We’re back on the night train run to Hanalei. I took the opportunity of light air to apply Dacron sticky back on a previous repair patch on the #2’s tack. I hope this helps hold it together until the finish. I also tightened up the foot line to stop the fluttering. And last I reset the pole ring as somehow the pin had come loose.
Pfew I don’t know what that was but no more please! Insert pretty pleading eyes here
PJ on DE
Well, today saw the end of the fleet reach halfway, and it appears they are getting blasted, with reports of winds at 20 kts and building to 27 kts. Just the kind of conditions the back of the fleet thrives in. The weather is warming up and some boats are having fun with squalls.
The comfort clump has expanded into more of expanded mesh as boats take off and sail to their ratings. One of these is Dark Horse who has surged ahead of the slower boats and has closed the gap on some of his ultra light competitors, sneaking up behind JouJou. Nightmare continues to bullet along, giving Passages a tease as he creeps nearer. Crinan II, in contention to win after time correction, has jibed south and continues to hold his stead. Double Espresso is maintaining first to finish position and is looking at landfall likely sometime on Thursday, July 5th, if all continues to go well.
Dolfin has broken away from his nemesis Jacqueline and it appears Iris and Owl may dance together next. Our eastern protector Morning Star has now under 1000 miles left to go. The wind should hold for most of the fleet, but we are hoping the tail end doesn’t get waylaid by the coming tropical disturbance upsetting the tradewind flow. Let’s all blow in the direction of Kauai, perhaps our collective hot air can help to keep the windspeed up enough. Well, no, but it would be pretty cool to watch if the whole Bay Area stood along the coastline blowing in the direction of the fleet. Digression, but it is exciting to begin preparing for finishes as the first of RC has arrived in Hanalei and is prepping everything to be ready to greet the first finisher. Mai Tais are pending!
Day 9 finds all but two racers ticking off the halfway point and everyone is reporting the wind building. Double Espresso is maintaining his lead in distance to finish, if he hangs on and doesn’t break anything major, we can expect that he’ll be the first to say Aloha. As the wind fills in on the whole course, there is not likely to be a whole lot of change in position among the first few boats, though those in the clump could see some movement as conditions better for heavier boats. The racers will move from “doing everything to keep the boat moving” mode, to “doing everything to keep the boat from breaking” mode. Always a fun transition.
We saw Kyntanna stabilize her track a bit with the stronger winds, and Owl became our new northwest flyer, heading off even further relative to the past northerners. Nightmare also tracked more northerly today, as did Fugu. Dark Horse advanced a little further away from the comfort clump. We heard Dolfin and Jacqueline are in active avoidance mode of each other. Morning Star is still holding off to the east and Riff Rider is our southern most track. Wind should hold for most for the remainder of the race, and least for the front half of racers. Tropical weather may disrupt the tradewind flow for the slowest boats, it all depends how well they advance in the current wind. It is amazing how northerly overall this fleet has been able to sail, almost straight rhumb-lining it. And though slow, they really did not have to experience days of jelly fish passing them by. I wonder if they know how lucky they are!
The bulk of the fleet has or will be hitting the halfway barge today, quite a busy place it will be, there could be a queue for the ice cream, wink. Double Espresso seems to have grown his first to finish lead despite his kvetching about slow speeds followed at the moment by Passages (the nemesis O30) and Nightmare. Crinan II and Riff Rider are holding their own along with Rainbow and Fugu who appear to have crossed tacks in fairly close proximity of each other. Perhaps they exchanged hello by wave or VHF.
Kyntanna has kicked some serious southing butt today, closing the gap a little bit with the comfort clump, some apparently setting off each others’ AIS alarms. Morning Star continues the eastern defense. He was closer to the finish for a time than Kyntanna, saved now by the aforementioned butt kicking. Both of them will likely be seeing the coming increase in wind before the rest of the fleet, so we could see the kicking continue. By tomorrow the wind is forecast to do the kicking and we’ll see how our intrepids fare as they begin to enter or continue in the stiffening trades. Boat parts that have been worked slatting around in lighter air will be in for a test. Less than 800 miles to go for our faster boats.
Hanalei awaits their arrival:
Hanalei Bay this morning (7/1)
-Photo courtesy of Veteran Buglighter s/v Tiger Beetle
Sunday 7.1.18 Noon …Where is the sun? I’m afraid I may have to put the generator back to work.
I saw those pop corn clouds yesterday. They’re cute and shy, hiding behind the cloud cover.
We saw squalls and rain during the night, some stars too. I mostly staid inside back in the pipe berth. I dropped the 3 before closing shop and put it back up this morning.
You know … I wouldn’t mind arriving in Hanalei Bay when they start up the fireworks. But that’s my grandiose thinking at work again and a safe landfall is cool too.
For those in the know I’ve got three heads! A pink one, just for me. A small white one for the kiddos and a green one I keep in the stern lazarette for the guests.
I noticed pictures don’t look great so sorry about that.
It’s another slow start for the day. With twin jibs the boat lights up right about 15 kts of wind, when everything works together. Below that it’s not pretty and a spinnaker would help. I considered that for a moment this morning and then declined.
I have rigged an afterguy on the whisker pole and hopefully that’ll help prevent the crazy wrap I got when I jibed this sail plan for the first time. I’ve rehearsed the steps and thought about ways to depower or drop the rig. Wind is supposed to go up so … Better be ready …