the spin down, we made the necessary adjustments to keep moving forward, and we pressed on. we celebrated our half way party last night at dinner. we were all really tired and a little on edge over the seas, but we had fun anyways. Nancy and Donna made lime crusted chili chicken with a mango glaze, atop black bean and tortilla rice. it was unreal!!! after we got some food in our belly's we popped the bubbly and made a few toasts. the funniest part of the evening was when Caroline threw the the champagne bottle over her shoulder and managed to hit the boom, we think it was good luck like another blessing. after the festivities everyone piled it to their bunks to think about sleeping but not really get any. the night watch was uneventful thank God.
ok here we go.
note: spinnakers are heavy. when i say sox i mean sock. sox are made to help you not make life harder.
at 0600 this morning, it was time to put another jibe in, i was on the foredeck, bill on the pole spin gear, Donna on the helm, Nancy, Christin, and Caroline on the sheets and stuff. that was the best quickest jibe so far.
0930 Bill and i are on watch together, the wind has switched and pushed us to an unfavorable course, so we did another jibe. i called down below, " anyone awake?" Nancy piped up, she came on deck. i got on the fore deck, Nancy on the wheel, Bill on all the lines, i think we jibed with no problems. by the time we cleaned up the cockpit the wind had died down, so it was time to change out to a lighter spin. so i went down below to get the 3/4, i hauled it on deck, at this point Caroline was in the cockpit to help. everyone else in the same positions. we did the swap like pros. i took the big boy down below and stowed it.
1300 due to very light wind we managed to wrap the spin around the head stay, lucky us!! Nancy on the wheel, Bill and i got up on to the foredeck, Christin on the sheets at first. ok i know there are going to be people sitting in front of their computers reading this thinking, " oh they should do this" or " you never do it like that", well you people can take a look around, we're actually out here doing it. Bill and i tied short lines to the clews of the sail, while Bill held one i would take the other and unwrap it, as you could image, the more of the sail we got untangled the more it would fill up with wind, so toward the last few wraps the sail was really loaded, Bill and i were looking at each other thinking we might not be able to handle much more. at some point Nancy came up to the foredeck to help, she got on to the halyard and started lowering it. we thought we were home free, think again. i don't know what happened but we had 10 more minutes of wrestling left till we finally got it to the deck. keep in mind we raised this thing in a sox, but did not take back down in the sox. by some miracle Nancy was the only one to get hurt, she cut the tip of her big toe. pretty minor, the whole ordeal took about 45 min. and at that time everyone was on deck.
i took that spin down below, to repack later. i grabbed the 1.5 took it up. meanwhile the crew had worked together to get the deck and cockpit ready to host more sail and keep moving. before we put another spin up we decided to put a fence up, that prevents the spin from wrapping around the head stay. we did that with only little headache. we hoisted the 1.5 up, and im sure there was some mess up but i don't remember what. i would bet money that it was the sox.
at that point i think Bill and i felt pretty beat up, but everyone else seemed good. Caroline, Bill and i went down below to repack the 3/4 spin back in the sox. you might be thinking, oh i put socks on all the time, its easy!!!, well this is the same concept, but far more difficult. not difficult as in, lets think really hard about it, its just physically straining, not to mention its about 98' down below. i don't know if you can tell yet but i am a little bitter toward the sox. so i haul it back on deck we raise it on a spare halyard. this is just to get the internal hauling lines of the sox organized. we got it up, then took it back down, while shoving it in to the bag. one more time i drag that spin back down below and stow it away again.
we decided after all that hard work that we really needed to cut lose, Caroline went up forward and got the hose out, since Bill was down below resting in his bunk the girls and i took showers, we helped each other scrub one another's body's down, all of that bare glistening skin and soap suds, it was so hard to keep the boat on course. did i get your attention??? that's not really how it went down, we had to get the hose out to scrub the blood off the deck, after that we were all so wet the only logical thing was to take a shower. that's how it really went down.
once i got some fresh clothes on, i laid down and actually took a nap, i woke up to a hell of a roll-a-coaster ride. at some point while i was sleeping the Caroline and Donna took the main down, the boat speed increased by 2.5 knots. so when i woke up my Mom was at the helm on watch with Christin, MOm was steering through a squall, and doing a very good job. since there was no main the boat was all over the place. it was pretty rough to cook, so we snacked for dinner. the next squall hit and it was just to much, the boat rounded up like it was stuck in a whirl pool, the g forces were so powerful down below the crew and i were pinned to the hull, not really, but it was not easy to get our bearings, we got in our usual positions, Mom on the helm, Caroline and Christin in the cock pit, i went on deck and had Nancy come up to help me. we got the sox lines all ready then we began the take down, with a little muscle it came down like a charm, what are the odds??
since it looked like it was going to be a very squallie night, we put the main back and put a head sail out, once the weather starts working with us we will put a kite back up, but for now we are making good way on a good course.
i know i am missing a few things but i am late for watch
CAPT. LG out
We all observe what happens when you have a well-maintained and prepared boat, even a slow one like Cirrus, and add to her a dedicated owner and experienced crew, all well prepared also, and combine this with a little bit of strategic advantage offered by a computer program, Cirrugator, which I specifically designed for Cirrus. It is delivering information which other boats very obviously weren't privy to. And it runs even on non-redundant, non-toughened equipment, something where we apparently have the heads-up over Pegasus also ;-). (Forgive me to rub it in, but that little success felt so good!)
And in closing, to all you folks behind the Transpac scenes, with a lot of work and a little of recognition - kudos from Cirrus' onshore and offshore crews for making a challenging and enjoying event possible!
Our position, today, Friday, 20 July 2007, 0600 PDT was 23N10, 140W18. We covered 164 miles yesterday and we have about 970 miles to go.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
going to make this quick:
crossed half way point around 013 in the AM.
blew the spin sheet at 0600, had some difficulties getting it down.
got it down below, then raised 3/4oz.
went back down below to repack the 1.5, not easy task do to sox.
had lunch of chilly, rice, and chips.
going to have nice half way dinner tonight.
back on starboard pole.
goinG to take nap now
CAPT. LG out
The sock got hung up somehow on the forestay and they ended up pulling it down on deck without the sock or a bag to put it in. Once the sail was inside the boat it was straight forward to jibe the main and hoist a 3/4 oz. on the other side. Now we are once again "on rails" and aimed directly at the finish line.
Re-packing the 1.5 oz. (sock, cramped space, etc.) is non-trivial.
So, this is probably old stuff by now, but ... Our Thursday, 19 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 22N47, 137W22. Course 220M, speed 6 knots. We are 1st in Division Aloha B, and 48th in the fleet. It is sunny, warm and drizzley. Deadly humidity.
Half way point this morning at 0200 PDT, 1150 miles each way. Party this evening.
But although the plain sailing skills are now coming to the forefront, some interesting options still remain to be decided about the route: Note the zig-zag course proposed by the router, due to the fact that the wind is blowing straight to the islands, and a dead-down-wind (DDW) run is not only difficult to steer, but also slower than less DDW courses. However, see the proposed jibe for today at 23N/135W, and again in 2 days at about 21N/141W - when you are pointing straight to the finish line, it becomes so hard to decide for a jibe going away from it! But it could pay off handsomely, as Pyewacket had demonstrated in tp03 and tp05. Will be interesting to see what they do on the boat.
P.S. They cannot see the posts on the boat, only the comments. Otherwise such discussion could be interpreted as outside influence, and a penalty is the last thing I want them to get.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
"Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 101 [...], rated as the sixth fastest boat in the fleet, [...] made only 146 miles---one less than Bill Myers' Cirrus, a 34-year-old Standfast 40 leading the Aloha B division with Lindsey Austin, 22, as skipper and four other women as crew.
The south was still good for Cirrus and a few others. "
Yep, I guess Stan Honey wishes to have Cirrugator on his boat ;-))
NOTE: DONT FORGET TO LISTEN IN ON OUR INTERVIEW, 1700 TO 1800 ON HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO, THE NAME OF THE SHOW IS THINK TECH.
REVISION: I THINK I WROTE IN YESTERDAYS, NEAR THE BOTTOM, BLOG THAT WE WERE TACKING, WERE NOT WERE JIBING. I MEANT TO CLEAN IT UP A LITTLE BEFORE I SENT IT OUT.
ok enough of all that. well it was a busy day yesterday, after i finished with my blog, Bill and i looked at the weather, i dont have much to say about it, its not too interesting. some of the crew were getting kind of edgy due to the light winds, low boat speed, and the fact that its getting much warmer. a little before dinner Caroline, Christin, and i busted out the cards, we played the special sponge bob edition of uno. that lightened the mood a little. after our game was done Nancy served up some dinner. short ribs, mashed potatoes, and caned peas. yummy!! while we ate our meal, Christin noticed that one of the patches on our spinnaker was failing, resulting in a small tear. good thing she saw it when she did, we could have lost another spinnaker. we hauled that baby down, with only minor confusion, i guess in the processes of bringing it down we managed to take the guide with it, and got it caught under the boat, no big deal. Christin and Caroline worked together to get it out of the water, Christin then reran the lines. Bill and i had the chute bagged and down below, since the wind was light and getting lighter i hauled the 3/4 spinnaker out, we put that bad boy up no problem. once we got the deck all organized, my Mom, Nancy and i sat down below and repaired the kite. fixing a spinnaker is much more simple then repairing a canvas sail. all you have to do is put a special sticker on it. i personalized my patch by sighing my initials on it, this is not common practice when repairing sails, but why not. all said and done we shoved it back in to the bag, and went back on deck to relax.
about the same time as the sun went down the squalls appeared on the horizon, it was the first sight of squalls in this race. there was nothing else to do but take the 3/4 spinnaker down and put the heavier 1.5 back up, ok Caroline, Bill, Christin Donna and I, swapped those bad boys with no incident. everyone went down below for there rest, Caroline and I were on watch so we prepared for rain, wind and wind shifts. the only way to prepare for that is to get the right clothes on and steer shorter increments, as to stay fresh and wear.
squalls are funny, the normal squall, and this is a vague description, lots of wind in front, rain and wind in under it, then no wind, and when the next one is behind you shifting wind, that is the best way to describe it. and that is just what we had, the only problem was due to the really light shifty wind most of the time, the main was really flopping around, back winding, and collapsing the spinnaker, not to mention making all kinds of noise and really shaking the rig. enough of that, Caroline got on the wheel, and i set out on the mission trim the main. so first we tried to center it. travel it to the center, take the boom brake off, then haul in on the main sheet, at that point i had really started sweating. in this configuration, although quiet, it was really making it hard to steer. ok fine, i put it back out, this time a little further... it seemed to be ok, then it wasn't, i traveled the main up, traveled it down, messed with a few other things, till finally i climbed the mast with my knife in my teeth, i slashed at it indiscriminately, till shreds of canvas feel to the deck.... arrr. not really, we woke Donna to see if she had any suggestions, " lets just take the damn thing down", i would really like to take credit for this idea but cant. so just she and i took the main down. we trimmed the spinnaker and it was like the clouds parted and the angels sang down on us!!! we gained some speed and were able to consistently steer a rumline course, that's like tax free money in the bank baby!!! our VMG was the same as our boat speed. very nice.
we stuck with this for the whole evening. driving a boat with just a spinnaker up is different, the spinnaker wants to ossicilate, making it seem like you should steer more. not the case, it takes full concentration to steer as little as possible. i thought this might be hard for watch relief. Nancy took over for Caroline, i had her watch me steer, once she got on the wheel, she handled it like a champ. Nancy and i had a good watch together, we laugh really hard, and talk story. Christin took over for me. i talked to her about the steering, once she took the helm she was golden. they were very comfortable on watch, that was good news to me i got to go to sleep.
that brings me up to date. we got our position report this morning, still first in class, and we have moved up in fleet, we went from 53 to 52 now to 47th. not bad for the second slowest boat in the fleet.
to wrap this all up, Transpacific Mortgage sponsored the team of Cirrus a brand new, made just for the boat, just for the race spinnaker. i just got a message from Uncle Tom wondering if we had flown it yet. until then we had thought of this spinnaker much like a wedding dress, keeping it in a safe place ( next to the glass ball ), saving it for the big day, the finish. but every wedding has a rehearsal, so the next time the wind is right, were unlocking the safe, hauling it out and putting that sucker up. watch for the pictures. big MAHALO uncle Tom.
Cap. lg out
Our PR maven, Dana Ritchie Fujikake, has been doing one fantastic job getting the word out about our favorite TransPac boat and crew. Thank you, Dana
WEDNESDAY - JULY 18 - 5:00 PM HST (1700)
BILL (AND PROBABLY ANYONE ELSE ON THE CREW WHO IS AWAKE AND AVAILABLE) IS GOING TO BE LIVE ON "THINK TECH HAWAII" BEING BROADCAST TODAY, WEDNESDAY, JULY 18.
BE SURE AND LISTEN - SHOULD BE FUN.
BILL IS GOING TO BE CALLING IN TO THE STATION AT ABOUT 5:15 BUT YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING FROM THE BEGINNING CUZ YOU SURELY WON'T WANT TO MISS IT!
PS That beard is getting very long - and scruffy! Don't you love it? Donna seems to be a little startled by it!
"Hey! Hey, You there! Yes, you! Go away, make room. Get to the sides, (beep beep beep), move away, don't you hear. Thank you"
I had to beep out some really inappropriate part, but at least he says thank you.
Today, Wednesday, 18 July 2007, our 0600 PDT position was, 23N37, 134W44. Course 250M and speed 7. It is overcast and damp. Wind is pretty light, but we keep moving. (Cirrus secret weapon.)
A 147 mile day yesterday and still 1280 to go to Makapu'u.
Lots of spinnaker action yesterday, but I'll leave the details to the Skipper's Blog.
If you check the chart it is almost impossible to find Cirrus in the mob of high performance bigger boats crowding around since we've been doing so well. We have seen quite a few zipping by off on the horizon. (Lindsey claims we held back to be polite.) Amazing how many friends you have when you're #1.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
SPECIAL REPORT: BILL, I AND THE CREW OF CIRRUS ARE DOING A LIVE INTERVIEW AT 1700 TO 1730, HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO (89.3 FM), THE NAME OF THE SHOW IS THINK TECH HAWAII, IF YOU MISS IT YOU'LL FEEL REALLY LEFT OUT!
Ok so well im not it too great of a mood, i dont know why, but ill try to make this an interesting blog anyways. after finding out we were in first place yesterday, and still are, nothing really happened. we had a good lunch of shredded beef burrito, that was tasty. Nancy and Christin had a good afternoon watch, they were able to keep the boat moving and steady, so i got a well needed great nap. once i woke up it was time for dinner, chicken pot pie and fresh celery sticks. Bill told us a few story's about how around the same time he meet Valerie, he owned a BMW motorcycle, he and a friend used to ride and get chicken pot pies together.
after dinner i settled down with a book. around sunset we got a call on our VHF, " transpac sail boat, transpac sail boat", they were calling us. i thought that was pretty cool!!!! nobody ever calls us. any ways it turned out to be Ruahatu, they are in division 4. they sailed across our stern on a different tack. i got a really big kick out of seeing her, its rare to see another sail boat out in the middle of the ocean, and then to see one with a spinnaker up, well i thought it was neat.
i got on watch at 2100 the seas were building as well as the wind, Caroline and I had our usual competition of who could get the boat going fastest, i was just about to beat her 9.5 record when it was her turn to steer. a little before 2230 i was heading down below when Caroline belted out "9.7". oh man she had raised the bar again. its at that time i started to wonder, maybe Caroline is on steering enhancement supplements?
i got my dad on the radio no problem, loud and clear, he is very excited about the progress of our boat. he is also getting closer to Seattle and the weather is getting cold, i guess his ship is about 900 miles off shore and he spotted 2 seals. once i got off the radio with pops i got back on to the helm, the wind had died out a bit, so no luck in beating Caroline. when Nancy and Christin came on watch the wind and the seas were not so much, and the course had drooped down to west.
i woke up this morning and guess what i saw?? we were making some time on Rancho Deluxe and another boat, i couldn't see the name of the other boat, we were going far too fast. after realizing those boats are division 5 boats, we thought we would save them the embarrassment of getting a beating from an Aloha class boat and let them pass us up. we had a nice feeling of charity as we watched them sail over the horizon.
due to wind and course reasons, we put another tack in and will be tacking back and forth for the next few days till the wind is coming from a more favorable direction. its not a big deal. other then that the wind has dropped a little but should be up again tonight or early morning. oh and for those who are curious, we are aware of the weather system directly south of us, and no it will not affect us. i am in a better mood now thank you
i will post my blog earlier tomorrow sorry for the delay.
CAPTAIN lg out
Dman: thank you for the news, how did you get Jimmy Buffet to come to Hawaii to play just for my birthday??? i would love to go but i think i might be at work, we'll think about it. Mom wants to know if you could feel the earthquake?? we miss you, all the good snacks are gone so i think it is time to really make an effort to get home. olive you lg
Katie: we got your message, my Mom is really happy you were there and able to intercept it. i hope you are still on Oahu when we get in you have to come to the dock party, i will make sure Derrick calls you. see ya.
Today, Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 0600 PDT position is 24N13, 132W08. Course is 260M, speed 7 knots. According to my calculations we went 182 miles yesterday (a new record) and it is 1419 miles to Makapu'u. Even though we are doing great, the halfway point is still more than a day away. Now THAT should be a party.
Monday, July 16, 2007
POSITION: 24'11N, 129'21W,
DISTANCE TO WAY POINT ( MAKAPU'U LIGHT HOUSE ) 1575NM
ok, so yesterday was a lot less eventful then the day before. the biggest feat was getting my blog out, i hope everyone enjoyed it. i cant remember if i mentioned that we did what we hope will be our last jibe to home, well we did, and it feels pretty good. after i got finished with my blog yesterday, i tried to get some rest, not to much luck there. Mom and Caroline had a rowdy game of trivial pursuit going on, i guess the 80's are a total loss to them. we had a really good dinner, pot roast, mashed potatoes, with lots of butter, and canned peas. that's some good nap time food.
after dinner the weather started to increase, Donna had a round down, but recovered from it quickly, and without dipping the pole, lucky since the seas were about 6 to 8 feet on our stern and the occasional random swell on our quarter. that's the one that really throws you off. i came on watch with Caroline, the wind was a little stronger and the seas yet a little bigger, we had a quick pow wow about taking the spinnaker down, but quickly dismissed that idea. Caroline and i were like rodeo stars out there!!!! i am pretty sure out of the 171 miles the boat did in 24 hours, at least 101 miles were done on our 4 hours together. Nancy came on after Caroline the weather had calmed down a bit but we were still making good time. i tried to fix some chafing we had going on on deck. once Christin came on to relieve me the weather had become nonexistent, they worked together to trim the sails and eventually got the boat back up to 7 knots. once again the mystery noise was being heard. Bill got on top of that real quick, so i was able to get into my bunk, thank goodness!!
i woke up this morning able to hear the radio roll call. Bill was listening with the head phones, he had no idea we could hear it as well. i was trying to not listen at first, and just go back to sleep, but once they got to our class i was half listening, "Cirrus 24'18 128'48, 1615 to go, first in class". holly crap i flew out of my bunk so fast, you would of thought i was on fire, i looked at Nancy, she heard it too. we could not start yelling yet because Bill was still on the radio, but we danced around silently till he was finished, then we high fived each other, and did the number one dance. i guess that tack further south, the one that was a hard decision to make, really paid off!!!! Good job navigator Bill!!!!
CAPTAIN LINDSEY GIRL
DAD, i guess we missed each other last night on the radio, i see that you are getting closer to your destitution, i wonder if that means you will be able to make it back to Hawaii for our finish? do you want to try again tonight? 12356 at 2230 PDT.
Dman, hi are you seeing this?? wow!! cant wait to see you. olives lg
Kimmie and Stryder, how is life going over there? did Stryder get his package? love you miss you. la
I consider anything over 165 miles/day as hot. (For Cirrus at least.)
Our Monday, 16 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 24N18, 128W48. Course 240M, speed 8. True wind from 060 at 14 knots. Light overcast and a little bit bumpy, 1-2 feet high from NNE. I makes Donna happy. She says that an ocean without waves seems unnatural.
Fixed a couple noises recently. There was a thumping sound that seemed to somehow be connected to the steering but hard to really locate. The more anxious among us were asking questions like: "Do we have an emergency procedure plan for when the rudder falls off, etc." It turned out to be a previously unnoticed (As an aside let me make the observation that a lot of bumps, thumps, scratches and dings go unnoticed until the next louder one gets fixed.) almost microscopic amount of play in the fit of the rudder post into the uppermost bearing directly under the driver's seat. So, not only was there a noise but also a bump in the butt. For now the fix is a paper thin shim of high tech Teflon from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory where I used to work. It was a little piece of scrap from a project to develop ultra thin flexible printed circuit boards. Knew it would come in handy sooner or later.
This morning's noise was a little more bothersome. After a hard roundup the other day we started hearing a popping grinding sound. A little like tearing metal. Turned out to be the radar mounting pole. This pole gets torqued back and forth as the radar swings from side to side. It has held up pretty good for standard marine hardware. (I.e. meant for day sailing on small ponds.) For now it is probably a good idea to stop the toque. This has been accomplished with a RRB. (For the non-sailors among you that's a Radar Running Back - see photograph above.)
Oh yea! Just in passing. Cirrus was first in class as of this morning's roll call. The hitch south and pushing hard for two days is starting to pay off. We were 55th in the fleet. At approximately 70 boats overall, that puts 15 of them behind us. Guess I get to be navigator for at least another day.
Joel will be pleased to hear that we are finally seeing "Cirrus' Whiskers".
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Cirrugator evidently believes the ETA will be 10 days...more likely, unfortunately.
POSITION: 24'41N, 126'49W
ok, sorry to be so late on today's blog, its been busy. i am going to try and tell you of the events of yesterday as simple and as quick as possible, then i can go to sleep. here we go. it started like any other day, a line had formed at the computer to check the mail and to send out the blog, some of us were in the cockpit enjoying our coffee and cereal. Caroline and Christin had got the energy up to take a shower on deck, while Nancy and i were having a competition to see who could get the boat going the fastest, i was holding strong at 8.3 knots. once Nancy took the wheel the wind and seas had picked up a little, i had just unclipped my safety harness and was in the process of saying "im going down to get a heavier spinnaker" when Nancy called out "8.7 knots" and then wham!!!!! the spinnaker blew out, it ran from the tape to the top and then hung in the air like a ghost. by this time i was on the fore deck pretty well tangled up in my safety gear, my mom was right behind me, just as the sail was starting to fall into the water we were in a position to drag it on deck, meanwhile Nancy was still on the helm, Christin was getting me sail ties and assisting in pulling the sail out of the water, Bill was on the halyard trying to get down what ever was left of the sail, and Caroline was working the sheets. we got it all under control pretty quickly. Nancy did a great job driving. it is not easy to steer in that kind of situation.
i left Bill and my Mom on deck finishing up, while i went down below to get another, heaver 1.5 oz spinnaker. Christin made sure the lines were run right, and up she went, the whole ordeal was over in about 20 min. after that we had a good hard long look at the weather maps, and this program were using, and i came to the hard decision to jibe, and go further south, for reasons that have to do with the wind direction and speed later in the race. so once again we all piled on deck. Bill was on the fore deck and i was on the wheel, that's all i remember as far as positions go, but it went smooth. on that tack the boat was not to settled, but sure was going fast. Nancy was back on the wheel, Christin was her watch mate. the rest of us were trying to get a nap in before dinner. i had just fallen asleep when we all heard Nancy say "OH NO!!!!" i was out of my bunk and into my safety gear before i was even awake, my Mom was already on deck, we did a quick assessment and realized the guide broke at the shackle on the port side, we went up to the fore deck, Donna grabbed the spin sheet, Caroline slaked it off, Christin drooped the pole down, just in time, it was about to bust through the spinnaker slammed it in to the jaw of the pole, Christin brought the pole back and up, while Caroline trimmed, the whole event was done and under control in less the 15 seconds. Bill and Donna went down below and jury rigged some doughnuts for the two guides.
after all of that we had a very nice dinner of shrimp scampi over pasta, with fresh broccoli and corn. the evening seemed pretty hairy due to the new tack and the wind and seas building a little, we are having to focus more on our driving, in order to keep the spinnaker from oscillating too much, therefore nobody got very much sleep last night. we were all very grouchy this morning. Caroline set today's speed record at 9.5 knots. we tacked back over this morning, i was on the for deck, Caroline was on the wheel, and the rest were on the sheets, we all feel a little better now that our ETA has gone from 20 days to 8. i have to go now, i would rather be looking at the backs of my eye lids then this computer screen. have a nice day everyone.
CAPTAIN Lindsey girl
VMG is a mathematical calculation for how much progress or speed you are making while you sail at an angle to the wind. In sailing it is impossible to sail directly into the wind. Therefore, the fastest way towards a particular point is not always a direct route. VMG measures how much speed you are producing toward your ultimate goal as you move at an angle to the wind.
Clear now? Well maybe this helps us understand why there are so many PhD sailors out there!
The summer on the Pacific is determined by the Pacific High. To understand take a map - oops, a chart (which is a nautical "map") - and draw a line from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Now draw an equal sided triangle with this line as the bottom side, and the third corner of the triangle being north of it. This third corner is (very roughly) the expected position of the Pacific High. Finally draw a circle touching every corner of the triangle. Within this circle you will not find any other Highs or Lows or other disturbances. The wind along the race track is fully determined by the Pacific High and the costal influence of California, overlaid with some benign, global-scale weather effects. Any interested novice will be able to figure out how to sail. This scenario is forming stably every summer. At least this is what the textbooks say; now look at the real world.
On the right sidebar you'll now find a small picture of a weathermap. Click on it, and you will -always- get the most recent one, published by the NOAA. Find Hawaii at about 21N/157W, and LA at 34N/118W and figure out where the triangle would be. It is not hard to see that the current weather isn't near the textbook thing; in fact it is particularly ugly! Maybe some few NOAA guys can figure out where the wind blows, but I doubt any of the sailors in this race can. And if they could, what about the next 10 days?
Fortunately, computer technology has brought additional options. NOAA is doing a global scale weather model on the computer, updated every 6 hours. The results are publicly available; we need the wind section covering our race area. What we get (by email) is a computer file with numbers, only a computer can understand. The numbers provide wind speed and wind direction on e.g. a 1x1 degree grid, in time intervals of e.g. 24h for a total of e.g. 10 days. Admittedly, weather forecasts beyond 5 days may have a fairy tale nature, but this is all you have available. Find a program and print out 10 days of nice wind arrows on a chart. Then what? Think of stacking all 10 above each other, with 1 inch distance. Now you need to find the path from page to page to your destination. But this thread isn't a straight line. Not even in the space between two individual sheets, as the speed depends on the initial direction chosen, the location, the wind speed, wind direction, the time and the change of all of the above between sheets. So how can you figure out the best path? Easy answer, unless you're a braniac, you can't! Cirrugator comes to the rescue.
Cirrugator had accompanied Cirrus on the last three Pacific Cups in various forms. It is now a web application featuring also a router. A router solves the above problem, by "simply" calculating ALL possible routes - limited to a couple thousend - and then picking the best one(s). Of course it takes into account Cirrus' polars (which, in short, tell the program how fast Cirrus can go under which wind strength and wind angle). This takes a few seconds on today's medium-speed computers.
This picture shows the router output valid for the start of the tp07 race last Monday. The black lines looking like wave fronts emanating from LA are "isochrones", lines Cirrus can reach in 1,2,3,... days. From that the seven best routes are picked, shown as diamonds; red is the best one. The tiny red arrows represent calculated, time and postion adjusted, wind strenght and direction. All routes are identical for the first week, only then, with diminishing forecast quality, do the routes diverge. Cirrus did not go as south as Cirrugator suggested, but given the conditions near LA this might have been easier said than done. Interestingly, though, Bill now says that he wants to again head deeper south.
To see the latest routing projections, click on the router map in the right sidebar. I am updating this regularly. If you want to play with the Cirrugator prgram itself, you can also do this. The link is above the routing picture. The program is running on my home computer, the one at which I am typing this now. It may feel a bit sluggish on occasion, since my upstream DSL speed will be the bottleneck. You will see everything what Bill sees on Cirrus, and you can do everything he can do, except modifying race data. When the captain says Bill is "punching numbers", this is what he is working with. Have fun.
There were some other events of note yesterday (boy oh boy) but I'll leave them to the Skipper's Blog. Don't miss it.
The Sunday, 15 July 2007, 0600 PDT position was 25N30, 125W57. Course 200M, speed 7.4 with the true wind from 050T at 14.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
SEA DATE: 14 JULY 2007
we got through Friday the 13th with out breaking anything!!!!
not much to report, yesterday was a pretty lazy day. we have the same spinnaker up as when we started, but the wind has been coming around from behind so Nancy and Christin did a little spiker trim while i steered, Bill and i decided to change the course a little, so after all that we were able to take down the whisker pole. the best part of it all is that now our V.M.G is a lot more optimistic. I don't have enough time in my life to explaine what V.M.G. is, but in short its the speed your making toward your destination. (Stands for Velocity Made Good - ed.)
it seems like we are all getting in to the swing of thing pretty good, we are spending more time out of our bunks and hanging out with each other. with the exception of Nancy, poor sucker is reading some Michner book, something about Hawaii. Bill held his celestial navigation class around the same time, this time Caroline joined in. My Mom won't have anything to do with it, she says " you shouldn't learn how to navigate from family and friends."
we enjoyed a very nice dinner of veggie lasagna with an awesome salad and fresh garlic bread, and for desert we had fresh cantaloupe, if any of you are reading this and have access to a Costco i highly recommend that you get your self some of that Cantaloupe, the crew and i really cant get over how good it is, it is really good!!!
After dinner Mom, Caroline ( Nancy is cheating on us with Michner ) and I introduced Christine to trivial pursuit. i don't think she cared for it much, she took off after her watch was pau. but we had laugh out loud fun for a few hours, laughing more then playing. the rest of the evening was pretty quiet, till some big ships started to cross our path and not responded to us on the VHF, the one that crossed about 1/4 of a mile off our bow finally acknowledged our presence, we asked if he could see us on from the bridge and see us on radar, he said "yes, yes." in my book that means i don't speck English. very early morning, like 0400, i woke up to my Mom digging around in the steering area, at first i thought we had lost our steering, that makes a icky feeling in your stomach, but then i realized we had not rounded up, and our sails were still full, it turned out that Christin had dialed in to some mystery noise that seemed to be coming from the steering area. we never figured out what is was but it stoped at some point.
Caroline thinks its shower day, wait she just chimed in "it is shower day, and fishing day" we all think it is still a little chilly for all of that shower action. but im all for fishing. at the moment we are enjoying some Mozart and watching Caroline eating one pound chocolate bar from trader joes.
thats all for now, Captain LG
Dana: Aloha Anty Dana, we got your message about the interview upon arrival, i asked the crew if they were in to it, and once they checked with there agents, they are all about it. thank you so much for everything. see you soon, Mahalo Lindsey girl
Dman: Hi we miss you and Mr. Oopu, do you have any news reports for us? thinking of you. olives LG
Our Saturday, 14 July 2004, 0600 PDT position was 27N19, 124W16. Course is 230M, speed about 5 knots. The wind is light, about 8 knots, and is slowly, day by day, changing direction, 330T - 000T - and just now, 035T. Still have the half oz. chute up that went up a couple days ago. Might last the whole trip at this rate. Perfect sail for the conditions. We are reaching more now and running a bit. Not so close hauled as before.
Still no seas to speak of, so it is still pretty smooth sailing.
Friday, July 13, 2007
CAPTAIN'S BLOG SEA DATE 13 JULY 2007
POSITION: 28'22N 122'10W
this is a picture of me checking the chafe. (Editor's note: Look closely - no doubt about who is the Captain!)
i think i forgot to mention that a few days ago we busted out the whisker pole, it's a pole that is about half the size of a spinnaker pole. it connects to the mast and then at a 90' angel connects to the guide. it's a pole that is used with the spinnaker pole, its purpose is to allow us to reach with a spinnaker up, and not bend the crap out of our stanchions, and take stress off the spinnaker pole. if you have any questions about any of that you can Google it. it seems to be working very well!!
Nancy has been saying that this is the best sailing of her life, we have been sailing between 6 and 7 knots, my Mom just chimed in "easy 7". we did not demand perfection for lunch yesterday, seeing as how Caroline is under the weather (head cold), but Mama Mia, she whipped up some thin crust pizza, and a fresh salad complete with sugar snags and cucumber, and a choice of three dressings. it really hit the spot!!! about the same time as lunch we saw another pod of dolphins, we think they were feeding because they were acting funny, and they did not come by to say hi. the weather is getting warmer!!!! later in the afternoon my mom was helping me put on some sun screen when we both saw a massive marlin jump straight out of the water, so high its whole body was out of the water. i have only seen something like that when they have a hook in their mouth. i don't think the hand line my brother Phillip made us could of handled that kind of fish. Nancy, Donna, Christine, and i spent most of the late afternoon sun bathing, Christine is just a few shades lighter then me now. (haa haa ha)
bill got out his sextant, i took a sun sight and once we corrected it out, it was perfect, so we thought something was wrong, we handed the sextant over to Christin ( we think it was her second time taking a shot) and what do you know, perfect, then bill took a shot, his was off just a little. we got a big kick out of that. today we might do take a few sights and correct them the old school way.
this subject here deserves its own paragraph. Nancy went south of the boarder last night for dinner, and it was unreal!!! we had Carnitas, with your choice of corn or flour tortillas, fresh avocado, green onion, and chilled sour cream. oh it does not stop there, we busted out the Costco sized container of salsa, and for desert chocolate chip cookies. it was muy bueno!!!
a few hours after dinner, at sunset, Donna saw a green flash again... this time there were witnesses, Bill and Caroline saw it too. at 2230 with the help of Ron Ellis a man on Oahu, i was able to hale my dad on the SSB radio. it was really nice to get to talk to him. he is taking a ship from Papua New Guinea to Seattle. i think earlier on his trip he passed my big brother Phillip, Phill was leveling Midway on a tug an tow, while my dad was heading north to Seattle, now in a few days my dad and i will be passing each other. small ocean.
Nancy saw 9 shooting stars, and got to watch the big dipper set in to the ocean, and one fast moving ship.
Donna saw a shooting star that you could see all the way across the sky till just about 2 inches above the horizon.
Caroline was able to see big fish swimming around the boat due to the disturbance of the phosphorescence
I saw 13 shooting stars and one satellite.
i think that is all for now, LG
Ist es denn zu glauben? Das letzte Mal, im Pacific Cup 2006, hatten wir 1 Nation pro 3.048m Bootlänge, und 1 Blogger (=ich), dieses mal haben wir 1 Nation pro 6.096m Bootlänge, aber drei Blogger, die in zwei Sprachen schreiben! Beachte den neuen Linkeintrag in der rechten Seitenspalte unter "Related Links": Es ist Christins Blog, welchen sie auch vom Boot aus beschickt. Und sie schreibt auf Deutsch (und auch auf Englisch). Wer seine eingerosteten Deutsch- kenntnisse auffrischen möchte, wird sich hier zu Hause fühlen. Und wer Englisch lernen möchte: meine Übersetzung ist oben ;-)
P.S. : Wow, the word "Aloha" reminds me: Hey, you Hawaiian natives aboard Cirrus, what about a little blogging in Hawaiian?
Friday, 13 July (Oh dear!) 2007, 0600 PDT position is 28N41,121W49. Course is 222M, speed 6.7 knots. It is a beautiful (high pressure area) day. Clear, and warming up as the sun appears (0618 today).
1994 miles to go.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
POSITION: 30'03N, 120'22W
yesterday afternoon, still not to much wind and very little boat speed, we lost that boat Anna something or other behind a cloud bank, and have not seen here since.
lunch was once again a winner,, thank you Caroline!!!
i got woken up at around 1400, Mom thought it might be time to put up a spiker, so i got the 1/2 oz out from the forward peck. Christin, Bill, and I worked together on the for deck to get the lines run right, once it came time to hoist Caroline and Christin were on the sheets Donna was on the helm, i did the hoisting, while Bill gave us feed back. once everything was in order the boat speed jumped from 2.5 knots to about 5.5 knots, latter on in the evening we were doing about 7 knots.
at about 1700 Nancy started dinner, life is good, flat seas, the wind coming more from behind, and not a cloud in the sky.
dinner is served, Nancy has made a salad, a pot roast with gravy and mashed potatoes. it hit the spot.all night long the dolphins hung out around the boat, jumping, swimming in our bow wake, and talking to each other. i guess my mom woke up around 0200, Christin was on the helm doing 7 knots, we started thinking it might be time to put a heaver spiker up, but we decided to wait a little till the wind picks up a little.
at 0608 the sun came up with a great big green flash only Donna could see. the wind is dieing a little but were still moving about 5 knots. the ocean is incredibly flat, not a cloud in the sky. there is still a little chill in the air, we continue to were our full bibs, jackets, boots, gloves and watch caps. we are all looking forward to it getting warmer. Caroline is a little under the weather with a cold,but everyone else is feeling great.
Bill keeps busy at the Nav station and the position reports. but he took time out of his day to show Christin how to use a sextet. he has a new student on board, the rest of us are old news or bad news, we don't know witch one. oh and two things i forgot, Donna and Caroline saw fish jumping straight out of the water, not like flying fish. and this morning we saw our first albatross.
thats all for now Captain LG
RICHARD can you please send us Debbie Dehais e mail address, don't send it over the blog, e mail it to us. thank you, hi to nate, larry, and kinky
KIMMIE i think it is amazing you got Stryder to wave buy at me from that far away!!!! LOL Personaly i like west Maui, is the hole family on there way over there or just you and Stryder?? Let me know how Dman and i can help. love you LA
Dman last night there were so many stars in the sky i could not find one single satalight. oh well. tell Mr. Oopu i still remember him peeing on my foot once. love you guys LG
CEC & 777 hi guys been thinking a lot about you guys hope your not flying to much, or at least getting something to show for it. see ya
If you have ever been to a planetarium and looked up and seen the black silhouette in the sky from the projector, you will be able to picture what it looked like to Bill as he looked out the hatch at the milky way last night. Beautiful sky with Cirrus' radar creating a black outline in the middle of it. Surreal!
There is a possibility of some live, or maybe recorded, presence on "Think Tech Hawaii with Jay Fidell" on HPR. I'll let you all know if it actually gets scheduled.
That's it from me today. Keep up the good wind thoughts and dances and offerings.
Another crystal clear cloudless sunset followed by some bright pink wisps of high clouds as darkness set in. This was proceeded by a big porpoise pod visit. Playing tag with each other and the bow of the boat for about 20 minutes. We also continue to see the occasional California Grey Whale.
The Navigator is a softie for this kind of stuff. When I got up in the middle of the night I noticed a glow from outside that was lighting up the inside of the boat (a little). Turning to see what it was took my breath away. The Milky Way. So bright it felt like you could almost read by it.
Thursday, 12 July 2007 position is 30N23, 120W13. Course is 186M, speed 6.3 knots. It is clear and beautiful. True wind from about 330T, 6 knots. Not enough waves to report.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
POSITION: 31'51 NORTH, 119'35 WEST
well i guess you might call this day two, there is not much to report. yesterday Caroline made a fantastic lunch!!! we had turkey sandwiches with avocados, and jalopino cheese on a very nice whole wheat bread, she even busted out the pickles!!! after comparing Caroline's with Nancy's sandwiches, we came to a unanimous decision, Caroline is the designated sandwich maker.
Bill and i spent some time together looking over some weather maps, it looks like it might turn around in the next couple of days. we also spent some time looking at our progression amongst the rest of the fleet, were all still really close together.
a little after lunch Donna and Christin noticed something funny going on with the water, we all got out of our bunks, piled on deck, and watched what looked like the water boiling, it turned out to be a huge school of fish, it was pretty neat. Nacy made dinner, we had spinach and cheese ravioli with a parmesan garlic sauce, and home made garlic bread, it was so good we all had seconds.
my Mom said that it was perfect sailing weather yesterday, flat seas, ten knots of wind, with a boat speed up to eight knots. by the time i came on watch at 2100 the wind had died out again and we were drifting more then sailing. during my 5 hour watch i think i saw about 13 different ships pass around us, none of them Transpac boats. it was by far the most boats i have ever seen on one watch. oh i almost forgot, Nacy and i also had a bunch of dolphins come by last night, we could not see them but we could here them, the really cool thing was that as they would swim around they would leave behind them a trail of phosphorus.
Christin noticed some seals spy hoping around us, and breathing in our general direction. this morning on Donna and Caroline's watch they sailed by some kelp patties that were being circled by a few black tip sharks.
today the weather is very nice, the ocean is as flat as a pancake, we have about 8 knots of wind, we are moving along nicely. there is not one cloud in the sky, so it is a heavy sunscreen day. we have a sailboat about 3 miles off our starboard beam, we think it might be Anna Katarina, were not to sure but what ever, she is not in our class anyways.
Derrick: thank you to Derrick for sending us the article from star bulletin, we got a kick out of it!!! olives
Kimmie: help me out here, how fast is god speed??? LOL