Well my friends, Second Verse is here! I made the finish last night at 6:36pm. I have landed in paradise. Within five minutes of me crossing the line, I had a jug of Mai Tai in one hand, I was laid with flowers, and there was huge gathering on the beach! It makes it all worth it!
I first want to say thank you to my two wonderful children, Kelsey and Dylan, for all their love and support during the last two years to make this trip a reality. I could not have done this race without their blessing. It must be hard to let your dad sail across the Pacific alone, but they always gave me the extra push I needed. I love you both!
I want to thank my girlfriend Janine for all her love and support. Janine, thank you for everything.
I want to say thank you to MAC 24/7. You guys are great and I canĀ't wait to come down there with Second Verse! The party has just begun!
I want to thank Niki, Auguste, Sita, Judy, Michael, Shawn, Clarke, Bret, Allison, Brian, Lana, Terry, Christian, and everyone else who has given me love and encouragement for so long now.
The awards ceremony is tonight for the boats that came in yesterday. We will be presented with our belt buckle. I canĀ't tell you how long I have waited for get this buckle! The most expensive belt buckle in the world, but maybe the best one as well!
Second Verse, signing off from Hanalei Bay, Kauai!
I am 31 miles out and I see land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you believe it, the penultimate day (two days to go!) and IĀ'm being hammered by high winds and big seas. The day started out with me tacking away from a squall for the first time. I usually just deal with it, but this one looked really bad. Even though I jibed, his little brother hit me with 30 knots of wind. IĀ'm glad I didnĀ't see the big brother! Now I have sustained winds over 20 (thatĀ's OK), but the seas are increasing with growlers (rolling white foamy water) off the top of the waves. I broached on a big swell (my boom hit the water), so I decided to change tactics and stop running DDW. I dropped the main entirely and now IĀ'm running with the jib about 150-160 degrees off the wind. The boat is much happier now, and so am I! It does mean my ETA into the finish has been pushed back, but that is little consequence if something breaks. As the motto of the race says, Ā"Sail fast, sail safe!Ā"
140 miles to go (yes, IĀ'm counting!).
Second Verse, signing off.