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People are funny.


July 23rd, 2016

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Keith Kilpatrick, boat captain of Rio 100, who just crushed the elapsed time record to Hawaii via the Pac Cup gives it to us straight from the big rig..

Big boat, check
Great crew, check
Phenomenal weather, check
Luck, check

These are the basic ingredients of a record setting run, and we had them in spades.

Prior to the start, some of our routing had us finishing in 4 days, 6 hours! All I could think of was can we go that fast for 4 days without some kind of breakdown? How bad will the seaway be the first night when we might see up to 40! How will our girl 2.5 days of running in 25 to 30? Well, it was as good and bad as I thought it would be.

Race day forecasts had slowed down a bit from earlier in the week, but it was still providing a record run. The big variable was how long it would take us to wiggle out to the synoptic breeze which was looming 60 to 80 miles offshore. The breeze at the start was typical of a summer day, 20 knots, but forecasted to drop quickly once we were outside the gate. That was the case, and all of the boats in our start slowly clawed our way to the breeze. We started to get a sniff around midnight, and by 2am, we were on our way. We quickly went from full main and J2, to 2 reefs and our J5. The breeze topped out at 38 and it was wet and wild. Big breeze, breaking waves and water everywhere. The key to this part of the race was to try not dribble off south and give away miles.

As predicted, the wind slowly abated and clocked, so we gradually added sail area. We had to keep the peddle down, as there was a risk of the high ridging, and taking away any chance of a record.

By late Sunday night, the wind had come around enough for us to set our new 3A. It’s a straight luff sail that we hoped would fill a soft spot on our crossover chart. Boy did it!! We put this sail up, and didn’t take it down until we had to go back to the R2 to lay the finish.

From a tactical standpoint, it was a fairly simple race. Carry on on starboard board until the wind shifted to 50, gybe and head for the finish. That’s pretty much how it went, but we were forced to gybe back to starboard once early on and once to get to the finish.

After our slow start, the after guard was pretty quiet about our record chances, so everyone thought it was out of reach. After all, it was a very fast time set by a 146′ yacht. Once there was a sniff of a chance, it was akin to a pitcher with a no hitter going. Nobody wanted to talk about it!

Well as you all know by now, we did break the record, and what a run it was! Fast, wet, loud, and stressful.

I know some of you out there will say if so and so had come, they would have beat you. To that, I agree. There are much faster 100 footers than ours, but they didn’t start, and more importantly, didn’t finish with no major breakages, and therefore, the record belongs to us!


July 23rd, 2016

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After an ultraquick recordbreaker on the short side, the Big Mac, starting today, looks a bit more like the traditional freshwater hate mission.  Here’s the very latest video weather update from the organizers, and we recommend keeping an eye on CYC’s Facebook Page and the SA thread for the latest news.  This ’5 Stages of Sailing The Mackinac Race” comes courtesy of yachtie/humorist ‘blubberboy’:

 1. Denial and Isolation - The first reaction to is to deny the reality of the situation. It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain (before leaving the dock).

2. Anger - As the masking effects of denial and isolation begin to wear, reality and its pain re-emerge. We are not ready. The intense emotion is deflected from our vulnerable core, redirected and expressed instead as anger. The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects (winches and gear), competitors, or fellow crew members. Anger may be directed at the race itself. Rationally, we know the race is not to be blamed. Emotionally, however, we may resent the race for causing us pain, or for sucking us in to it’s grips; year after year.. We feel guilty for being angry, and this makes us more pissed. ( at the starting area)

3. Bargaining - The normal reaction to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability is often a need to regain control –

-If only we had withdrew from the race earlier…

-If only we had just called in sick…

-If only we had just turned off our phone, and burnt all of our sailing gear….

Secretly, we may make a deal with God or our higher power in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. This is a weaker line of defense to protect us from the painful reality ( Right after your start).

4. Depression - Two types of depression are associated with the Chicago to Mackinac Race. The first one is a reaction to practical implications relating to the the race itself. Sadness and regret predominate this type of depression. We worry about the wasted time. We worry that, in our grief, we have spent less time with others that depend on us. This phase may be eased by simple clarification and reassurance. We may need a bit of helpful cooperation and a few kind words. ( First 5 miles in)

The second type of depression is more subtle and, in a sense, perhaps more private. It is our quiet preparation to separate and to bid our sanity farewell. Sometimes all we really need is a big kick in the ass (Second five miles in).

5. Acceptance – Reaching this stage of the race is a gift not afforded to everyone.  It is not necessarily a mark of bravery to resist the inevitable and to deny ourselves the opportunity to make our peace. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression. Basically, is just an ‘ah fuck it…’  moment.( A little before, or after the  Bahai Temple).


July 23rd, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 10.18.42 AMFrom SA’er ‘Happyboy’ (via Frank White) in the forums, and we urge you both to share this video as far and wide as you can and to set your action-sports camera up as a time lapse security camera whenever possible (and hide it well).

Once again there has been a rash of outboard motor thefts in Alameda Marina’s dry storage area. Even though this has been an issue for at least 5 years, the marina management and ownership has refused to do anything about it. After I got my trolling motor stolen from my fishing boat 2 years ago, I installed a motion activated security camera on my radar arch. The majority of sailboats in the storage area have had an outboard stolen so they now take them home when the boat is not in use. This isn’t possible with a powerboat that has remote steering and throttle.

The accompanying video was captured by my camera over a 2 week period. As you can see, in broad daylight the thieves were able to come in and take not only the trolling motor but also the 250HP Yamaha main outboard. Note the time and date stamp in the upper left corner of the video (full screen in HD).

As everyone knows, the owner of Alameda Marina, Bill Poland – Urban development maven (his website’s description) and Bay West Group, are trying to convert the marina into luxury condos. The more trouble they can attract to the marina, the stronger their argument is for development.  Are they complicit in allowing this to happen?

The damage done to my boat will cost over $41,000 to repair (insurance will cover $25K). A group of boat owner victims are working with an attorney to recover deductible amounts and possibly loss of use compensation from Alameda Marina. Any interested party should reach out to [email protected] if they wish to be included.

Due to my video, one of the suspects is currently in custody. At least one of the other suspects knows that the police are looking for him. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts or identity of any of the suspects, please contact Sgt. Klaus at the Alameda Police Dept (510) 337-8340.


July 23rd, 2016

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We love this video from the R2AK of Team Bunny Whaler.


July 22nd, 2016

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So when something really bad happens during these Olympics – and we’d be stunned if it didn’t – do you think any heads will roll for those guilty of “organizing” this debacle?  Let us answer it for you: No.

rio partyOn the eve of hosting the world’s largest sporting event, Rio de Janeiro’s decade-long push to curb violence in hundreds of slums appears to be crumbling.

Murders rose sharply in the first half of 2016, just as officials wanted to use the Aug. 5-21 Olympic Games to showcase the city as a tourist destination. Shootouts erupt daily, even in Rio slums where community policing programs created to pacify them had successfully rewritten the narrative in recent years.

The number of people killed by police, who many residents accuse of shooting first and asking questions later, has spiked in the past two years after dropping significantly the previous six. Police, in turn, are increasingly under attack: 61 have been killed in Rio since January, the majority while off duty.

“2016 has been a very bad year. We have seen a dramatic increase in homicides, robberies and other crimes,” said Ignacio Cano, a sociologist at the Violence Studies Lab of Rio de Janeiro State University. “We lost a big opportunity to transform police and develop a new public safety model.” Read on.


July 22nd, 2016

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We aren’t ones to cast stones (wait, yes we are) but we have heard this boat was not exactly well prepared for a trip across the pond. A “pro” program where they didn’t have the wind gear working at the start (New B&G H5000), probably only had 2 night drivers (Hedrick Brothers) and did not replace a single bit of line aside from the steering cables in the year the boat was in Seattle. Sayin’…

crossfireFrom The Vic-Maui Race record may well fall, but it won’t be Crossfire that gets it. Lou Biacno’s Reichel-Pugh 55 pulled out of the race a few hours ago after a series of incidents yesterday dictated the boat be pointed back home to Seattle. Here are the details from navigator Bruce Hedrick:

“We decided to withdraw after a litany of problems just all added up. Among the first problems were losing the wind instruments and Windex due to violent motion at the masthead.”

“At dawn yesterday the wind had built to 20-22 knots and boat speed was steady in the upper teens to mid 20’s. The boat was flying and completely in control. Being the prudent sailors we are we decided to change down to the A4. All went well until about noon when we blew that kite up doing 28.4 knots. We took it down and changed to the A5. Conditions worsened after we blew the A4. With the A5 we were trucking.

“Then the halyard on the A5 parted right where it came out of the spar, just above the deck block. HUH? The A5 dropped of course and was then shredded. Pulled the wreckage out of the water and got ready to go to the J2 and a staysail. Then we figured out that the halyard hadn’t chafed, it just failed. We found out we were sailing on all halyards that had come with the boat. With more failures imminent and no heavy kites to use on the approach to Hawaii we decided it was time to do the safe thing and we retired. Seattle was closer, so we’re headed home.

“This is a huge bummer. Crossfire is a rocket and the crew was really into the program. I set the top speed of 31.1 knots. Scott Anderson was #2 at 30.0 knots Lou Bianco was #3 at 28.8 knots. We’re on the wind now with just the J5 up trying to get closer to the high and less wind which should happen this afternoon. We’ll power north, get into the northwesterlies and sail back to Seattle.”


July 22nd, 2016

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So it would appear that twice the sail area means it dives twice as fast! Great shot by balazi Andrea Photography.


July 22nd, 2016

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Join the Waterlust crew as they explore the world of hurricane research at the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory at the University of Miami. Here scientists and engineers work to better understand the field of air-sea interaction to develop disaster-resistant and resilient coastal communities.


July 22nd, 2016

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Awesome shot of Rio nearing the finish of the record run to Hawaii! Thanks to Hawaiian babe Lauren Easley.


July 21st, 2016

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