Saturday, July 16, 2016

Day 6 and no flying fish

1:17am on 7/16. Our position is currently N 31.26 W 133.35. We are cruising along on a beam reach at 7.2 knots COG 251. Its been overcast and mild temperatures as we head toward the half way point. The moon tonight would occasionally make an appearance and shine a brilliant light on the otherwise black sea. Ill be excited when the clouds part and we have some sunshine and stars. We changed sail configuration a few times today to adapt to some shifty wind. We didn't fly the kite today and instead chose to continue with our downwind set of wing and wing. Shadowside is a heavy boat and takes the waves like a champ. She has a very sea kindly motion and all the crew are always excited for off watch hours to fall fast asleep, even in the middle of the day we sleep like babies. There is a radio hour everyday at 5:00 where all the boats in the fleet an check in and hear undated info and get the latest standings. Regrettably three boats have left our division which leaves only 4 boats to compete against. We are still listed at last place but not by a big margin AND these standings do not account for corrected time. So we have a chance of winning some accolades at the awards ceremony. The crew just keeps chugging along with our watch schedules and reminding each other to drink water and eat some snacks. I wouldn't want to be with a better group of people. Everyone is working together, and given that we are living in a space as big as most of your home kitchens, we are keeping our good humor and rallying together when we need to quickly respond to something happening on deck.
Kathy heard there was a revolution happening in Turkey, but other than that, we are oblivious to what is taking place on land. Our world revolves around the wind, waves and what to eat for dinner.

Until the next witching hour.
Kimber signing off

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7 comments:

  1. We're tuned in and watching your progress here on O dock and the BYC. Great show! Keep it rolling. Enjoy your media blackout: that sounds ideal in so many ways. I hope your starless sky shines bright with a billion tiny suns the rest of the way.

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  2. We're tuned in and watching your progress here on O dock and the BYC. Great show! Keep it rolling. Enjoy your media blackout: that sounds ideal in so many ways. I hope your starless sky shines bright with a billion tiny suns the rest of the way.

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    1. Keep up the great sailing, dolphins can't be far off. And is Ed is right, these days no news is good news. Aloha.

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    2. Ahoy Shadowside! I agree with Ed and Randy - you are better off not knowing the news. Enjoy your ride. We are with you all in spirit. Kimber, you are doing an awesome job with the blog! We are ALL so proud of you four. Thank you for making the Skipper the happiest man on Earth and fulfilling a 20+ year dream with him. I love you all. - Burke

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  4. Aloha! (Time to start getting in that Aloha frame of mind!) I have to agree with the previous posts... y'all are better off without the news these days. Appreciate the rhythm of the seas, the wonderful fresh air and what sounds like a fabulous crew of four making, as Burke says, Lad's dream come true! Lad, I have to admit, after knowing you these past 37 years, I wasn't sure this dream of yours would ever come to fruition. I couldn't be happier for you. Here in my corner of San Francisco I am appreciating the sunshine and a lazy Saturday close to home. We have shared many stories over these years, and knowing you are out on that big Pacific brings joy to my heart that you cannot imagine. Enjoy the experience! Live aloha!
    xoxoxo
    Marilyn

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  5. How's my hair?July 17, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Kimber! Oakland feels so quiet without you. Since you’ve been gone I’ve gotten much more sleep and am behaving way to good. Not sure how long I can keep this up. That’s one lucky boat you got yourself on. Enjoy the open ocean.

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