Tiki J's Pacific Cup Blog

Scott Dickinson and Kim Worsham's J/42 "Tiki J"--Pac Cup 2016 Division B Start Date July 12th, 1110PDT

22 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W,
21 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W, 222 nm to go
21 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W, 300 miles from Hawaii
20 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W,
20 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W, 500nm from HI
19 July 2016 | 28 13'N:147 23'W,
19 July 2016 | 28 13'N:147 23'W, 700nm to HI
18 July 2016 | 29 36'N:144 50'W,
18 July 2016 | 29 36'N:144 50'W, 851nm to HI
18 July 2016 | 30 08'N:144 04'W,
17 July 2016 | 31 55'N:141 10'W, 1035 mile line
17 July 2016 | 31 55'N:141 10'W, 984nm from SF
16 July 2016 | 33 38'N:137 46'W,
16 July 2016 | 33 38'N:137 46'W,
15 July 2016 | 35 18'N:129 57'W,
14 July 2016 | 35 18'N:129 57'W,
14 July 2016 | 388NM from SF
12 July 2016 | CPYC
11 July 2016 | CPYC
08 July 2016 | 37 36'N:122 19'W, CPYC

Last Day

22 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W,
All I have to say is this is the least amount of in depth blogging on a Pac Cup yet - a pretty brutal and fast trip. Thank goodness Brad was "online" as well so there hopefully was some other perspective with what was going on aboard TikiJ. My sincere apologies for our non-sailor friends as we usually explain a bit more about some of our enryptic code words or jokes, so hopefully there are some comments that will be fun to read for us later.

We have a very busy day ahead. Usually the last 100 miles has a lot of things to do. From checking in at 100, 25 and 5 miles to continue to sail our course, to getting the flags put bag on the stern, to ensuring we are still eating and resting, to getting sails down and motor on right at the finish line so as not to hit the reefs, to navigating the Sanpan Channel, to trying to look presentable with our Tiki J crew shirts on for photo op, etc. Whew!

All I can say right now is how thankful I am that we are this far to Hawaii with the storms (Darby and 2 others!?!) tracking right at the islands. My heart and gut go out to those boats who won't make it into safe harbor by Saturday night. We will be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers as the seas are getting wilder from multiple directions. Until we get TikiJ tied up, inspected and mai-tais, I will sign off temporarily. Thanks, Kim

Okay Okay Okay

21 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W, 222 nm to go
Wow, what a morning, what a day! We all worked our butts off today driving this lovely TikiJ beast with the S4. So much so we are pretty exhausted and feeling overwelmed with driving through these huge waves and squalls. We were extremely fortunate last night so taking a moment to reflect so put up some white sails - pictures forthcoming with Brad on the foredeck with his "V" hat on. That's okay by the rest of the crew tho'!

Dinner and hopefully one more night to go...we are ready to see and be on land! It's been quite a rocky/rolly ride.


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21 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W, 300 miles from Hawaii
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Hump Day

20 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W,
Well, it's hump day! Thank goodness for me as all of the fun over the last 8 days "hit" me this morning during my 10-2am shift. I wasn't really feeling well so made a quick breasfast for Brad and Scott at 8am and then slept until noon - without earplugs! For those that know how much this boat moves and the noises going on constantly, that's some hard sleeping. I felt renewed afterand we had a nice day sail with blue skies and lots of sun.

Last night was the first night that we could see the moon for most of the night. We managed to divert any squalls. Here's hoping for another "easy" night tonight.

We just finished some delicious stew made by Annette that she sent with us. Thanks so much Annette! It was so easy to heat up, added a little tobasco and wa-la. Max said "the best"!

We just had a boat pass our stern guessing about 5 miles away, but we can't tell who it is. Assuming all of you can, so RACE ON...still!

Tiki J is doing her job with her big rudder. Here's hoping all the other parts and pieces keep together for a few more hundred miles:-) We are already making our Oahu "todo" fix it list on the white board so no rest for the weary when we finally get there. Thanks for all the well wishes, they are helping us! Kim

Moon river

20 July 2016 | 26 27'N:150 32'W, 500nm from HI
Had a nice moon river to sail into this morning, and just crossed the 500nm to go mark - no other news, which is a good thing. Oh yeah, and it's hump day!

The weather is beautiful...

19 July 2016 | 28 13'N:147 23'W,
We are starting to see the deep blue beautiful water of the Pacific Ocean and the sun. The wind and waves have been steadily blowing 20 knots and 10-12 feet. We had a few thunderstorms last night, and with the moon so big and bright you can see them coming. Vince endured a pretty long and windy storm on our early morning watch - I'll let him tell the story of how he felt while driving! "Pretty wicked" was one description he used.

We don't have any electronic instruments - something that happened on our "fun-filled Monday" so driving via the ol' fashion compass. Ironically I find it a bit easier on the eyes at night. We still have the E80's which give us waypoints and headings and other boat info so not all lost, but damn these expensive electronics! We will have to get fixed in Hawaii so Brad can use the autopilot on the way back. Steve Basuino - if you are reading, and have a contact name for any contacts on Oahu for Raymarine instruments, could you please email Scott - thx.

Having mexican stackup for dinner tonight. Just cleaned out the refrigerator and put the remaining dinner in the freezer from the coolers. I had to create a "revised" menu for the remaining 4 days. It's getting really hot in the cabin if I use the oven, so trying to not use now. We will have bisquits, muffins and brownies available for our "land house"!

We keep making tremendous daily progress, pretty unbelievable 200 mile days, even with our mishaps. Here's hoping to a very uneventful full-moon starlit sky kinda night. Ciao for now, Kim
Vessel Name: Tiki J
Vessel Make/Model: J/42 Sail No. 33
Hailing Port: Coyote Point YC, San Mateo, CA
Crew: 2016 Update - Kim Worsham, Scott Dickinson, Brad Worsham, Vince Swerkes, Max Dickinson & Cody Dickinson
2016 Update: Max (12) & Cody (9) Dickinson will be joining us this year. Their first passage half way across the Pacific Ocean. Scott and Kim are former Foster City, CA residents recently transplanted to Portland, OR. [...]
2016 Update: The Year of the Kids! A lot of Worshams and those mental enough to be on a boat with them! In the Small World department, the Tiki J race crew, return crew (including Bill Sr) and shore support crew a.k.a. our extended families were saddened to learn of the passing of Charley [...]
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