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PD Staff
06-15-2010, 11:53 AM
http://www.encinal.org/pageResource/coastalcup/2010/grfx/2010coastalCup.jpg

Alan Brierty Limit 98888 Reichel-Pugh 63

Brack Duker Holua 97656 Santa Cruz 70

Per Peterson/Artie Means Alchemy 97999 Andrews 68

Dave Fell Javalin 52592 Farr 49

Kevin Flanigan/Greg Nelson Ocelot 28909 Fox 44

Tom Holthus Bad Pak 56203 J 145

Bill Guilfoyle Prevail 28725 Santa Cruz 52

Dr Laura Schlessinger Warrior 7125 J125

Andy Costello Double Trouble 93204 J125

David Van Houten Serena 28538 Thompson 1150

Stanley Glaros/Jon Hunt Dark & Stormy 35018 ID35

John Grey Cal Maritime 57 Mumm/Farr 30

Camilo Martinez Macondo 52304 Beneteau First 47.7

Peter Blackmore Pied Piper 4912A Oyster 49

Charles James/Jon Stewart Bloom County 18151 Mancebo

Howard Turner Symmetry 195 J109

Joe Pratt Ada Helen 922 Catalina 42

Peter Molnar Poseidon's 180 J 105

Mike Reed Magic 80 Express 27

Natalie Criou Elise 101 Express 27

Steve Waterloo Shaman 5166 Cal 40

Gordon Leon Alpha Papa 60118 Tripp 33

PD Staff
06-16-2010, 08:20 AM
The winds gods are smiling down upon the Coastal Cup!



Point Reyes to Pigeon Point


Thu...NW winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. NW swell 6 to 8 ft at 9 seconds.

Thu Night...NW winds 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. NW swell 7 to 9 ft. Patchy fog.

Fri...NW winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. NW swell 7 to 9 ft. Patchy fog. Patchy drizzle.





Pigeon Point to Point Pinos

Thu...NW winds 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. NW swell 5 to 7 ft at 10 seconds.

Thu Night...NW winds 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. NW swell 6 to 8 ft. Patchy fog.

Fri...NW winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. NW swell 6 to 8 ft. Patchy fog. Patchy drizzle.

Sat...NW winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. NW swell 5 to 7 ft. Patchy fog. Patchy drizzle.




Point Pinos to Point Conception:

Thursday: N wind 15 to 17 kt becoming WNW in the morning. Sunny. Mixed swell...NW 8 ft at 10 seconds and SSW 2 ft at 15 seconds. Wind waves around 3 ft.

Thursday Night: NW wind 16 to 18 kt. Patchy fog after 11pm. Mixed swell...NW 8 ft and SSW 2 ft. Wind waves around 3 ft.

Friday: WNW wind 16 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Patchy fog before 11am. NW swell 8 ft. Wind waves 3 to 4 ft.

Friday Night: NW wind 13 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Patchy fog after 11pm. NW swell 7 ft. Wind waves 3 to 4 ft.

Saturday: WNW wind 13 to 20 kt. Patchy fog before 11am. NW swell 7 ft. Wind waves 2 to 3 ft.

war dog
06-16-2010, 09:45 AM
Sweetness!!!!!!

Buzz Light Beer
06-16-2010, 12:28 PM
Limits in town eh?

Nice!

Big Brass Balls
06-16-2010, 02:30 PM
Go Trunk Monkey!

IOR Geezer
06-16-2010, 04:55 PM
Slow and steady wins the race.

ninerslr
06-17-2010, 09:43 AM
Go Trunk Monkey!

No Monkey in this race! Too close to Pac Cup, although it looks like it's going to be a killer race. The other Farr is going to do really well, looking forward to hearing how their race went.

aA
06-17-2010, 10:54 AM
they are out the gate, heading into a sw 15-20. limit smoked the fleet, ahead of alchemy by five full minutes at point bonita.

if the wind clocks it should be a fun ride



photoboy pics should be up by 1pm pdt

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 01:03 PM
Just back....fleet appear head offshore.
Wind is light near the coast, hazy, and showing more west in it.
Pics up loading...

....eeeerrrrppppp....

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 02:29 PM
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Boats are FLYING!!! Limit already off Año and doing 15.7 knots!!!

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 02:32 PM
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2010 Coastal Cup Fleet Tracker (http://www.ionearth.com/2010/coastal-cup/)

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 03:40 PM
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It appears Dr Laura really sooped up Warrior and is Flying down the 101 doing 55 mph...

Meanwhile Ocelot and Double Trouble are duking it out for what appears to be corrected time and are off Waddell Crick but way offshore...

Alchemy in 2nd about 3 miles in front of them but 6 miles aprox behind Limit

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 04:53 PM
Limit is now off Big Sur and doing 17 knots!

Dt and Ocelot a parallel To Castroville some 18 mile aft..

Serena, Bad Pak are now in front of Alchemy and Javalin

Cal Maritime and Bloom County are now off Año

Pied Piper bringing up the rear ( Elise's pinger not working?)

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 07:04 PM
Limit now hitting 22.2 knots and nearin the same lat as San Simeon!

Ocelot has peeled away from DT, head inland? Strateregy?

Buzz Light Beer
06-17-2010, 07:10 PM
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Nice piece of kit!

Photoboy
06-17-2010, 09:17 PM
9:00 PM Update:

Double Trouble has found the accelerator pedal, hitting 16.9 knots and reeling in Limit which may have sailed into light air, and has dropped to 18 knots. Now even With Pismo but stayin well offshore.
John Gray and Emma Creighton aboard Cal Maritimeinside track seems to be paying off as they have gained signifigant ground on the leaders. Alchemy now only leads Pied Piper and is still parallel with Santa Cruz!

Photoboy
06-18-2010, 04:31 AM
A keeper trophy will be awarded to the skipper. Current course record
(277nm): Doug Baker, Magnitude 80, 2006, 20h/54m/30s.

At 4:00 AM. Limit is 30 Miles to Finish and doing 14.3 knots
Ocelots inside gamble seem to have paid off and they are now in 2nd place, 66 miles out and doing 14 knots
DT has gybe back outside and is currently in 3rd, 67.8 miles out and doing 13.2
Pied Piper seems headed to Santa Cruz to retire. Alchemy's pinger was turned off or malfunctioned late yesterday and they appear to have retired as well.


Zone Forecast: East Santa Barbara Channel from Pt. Conception to Pt. Mugu including Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands:

Today...NW winds 10 to 15 kt in the morning...becoming W and increasing to 15 to 25 kt with occasional gusts to 35 kt by the late afternoon. Combined seas 3 to 5 ft dominant period 9 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.

Tonight...W to NW winds 15 to 25 kt with occasional gusts to 35 kt...becoming NW 10 to 20 kt with local gusts to 30 kt late. Combined seas 4 to 6 ft dominant period 10 seconds. Patchy fog after midnight.

SB Bouy West currently at 26 gusting to 28

SB Bouy East currently 11 gusting to 13

Photoboy
06-18-2010, 04:35 AM
4:30 AM Update:

Limit now 23 miles to go and doing 10.5 knots

Ocelot 59.9 and doing 9.3

DT 67.6 and doing 13

aA
06-18-2010, 07:52 AM
nice snaps

looks like a good year

aA
06-18-2010, 08:41 AM
limit crosses the line at 8:14am

Photoboy
06-18-2010, 08:57 AM
limit crosses the line at 8:14am

Just missed the record, would had to finish before 6:54 AM to eclipse Magintude 80's 2006 record, if my math is correct...

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Worth another look anyways!

Photoboy
06-18-2010, 03:01 PM
This Just In!

Tom aboard Ocelot reports the following: They finished at 9:30 5 minutes in front of DT
Winds 20-20 with gusts to 30 plus all night
6 good wipeouts. one requiring headsail change
" Never gone that fast, being that wet, for that long in his life"
Grinder was under water all night, ( 12 hrs)
New dodger is the bomb
Javalin finished 2nd, (Edit: make the Alchemy which went stealth)
DT will probably correct out as winner over all
Ocelots crew was Tom, Andrew, Greg Nelson, Bill Columbo, Kevin Flanigan, Dan Alvarez and Carl Crawford

The Oyster 49 Dismasted

Pics to follow!

Photoboy
06-18-2010, 03:27 PM
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Swinging Bachelor Pad in SB?

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View from the bow-geeks perspective leaving the estuary

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The back of the bus



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Crows nest

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Team Ocelot In Santa Barbara

bowline
06-18-2010, 03:47 PM
Looks like Alchemy actually finished second, and Javalin is currently about 7th if the transponders are correct. Here is the site data;

http://www.encinal.org/pageResource/coastalcup/2010/docs/CurrentStatus.html

Photoboy
06-19-2010, 05:42 PM
Phil McFarlane forwards us this from his adventure on the Oyster 49 Pied Piper

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Pied Piper in the Coastal cup.
It was just after midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning. We were at the back if the fleet in our 47,000 lb Oyster 49 after spending way too much time going nowhere just west of mile rock. We had started with the 115% Genoa because the forecast was for pretty good wind. The forecast, at least for that morning turned out to be optimistic as we had about five knots just past lands end were we did a change to the 150% Genoa.

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Shortly after that we set the asymmetric kite and were on our way down the coast chasing the fleet. The wind slowly built thought the afternoon and by midnight we were showing around 17 knots apparent with 7 to 9 knots of boat speed in moderate seas.
Midnight was change of watch so right then we had all eight crew on deck. We decided it was time to do something different with the sail plan. We were just getting ready to take down the kite when we rounded up for the third time and at 00:06 the mast snapped right at the lower spreaders. The mast fell to port as we were on starboard tack. The boat spun around, as fast as 47,000 lbs can, and went head to wind.

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We spent the next 40 minutes or so cutting away the rig. Were not sure what failed but there are signs that a swage terminal high up just let go. We lost three sails, the rig, almost all of the running rigging, the radar, both bow and stern pulpits and the port lifelines. There are spots of damage hear and they’re all over the boat.

After sending the rig to the bottom of the Monterey Trench 28 miles off shore we motored to Monterey were we pulled into a slip and went and had breakfast. The good news is nobody got hurt at all, in a situation that had a very high risk for injury. The whole crew worked together as a team and calmly got the job done. It was a real pleasure to sail with these guys most of which I really never sailed with before. The owner is already talking about the “new improved rig” so all is well.
It’s a shame we didn’t make it to Santa Barbara but sometimes you just can’t get there from here

Photoboy
06-19-2010, 05:57 PM
Andy Costello of Double Trouble forward us this from their voyage...Apparently the AM parking zone inside Conception foiled DT's quest for corrected out 1st...

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Man I wish we corrected to first but we didn't. That's the only problem with CC cup, when you a fast ride down you hit the convergence zone of Santa Barbara, it took us over 3 hours to sail the last 10 miles. Our race software had us finishing at 10 30 am until we parked up.

Ocelot was on the horizon behind us but were able to catch up and we both struggled to make the finish. The 20 hours before was killer down wind sailing.
Between 7 pm and 8 am we sailed in 28 to 35 knots of breeze with great waves. We sailed with a reefed main and our a5.5 that Trevor Baylis who sails with me and Jeff Thorpe from Quantum designed specifically for the race and boy did it get it's use.

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We were sailing at speeds between 16 and 25 knots for that 12 hr period. Great drivers are a must in this race if you want to push hard.
I had Trevor Baylis, Patrick Whitmarsh and Jeff Thorpe to get us thru the night linking giant waves into extended 20 plus knot runs with breeze in low to mid 30 s when you can't see anything amazes me.
Jeff Thorpe navigated and Mark Breen and Jonny Goddsberry rounded up our strong crew. We were greeted by a hundred dolphins a few miles from the finish that played with us for a mile or so.

A great race and I thank the crew for their hard work. I respected them a ton but after Thursday night I my respect their skills is off the charts.
We held nothing back pushed as hard as possible. Happy to win our class.

Congrats to all the sailors who competed in the race it's cool just to finish in one piece and take home the memories of ripping down our little windy stretch if coast definitley not for the faint hearted.
Thanks again. I have some sick video if you would like to check it out.

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Best Andy

Thanks Andy! We look foward to the Video! I'll post some stills when upload from today stuff allows!

aA
06-20-2010, 10:15 AM
sounds like a carbon copy of 07...

light out the gate, building to pigeon, 30+ all the way to conception, then the dreaded gaviota/goleta hole

nicely done dt with some great sailors (and really good dudes too)

Photoboy
06-20-2010, 11:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_OhIDkzvxs

Double Trouble's video is up and ready! Hold onto you seats!

* accompanying lyrics my be offensive to some viewers

Photoboy
06-20-2010, 11:52 AM
2010 Coastal Cup
Race No. 1 06/17/10
Provisional

Fleet A - 3 and lower - Fleet 01 Time on Distance
Distance=277 nm Start: 10:00 Course: 1
SAIL # SKIPPER BOAT NAME BOAT MODEL RATING FINISH ELAPSED CORRECTED PTS. COMMENTS YC
93204 Andy Costello Double Trouble J 125 -30 13:19:16 27:19:16 29:37:46 1 06/18
28909 Kevin/Greg Flanigan/Nelson Ocelot Fox 44 -48 13:12:43 27:12:43 30:54:19 2 06/18
28538 David Van Houten Serena Thompson 1150 -21 15:56:03 29:56:03 31:33:00 3 06/18
28725 Bill Guilfoyle Prevail SC 52 -39 15:57:01 29:57:01 32:57:04 4 06/18
97999 Per/Artie Peterson/Means Alchemy Andrews 68 -99 11:27:55 25:27:55 33:04:58 5 06/18
98888 Alan Brierty Limit Reichel-Pugh 63 -156 08:13:22 22:13:22 34:13:34 6 06/18
56203 Tom Holthus Bad Pak J 145 -42 17:05:02 31:05:02 34:18:56 7 06/18
35018 Stanley/Jon Glaros/Hunt Dark & Stormy ID35 3 22:47:00 36:47:00 36:33:09 8 06/18
52592 David Fell Javalin Farr 49 -49 19:07:35 33:07:35 36:53:48 9 06/18
97656 Brack Duker Holua SC 70 -99 DNC : : 12
7125 Dr Laura Schlessinger Warrior J 125 -36 DNC : : 12

Fleet C - 4 and higher - Fleet 02 Time on Distance
Distance=277 nm Start: 10:05 Course: 1
SAIL # SKIPPER BOAT NAME BOAT MODEL RATING FINISH ELAPSED CORRECTED PTS. COMMENTS YC
18151 Charles/Jon James/Stewart Bloom County Mancebo 57 19:49:36 33:44:36 29:21:27 1 06/18
57 John Grey Cal Maritime Mumm/Farr 30 24 18:22:21 32:17:21 30:26:33 2 06/18
60118 Gordon Leon Alpha Papa Tripp 33 36 22:16:06 36:11:06 33:24:54 3 06/18
101 Nathanlie Criou Elise Express 27 96 03:23:24 41:18:24 33:55:12 4 06/19
195 Howard Turner Symmetry j 109 62 01:23:12 39:18:12 34:31:58 5 06/19
5166 Steve Waterloo Shaman Cal 40 102 06:24:51 44:19:51 36:28:57 6 06/19 EYC
180 Peter Molnar Poseidon's J 105 72 09:42:58 47:37:58 42:05:34 7 06/19
52304 Camilo Martinez Macondo Benetau First 47/7 30 06:35:38 44:30:38 42:12:08 8 06/19
922 Joe Pratt Ada Helen Catalina 42 69 13:44:38 51:39:38 46:21:05 9 06/19
A4912 Peter Blackmore Pied Piper Oyster 49 54 DNF : : 12
80 Mike Reed Magic Express 27 96 DNF : : 12

ggRacer 06/19/10- 13:51:02

Photoboy
06-20-2010, 11:53 AM
2010 Coastal Cup
Provisional

Race No 1 06/17/10

OVERALL Fleet ALL

FIRST START-10:00 06/17/10 Distance=277 nm Fleet ALL

Time on Distance
ELAPSED TIMES
Fin.

Sail
Skipper && Boat Name
Boat type Rating
Finish Actual Correcte Pts. Dat Notes

18151
Charles/Jon James/Stewart Bloom Mancebo 57 33:44:36 29:21:27 1 06/18

93204
Andy Costello Double J 125 -30 27:19:16 29:37:46 2 06/18

57
John Grey Cal Maritime Mumm/Farr 30 24 32:17:21 30:26:33 3 06/18

28909
Kevin/Greg Flanigan/Nelson Ocelot Fox 44 -48 27:12:43 30:54:19 4 06/18

28538
David Van Houten Serena Thompson -21 29:56:03 31:33:00 5 06/18

28725
Bill Guilfoyle Prevail SC 52 -39 29:57:01 32:57:04 6 06/18

97999
Per/Artie Peterson/Means Alchemy Andrews 68 -99 25:27:55 33:04:58 7 06/18

60118
Gordon Leon Alpha Papa Tripp 33 36 36:11:06 33:24:54 8 06/18

101
Nathanlie Criou Elise Express 27 96 41:18:24 33:55:12 9 06/19

98888
Alan Brierty Limit Reichel-Pugh -156 22:13:22 34:13:34 10 06/18

56203
Tom Holthus Bad Pak J 145 -42 31:05:02 34:18:56 11 06/18

195
Howard Turner Symmetry j 109 62 39:18:12 34:31:58 12 06/19

5166
Steve Waterloo Shaman
Cal 40 102 44:19:51 36:28:57 13 06/19




35018
Stanley/Jon Glaros/Hunt Dark & Stormy ID35 3 36:47:00 36:33:09 14 06/18

52592
David Fell Javalin Farr 49 -49 33:07:35 36:53:48 15 06/18

180
Peter Molnar Poseidon's J 105 72 47:37:58 42:05:34 16 06/19

52304
Camilo Martinez Macondo Benetau First 30 44:30:38 42:12:08 17 06/19

922
Joe Pratt Ada Helen Catalina 42 69 51:39:38 46:21:05 18 06/19

A4912
Peter Blackmore Pied Piper Oyster 49 54 : 21

80
Mike Reed Magic Express 27 96 : 21

97656
Brack Duker Holua SC 70 -99 : 23

7125
Dr Laura Schlessinger Warrior J 125 -36 : 23


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Photoboy
06-20-2010, 12:17 PM
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Congratulations to Bloom County, the well worn custom Mancebo 31 owned by Charles James

(named afterter a now defunct very hilarious comic strip by Bekerley Bretahed http://www.berkeleybreathed.com/)

They managed to split off from the convergence zone during the start and avoided image capture, yet we had some stock laying about,
the one above from the Crewed Duxship! Bloom county currently sits in 2nd place in the OYRA PHRO 1 division

Photoboy
06-21-2010, 06:53 PM
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Emma and her crew, post Point Conception nose stand incident....some kids have all the fun!

Buzz Light Beer
06-21-2010, 08:38 PM
Looks like someone went swimming!

Photoboy
06-21-2010, 10:13 PM
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The 2010 Coastal Cup Gallery is all complete! Yeah!

Even found a shot of Bloom County in the progress.....

Clicky (http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery.asp?userid=the_REAL_photoboy&gallery_id=2125891)

Now on to remaining Ditch Run, YRA Sailstice, Opti Heavy Weather, etc...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

war dog
06-22-2010, 09:29 PM
Here is a bit O video from "Ocelot" The first part has some fish to gawk at for the quick after that it was WD on the cam and ADD makes for shitt- videos!!!!!...................this was all before the wind picked up and it got rocking and rolling!!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoKBZaifnwM


There will be drinking..........fighting...........and.......... .

Photoboy
06-22-2010, 10:08 PM
Emma Creighton sends us a mini novel on the Mumm 30 " Cal Maritime's" voyage!

Thanks Emma!


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Ok- so, Coastal Cup:

The boys let me drive the start (because I won the rock paper scissors competition- seriously, I'm a world champion) and really, no one wanted to do any upwind driving. We'd discovered right before the start that one person on the boat (to remain nameless) had forgotten his foul weather gear. Interesting. I'd borrowed boots from Jody, which was amazing! Mine are still in Bermuda. Again, interesting.
Anyway, it was light, I started on the 'wrong' end of the line, which ended up working out just fine as we were on the inside of the left shift all the way out the gate.

A few tacks later and it was still light, upwind, and awkward, yet somehow we were still passing people. We stayed south-ish, took another hitch out, hoping that the gribs were right and there would be more wind offshore. Eventually we finally turned left and got the A kite up.

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Over the afternoon the wind built (predictably) and we switched to the symmetrical masthead, and then down to a frac kite. The waves were getting bigger and bigger, and steeper. Down below on the Mumm is now officially miserable. I did Mumm '30 worlds in 2008, and it was by far the wettest boat I have ever sailed on. I figured this time would be similar, but that maybe this boat had been a bit waterproofed... Hmmm... I'm not talking damp, I'm talking 5 gallons at a time flushing in through the stringers that the twings are lead through. Oh, and did I mention that we were short one set of foulies? So someone was always down below, with no wet weather gear on.


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Anyway, I still managed to get some sleep (I was wearing smalls, and was able to hang on to them for awhile), so tucking into a sopping sleeping bag wasn't' that bad. Then it's 9PM and time for my watch. It's dark and the breeze has built a lot while I was asleep- it's blowing a solid 25-30 and the waves are seriously steep.

David Rasmussen was killing it- seriously, so in the groove and cracking jokes the whole time while maintaining 16-19 knots. By this point the boat is so wet, below and on deck that we've renamed it the Volvo '30, and Scott Lynch is singing "We all live in a yellow submarine" almost constantly. I don't even want to try to attempt to swap drivers, so David just hangs in there until it's finally time to take down the kite, put up a jib and jibe over. Apparently we were the closest boat to shore all that night- which is funny. We had a solid 30-35 knots of breeze, and were just aiming to parallel the coast, but I guess some boats took a total flier out while we jibed in. We poled out the jib and were still hitting 18s, easily.

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We went in to San Simeon, then jibed back out, I went to sleep. By now it's totally miserable down below- there are literally phospheresence swimming around on the bench next to me, and I've had to hand over my foulies. Everyone did some serious cuddling down below that night.

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Morning, time to get a kite back up. Frac, then full, as the breeze is seriously down (18-20 knots). Over the morning the breeze builds back up, and then the sun comes out! We're off of Conception, with the full main and masthead kite. Skip and Jody had made me promise we'd reef early, and really, we wanted to, but by this point (it's blowing 30) we just didn't really know how. We'd decided it would be no huge deal to reef on our side, and really, if we tried to reef, we'd end up wiped out anyway. As far as the kite is concerned, well, it's probably time to take it down and put up the frac. All 4 of us are hanging out on the stern, and we talk a bit about getting it down. There's a cruising boat off our stern, really reefed down, just hanging out... probably interested in the kooks that are smashing along, wiping out every few minutes. It's time to get the kite down, so 3 of us go forward- and by forward, I mean, in front of the traveller, and suddenly it's all over. David is driving and he gives some "oh wow!" comment, and when water gets to the mast I turn around and start climbing. It's a bit like Titanic, and when the stern stops rising I turn around just as the boat falls down on to its port side(we'd been on starboard). John Gray is underwater, David is pinned on the lifelines, underwater, and Scott is doggie paddling back towards the boat. We were all clipped in, and we're all still there. The kite is streaming from our rig, the clew has let go so the pole is not broken or anything, and we take minute to have a little bit of a "holy #$%@!" laugh and then we start cleaning things up.

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That seemed like as good a time as any to reef the main, up goes the jib and we start the clean up process. The cruiser boat had jibed over to see if we were still alive, and as soon as they saw us jibe back and hoist a kite they cleared out pretty quickly. Possibly they thought we were certifiable at that point? They must have had a great show though, wish they'd snapped a pic or two of our rudder 15 feet out of the water!

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Down below is really quite something. Everything has been shifted on to the port side of the boat, and things that were in the stern on starboard are now buried forward on port. We are all seriously glad that no one was down below during The Incident.

The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful and really quite pleasant. Of course every oil rig was directly in our path (and all the boys were perfectly happy making me drive, trying to hang on and get over the top of them), that boat is really awesome to sail with one reef and the masthead kite in 20-25.
The breeze died and went forward at the end, and I was sent up the rig in the last mile to pull the top main batten that had busted through during our tumble. We were trying really hard to get there in under 32 hours, the pace that was set by the last time that someone sailed that boat in Coastal Cup. We almost made it too.

Once we finished, everyone in SB was so awesome, even though we had a total fiasco trying to hoist the boat (another story). All in all, the trip was terrifying, miserable, wet, cold and unfortunately enough fun that I'd do it again if I got the chance.

Now I've got some serious motivation to waterproof the Mini...

Buzz Light Beer
06-23-2010, 09:05 AM
Here is a bit O video from "Ocelot" The first part has some fish to gawk at for the quick after that it was WD on the cam and ADD makes for shitt- videos!!!!!...................this was all before the wind picked up and it got rocking and rolling!!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoKBZaifnwM

There will be drinking..........fighting...........and.......... .



Awesomeness.

Who runs the canting controls on Ocelot and what happens when you round down?

solosailor
06-23-2010, 10:31 AM
Who runs the canting controls on Ocelot and what happens when you round down?No canting on the spotted cat...... just a 4750lbs keel/bulb down to 10ft. Never have rounded down, just wind checks!