Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Planned to bring Kraken back up post Yachting Cup yesterday but glad I didn't. Planning on coming back tomorrow now when this has settled down.

The normal "safe" channel between waves is middle of the picture.

The Yachting Cup was an up and down affair. A couple of second places (listed as third on one race but successfully protested the second place boat for a fairly extreme port starboard incident), but also a couple of last places. Things got better on the Sunday and it was a relief to end with a happy boat at the end of the weekend.

More to come on this race later.

Monday, April 20, 2015

How things change

After our light winds practice at the weekend I was left reflecting on how things change.

The boat was split, half experienced, half inexperienced. We started with basic trim upwind. I had intended on working on acceleration practice but with light winds and cruising sails up quickly scaled back to tailing, grinding and basic helming, getting people into new positions.

Downwind we practiced free flying the spinnaker with people trimming who hadn't been through this before (nor had much experience trimming) and pulled off a dozen gybes.

A year ago we were happy to do two.

Then we doused (mexican) and went upwind a bit again.

Next came a tack set.

And another mexican douse.

Then a gybe set.

And a windward douse.

So three sets, three douses, three different set types, all crisp and fast, two different douses also crisp and fast beyond a small matter of the hatch hot being open ready for one of them.

The hatch was the only major mistake.

A year ago we'd have managed a single hoist, a couple of gybes and would have considered ourselves lucky to not wrap the spinnaker hard on the forestay.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vidoe: G4 second video - WIPEOUT!!!

I'll stand by this being the future of cruising but when I order mine it's going to have an automatic mainsheet dump.....

Glad everyone is okay especially the guy you see smack his back on the mast!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Video: Gunboat G4 first video

This is a "weekender" with galley, enclosed head and comfy beds, not to mention a decent sized entertainment area and the chance of 40kts speeds.

This is the future of sailing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Photos: The Border Run.

Testing out the Jib Top on the delivery to Dana Point, worked awesome then but in the race the wind was just too light and we swapped back to the spinnaker soon after trying it. Nice to finally see it working properly on the delivery though.

The power stations on this coast plague you in light air. You can see them for hours....

Morning of the race, Charlie Wind Whisperer on the helm, Nick settling in, Sarah hiding.

Jonathan making a brief appearance above deck.

Before cooking up a feast as the sun set....

...which was tasty and hot and spicy as it got cold

Last moments with the spinnaker before a late charge into the channel at 3am. After this the wind switched 180 and we sailed upwind after dark.

This was the last photo I took. After this the wind started picking up and we tacked our way to the south past Point Loma.

Returning back with Jonathan on board we took an aggresive shortcut inside the kelp beds and wiggled out to the north, the photo below shows our path. This saved us 40 minutes at least over the longer and safer route south and around the beds that I take solo.

And right after we popped out Jonathan called out "Whales Ahoy" and there they were!

Later their small cousins turned up

And for once I was sailing home in company, with other sailboats running to both Oceanside and further north.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Equipment: Nexus Race Steer Pilot

I have to say that the steer pilot, set to AWA tracking, came into it's own after dark last night. It really allowed the helmspeople to steer a tight course in the dark.

Push the needle to the zero!

Race: The Border Run 2015

Congrats to the Border Run crew on a well fought third in class. Pretty good considering half the race was reaching in light air which is the big hole in our sail wardrobe.

Slow but sunny day and looked likely a long long night but then the wind came back to 10 knots on the nose and we finished with a good few hours of upwind sailing, other boats around us and a nice spinnaker hoist and run down the channel at 2am.

Tired today, but 8th place on corrected time out of 30 odd boats in challenging conditions seems like a good result.

Hmmmm, would have been a good race to break out our 60 rating and the oversize asym...