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    Regarding SURPRISE!, we have received word from Bob that his AP clutch is damaged and that he is hand steering while attempting repairs. He has a B&G 5000 AP with a Robertson HDL2000 hydraulic drive.

    I do not want to solicit a bunch of random ideas here, but if you have very specific advice for potential at-sea repairs, please share them on this forum or PM me via the SSS forum.

    Tom Boussie
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    1330 Friday
    Looks like BobJ on SURPRISE has figured out some fix for his Auto-Pilot clutch issue. He may be hand steering, or using self steering by balancing the sail plan. Whatever, SEA WISDOM, Capt. William Lee, has caught up to SURPRISE and could be first-to-finish and overall winner. Wow, who would have thought? As Phipott says, this is exciting to watch.

    Both SURPRISE and SEA WISDOM still have ~ 130 miles to go to the finish. Depending on wind and tide on the Approach, an ETA for the winner could be as soon as 0830 tomorrow (Sat.) morning. But there's still a lot of miles and wind ahead. And we can't dismiss SHARK on BLUEGRASS (Olson-25) or the sailing condo GALAXSEA as contenders also. When Daniel gets a bone in GALAXSEA's teeth, there's no denying momentum.
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    I believe the sail under the boom is called a watersail. Back in the old days of racing offshore outside the gate, a Columbia 57, Concerto used one in many races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottOwens View Post
    I believe the sail under the boom is called a watersail. Back in the old days of racing offshore outside the gate, a Columbia 57, Concerto used one in many races.
    Bingo. Watersail it is. Or was. Watersails sometimes had their foot lined with lead shot to keep the foot from blowing out ahead. MARIE CELINE's watersail with a window is pretty sweet. And definitely one-of-a-kind.

    I do remember CONCERTO owned by Irv Loube, but not the water sail. Scott, were you aboard CONCERTO when the crew attempted a two pole spinnaker jibe in 25 knots under the Golden Gate, did a deep roll to windward and broke the port pole, then another roll to starboard and broke the other pole? Those spinnaker poles were massive, probably 20 feet long and heavy too.

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    Yiii doggies. Scott wins a fruit smoothie at CBC.

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    Luckily, I was not on Concerto during that particular maneuver. I was probably on an Ericson 35 or Tartan 41 experiencing our own difficulties. I remember Concerto passing us outside in the ocean with the watersail . It was rectangular, had no window and the bottom would occasionally float on the surface of the water but for the most part did the job. Ah fun times. Except for the jibes.

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    The 2019 LongPac is up for grabs. At least 4 boats in contention. But there's a better than even chance the race will start over tomorrow morning. Why? Any competitor approaching within 10 miles of the Golden Gate between 5 a.m and 11 a.m is going to experience the effects of light winds coupled with a massive 4.3 knot ebb at 0700. The ebb might even be stronger than that, given current Sierra snowmelt on the surface. That's not a "gate," that's a Wall.

    In addition, the front runners have challenges asterisked by their names.

    SURPRISE * PHRF rating 111. Has BobJ fixed his Autopilot? If not, can he hand steer for the next 18+ hours?
    With a possible ETA of 0830, will he meet the Wall and possibly be unable to get inside the Golden Gate until mid or late morning when the wind makes up and the current slackens?

    SEA WISDOM * PHRF rating 150. This Hinckley 42, designed by McCurdy and Rhodes, and built in 1987, has got to be a sentimental favorite. 32 years old, displacing 25,000 pounds, her waterline and stability paid dividends in the conditions of the outbound leg. But can William Lee deal with the light airs and downwind sail angles of tomorrow's approach? Maybe. SEA WISDOM is currently only 2 miles behind SURPRISE and could assume the boat-for-boat lead later this afternoon as conditions freshen.

    SHARK ON BLUEGRASS * PHRF rating 159. This Olson 25 could do well indeed when the race starts over tomorrow mid-morning. SHARK is light, nimble, and fast in lighter conditions. But can she get over the challenge of the 20-25 knots of breeze that will be encountered tonight after the lights go out? Falk has to be tired. Small boats on a big ocean do that to you. Go the SHARK!

    Then there's a real, honest to god, dark horse thundering in from the southwest. Daniel Willey won this race in 3 days, 1 hour in 2013, and when the ketch GALAXSEA (PHRF 180!) gets her rail under and the windshield wipers going, it's Katy bar the door, there's trouble on its way. GALAXSEA is heavier and has more waterline than any other boat in the fleet..and not by a little. She'll be bruising the ocean wave tonight.

    GALAXSEA is also a sentimental favorite, same as SURPRISE, SEA WISDOM, and SHARK ON BLUEGRASS. But there's a nagging question. Did GALAXSEA cross the 126-40 turnaround? The tracker casts doubt, but I'm sure Daniel has it all on video. I'm just glad GALAXSEA's refrigerator door will be to leeward for the windy reach into the Gulf of the Farallones.

    Here's the Tracker: https://www.jibeset.net/tv.php Click on the Green "Watch" Button.

    The above are just opinions ..As Scoop Nisker would say on his 5 pm KSAN alternative news report, "If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own."
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    At 2100 Friday evening, SEA WISDOM and SURPRISE are within 2 miles of each other and communicating on VHF. BobJ on SURPRISE indicates he will heave to, eat dinner, and rest before resuming the course. This indicates Bob's #1 priority is finishing the 400 mile course as his Singlehanded Transpac Qualifier. His position in the LongPac race has become secondary in priority. We assume Bob has been unable to make repairs to his autopilot and will be handsteering and possibly using sheet to tiller steering for the last 83 miles.

    SEA WISDOM is now leading boat-for-boat and is 78 miles from the finish, sailing at 6.8 knots on a beam reach in 20 knots of wind. A possible ETA, given the lighter conditions ahead, might be 1000 hrs Saturday morning.

    Good sailing to all.

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    Thank you for the splendid analyses, Skip. I'm so glad to hear that Surprise! has decided to rest and eat before coming in. Before he left that is something Bob advised: make sure to be rested upon the approach, in consideration of all the traffic and the re-entry to the Bay. These sailors have really been through some weather. So now Sea Wisdom, all 24,000 pounds of her, will try to maintain her position past that strong ebb. It isn't over yet. What a great spectacle this has been!

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    At 0600 this Saturday morning, the Long Pac fleet is charging home on a windy reach, 20-30 knots of NW wind and 7-9 foot seas.

    Winds grow progressively lighter ahead in the Gulf of the Farallones. Current wind at the Farallones and at the SF Approach Buoy are < 10 knots. Leader SEA WISDOM, 7 miles East and south of the Farallones, with 23 miles to the Finish, is only making 1-2 knots while the next closest boat, RIFF RIDER, is 13 miles back and sailing at 7.5 knots, 34 miles to the Finish.

    LIBRA and GALAXSEA, seen on AIS, are both reaching at 8.5 to 9 knots. SURPRISE, also on AIS, having made progress during the night, is 53 miles from the Golden Gate, currently hove to, drifting south at 3-4 knots. Hopefully things are OK onboard and Bob is getting set up for his final push today during daylight.

    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...ry:37.1/zoom:8

    Guessing the fleet will compress inside the Farallones as the leaders slow on soundings, with first-to-finish sailing under the Golden Gate sometime early to mid-afternoon with good breeze and flood tide current helping to push things along.

    They're gonna be tired puppies.
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    This was posted on other thread, but for those following the race here, a LongPac update 0730 7/6/19 from the RC:

    At 0330 this morning SEA WISDOM contacted RC to let them know that they had lost their rudder about 5 nm SW of the Farallones and that they were steering with their hydrovane. William expressed concern as the rudder post was slamming against the hull and he feared it would breach the hull over time. He was in contact with the CG who were monitoring the situation. At 0530 SEA WISDOM contacted the CG to let them know that he had lost all steerage and to request assistance. They have dispatched a vessel to provide a tow. SEA WISDOM is currently SE of the Farallones, ~20 nm from the Gate.

    SURPRISE! has apparently hove to twice overnight and is currently ~60 nm from the Gate. Last communication indicated that Bob is okay and the boat is sound.

    RIFF RIDER now expected to be first boat to finish, likely in the early afternoon. We expect 7 of 8 boats to make it back to SF some time today. TORTUGA is ~100 nm from the Gate and will likely finish early tomorrow morning. Randy texted at 0800 this morning: "Rough night but all ok on tortuga. . C55. S5.8. . 36. 52.95. . 124.12.39. hoping the winds calm down".


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