Mahalo to Uber tech Walt for being my remote restarter for our web log. Somehow, I had turned it off just before the start!
A beautiful sunrise over the transom this morning as we've been blessed with partly cloudy skies overnight. Yesterday afternoon was beautiful and sunny and everyone was happy to dry out and strip off some layers. And the moon and stars last night were great! There was even a discussion about changing to a particular kite just because it would look better backlight by the moon than the one we had up. Didn't happen!
Another fantastic meal, "Beef Stew with Root Vegetables over Noodles", from our private chef, Cindy Bambam, last night kept the gang happy and well fed. Followed by "Sadie Cookies" for dessert and life couldn't be better!
Our fearless Captain leading by example with proper sunscreen application before going on watch.
Apparently our posts have not been showing up. Not to worry! All is good and we will fix this
Aloha from the beautiful Pacific!
Monday and last night exemplified the reason we sail this race - glorious conditions (15-20 knots of breeze) with incredible blue seas and skies during the day and a full moon lighting the way all night.
And the crew did a great job sailing the boat fast in the direction Liz wanted them to go! Happy navigator makes a really happy crew!
The hourly position reports looked good all day and all night. And we await with great anticipation the morning report from the race committee.
Good morning from SV OAXACA!
Everything and everyone is great onboard and we're flying along towards Hawaii with the kite up, nice breeze, and sunshine! Actually, all true except the last one. We have yet to see the sun, but there has been a claim of seeing five stars last night by one optimistic sailor! Maybe that will change today.
As you probably see on the tracker, our division seems to be mostly hanging out together in the same neighborhood and heading in the same direction in a 15 or so mile radius circle.
We're happy with where we are, but are trying to squeeze a little more speed out of our might steed to take a bite out of Lucky Duck and Horizon in front of us.
Aloha from the fine yacht OAXACA somewhere 200 miles and 23 hours out from the start of Transpac!
Everything is good here and everyone is well.
It was a light start and we struggled a little with our heavy #1 Genoa off the line. (Many others in our fleet have light air #1s since they sail in Southern California.) But we made up for it a little as they had to do sail changes before Catalina when the wind freshened. We had two tacks at Catalina, as did most of the others, as we encountered a light patch just after the West End. We had a few sail changes during the night as the winds went up and down in strength and changed directions. Always keeping the pedal to the medal pushing as hard as we can.
The weather is struggling mightily to cooperate. A high is forming where we want it, possibly giving us a fairly traditional route to Hawaii rather than the deep south dive. It may be that Expedition is over-estimating our light air sailing skills, though... IN any case, job 1 is getting to the West End of catalina.
"Will you be posting videos with your Iridium Go," they asked.
"Sure," I replied with jaunty assurance.
Then I uploaded one, ONE, photo via the Go. Took forever, even with the boat still. So, yeah, we got us an action sport camera (only $35 on Amazon!) but if we post any video it will be AFTER the race.
Tuning in to the weather briefing, the order we get (and had already anticipated) is "Go South." The lower than usual high pressure zone compels us to take a pretty big dive south to begin. Okay, sure. Y'all.
We pretty well worked through our to do list and declared today a day off the boat. It's a good way to approach the boat with fresh eyes and approach. Of course, Skipper and Navigator spent much of the day exchanging emails and commenting on the ever-changing weather patterns. We still looking at something above 10 days.
There's a big high north of our track, but it's becoming somewhat consolidated. As long as another tropical storm does not come out to mess things up.
Well, taking a look at the final handicap ratings, we have the most
favorable in our division except for Flying Fiche II. The differences are
fairly slight, and can be attributed to anything from sail configuration to
keel weight. Our marine architect has done a good job guiding us, and
great work at Svendsen's Bay Marine executing some major changes to the
So the other boats need to finish between one and five hours ahead of us to
beat us. We will seek to prevent that.
Okay. Now we are posting from an I-pad to the Iridium GO! to a mailbox to get picked out by a script I wrote to get posted by a custom module to our Drupal website to get collected by the Zapier service to get posted to Facebook. #sailing
Yes. It is not too bright to upgrade your electronics a week before a major voyage, but this was just a firmware update that has been "in the wild" for over a year, so what the heck, we thought after a beer. SO... we ran firmware updates on the chartplotter, all the displays, and the H5000 brain.
All worked with some improved performance. So we were not punished for being silly! Yay us!
Commodore Camille Daniels invited us to dinner at Long Beach Yacht Club. A pleasant evening. All fell silent when the room began to rumble,. The 7.1 quake, quite a ways away, made itself felt for about a minute. Club members rushed (when it was over, and in a safe and orderly manner) to take a look at the pool which was apparently sloshing well out of its bounds.
I focused on my Prime Rib.
No damage here, but our hearts go out to those nearer the epicenter.
Rodney Pimental of Azure (Cal 40) invited us to join a team with Nådeløs in the upcoming Transpac. This is a trophy sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club, as they also proposed for the Pac Cup. Three boats get their scores melded. So, in honor of Rodney winning the first one at Pac Cup, we accepted, and look forward to meeting the team on Nådeløs! Get it? Naughty (Nautilus) Blue (Azure) Tequila (Oaxaca!)
Ronnie Simpson did a nice write-up of the upcoming TransPac, giving Oaxaca and her excellent crew a prominent mention, noting that we did pretty good in the California Offshore Race Week. Nobody is forecast to win, so no "curse of Latitude." Right?
See it at https://www.latitude38.com/issues/july-2019/#70
We have now apparently cornered the market, at least in the
English-speaking world, on roller bearings for the Harken 65.3 and 60 winch
models. These "custom" items are as hard to find as they are fragile.
Apparently, BOTH of them collapsed in our winches. They cost $200, and you
_cannot_ find them.
Well, you can. there was one in the US and two in UK. We bought them all.
Now, we control the market.
But seriously, Harken. WTF. This is a rare excursion from your normally
These inexpensive and lightweight items have many uses on Oaxaca. From padding the edge of the nav station to providing a softer hiking space. They serve to wedge loose items in place that might otherwise shift or vibrate. Yes, the pool noodle.
They are not super UV stable, so leaving them out in the sun for a long time asks for them to be covered.
Maybe it's time for a post on Duct Tape (our brand of choice: T-Rex)