• Day 7 Updates From Vic-Maui

    Day 7 - Kraken Log

    Today we are somewhere about 800 NM off the coast of California.

    Sailing over the past 24 hrs has been really pleasant. Winds have been in the 8 to 16 range, close and beam reach, and friendly seas. We've had the occasional sprinkle but for the most part the weather has been mild. The foul whether is gone and the layers are starting to come off. The sunscreen has made its entry into the shift routine.

    We are presently skirting the edge of the ridge, (or slight trough ?) which brings us lighter conditions. Our model shows us right on the line between ok wind and none. For the next 2 days we will negotiate this barrier but at this point we have committed to our lane and it is somewhat up to Neptune to decide if we will continue to propel towards Hawaii or if he will give us a time out.

    The amazing thing about ocean sailing is how easy it is to cover vast distances at the relatively low speed of a sail boat. While the crew go about their business, Kraken just keeps going and going hour after hour, day after day, and the miles just pass.

    Kraken seems to love doing this and you can almost feel her excitement when the wind freshens and she begins to accelerate and buck up and down like a play-full horse. It's like we are just the guests and Kraken is allowing to ride her.

    When the wind get's Strong she puts the bow down and takes off like a bat out of hell and all we can do is grab something and hang on!

    We have reached that point in the trip where we are completely detached from terrestrial life. No one really knows what day it is, what's going on in the world (other than the few updates we get from shore) and it's hard to even care about what's happening in the World Cup.

    Our day consists of our shifts, the ocean, and the wind. There is no set time for breakfast lunch or dinner, cocktail hour, or any other regular schedules that normally control us. Burrito's are eaten at will; be it 2am, or 6pm. Everyone just eats when they are hungry.

    Tomorrow mid day, we should be at the half way point. As tradition has it we will be celebrating the event with a "half way party". Everyone is welcome to attend. The party will be held aboard the boat and there will be food and snacks and dancing. Lucas will DJ. Sorry, we don't have any liquor on board but at least no one will have to take a cab home.

    The crew is in great spirits and yesterdays Tuna catch was a real bonus. We had a lunch of fresh seared tuna in a soy-sesame and wasabi reduction.

    All of the Crew are finding their groove in their own way:

    Jamie is falling for the ocean cruising lifestyle. He is now barefoot with his Tilly like hat on, gazing at the ocean and the sky; and looks way too comfortable.

    Karl has the need for speed and loves the race. This won't be his last.

    Alex has become one with the drone and the boat. He is developing some sort of other world connection with these objects and understands what they are thinking.

    Lucas has the "sense" and is communicating with the sea. This morning when we were becalmed he brought back the wind by carving to tiki totem into a chocolate almond.

    Annette has actually relaxed. Her hair has gone ocean wild and even if she doesn't know it yet, she is becoming comfortable out here.

    Colin is now "feelin'good" and is determined to keep all systems and the ship together. His name should have been Scotty.

    BJ misses his girl. Cleaning the head is only a temporary distraction. Jen needs to learn how to sail.



    Day 7 Roll Call shows the fleet still fairly tightly clustered, with one notable exception.

    Geminis Dream has experienced mainsail furling equipment damage, has retired from the race, and has altered course. All onboard are reported safe and well. Race Committee will stay in close communications with Geminis Dream until they reach their next port.

    Pop quiz question:
    What’s the difference between True Wind Angle and (TWA) and True Wind Direction (TWD)?

    Firefly continues to lead the fleet South, with Joy Ride hot on her heels. The next wave of boats includes three Vic-Maui veterans, Turnagain, Salient, and Kraken, followed by OxoMoxo. A relatively short distance back, Anjo and Serenite are soaking down onto Salient’s line, and these three boats are farthest West. The leaderboard is in a state of flux.

    This afternoon, the fleet looks to be sailing on starboard tack with W-NW winds in the 7-13 knot range. Barometric pressures reportedly range from 1022 – 1025, with some dubious outlier readings from boats whose barometer calibrations may have fallen off the pre-start job list. All the boats appear to be navigating a fine line to avoid light air on their left (to the East) and to stay in pressure either ahead or to their right, on the slope of the High (to the West).

    Conditions onboard the boats are reported as warmer and drier, with a more-than-faint whiff of tuna on some boats and gray whales near other boats. It looks like tomorrow will be the half way mark for a number of boats; traditionally there are some wild and wacky celebrations which are sometimes akin to a sailor’s traditional equatorial crossing. With the magic of modern wireless communications, photographs, including drone images, and stories have been coming ashore from the boats and appearing on blogs and social media including the Vic-Maui Facebook group at www.facebook.com/vmiyr/

    Pop quiz answer:
    True Wind Angle (TWA) is the angle the true wind is coming from, relative to the heading or bow of the boat; it can be any number between 0 and 180 degrees. True Wind Direction (TWD) is the compass direction that the wind is coming from, regardless of which way the boat happens to be pointing; it can be any number between 0 and 359 degrees. You’re welcome to quiz the Vic-Maui crews on this at their arrival parties on Maui, preferably after their first refreshment!


    Day 7 – July 7th
    39 deg 47.1’ N 143 deg 41.7’ W

    We have now sailed 1,000 NM since the race Start in Victoria almost a week ago. As we are crossing the 40th Parallel, approximately the same latitude as Carson City, Nevada we are now 900 NM from the closest land. Despite the lighter winds, around 10 – 15 kts, even lighter at times sailing is still tough as we mostly beat into the wind. That means the boat is constantly healed over, tossed around by the waves smashing into the bow.

    Life aboard Salient is very simple though: We sail, eat & sleep. Every crew member has a mug, a water bottle and a bowl. Yesterdays delicious Chicken Souvlaki and Greek Salad all ended up in a big bowl and crew ate it wedged between door frames, strapped into the nav station or sitting on the cabin floor. Sitting on the cabin floor is like being in a car wash: The foul weather gear from the off watch is hanging on the starboard side and swinging across the cabin make for the gentle wash cycle on our faces!



    JOY RIDE Racing
    19 hrs ·
    July 7th Joy Ride Team Update: 15:15 Hrs.

    We’ve been underway for 6 days now and are on day 7! Somehow it doesn’t feel that long and at the same time it feels like forever. Does that make any sense? Between the watch system that doesn’t follow “normal” daily scheduling and the 24hr activities you loose all sense of time. No worries, several clocks showing different time zones keep us in check.

    The crew is doing well; we’re eating like kings (and queen) and all getting the chance to rest and sleep. We all put in our 100% sailing the boat, fixing what breaks and cleaning what gets dirty. Most of all we’ re making this a good time. Of course, we have our eyes on Firefly; chasing them to Hawaii, they’re not done with us yet.

    We don’t dare count down the days but have our prognosis for our arrival We’d like more boat speed and spinnaker flying but alas the weather is what it is. We’ve been flying the code zero for a while now, almost feels like the champagne sailing the brochure speaks off. The temp is slowly going up - foulies are offfffffffff!!!!!!!! We’re airing out our layers and body parts :-) Some of the guys took a “shower” and feel like new. The rest of us will follow, I hope :-.

    We seem to have fixed our hydraulic back stay adjustment and the Iridium puck that wasn’t charging. Fixed a batten pocket on one of the jibs and are doing general preventative maintenance.

    We love the occasional messages coming through from our “fans”; thank you Michelle Neville for being our communications hub and thanks to chef Jami Bennett for all the delicious dinners and Debi Sjogren for the delicious cookies and muffins!!


    Day 5 - July 6th
    41 deg 52,2’ N 140 deg 09,6’ W

    Christof here! Strapped in at the nav station again, and the boat is heeling far over to port. Keep in mind that in less wind and rough seas it feels much less like a roller coaster!

    Yesterday was shower day! After five days at sea and in finally calmer conditions it was time for a hot shower. Everybody was excited, and the boat smelled somewhat normal again, at least to us.

    A couple pairs of socks were protested by one of the two crew in the port aft cabin and made their way to the main cabin where the captain protested ‘no smelly socks in the main cabin’ until they finally were quarantined.
    On that note: Our Navigator suggested that wearing close toed Keens without socks worked well during the Oregon Offshore. I gave it a go, and bought a pair of Keens. I used them with no socks and never looked back: comfortable, good grip and warm enough during all the nasty weather we had. I offered my socks to the crew who had to quarantine their socks....but enough sock talk!

    Sailing has been pleasant. With winds around 15 kts we are close reaching most of the time making for easy driving. We take turns at the helm and each crew drives for an hour. At night most of us loose focus after an hour and happily hand over the wheel. Especially in a dark, overcast night with no visual references and waves that push the boat around, can make driving challenging.

    Salient out!

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