View Full Version : Ronnie Simpson Gets The Lead Out!

PD Staff
08-13-2010, 11:08 AM
800 Miles off the California Coast, Ronnie Simpson's Jutson 30' Keel boat is a Keel boat no longer.

After a triumphant 2nd place finish in group A in this years Single-handed transpac, Ronnie
finds himself and crew mate Ed 800 miles off the California Coast lighter yet less nimble.


From his blog report http://www.openbluehorizon.com/

All is not well aboard the good ship "Warrior's Wish". Unfortunately, the keel broke off of the boat last night. Fortunately, it didn't take part of the hull with it, so we are not taking on water. We are currently motor sailing with a small jib up. The Coast Guard is maintaining 2 hour radio checks with us and a freight ship is on its way to drop off diesel fuel. Life raft and ditch bag are in the cockpit, on the ready, in case the boat capsizes. We are doing everything in our power to get this boat back to California.


Fortunately the motor still works, and the now have bundles of fuel:

The Coast Guard put out a call for diesel fuel which was answered by the commercial vessel "Horizon Hawk", courtesy of Horizon Freight Lines. Mad props guys. Anyways, "Horizon Hawk" dropped a bunch of drums of diesel fuel into the water with little orange markers on them. Like some bad carnival game, Ed and I drove around in our wounded boat, picking all of them up with a boat hook. I had to jump in to retrieve a few. A line from one of the drums got wrapped around the prop, but Ed cut it out. Go Pro footage of the whole ordeal was captured.


Thanks to Horizon Hawk, our newest unofficial sponsor, we now have 50 gallons of diesel and a ton of motor oil.

Slowly motoring for home, just trying to keep the heavy side down. Oh never mind, that saying doesn't apply to us any more. Wish us luck.


Good luck Ronnie!

Caca Cabeza
08-13-2010, 11:34 AM
I warned him not to take the det cord with him.

Single Hander
08-13-2010, 01:29 PM
800 miles with out lead and a lot of overhead weight, frightening!

Good luck Ronnie!

Buzz Light Beer
08-13-2010, 04:13 PM

Jutson 30?

Couldn't find much about them on the internets, I did find a model named Anna Jutson, she looks less than 30 though:


Could just be the outfit.

IOR Geezer
08-13-2010, 07:51 PM
Under 600 miles now, making 5 knots with jib, godspeed Ronnie!

PD Staff
08-13-2010, 08:22 PM
August 13, 2010- Friday the 13th with no keel 599 miles from land

"I just realized in typing the date that today was Friday the 13th. And we have no keel. 599 miles from land. Wow. I originally just sat down to type that we crossed another milestone; less than 600 from land. We are having little parties in the cockpit at every milestone that makes us happy. A shot of Jameson whiskey and some pop-tarts will round out the festivities for "599 party". Anything to ease the tension out here. Sleeping in your foulies and PFD with one hand on the ditch bag, and a pocket knife in my pocket to cut the life raft away that is stowed in the cockpit is a rather lame way to sleep. Every time the boat rolls excessively in the night is a bit freaky. I never realized how awesome a keel was until it left me. What a glorious 2,500 pound lead fin that thing was. RIP keel.

Other than that, it's fairly uneventful out here. Breeze and conditions are really helping us out right now, for which i'm extremely grateful. Very light breeze of about 10 knots out of NNW, and a calm sea state. With a #4 jib up and the motor cruising along, we are making about 5 knots. Without the jib, we struggle to average 4.

In any case, considering that we are far offshore with no keel, I think things are going really really well. Fingers crossed that they stay this way."

34 21 N

134 05 W


08-13-2010, 08:36 PM
Fingers crossed on this side also.
Trust there is enough fuel to get
into a safe spot.

Angry Dolphin
08-14-2010, 09:20 AM

Jutson 30?

Couldn't find much about them on the internets, I did find a model named Anna Jutson, she looks less than 30 though:


Could just be the outfit.

aka "Dynamo Humm ?"

08-14-2010, 09:02 PM
Well we made it through another night. Ed and I rotated two hour watches, making the best boat speeds we've seen in days. The swell was lined up right and the breeze was 8-15 out of the northwest, allowing us to make 5.5- 6.2 knots for most of the night. Right now we're making about 5 knots, and as we begin to enter the California current are beginning to see a swell right on our beam. It is extremely disconcerting to have the boat rolling side to side like this with no keel, but for now we're okay. For all friends and loved ones out there, rest assured that Ed and I are doing fine and are in good spirits. We both feel relatively safe and have control of the situation, so please don't worry. I know there's some worried people out there.

People have been asking about fuel. As of right now, we feel we have plenty. Unless there is a mechanical issue with the motor, (knock on wood/ fiberglass, etc. please dont jinx us.) we should be fine. Checking oil and motor frequently.

We have begun checking in with the Pac Cup roll call on 8A at 1100 and 2000 PDT. Spoke with Jon from Horizon this morning, "Valis" and a Cal 40. Will continue to check in with those guys. Kinda fun having radio roll call again. Reminds me of the Singlehanded Transpac.

Not having a keel totally puts the gay in Mount Gay 30,

Rumor unfounded.

PD Staff
08-15-2010, 08:05 PM

Another day down. Breeze went lighter last night, which was really starting to slow us down. It appears that we have more than enough fuel, and a very good weather window to get home safely, so we are making the most of it and have throttled up a bit. It allows us to run about 5 knots, even with no breeze. We still have the #4 jib up.

Interesting observations from sailing with no keel: When breeze goes aft, we have to sheet in. As the breeze shifted aft of the beam, we were trying to sheet out and get the most drive out of it as possible. We also tried switching to our light-air jib. The light-air jib sucked. When sheeting out the #4, the boat starts rolling much more than we like, so we sheet it in mainly just for stability, as it's almost ineffective at giving us any drive at all. Also, with a following sea, there is significantly less lee helm. If the seas are on the beam or forward of the beam, we have a very significant amount of lee helm. So kind of a trade off in going down wind.

We decided to go ahead and change the engine oil and filter this morning, as well as change the fuel filter. Things went more or less as planned. Motor only died once afterwards, which I expected. A quick bleed of the fuel system and she's been purring ever since.

Breeze should clock back to the right, coming out of the NW for the next 3 days, which *hopefully* will see us arriving in San Fran on the 18th.

We have been in touch with Nozomi, Horizon, Pegasus and a few other Pac Cup boats. Really cool to have all of those guys in touch with us and chiming in on their radio nets. Congrats to Valis for reaching Sausalito.

35 55 n

129 13 w

5.5 knots

055 true

wind 8 knots @ 300

PD Staff
08-17-2010, 10:12 AM
Last nights request:

August 16, 2010- 228 miles to San Fran

1 more night down, and *hopefully* only two more nights to go. As you can tell, the nights freak me out a bit more than the days. Things are still more or less going okay aboard Warrior's Wish. We've had to bleed the motor several times. We checked all of our work regarding fuel filter swap, previous bleeding, etc. Everything seems tight, but due to constant vibration, (or something), it seems there is a very small air leak. Motor sounds very starved and loses power for several minutes. Definitely seems like a fuel issue. Motor itself is fine. The starvation/ power loss either works itself out naturally in 5 minutes, as it did once yesterday, or requires bleeding, as we've done 3 times in the past 2 days. The motor generally stays running throughout the entire ordeal. Either way, she's purring right along right now and we're making a steady 5.5 knots with the jib up. Definitely looking forward to getting back to San Francisco. I think we both want showers, thai curry chicken, and beer. Everything after that is just in tne details.

Our ETA is beginning to become more defined. Looking at Wednesday morning's flood tide. Slack is at 0349, max flood is 0706 and slack is 1011. Fortunately, the ebb tide after that is a mild one, so we have some leeway (no pun intended, hahaha). We would like to have a boat on the scene to meet us outside the gate and escort us in if that is possible. With the gnarly currents at the Golden Gate, if the motor craps out, we're done. Either into the South Tower or the lee shore. Too much leeward drift with no keel. I think we can do it ourselves, I just want a power boat as back up in case we need a tow. Please contact RJ (silver911r@gmail.com) if you know of someone who can help with this. I would prefer to not have Coast Guard on scene as I don't feel it's an emergency.


ronnie out

Garett and Drew from Spinnaker Sailing have volunteered a boat departing South Beach Marina,

You can give them a holler at 415.543.7333

Thanks for the heads up Joe!

08-17-2010, 01:27 PM
ETA is between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM at Gate.

Drew And Garrett plan to depart South Beach 3:00 - 3:30 AM

PD Staff
08-17-2010, 07:59 PM
La Donna from L-38 and the owner of Warriors Wish will be out getting the vessel safely in the Gate and taking it to Richmond, our spies have learned!

08-18-2010, 07:10 AM

Looks like they made it in safe and sound.

Beer, it's what's for breakfast!

Welcome home guys!

Charlie Tuna
08-18-2010, 08:54 AM
Glad to see they made it in safe and sound.

PD Staff
08-18-2010, 03:02 PM
Warrior Wish at rest at Bay Marine






08-19-2010, 12:23 PM
The boat has been pulled, and the root cause was apparently the weld. The boat is loaded on the trailer and will be tow back to the East Coast and refitted with an new keel and readied for the Bermuda 1-2!

Thanks to Kim Desenberg of Bay Marine (http://www.baymarineboatworks.com/) for the info and the photo!


Kim Desenberg Bay Marine

"The keelbolts, which were welded to the stainless flange, were
unaffected. The top of the foil, which was welded to the flange, failed at
the bottom of the weld, about 1/2" down from the flange surface."
Kim D.

Big Brass Balls
08-19-2010, 01:58 PM
Somehow I invisioned long bolts coming through the plate and into the trunk itself.

Is that not the generally the case?

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Single Hander
08-19-2010, 08:57 PM
Somehow, Guitars pics look more feminine.