Archive for March, 2012


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March 30, 2012 posted by admin

March 30th, 2012

Next stop….Antwerp Belgium!  Apparently OGOC is taking the “scenic” route to France.  I’m going to take the much more direct route and fly there tomorrow.  OGOC should arrive to France on the 4th and then the yard where she will be offloaded on the 5th.  You can track the boat.  One more sleep!

8 More Sleeps to France

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March 23, 2012 posted by admin

March 23, 2012
OGOC is on her way to France as we speak.  She’s taking the luxury cruise approach aboard the container ship Alyssa and I’m sure ordering room service as we speak!  When we get to France we will have to clear customs, remove her from her container, put her on her keel, do a whole new layer of bottom paint and some major sanding, and then fully rig and tune.  Plus there’s all of the shore work.  The liferaft needs to get certified, files need to be sorted with Class Mini, and loads and loads of other “stuff” to get done.  We have new running rigging and gear to install and lots of race homework before the first race April 14th!  Phew!!!  🙂

Christmas for OGOC!

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March 19, 2012 posted by admin

March 18, 2012

OGOC is very proud to announce their newest sponsor!  The Canadian dealer of Wichard, Profurl and Cousin-Trestec will be outfitting our little mini with some of their famous products.
We will be one of the first boats in Canada to use the newest in technology of Wichard’s “soft blocks”.  These soft blocks have no moving parts to break and easily convert from a traditional block to a snatch block….  They also articulate in any direction without requiring a hard shackle.
From Profurl, OGOC will be sporting a NexGen furler on the code 0.  This furler has the unique ability to “bight” into its furling line rather than completely relying on tension to turn it for furling.  You can also slip its furling line on and off the drum if you need to, without disassembling it.
Also, all of the running rigging on OGOC will now be replaced with Cousin Trestec.  Some of our halyards have seen about 20,000 ocean miles and are badly due for replacement.  The technology behind the Cousin-Trestec lines will keep us safe and fast while we complete all of our qualifying miles in France over the next two months.  Keep an eye out for these fantastic products at your local chandlery!

Shipping Container Load 101

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March 16, 2012 posted by admin

March 16, 2012
Well you’re probably all wondering how things went?  It’s been a busy week to say the least.  The short version of the long story is that we successfully got the mini into her cradle and she’s on her way to France as we speak.  Our first race is April 14th.  It’s a 150 Mile race double handed in the Bay of Biscay.  More to come soon, but in the meantime here are some pictures of “how to get a mini into a shipping container”!

Let’s Get This Mini To France

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March 12, 2012 posted by admin

March 12, 2012
Today’s mission should you choose to accept it is to lift the mini off of her keel and then load her onto the shipping cradle along with ALL the stuff to go to France.  Lifelines need to be pulled and a little welding of the cradle along the way as well and we’ll be good to go.  Then tomorrow at 10am Bristol Marine loads her into the shipping cradle and she’s on her way to France for the qualifying events!

A Gala of Success!

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March 11, 2012 posted by admin

March 11, 2012
What a WONDERFUL night!  The Gala was a fantastic success.  Everyone had a great time.  Broad Reach Foundation gave us a lovely presentation of their program; our Commodore of ABYC gave us a warm warm welcoming, and our auctioneer worked his magic!  Thank you to everyone who made this all happen.  The Gala also had a FANTASTIC amount of support from sponsors.  Please check out the website with all of our amazing auction items we sold last and give them a consideration next time you’re making a purchase.  Next up FRANCE!