Spring Series – Race 2

The race start was delayed an hour due to thunderstorm warning from the HKO. Suited us as we needed to list the boat on the beach in order to to re-tape the main rigging.

After putting the boat back up, Shortty broke the Jib halyard which meant we needed to list the boat over to re-thread a new halyard through the ring.

We then set off and after 5 minutes were thrown a line by the race boat in order to get to the course on time. Shortty helmed and got us off to a good start courtesy of some tips we’d picked up from a clinic the weekend before. That said, we narrowly avoided a collusion with a Hobie 16O heading up the course. On the downwind leg it was decided there was more wind closer to Peng Chau so we hauled the kite to take advantage (see map below).

Metzy then jumped on the helm for the second lap looking to gain on two Dart 18s, a Hobie 16 and Hobie Tiger. Up to the top mark there was not much in it, maybe a couple of boat lengths. On the downwind we found our trim and balance making three gibes to come from the rear of the fleet and claim third place. Our best result to date.

Got a bit cocky on the way home thou and ended up going for a wee swim near rocks off Disneyland! After righting the boat, a gust came and Shortty held fast to the line to prevent a potential rescue.

Another awesome session, it took about three days to come down from the high.

Date: 17 May, 2014 11:05 am
Distance: 12.5 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: 2:42:27
Avg Speed: 4.6 kts
Max Speed: 15.2 kts

Whiskey

Good conditions at the start of this session, headed high up wind in search of speed. Scooped up a floating whiskey bottle before heading back downwind on a slight breeze.

Distance: 6.40 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: 1:54:09
Avg Speed: 3.4 kts
Max Speed: 9.5 kts
Avg Pace: 17′ 50″ per nm
Min Altitude: 0 ft
Max Altitude: 0 ft
Start Time: 2014-03-15T03:04:24Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 22º 18′ 00″ N
Longitude: 114º 00′ 55″ E
End Location:
Latitude: 22º 18′ 00″ N
Longitude: 114º 00′ 55″ E

2nd Place

Surprise entry in race with Steve Devlin and Hank on F18 in Easterly Force 4-5

Distance: 9.80 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: 2:25:17
Avg Speed: 4.0 kts
Max Speed: 14.3 kts
Avg Pace: 14′ 49″ per nm
Min Altitude: 0 ft
Max Altitude: 0 ft
Start Time: 2014-03-08T03:25:28Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 22º 18′ 00″ N
Longitude: 114º 00′ 55″ E
End Location:
Latitude: 22º 18′ 00″ N
Longitude: 114º 00′ 55″ E

Maintenance Log

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After the last session, it was clear some minor repairs were in order so here’s a record for good measure.

Spinnaker

The halyard line was twisted with the forward starboard trapeze line. Weighted with some spare shackles, the line was hauled up through the spreaders, untangled and then lowered back down through. Keeping this line insider the spreaders prevents further entanglement.

Ropes

Ends of the clew lines (black striped) were taped as well to prevent fraying. For better protection of the spin poles, the halyard (red striped) is tied to the tack line (blue) and tensioned.

Lubrication

Finally, blocks and track lubricated with silicon spray, and drainage holes drilled into base so storage box.

Next Time

Fix telltales (Mini-DV Cassette Tape) to the forward shrouds, replace shock chord on trapeze wires and blocks.

Winter is Coming

On the eve of Typhoon Usagi a steady wind and heat began to build.

By the morning of Saturday, September 21st a Typhoon Signal 1 had been issued by the Hong Kong Observatory and so Shortty and Metzy made there way down to the beach brimming with anticipation of choice sailing conditions.  A steady northerly greeted the them as well as a new pair of gloves and rash shirt for Metzy.  

Sails hauled and boat launched, Shortty got the boyz out of the bay and amongst some periodic gusts which meant they needed to keep their eyes peeled on the surface of the ocean for the tell-tale signs of oncoming pressure.

The gloves definitely came in handy as there was plenty of tacking and gybing.  The boyz eventually got the kite up and blasted downwind towards Disneyland.  On the tack back, they had there first full capsize and it took both of them right the boat!

Once back onshore they made good preparations for the onslaught of Usagi by dropping the mast, securing loose ends and parking the boat further up the beach near the LBC.

Date: 21/09/2013 10:15 am
Distance: 11.9 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: 4:12:09
Avg Speed: 2.8 kts
Max Speed: 15.2 kts
Avg Pace: 21′ 15″ per nm
Start Time: 2013-09-21T02:15:57Z
Start Location:  
  Latitude: 22º 18′ 00″ N
  Longitude: 114º 00′ 56″ E
End Location:  
  Latitude: 22º 18′ 01″ N
  Longitude: 114º 00′ 55″ E