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

Down to the Wire

Another cracking session in the month of June.

As forecasted by the HKO, the wind was consistent with strong gusts.  You could see them coming across the water and needed to make adjustments as crew (leaning out and deeper on the trapeze) and helmsman (turning up/down wind) in order to avert a capsize.

Managed to tame the GoPro Hero3 settings to capture a decent amount of this sail and remember to turn on the GPS.

Date: 26/06/2013 09:49 am
Distance: 10.3 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: 3:00:08
Avg Speed: 3.4 kts
Max Speed: 14.9 kts

Mission Accomplished

June in Hong Kong was a great month. The end of work and beginning of play, brilliant blue skies and plenty of wind.  It had been a long time since the last session for all of us and now the stars were aligned.

Shortty and I had talked about pushing out a bit further when the conditions were right, taking the better part of a day sailing to Mui Wo and back.  We woke up this day to a Typhoon Signal 1 and decided to give it a crack.

We hauled sail and cast off, the forecasted southerly was yet to gather pace so rather than risk getting caught between Peng Chau and Nim Shue Wan we decided to head due east around the outside of Peng Chau. This tactic eventually proved ill so we hauled the spinnaker and jibed downwind back towards DBay.

At around 11am with the LBC in sight, the wind picked up as forecasted and our mission was back on course!  We  blasted south downwind through the Peng Chau gap eventually making land outside of the China Beach Club in Mui Wo.  With Sinnerman hauled onto beach and head to wind, we strolled up to the club with wide grins for a well earned beer.

From the balcony at the China Beach Club we soaked up the sun and stunning vista.  It wasn’t long before the wind picked up so we downed our beers and heading back down to the beach to gear up for the journey home.  Shortty took helm and within seconds of launching we rocketed out of the bay on tack.  The swell and wind combined gave us a thrashing and several times sent Metzy flying through the air on the wire.  So we turned down wind, back through the gap an onto the LBC, our Mui Wo mission accomplished.