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Update: We continue to experience debris in the ocean. This morning we struck a telephone pole at 22 knots. We are behind the clock but making good ground again. The boat is sailing along at 21 knots and the afternoon trades are building. Will Oxley has given us the Australian standard unit of measurement of one Sydney Hobart to go. We have 34 hours to get there. The game’s afoot…

7/17 0:30 PDT Eventful race so far, hit a telephone pole (hard), huge chunk out of centerboard and delamination. Ryan and Eric rigged a halyard, pulled the board, flipped it over, removed and installed new fittings, re-installed board upside down in case and now sailing again at 95% efficiency. Broke a halyard, as the sail was coming down it caught on foil tower and ripped it off the boat. Tore sail too. Jury-rigged new tower, fixed sail and flying well again. Eric B and Ryan to the rescue.

Charging circuit failed, wired around faulty shunt, operating at 100% efficiency again. Well done Will. Port ama taking on hundreds of gallons of water. Ryan bailed, re-sealed and now dry as our first martinis in Ho. The helm was a little heavy so Howie Hamlin rigged a power steering device. Now it’s “hands free at 23 (knots)” 791 miles to go, ripping along at 24 knots 135 TWA in 19 knots of breeze. Just ripped through our first squall of many to come.

The issues have cost us a bit of time, but the boat is going so well that we still have a shot at the record. Tritium out. Track us here.

 

July 17th, 2013

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