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    Despite the windy conditions near the California Coast, yesterday would have been a poor day weather-wise to have started a SHTP. Check out the 96 hour forecast below. A large area of weak high pressure (1023 mb) along 30 N blocks the route from SF to Kauai, with no way around. An end run due south would take you into the light winds of the SE lobe of the High. "You cain't get thar from hear."

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    Noon, July 4th PDT

    And then there were 9. At sunrise this morning George Mckay and Alan Hebert turned SE for their homeport of Moss Landing in Monterey Bay. George's Capo30 SKYE is making 7 knots, so whatever the reason, they should be home this evening in time to feed the Great Danes.

    SURPRISE has picked up a knot of speed, now averaging 6.5. With 77 miles to turnaround, looks like SURPRISE's ETA at 126-40 in about 12 hours, or mid-night tonight. BobJ will be a happy camper when he gets there. I wonder if Bob knows where the rest of the fleet is? His AIS stopped transmitting last night about 60 miles west of SF. I guess Bob figures in the open ocean where he's sailing, his AIS being on "receive" only is plenty good to detect shipping.

    Meanwhile in Ridgecrest, 100 miles NE of LA was just a 6.4 earthquake ...the tremor, or is it a temblor, was strongly felt in Bodfish, 45 miles west, but not by Ants and Marsha, who are in Prescott, AZ.
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    re AIS -he is still transmitting, just out of vhf range from the receiving station. If you look at marinetraffic you will see a pink boat icon in his location that says "Pleasure craft, received by satellite". For "a small fee" you can sign up to track him by satellite
    edit: $190.80 per month. No thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by WBChristie View Post
    re AIS -he is still transmitting, just out of vhf range from the receiving station. If you look at marinetraffic you will see a pink boat icon in his location that says "Pleasure craft, received by satellite". For "a small fee" you can sign up to track him by satellite
    edit: $190.80 per month. No thanks
    Roger that. Tnx. There was no "Pleasure Craft" at his posit advanced early this morning. But there is now. Suspect BobJ may turn his AIS off when he's on deck for a period of time. We'll ask ...no need to have it on when he has visibility and he's "on watch."

    In the 2008 SHTP, RAGTIME and WILDFLOWER spent a lot of time in each other's neighborhood ..but in those days we both had just AIS receivers, not transceivers. Mine was a NASA, and with the whip antenna fastened to the stern pulpit, I could often "see" commercial ships at 30-40 miles....I usually used the AIS at 6 mile range, which was plenty for a warning.

    I hardwired a piezo buzzer to a 15 foot wire connected to the AIS alarm and wore it around my neck when sleeping. Same thing with the radar alarm, as neither internal buzzer was loud enough for the ambient noise of a small boat at sea.

    I rarely used both AIS and radar at the same time, except in the case of night squalls, when I'd have the radar at 4 mile range to see a squall's imminent approach and get on deck to hand steer. No, it was not one of those timed self-awaking radar units. It had to be manually turned on/off. 3 amps was a lot of draw, and not much less on standby. AIS was a cheaper draw on the solar powered battery for the same result.
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    At 2115 hours this evening, SURPRISE is 22 miles from turn around with ETA of 0015 hours Friday morning.
    At 2115 hours this evening, RIFF RIDER, 60 miles south of SURPRISE, is 31 miles from turnaround with ETA of
    0145 hours Friday morning.

    SURPRISE owes RIFF RIDER 20 minutes for the full course. Equates to 10 minutes at turnaround. Looks to me that SURPRISE will lead RIFF RIDER both boat for boat and corrected time at halfway. Don't know about lower rated boats astern.

    SKYE ETA Moss Landing 2200 hours this evening. Boat issues, if any, unknown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    At 2115 hours this evening, SURPRISE is 22 miles from turn around with ETA of 0015 hours Friday morning.
    At 2115 hours this evening, RIFF RIDER, 60 miles south of SURPRISE, is 31 miles from turnaround with ETA of
    0145 hours Friday morning.

    SURPRISE owes RIFF RIDER 20 minutes for the full course. Equates to 10 minutes at turnaround. Looks to me that SURPRISE will lead RIFF RIDER both boat for boat and corrected time at halfway. Don't know about lower rated boats astern.

    SKYE ETA Moss Landing 2200 hours this evening. Boat issues, if any, unknown.
    This is so exciting.

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    At 0028, JULY 5, SURPRISE had crossed 26-40 and headed for home. RIFF RIDER 8 miles behind.

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    Have to like the Hinckley. The O25 looks good too. Hope it’s only a tracker issue for Bobj
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    Friday Morning, 7/05/19; 0800
    Sleepy eyed from middle of the night fireworks explosions in the neighborhood.

    In the LongPac it appears 5 of 9 boats have reached their turn-around somewhere along longitude 126-40 W.
    There are some discrepencies, as the fleet are providing their own trackers, with varying brands, ping times, reliability, etc. Two that stick out are race leader SURPRISE's tracker is reporting only 3.7 knots of Boat Speed.
    Also, did Daniel on GALAXSEA reach the turn-around before heading back?

    SURPRISE should have favorable wind speed and angle (AWA~90-100) beam reaching further north, and could be averaging 7.5 knots or greater. Further south, the sailing angle will be with wind and seas a bit further forward, just forward of abeam.

    Winds and seas should again increase across the course tonight, more wind north, 20-25. No rest for the weary. Probably not much spinnakering.

    Mr. Christie is correct: gotta like the chances of SEA WISDOM the 33 year old Hinckley with a PHRF rating of 150. SEA WISDOM is owed 39 seconds/mile from SURPRISE, or 4 hours, 20 minutes for the course. That could be 30 miles at current speeds. SEA WISDOM and SURPRISE have approximately the same waterline length and could be reaching along at nearly the same speed in "displacement mode." (Seas are too far forward to surf.)

    Dum De Dum Dum. We got a race on our hands.. First boats could finish early tomorrow morning if winds inside the Gulf of the Farallones don't do their night time disappearing act.

    Update at 0830: SURPRISE's tracker has again reported a slow boat speed, now 1.5 knots and a course of 162 degrees (that's ~ right angle to desired course home.) Is something amiss or is her tracker seasick?
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    While waiting for LongPac updates, here's a photo from the CBC archives. That's the 45 foot Murray Peterson schooner MARIE CELINE showing her skirts on San Francisco Bay. MARIE CELINE currently lies here at Santa Cruz Harbor, her long time homeport under Jack O'Neill's ownership. Nearby lies another famous schooner, MAYAN, once owned by David Crosby.

    So what is that sail under MARIE CELINE's mainboom? Look, it even has a window in it. A similar sail once caused great controversy when used by the overall winner in the 1961 TransPac and its use was banned by TPYC in future races.....

    Here's MARIE CELINE from aft, looking forward.

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    And here's MARIE CELINE surrounded by thousands of friends on the day of Jack O'Neill's memorial Paddle Out off Pleasure Point.

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