View Poll Results: Are you joining the fleet for SHTP 2010?

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  • "1" Long shot - 2012 is more likely.

    3 13.64%
  • "2" Possibility - I'm thinking about it.

    6 27.27%
  • "3" Likely - I'm actively preparing.

    6 27.27%
  • "4" Serious - I'm well on my way.

    4 18.18%
  • "5" Count me in - I'm going.

    3 13.64%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
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    Default SHTP Interest Poll

    Feel free to "out" yourselves if you're willing - it's always fun to see who's getting ready for the race. Start some threads about issues you're facing and ways you've resolved them - that's what this SHTP sub-board is all about.

    So here we go - like last time, a scale of 1 to 5 . . .

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Fresno, Boat in Mexico until Spring
    Posts
    37

    Default SHTP Poll

    Seabird is a 3-likely but could upgrade in near future. Amnesia is deadly!
    Lou

  3. #3
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    Sep 2007
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    166

    Default

    I was thinking about a grand strategy for 2010 but have returned to more realistic thinking. I'm a definite 1.

    Bill Merrick

  4. #4
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    Sep 2007
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    Default

    Hesperus is a 2.5 or so at this point. I am hoping to go, but since the I'm 3000 miles from the boat, I'm not actively preparing. Regarding a shore station for comm duties, I believe that it is illegal for a land station to transmit on the marine frequencies, thus the ships at sea would have to check in on the Ham frequencies, thus requiring a ham license. I would be in favor or using a shore station for com duties (largely because of the work required). But it might be a good idea to relax the check in requirements if such is used. When I delivered Hesperus back to the mainland in '07 (after the '06 race), a 26 day passage (as I recall), there were perhaps 4 or 5 days when propagation was poor and no one could report to the Pacific Seafarers net. (One day three boats, of the 8 or 10 on the list, were able to report: Hesperus and two others via Hesperus. The mighty Hesperus, 24 feet long, had the strongest radio on the ocean. And still I couldn't get my report in on a significant number of days.) (I'm not braging there, I purchased the radio from HF Offshore and installed it as they recommended. They know their stuff, for any one who is thinking about installing an SSB.)

    Any way, if a shore station is to be used, relaxing the check in requirements might be a good call.

    Paul Woodward
    s/v Hesperus

  5. #5
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    Sep 2007
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    Default SHore station check in - legality

    The FCC issues many types of licenses for Marine and Commercial operation. A fixed base license is available. Note that many YC's have same, hence in Transpac and Pac CUp races boats check in on SSB routinely at the 100 miles to go mark.

    Is the club willing to try a no risk experiment ? If so I am willing to attempt to organize the shore stations as I have the contacts.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Anaheim CA
    Posts
    7

    Default I'd like to go but...

    Right now Prankster is about 1.5. I would prefer to go singlehanded rather than doublehanded in the PacCup but SSS has scheduled its race too early in the year and they seem to be still hung up on SSB radios. PacCup is letting the doublehanders go with sat phones.
    Your southern cousins at PSSA have figured out how to do checkins the easy, reliable way. All it takes is one person ashore with a telephone line. Twice a day each boat uses its sat phone to call the shore based phone and talk to the person there. The competitor states his Lat-Lon and the shore person relays any emergency info if necessary. Then twice a day the shore person makes a recording of everyone’s position on the answering machine so competitors can call in again and hear everyone’s position. A variation on the answering machine is to send reports (for free) on the Iridium E-mail system. This is limited to 160 characters per message but you can send multiple messages. Of course any competitor that wants to have a SSB on board and chat endlessly is welcome to do so. There is no need for a comm boat and 50 and 25 mile arrival checkins can be done with the sat phone and/or Marine VHF.
    We have used this system successfully in the past two Guadalupe Island races and will be using it again this March for the 2010 edition. It seems to me that this system fulfills all of the SSS requirements except inertia and the “not invented here” problem. Am I missing something?
    Frank Ross, Prankster

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
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    133

    Default

    Haulback is pretty much good-to-go as she sits. New paint job, and re-rigged, this time with double spreaders. All bottom paint removed and bottom faired a bit better.

    Larger bookshelf.......

    I will be there for sure, depending on being able to arrange for guys to fill in for me at work. Probably about 80% sure I can pull it off again. I put myself as a 3.

    One other boat up here is probably about a 4.5 for going, and there is another guy who is a possiblity.....but hasn't started to actively prepare yet

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    7

    Default SoCal Sailor

    I missed the 2008 TransPac due to prostrate cancer. Now that that is over I am at a "4". I would say "5", but it is too early for that kind of commitment.

    Islander 36, "Pakele"
    Gary Gould

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
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    30

    Default 2010 Transpac Interest Level 5

    TAZ!! is a 5. Waiting to find out if SSB is going to be required.

    George

  10. #10
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    Sep 2007
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    Default

    George, will you be taking a satphone?

    How about the rest of you who voted "3" or higher?

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