So the summer of 2009 has been on my mind for some time now. Ever since I was 14 and first started racing in Southern California I heard the stories about Transpac. Since then I have been patiently waiting for my opportunity to compete in this legendary race. After a few years getting sidetracked I decided to really try and dedicate myself to sailing. All of my summers are spent racing and living on boats now. When it is not the summer months I am working in Houston Texas and racing one-design on the bay. Everything seemed to culminate last summer and I saw myself doing more racing than I have ever done in my life. Wed. nights in Dago with the Ed, Thursdays in Dana Point with my buddies, Fridays either practicing or delivering a boat for a race and the weekend was usually a big regatta. Monday and Tuesdays are reserved for the beach and checking out the talent.
My connections were getting better and I was having the time of my life. I left after Santa Barbara-King Harbor and headed back to the armpit of America and waited for the phone call. It finally came in April and I was asked to go to Hawaii on an Aerodyne 38 with my good friend Matthew Beattie. Needless to say I was ecstatic! Everyday at work I spent some of my time daydreaming about surfing down waves in the Molokai channel. Everything was beginning to take shape and I knew it was getting close when I received my plane ticket from Honolulu-Los Angeles and my hotel confirmation. Time to start getting in better shape and get myself prepared for this. Well fast-forward to yesterday and I get a phone call from my skipper. Good to hear from my friend and I am in the mood for an update, right? Well he says to me, “Hey Keith the boat has been measured and we have a pretty good rating.”
Sounds good to me. “Only problem is we do not meet the stability index of 115 or greater.” Oh shit! Now I do not know a lot about this subject and I would never pretend to, but I do know my friend in Houston just brought an Aerodyne 38 back from Europe and I do know that there has been one that finished first in the Pineapple cup so I never figured this boat to fail a stability test. Come to find out, a stock one measures in a 113 and we came in at 107!! . Just like that all the euphoria is gone, we are shocked! The owner has contacted Alan Andrews to see if there was a mistake or if there is anything that can be done. What do we do now? Is the boat not safe for offshore because it has a stability index of 107? It is amazing how deflating it was to hear this news and now it is a waiting game. Anarchist Keith.