Here is the video from sailing on Lending Club, (ex-Groupama 3/Banque Populaire VII), a 105′ Maxi Trimaran here on the West coast getting ready to do the Transpac. I met Tim, one of the shore crew, years ago and he had a friends and family ride slot open up last Friday.
This thing is a beast, and really fun to drive. I hit 32 kts while driving. Ryan, the skipper hit 40 kts at 120 deg true wind angle in 20+kts of wind. The boat goes upwind at 45 deg true wind angle at 19.5kts in 20 kts of breeze. We had the J2 jib and 1 reef in the main.
It was karma that got me that ride, or maybe it was Return on Investment, whichever you believe in. Tim called it ROI, and I laughed. But all I did was buy a bunch of drinks for a nice young racing shore crew years ago, and really enjoyed their company and stories. Then years later, I get the text message above. Bottom line…you really can’t go wrong buying strangers a bunch of booze!
And Tim, If you are reading this [of course he is. -ed], there are a bunch of San Francisco sailors that would like to buy you a drink. Since you are here taking people for rides for the next 3 weeks…