Saturday, April 30, 2016

Donna Austin (crew)

Donna Austin

  • A lifetime of sailing experience in Hawaii and the South Pacific
  • Pacific Cup 2006, Transpac in 2007 &2009, a total of  15 or more Pacific Ocean crossings.
  • Hawaii Yachtwomen of the Year 2007
  • Wahine Skipper of the Year 2001 & 2007
  • Past Commodore of Hawaii Women’s Yacht Racing Association

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 16 - OYRA Lightship Race

We berthed at Berkeley Yacht Club on Friday night and met everyone at around 730AM at the boat. It took about 50 mins to get from BYC to the St Francis Yacht Club for the start. The Bay was glassy and calm at 940 when we motored into position. Slack Tide was 9AM with Max Ebb at 104PM at the Gate. Our start saw about 2 kts of current which helped us get out of the Gate at the start. There were many retirements.

The race sequence start was postponed by 40 minutes (940 -> 1020) and the committee also shortened the sequence by rescheduling Foxtrot fleet so we were caught down tide from the start line with 1 minute to go. We started about 1 min late as a consequence and motored to get into position. We started with Golf fleet and immediately flew spinnaker with some difficulty with getting the sheet and guy rigged correctly.  Winds were light and we struggled to fill the spinnaker We floated out with the ebb, crossing into the no-go zone off Point Anita. On the way we passed Adrenaline who was anchored in the no-go zone. Lad mentioned that we could protest, but ultimately Adrenaline withdrew and we didn't protest.

The winds filled in by the gate to around 8-10 out of 040. Winds at the Lightship buoy were only about 2-4Kts at 10AM. By the time we made it out to the Lightship Buoy in the early afternoon, winds were closer to 15 kts. The wind shifted to predominantly Westerly out of 235. 

We put in about 4-5 tacks before laying a course for the mark, rounded to Port. We rounded, but decided not to fly spinnaker at that point.   We saw a lot of spinnakers on the way back from the lightship buoy, and we ran back under Jib and Main and eventually flew the spinnaker as we approached the gate. The wind died before we reached Pt. Bonita, but we rode the 2 kt flood back into the gate until the wind built again. Coming in under the Gate, we were on a hot angle to reach the finish line and hit 9 kts+ of boat speed before a rushed douse. Shadowside held the spinnaker well in 15kts of air, but we were eventually rounded up before dousing. We finished at 20:25:30. It took about 90 mins to reach the Berkeley Marina and we Berthed at 22:10

Here is a list of fix it items:
  • -> Spinnaker sheets need to be replaced (not long enough)
  • -> AIS Power and Transmit seems to be interfering with the radios and causing radio buzz/white noise. 
  • -> We need a way to cover up the windlass as it repeatedly caught on the spinnaker gear, particularly the downhaul. (Foreguy)
  • -> The Spinnaker Shackle with the Blue ball needs to be lubricated to allow it to spin
  • -> Steering Wheel Autopilot U-Bolts need to be filed down. (Sharp edges)
  • -> Spinnaker Pole needs a way to trip from the jaws
  • -> Boom Brake needs to be lubricated and adjusted. Not easy to slack and tighten.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Countdown to Pacific Cup 2016 is picking up.

On "Shadowside" we are pulling the last details together, getting ready to hop aboard and set out for Kaneohe Bay. Did I mention that there are about 10,000 "last details".

There are a couple more chances to practice before the big event:
  • April 16 - OYRA Lightship Race
  • May 21 - OYRA Duxship Race
  • June 11 - OYRA OYRA Farallones Race
  • June 25 - OYRA One Way to Half Moon Bay (Maybe)

Our start will be on Monday, July 11th, somewhere around noon, at the St. Francis Yacht Club on the Marina Green in San Francisco. From there it's about 2100 nautical miles to the finish line just outside Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

After the finish it's time to switch gears from hard sailing to hard partying:

  • Wednesday, July 27 - Luau at Kaneohe YC
  • Thursday, July 28 - Mt. Gay Rum Party at KYC
  • Friday, July 29 - Awards Ceremony at KYC
Once we're underway, we plan to post daily reports to this blog site. If you want to stay abreast of what we are up to just check in once a day. To communicate with "Shadowside" just make a COMMENT to the blog and it will be relayed on to us..

Monday, April 4, 2016

Navigation #2


This is the second in a series of emails in preparation for PC2016.

It consists of a series of challenges that I hope you will all take seriously.
  • Next time you are on the boat learn how to turn on the GPS and bring up a chart showing your current position.
  • Then learn how to push the "Man Overboard" button.
  • Then learn how to determine the compass direction back to the "Man Overboard"
  • Then determine the lat-lon of the "Man Overboard" point.
  • Then try pushing the button again (starting out from the cockpit) with your eyes closed.
  • Finally, send me an email describing the process and any problems that occurred.
Bill Myers,    808-294-2670