Archive for May, 2011
May 31, 2011
Well the list is getting shorter which is good because there are only two more days before the start! The keel is sanded and we got out sailing today. The rig tuning looks great and things are coming together. Now if I could just get all this stuff off of the boat! There’s barely room for me!
May 28, 2011
We’ve arrived in Newport! First stop was to our favourite West Marine in Middletown to get Trilux 333, which you can’t get in Canada. That’s the fancy red bottom paint for the keel. Then we sanded up the keel and painted her up. FORTUNATELY! Our Howard Johnson hotel and the West marine practically share the same parking lot. It was a familiar picture…..two Canadians in a parking lot with their stuff spread wide and far and a box of beer in the middle Here’s the end result!
Today’s mission is to get over to Sail Newport and get in the water. Then over to the Newport Yacht Club for our inspection at 15oo! Busy day Maybe along the way we’ll see some of our friends in the other minis.
May 26, 2011
8 More Sleeps to the start of the Bermuda 1-2 Race from Newport to Bermuda and back!
May 22, 2011
There are only 12 more sleeps to the start of the Bermuda 1-2. It’s shaping up to be a great race. There is a predicted significant meander in the Gulf Stream which will make this a spectacular race from a navigator’s perspective, and there are 4 MINIS in racing Nick is coming with me to Newport to launch the boat on Friday the 27th, and then I’ll race single handed to Bermuda. The second leg starts in Bermuda and comes back to Newport starting on the 16th, double handed with Nick onboard. Transponders and trackers will all be engaged so you can not only follow along, but you can spectate the other racers as well and see who’s ahead and behind!
Nick and I got the rig up today with all the new standing rigging. There are a small handful of little things to sort out, but all in all everything looks great. The Rigging Shoppe has really outdone themselves on the rig, and The Store has been fantastic to make sure that we’re up to “code” for our safety gear. Depending on which end of Toronto you are located in, either of these great chandlery shops can make sure you’re outfitted with what you need for the Lake Ontario 300 or anything that’s next on your agenda
We’re going to do a proper sea trial of the rig tomorrow. Depending on the weather I’ll try to take some pics
May 20, 2011
What a great night! Nick and I had a great mental health break last night and enjoyed a WONDERFUL ride on a Hobie 33. The owner and his son graciously allowed us to come out with them and play and push the boat around the race course with them. Thanks guys for a night of fun, racing and beer and wings up at the clubhouse post racing! Nice also to see some friends after winter hibernation hahahahahah!
Happy Friday everyone and Happy Long Weekend
May 16, 2011
Nick and Ron and I spent hours yesterday going over the rhumb line, the Gulf Stream and the Eddies spinning off of it. The Bermuda 1-2 is a race of Gulf Stream tactics! This year’s course looks like a bit of a slalom run to catch all the “fast” sides of the eddies and the main body of the stream! Of course we’ll continue to monitor the stream and see how much it deviates from the anticipations. Then we’ll retool the plan right up to the day the race starts. I love these races with obstacle courses!
May 11, 2011
Thanks to Lori Mason at The Store Mason’s Chandlery! From Flashlights to Flares Lori is fabulous! Our safety equipment list for the Bermuda 1 – 2 is complete and we’re ready to go kick some Mini butt! If you’re in the West end, Lori has the expertise and advise you need for your boat this spring.