trash talk

Well… It’s still out here.
Rio 100 reported striking a UFO with their port rudder. Somehow they managed through crew work heroics to swap the destroyed foil with the starboard blade. Imagine two one foot diameter holes in the bottom of your boat when you’re 1,000 miles from the nearest landfall. Wow!
Onboard OEX, we caught some trash on our keel and we were forced to back down in 20 knots of wind. We knew something was up when the screaming of our newly shaped foil changed pitch. This foil is so loud, we’re quite certain we have triggered tracking alerts on every sonar net from here to Pearl Harbor. Ear plugs are mandatory or one risks hearing damage. Well the good news is it seems to be fast.
We are low riding to Waikiki. Today we moved the division 2 boats to our north back five to 12 degrees of bearing and stepped down another 10 miles. Our routing shows better pressure and angle down south for the next 400 miles. The models don’t agree so as with anything in life, there remain uncertainty. As Kojak liked to say, “You pay your money, you take your chances.”
Tonight we dined on Western Australian lobster prepared expertly by Chef Pete Lehmar and his crew at Gladstone’s Long Beach. Sends no aloha from somewhere in the North Pacific.
That’s my kid driving. He’s already better than me. The Mighty OEX is standing by…
– John Sangmeister