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Scott Dickinson and Kim Worsham's J/42 "Tiki J"--Pac Cup 2012 Class B Start Date July 17th, 1330PDT
Kelp-cam to the rescue!
Brad
08/08/2012, 1529 nm to SF

Once again, the kelp cam has been deployed to save the day. It's reputation is so fearsome that the fishing net we imaged with it fled the prop before we could even decide what to do about it.

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Ocean and Sky Blue
TROM
08/08/2012, 1529 nm to SF

Howdy yawl, I hope the pictures do justice for the colors of the water and sky. We are going to really miss the moonlight at night as it progresses toward a new moon. It is really dark before it comes up now. Of course we could wish for a little more wind but then it gets bouncy so we will take what we have and enjoy the ride. Sea yawl, TROM, The Retired O' Man

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Past the 1/4 point
Brad
08/08/2012, 1535 nm to SF

Lot's to report, some deferred and some new:

- Vince broke out a new bean bag chair a day or two ago, which makes driving much more comfortable by buffering between our backs and the double life lines. That, with the two others that Weatherly gave us (in return for the tangerines we threw to them) makes the cockpit a comfy place...at least now that we're not heeling or getting splashed as much with winds in the 8-10 knot range. The 8-10 is a mixed blessing, as our pace has slowed to around 5 knots

- We shored up the CapeHorn windvane/autopilot so it's functioning again, at least in lighter conditions. This is the best driving I've seen while Vince is on watch! (tic) Shame on the installer for undersizing a key support member that was bending under the rudder loads the first day out. It''ll be easy enough to fix, but suffice it to say that the windvane itself is not the weakest link in the chain. Scott: FYU, we used one of the emergency hatch cover 2x4's as a brace for the overloaded support beam down near the quadrant.

- Still no fish, but we landed a piece of heavy netting similar to what we caught on he prop during the race. We'r De either approaching the infamous "garbage patch" or we're on a shipping route as there's been lots of small items of trash in the water over the last 12 hours

- I'm proud to say that I stretched a single can of refried beans over three meals of bean tacos! That's ironic, as I can eat a whole can cold standing at the kitchen counter at home. We broke out the chips and salsa today as well.

- Vince and Dad wrote their first emails today, which should go out in the same transmission as I'll send this.

- Dad observes that our likely course is the equivalent of traveling from Port Arthur to Washington, DC via Kansas City

- We'll be exercising patience to fully reap the benefits of what wind we'll have for the next couple of days trying to save our fuel for he long haul across the High.

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Plan CPlan A
Brad
08/08/2012, 29 17'N:152 27'W, 1572 nm to SF

When Plan B doesn't look like it's going to play out, I guess it's time to go back to Plan A. Simply put, that's to sail as close to the wind as comfortable until it gives out, then motor to new wind on the other side of the high. We've trimmed in and headed up, though the difference in ground track isn't very dramatic. Weather is quite nice, though just breezy and cool enough with the threat of a random splash (subject of previous blog entry) or sun shower to warrant at least light foulies. I think Dad has a set of foulies for each day based on the variety I've seen so far. I guess the return crew didn't get the "one man, one cubby" message :-)

By the way, neither Dad nor Vince has taken me up on the offer to blog, so you're getting an admittedly one-sided view of life on Tiki J.

1553 nm is the 1/4 of the way for those of you playing at home...should come a bit sooner since we're making some East again.

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Approaching 1/4 way
Brad
08/08/2012, 29 07'N:152 33'W, 1580 nm from SF

We should reach the 1/4 way point today. That's a bit misleading in that we have a lot further to travel than the 1580 nm we are from SF at the moment. I'm downloading weather now, but current plan is to continue to head north until we pick up favorable winds to head NE then E. I'm a bit concerned that the East we made early might come back to haunt us by putting us too close to the new High, but only time will tell.

Vince has declared that his spell of seasickness is behind him, so we'll likely delve into the more substantial items on the menu this evening. We're still hopeful of catching a fish, but so far no luck. Wouldn't have done Vince much good up to now anyway ;-)

Thanks Mom for the position reports. We're having a difficult time communicating with Valis via SSB, so we otherwise wouldn't have any idea where everyone else is.

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Squeeze play
Brad
08/08/2012, 1624 nm to SF

We're tracking closer to North now to set up for what looks like a squeeze play between the PacHigh and a low pressure system that's traversing west to east to the far north. In theory, we'll get southwesterlies to push us over the high at about 40 deg N latitude, then reach on the northerlies on the eastern side of the high once across. GRIBs never lie, riight?! We'll update our plans as the weather and our progress play out, but expect us to continue north and then turn east between 38 and 40 north latitude.

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