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Scott Dickinson and Kim Worsham's J/42 "Tiki J"--Pac Cup 2012 Class B Start Date July 17th, 1330PDT
A great day on the water
Brad
08/10/2012, 33 10'N:148 20'W, 1294 nm to SF

We started the day with the fillet and release of Vince's mahi mahi, and finished it with Vince's famous fish tacos at the Tiki J Bar and Grill (we have neither bar, nor grill). Wow, what a treat! There's civiche curing in the fridge that Vince says isn't worth me even trying, but I'm pretty sure he's pulling my leg. Even Dad was tempted by the aromas from the galley to try the fish, but we're about as far from help as you can get if he were to have a reaction. ...though it would have been fun to jab him with an Epi pen ;-}

We passed through a Portugese Man-of-War nursery of sorts, where there were hundreds of tablespoon sized little guys floating in the water. They were the same size or small than the one we saw at the sandbar in HI, for those that were there.

At the risk of TMI, I had my every-other day field shower (baby wipes), change of clothes, and shave just now. As we're motoring in 2 knots wind with a gentle SE swell (from the Southern Hemisphere says LeeC), there's little chance of the saltwater enima ruining my new clothes like I got on the foredeck during the race. I'm hopeful that the predictions of catching the new wind are as spot-on as the loss of the old wind - it turned off just as we were passing over that 5-knot barb from the GRIB file (tic).

It's off for a catnap before my 2100-0000 (PDT) shift...

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On Our Own
TROM
08/10/2012, 1304 nm to SF

Howdy yawl, The weather is beautiful. Wish you were here. For those celestial navigators. Can we determine our longitude by noting our local GMT of the sunrise or sunset, say within 12 miles? If our progress continues we may be entering the Golden Gate during the America's Cup Series in the 45 foot catamarans. That could be problematic in getting directly to Coyote Point. TIKI J is a wonderful self contained vessel for which we are very grateful. She was prepared well, and has been maintained in first class condition. Her energy sources come from a finite amount of fuel that must be conserved and a small amount of solar energy. Brad has been very careful to be sure we get across the north pacific high which has very little wind. Right now we our heading 16 degrees north of the rhumb line to set up a port reach to SF on 40 degrees latitude. In other words we have a plan and are taking care of our little ship the best we know how. Now, why can't this be done on the good ship Mother Earth? Right now we are seeing pieces of plastic, styrofoam, polyethelene,rope and nets, buoys, floats, and fence gates every fifty yards. Surprisingly an equal amount of trash passes on the starboard side as the port side. As large as they are, the oceans can still be trashed which will eventually impact us all. Sea yawl, TROM

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08/10/2012 | Jeffry Matzdorff
Do you think a good deal of the trash you are seeing is some of the debris field from Japan?

I delivered Between The Sheets home from TP last year and a few times prior. While we did see our fair share of trash, nothing like what you're reporting. Abreojos! Cheers-Jeffry
Lucky 13
Brad
08/10/2012, 1304 nm to SF

1300 miles to go, that is. We capitulated at 1600PDT on Friday, 8/10/12 - the 48 HP diesel gennie has been deployed. Wind speeds had dropped to 4-5 knots, and angles were left of 20 degrees for long enough that we made the call to point and go. Mind you, Otto was still managing 4+ knots of boatspeed, but the direction was just too variable and generally too North. And wouldn't you know that the neutral switch on the throttle quadrant stuck (in neutral) at the very time we needed it to go forward! Vince and Dad dodged the oscillating wheel taking out the mounting screws for the pedestal-mounted chart plotter so Vince could dislodge the neutral lock. We're now doing 5 knots SOG at 46 deg COG toward 37 30N/140 00W (my revised waypoint for our hopeful exit of the high) at 2000 RPM. We'll be keeping a close eye on favorable wind speed and angles to sail again, but I'm afraid this is our plight for the next several DAYS. I guess at some point every boat is a trawler (yes, I'm still rationalizing our GB36). The silver lining is being able to use the SSB for sailmail at will, rather than having to wait until the next engine/charge cycle. Oh, and I just created a spreadsheet log to try and get a handle on our fuel usage early in the process.

I'm expecting Vince's fish tacos for dinner, and the break in galley duties is also welcomed - though I'm happy to sling hash as long as it's eaten. It'll be like a treasure hunt to find things after having someone else in the galley ;-)

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08/10/2012 | Jim Barrett
On 2010 return we turned NE at L30 and spent five days mostly motoring across the lower third of the High, which was bulging and shifting north. Still have the printouts of our track. Will check them for route changes. Looks like you're crossing the High just below the center. Expect lots of motoring. On other side it will be cooler and damper. The reverse of the race experience. Save some warm dry clothes.
Never saw another race boat, but came w/in 30 mi of one, and we were in touch w/ Valis every day on the SSB.
Comments on blog comments
Brad
08/10/2012, 1325 nm to SF

Just so you know, we can't view the blog comments while we're at sea, but Mom forwarded some to us this morning. It was great to read some feedback and get some insights on such things as fuel usage on previous trips. Please keep them coming!

Ken VerMeulen mentioned in an email that he misses the peacefulness on the boat, and I/we concur. That said, our newfound energy thanks to the offloading of steering duty by Otto (Otto Helm) has created a more community atmosphere on the boat where we're all generally awake and in the cockpit during daylight hours - bracketing only our mid-shifts with required sleep. That's a pleasant change from the first 3 or 4 days where each of us was either concentrating on driving or racked out (add hurling for Vince). James Taylor's on the playlist this morning after pancakes and sausage. Did I mention we'll be having fish tacos later?!

We're still enjoying 6 knots SOG at 30-40 deg COG this morning. Jim Barrett recalled that they used 98 gal of fuel on the return delivery in 2010, which is a great data point. We started with about 135 gal (62 in tanks, 75 on deck in jerry cans), and we've burned about 8 so far keeping the batteries charged if you can believe the fuel gauge. I'm guessing 6 nmpg, so you can do he math. Like the Fram commercials used to say, "Pay me now or may me later." I'm hoping that our patience to sail through the lulls and/or non-ideal angles will pay off later in flexibility/options when we're facing (hopefully) light breezes on the nose.

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Top of the morning!
Brad
08/10/2012, 32 32'N:149 11'W, 1340 nm to SF

Vince started the day off right by catching a nice mahi mahi about 0830 PDT this morning! Fish tacos for lunch or dinner?! Probably both... And it's just in time as our supply of fresh fruit like lemon/limes is getting low.

We're doing 6+ knots at a course over ground of 15-20 degrees in 10 knots of breeze at the moment. I'd like to be a little right of that course, but we're not looking a gift horse in the mouth with respect to the wind speed. I thought it would have died by now, but every 6 miles we can make under sail is another gallon of fuel we save for later in the trip. We're currently just over 400 miles from the waypoint I've set at 36N/142W, and while there's nothing magic about that point, it's close to where I want a be to setup for the new wind from the North. I'm about to download weather data now, so we'll see what the future holds. ...though it probably doesn't change our near-term trajectory while we have this wind (COG is 38 deg right this second).

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08/10/2012 | Ken VerMeulen
Vince, Great job!
You got over your sea sickness just in time.
Questions?
TROM
08/09/2012, 31 28'N:150 12'W, 1410 nm to SF

Thursday, 8-9-12 Howdy yawl, The weather is beautiful. Wish you were here. After hours of comtemplation on the early morning watch I offer the following to think about. 1. Will we be able to see tht new moon? 2. If we don't see it is it really there? 3. How can we ever imagine this world being the center of the universe when observing the sky at night out in the open ocean? 4. Can we eat the flying fish instead of the tuna we may have almost caught? Brad and Vince are making this the experience of a lifetime for me. We are on a heading of 35 degrees, close hauled with the number two and main. The wind velocity is 7.5 knots and we are traveling at 5.5 knots. Oh, and Cap Otto Horn is driiving. Thanks Scott, Kim, Max, and Cody for the opportunity to sail TIKI J. She is the best. Hope everthing is well. Sea yawl, TROM

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08/10/2012 | Jim Barrett
Brad, Watching your progress. I crewed w/ K. Rarick on 2010 return of T-J and recall we burned 98 G of diesel. Take bucket baths while the sea is still warm. Will be cold soon. Last 300 mi or so you'll have rough seas and strong N winds. Enjoy the trip!

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