Thursday, July 21, 2016

"No one will ever believe you"

Bill Murray walks into a diner, takes a fry off a guys plate and says "no one will ever believe you". That's the theme of tonight's blog. Shadowside is perfectly balance right now. We have her rigged with a reefed main and jib and the wind is directly aft of us propelling us down waves at great speed. Squalls have been blowing through and we even reached 9.5 over ground! We have a little more than 700 miles yet to go and a small storm to the south of us we are keeping our eyes on. Alejandro and I dragged our legs off the starboard side of the bow today and let our feet get hit by waves. We giggled every time they got us. The water was blue and perfect and I got hit by a flying fish. We are still currently last in our division, but we re hoping that because we are sailing one of the slowest heaviest boats in the fleet, that we will still rank on corrected tie. The faster boats are cruising ahead of us, but if we keep chugging along, we still have a shot to rank. Regardless, we are having fun and enjoying some great sailing. Jorge is doing 90% of the steering now, as he actually is more accurate than we are. The wind vane is a remarkable piece if technology. It uses the wind to transfer energy to direct and steer a rudder hung off the transom of the boat. t uses zero electricity and can steer 24/7 forever. We love Jogre. He allows us to eat lunch and attend to other things, like, well, sitting in the cockpit and talking about what other movies has Sally Field been in recently.

Ok folks, I hope everything is good out there in the real world. I know we are excited to be able to talk to our loved ones soon, but also reluctant to enter back into the real world. We have zero idea what is happening outside of this boat. Our lives revolve around wind, waves and gps coordinates. Oh, and Bill Murray came aboard and stole a fry.

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12 comments:

  1. Well, according to the most recent tracker map (as of 0600), you are in first place in your division. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Should have taken a screenshot . . .

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  2. Good morning Shadowside! I am so glad that the Hydrovane has proved such a success. While unnamed, Jorge has been a bit of a legend in the Burgin household (ask Lad!). How wonderful that you are seeing flying fish! Sail on and enjoy! - Burke

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  3. Now it sounds like you're having fun! lots of drama for everyone out there, perhaps one of the most challenging races with heavy wind and waves, grateful you're on a sturdy ketch and enjoying yourselves. Everybody else is tired and just wants to finish it at this point according to their bruises and blogs! After all, it will be over before you know it and you'll be drinking Mai Tais and eating fries!

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  4. PS kathy, there's a movement on Facebook about chic sail -pac cup 2018!! Hmmmmmmm!

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  5. Keep your eyes on Darby!Stay out of her path. Keep the posts coming so we know all is well.
    Kimber this is your moms gmail alias.
    Glad you are on that sturdy ketch.
    Luv ya......Mom

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    1. Hopefully they slide south of it Tuesday . . .

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  6. Weather: https://pacificcup.org/article/july-21-update-tropical-depression-darby

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  7. Hello Shadowside, since you are a tad out of touch with reality are you aware that a phenomenon called Pokemon Go has taken over the world? If not, you might need to know that millions of human zombies are walking around the world staring at their cell phones trying to catch pokemon in AR. I am a luddite but it stands for augmented reality (according to google) and I think that means you can catch lots of pokemon in the ocean, too. So maybe you should see if you can find a magikarp or some other water element pokemon! Anyone under the age of 12 can explain this much better than I am doing. And it would be a fun team building experience for your group. Assuming, of course, you get service in the middle of the ocean?

    Okay, here's a private note to Kathy: dear kathy, want to hear what happened in my hearing on Tuesday? Summary: Judge: so what is her physical residual function capacity? ME: medium Judge: well if you say medium she must have some restrictions. ME: well she's a woman so she can't lift heavy things.

    I'm still collecting pieces of my brain that exploded.

    And my brain also exploded when I *LOST* my appeal on that parking ticket! So I need you back soon, okay? Thanks! Jen S.

    Oh, sailors, one last thing: after two days of sailing camp, my 10 year old complained of severe neck pain yesterday morning. So bad she didn't go to camp! And she loves sailing. So I'm guessing it's a combination of having your head turned in one direction while you sail a boat (no Jorges for the ACSC group) and playing Pokemon Go.Really, these kids become zombies. But I enjoyed listening to my girls talking in their room last night about how much they like capsizing. I don't think this is a good thing, is it? One kid was saying how much she loves to capsize and sit on the bottom of the boat. Is something wrong with them? Should you all have a therapy session with them when you return? Much obliged....from a warmer day in Oakland, signing off.....

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  10. Moms have many, many secrets and aliases are need to know basis. Proceed with caution: Sometimes after you are granted clearance for the need to know the knowledge of the now known becomes the issue, but knowledge now known can't be unknown, ya know? I recommend Mai Tais and forgetting the whole question in the first place.

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