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July 13, 2014

VALIS Morning Report, Sunday, July 13

July 13, 11:00AM PDT Lat 32d 22m N, Lon 135d 17m W Speed 6 kts, Course 250 d mag. Winds 12 kts Full main and light spinnaker. We had another slow day yesterday — 67 miles — but better than the previous one. Everyone else had a slow day too, and we remain in Division […]

July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12

July 12, 4:45 PDT Lat 32d 32m N, Lon 134d 23m W Speed 3 kts, Course 205 deg magnetic. It’s been a slow day here aboard VALIS, but we’ve had sunshine, and have been flying the spinnaker in gentle winds. There are occasional rain showers, with accompanying wind shifts, and we’ve just completed a spinnaker […]

July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11 – What WInd?

Lat 32d 49m N, Lon 133d 14m W. COG 260d mag, SOG 1.6 kts. We are about 800 nautical miles due west of San Diego, and we’ve got broken, puffy clouds overhead. It’s pretty warm and some of the crew have taken advantage of the gentle conditions to do a little washing up in the […]

July 10, 2014

VALIS – Thursday, July 10

Thursday, July 10, 12:30 PM Lat 33d 52m, Lon 131d 11m SOG 7.5 kts, COG 210d mag TWS 15 kts, TWD 335d mag We had a good 24-hour run (8:00AM to 8:00 AM) — 173 miles. The winds have become lighter, and the seas smoother. Last night we had the moon peeking through the cloud […]

July 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 11:30 AM PDT

See previous entry — I got the date wrong. It should have been “Wednesday, July 9, 11:30 AM PDT” Aloha, Paul / VALIS


Wednesday, July 8, 11:30 AM PDT

Lat 35d 45m N, 128d 15m W COG 220 d mag, SOG 7.7 kts TWS 18 kts, TWD 335 deg mag. Full main and 120% genoa. We had a great run yesterday, racking up 181 miles from 8:00AM to 8:00AM. We have gained a little on the competition, and the current conditions are good for […]

July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8

Day two of our Pacific Cup– 5:40PM PDT Lat 36d 43m, Lon 125d 40m SOG 7.8 kts @ 230d mag Wind 20 kts Yesterday was a struggle to find wind. We bobbed around between Pt. Bonita and the Farallones, and finally managing to get a little south when the wind filled in around 8:00PM. This […]

July 7, 2014

VALIS starts the Pacific Cup

July 7, 2014 — 1:20 PM PDT Lat: 37d 49.6m N, Lon: 122d 40.0m W (about 6.5 NM west of Pt. Bonita) Speed Over Ground: 2.2 kts, Course Over Ground: 280d magnetic. True Wind Speed about 6kts from 230d magnetic. We need to get out well past the Farallones before the wind shuts down completely. […]

July 6, 2014

Pacific Cup!

Our race starts on Monday (July 7) at 10:30 AM PDT. We are in the “Alaska Airlines” division (Div A), and we will be battling it out with some old friends. Of particular note is “Cayenne”, skippered by Michael Moradzadeh who has crewed aboard VALIS in two previous Pac Cups. Michael has also raced Cayenne […]