Hello All, Here are some highlights from PASSAGES.
Arrived at the “windy reach” portion of the course on Sunday. The day started with sunny skies and light air, but by noon an overcast sky had filled in and the wind began to build into the evening. In the late afternoon I was reaching with the No. 3 and double reefed main, and decided to go down to the No. 4 before dark. This was a good call as I used this configuration for the next 36 hours through winds up to 30-33 kts with boat speed up to 15 kts.
Here are some things that worked out well in this portion of the race. Meclizine, I took one dose (25mg) on Friday morning and another on Friday evening, and had no symptoms of seasickness at all. Normally, I would have symptoms for the first 18 hours of a trip. Food, Ruben Gabriel suggested at a SSS seminar to take cold leftover pizza and Mountain House freeze-dried granola and blue berries. Both were easy to prep and perfect for the early part of the race. because I was not seasick, I was actually hungry and eating. Hat tip to Ruben on those suggestions. Giant zip ties, on Monday morning, midway through windy reach, I noticed one of my solar panels was coming loose in the mount to the pulpit. I had brought along some of the Ancor 24″ heavy duty cable ties in my kit, even though I was not sure what I might use them for. These provided a quick fix for the solar panel mount problem as they are quite strong and provided additional attachment between the panel frame and the pulp
Things that did not work. Forward deck hatch, the forward deck hatch leaked badly in breaking seas over the fordeck. Each wave would deposit about 1 cup of water into the forward part of the boat. The companionway sliding hatch was also leaking badly, but at a slower rate. EVERYTHING inside the boat was getting wet, and items not placed into ziplock bags or sotered in dry bags were soaked, especially if stored along the hull on the port side (which practically speaking becomes part of the bilge on a starboard tack Olson 30). I should have spent more effort on this issue pre-race. The companionway hard cover and other solid hatches on DARKHORSE are looking pretty good. I also should have brought more socks and sailing gloves individually packaged to stay dry until use. Knee pads too.
Day 4 and 5 were improving but still cold, and, at least on PASSAGES, wet. By Wednesday evening the wind was out of the NE and I was able to set the twins for the night and run to the SW.
Day 6 I was able to set the kite in the morning and had a nice day of spinnaker sailing.
Day 7 was the best day of sailing so far. Great sailing, sunny, clear skies and warm. foulies are gone and things are starting to dry out. Opened the halfway box from Margie and enjoyed the treats for the two days. Thanks, Margie!
Day 8 was somewhat light air sailing with cloudy skies and frequent light rain showers. I took a shower and cleaned up. Things are drying out inside the boat. Except for one ship on day two, have not seen a yacht, ship, or aircraft. Nor any sealife. Just miles and miles of empty ocean.
800 miles to go!
rcvd 22:55 6/30