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 let us sail a little south of the South Farallon Islands, and we continue on a course of 230deg mag, which is essentially pointing straight to Hawaii.
We’re living at a 25-degree angle, and it’s pretty wet up on the foredeck. We’ve had a few splashes into the cockpit, but nothing major. Early this morning our genoa furling line chafed through at the furling drum (the drum has sharp edges where the line feeds in, requiring a precise line lead angle). The genoa unfurled and we had to drop it on deck while we replaced the line. This slowed us down for a while! It all looks good now.
After that excitement, VALIS conducted the radio roll-call. We’re getting a lot of radio reports — not everyone has switched over to satphone/email. Yesterday’s and today’s 5:00PM “Children’s Hour” was quite enjoyable, with lots of boats participating. Michael on Cayenne is master of ceremonies, while I chime in with the Fleet Standings report and amusing banter.
Lin is preparing dinner, which is a good-smelling Chinese food assortment, pre-frozen by Phil.
We are next-to-last in our division, but we did have a very slow first day. Most of the other division boats did find their wind before us. Perhaps tomorrow’s roll-call will show some improvement! We are definitely moving right along.
Regards, Paul / VALIS

2 Responses to

  1. Robin Sodaro says:

    Hi Paul,
    Sorry to read about the furling line chafing through. The drum must have been located in the wrong position after the mast went back in the VALIS. How are the new sails doing? Looks like you are moving along nicely, 1 AM, at 8 knots on a beam reach, best point of sail for speed.

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