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    Sailing. I have no other interests.
  1. Grainger Raider 302

    How should one interpret the rankings? For example, what's the difference between Race Track and Full History? In the Full History filter, Timberwolf (Cochrane 30) and Silveraider (Grainger 302) are rated very closely (#21 and #20 respectively). But the Race Track filter is less inclusive and it's unclear to me how the number of races sailed factors into the rankings. Lots of information, just not sure how to read it. Thanks very much for posting the link.
  2. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Hi there. This finishing order was: Team Freeburd in their custom Melvin 28, followed by Team Pear Shaped Racing (we got by the G32 just before the no sail zone by peeling from our screacher to the A2), Team PT Watercraft, and Bad Kitty. TPSR led the sailing contingent a good part of the leg, but the Burds played the approach to Victoria Harbor much better than we did, picked up the westerly first, and cruised over the top of us in stronger breeze. Very exciting and we were pleased with the Multi 23's performance in those conditions, including 3 hours of rowing. Heading out for leg 2 tomorrow. Hoping for good conditions and good results. MrPelicano
  3. 2017 Race to Alaska

    TPSR here. We're all packed up and ready for the delivery to Port Townsend, tomorrow morning. Forecast is benign so may have to motor some of the way, but will definitely enjoy the sunny weather we're having right now, here in Victoria. Very much looking forward to meeting the other competitors, some of whom we know, but many others we don't. Hope everyone has a safe journey and see you all at the Ruckus! MrPelicano
  4. 2017 Race to Alaska

    TPSR here. Just want to give a shout out to Norse Horse for keeping the R2AK excitement going here on SA. As much as we'd like to help fuel the fires, we're finding, as many of our fellow competitors are, that there's simply never enough time to prepare for this sort of thing, no matter how far in advance you get started. So here we are, less than 3 weeks away from the R2AK start, and still way too much to get done. Sure, the big things - sails, electronics, rigging, etc. - are pretty much complete, but the punch list is filled with details, and we've yet to figure out which freeze dried food we can tolerate and how many cup o'noodles per person, per day, will suffice. We've been playing musical chairs with stowage - if it's Monday, gear bags are below deck; but last Thursday they were in the cockpit - and there's still considerable discussion about where, precisely, to stash the screacher and J-4. Meanwhile, Canadian Customs has decided to make our lives interesting by holding our APC propellers hostage (we've already given up on ever seeing those white plastic acorn nut covers we ordered from China). We're haven't picked up the phone to call Justin yet, but the clock is ticking. Nonetheless, we did get a chance to make a practice run up to Seymour Narrows the week before last. Details of that trip are posted on our blog (https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/). We try out best to post updates there and on our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Team-Pear-Shaped-Racing-602588409906850), which is why we're not posting here as often. While we've not be diligent about posting videos, that will change soon. Hoping to be able to provide video snippets as often as possible, going up the course (mobile coverage permitting). It won't be as cool as what Team Bunny Whaler did, last year, but we have high hopes to be at Sundance in the Fall. And since some have been playing the pundit game, here's our Vegas book for R2AK 2017: 1. Pure & Wild / Freeburd | Bad Kitty | Big Broderna (weather conditions will decide who gets the money) 2. Team SailPro | Team 3 1/2 Aussies (we're giving SailPro the benefit of the doubt because, on paper at least, they have mad, scary skills - boat is a question mark, though) 3. Team PT Watercraft (because it's Russell Brown, FFS! We have no doubt he can go 6-7 days without sleeping. Really!) 4. Humility and a healthy sense of our own limitations don't allow us to place TPSR in this spot. But TPSR Marketing overrode that decision, so... But if you ask an entirely different question: "Who will TPSR be rooting for on the 2017 R2AK?" 1. Team Fueled by Stroke and Team Fueled by Stroke Part Deux To us, these guys epitomize what the R2AK is all about - the true spirit of the race, if you will. Truth be told, when the Canadian was risking his life and reputation on Team MOB Racing, last year, I was rooting enthusiastically for the SUP, along with hundreds (if not thousands) of other fans. Nothing will make us happier than to see these intrepid adventurers cross the finish line in Ketchikan. What they will have earned will be worth infinitely more than $10K or some pinche steak knives. Anyway, will try to check back in before we leave for Port Townsend. Thanks for the sustained interest from everyone! MrPelicano
  5. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Not really. The Tour de France a la Voile doesn't include any lake sailing. It's all coastal distance and around the cans off the beach. As you know, the Atlantic and Med coasts of France can be pretty rough, and the boats seem to handle the conditions fine. Needless to say, everyone wears a drysuit, but that's to be expected on a small, sporty multihull.
  6. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Took delivery of the J-4 today. Put it up, took a look, nodded with sage appreciation, and promptly put it back in the bag. Can't say enough good things about Stuart and the gang at UK Sails Northwest, and really happy we decided to work with them, and they with us. Lost track of the amount of time we spent going over the design brief for what would ordinarily be a pretty straightforward order. TPSR has limited funds and, being a small boat, can't carry a large inventory. So we needed to figure out the best combination of sails and shapes, for the purpose at hand and available dollars. We'll find out soon enough how it all works. On a related note, really jazzed to see the two Diam 24s signed up for the Proving Ground leg. Had a chance to sail a D24 in Newport, Rhode Island, last Fall, and was totally impressed (see the TPSR blog for extended impressions). Came away from that experience with two conclusions: The Diam 24 really ought to be the "next big thing" in North American one-design racing. The factory concept, on display in the Tour de France a la Voile, is proven and throughly compelling. The boat is strict one design, turn-key, affordable, easy to transport, and an utter blast to sail. Yes, it's physically demanding, in breeze - as a Melges 24 is to a J/70, for example - and the closing speeds will take getting used to, for sailors transitioning from monohulls. But once you sail one you'll wonder why everyone isn't doing so. The Diam 24 really is unsuitable for the Race to Alaska. After actually sailing the boat, I texted the Canadian and told him how relieved I was we chose the Multi 23. As I note in my blog post (and Munt will relate to this), the D24 is meant to sail with the leeward hull piercing the water, not floating on top of it. This, coupled with the minimal dihedral, makes the boat stiff and quick, but also very, very wet, and much easier to pitchpole than the more forgiving M23 design. There's also no question whatsoever of getting out of the elements on the D24, something the Canadian has addressed (masterfully, IMHO) on the M23. Having said this, I can't help but admire the toughness of Team Mad Dog Racing (2016) and Team Freeburd (2015), for braving the elements in boats just as wet and wild as the Diam 24. Anyway, hope everyone has a chance to get a look at the Diam 24 and, perhaps, take one for a sail. If the class can gain traction in North America, it's certainly something TPSR will take a look at, post R2AK. Assuming we survive and remain on speaking terms. Finally, welcome to all the new teams who've signed up for the big show. See you all at the Ruckus!
  7. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Thanks for the heads-up, Munt. Boat structure has been gone over with the proverbial fine-tooth comb, including by people who know more than we do. Pretty confident at this point. Optimistically speaking, the boat floated for 7 years before we got our hands on it, so factory layup probably wasn't done on a Monday morning. Not at liberty to disclose how much carbon reinforcement has been done, but enough for my credit card company to call and ask what the hell was going on with the massive flow of money into Canada. We're counting on those sweet, sweet bows to keep us safe, as well as the three reef points in the new UK main, and the new "we probably shouldn't be out in these conditions" J-4. As we've noted on our blog, there's no question VPLP's design brief for the M23 didn't include the R2AK. As one veteran multihull designer, who posts regularly on SA and whose initials are not "RP", noted, the M23 is wholly inappropriate for what we're planning to do. Presumably he felt the same way about the Hobie 16 that entered last year, as well as the M32, which won the race. The Canadian has put it well: the most appropriate boat for a jaunt to Ketchikan is 1,000 ft. long, with dinner at eight, Ukrainian dancers, and a cigar bar. H'wood
  8. 2017 Race to Alaska

    TPSR chiming in again. Thanks very much to Norse Horse, for including us in his periodic updates. After a winter of intensive activity, involving carbon, epoxy, sandpaper, and make-shift vacuum bagging paraphenalia, Nice Pear is back in the water. Still have a few things to do, but looking much closer to the tunnel exit than the entrance, with no trains approaching. All the structural reinforcements are designed to shift the points of failure firmly onto the crew, which, to be honest, does induce a certain amount of trepidation, every time we reach for another adult beverage. Remaining items on the punch list include: Install pedal drive system, from ProPed Complete installation of bow nets Take delivery of the new J4 from UK Sails PNW (while praying we never have to use it) Install the GoalZero solar charging systems and panels After that, it's practice, practice, practice until the big day, which, as is always the case in such circumstances, will arrive way too soon. I'll be heading up to Victoria, at the end of the month, to join forces with the Canadian, which should go a long way towards calming his anxiety and paranoia. Best regards, H'wood
  9. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Thanks very much, Randy. We do have extended overnights planned for April / May. The logistics of racing out of West Vancouver aren't optimal for us, and we'll be covering the relevant parts of that course in our training sails, as well as points further north. And, truth be told, the roughest conditions I've ever experienced were on the 2005 Straits Race, where we saw steady 40+ knots, gusting to 60 (and ended up bailing out in Secret Cove, with half-a-dozen other boats). Would prefer not getting caught up in anything like that on a practice race, even if it would be an extreme test of the boat. If we're going to sacrifice the rig and sails, we want it to be on the R2AK proper. I read your account of the Straits Race, last year, and I think you faced bigger challenges preparing the M32 than we are, with the M23. We're fortunate to have some semblance of a protected sleeping / galley space, and have been thinking about some kind of small dodger arrangement at the front of the cockpit. I've been lobbying for a comfy beanbag, to steer from, but the Canadian isn't amused. Cheers! H'wood
  10. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Made a lot of progress on the boat, over the past couple of months - structural reinforcements, rig upgrades, interior ergonometric stuff, etc. Photos and updates can be found here: TPSR Blog: https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/ TPSR FB: https://www.facebook.com/Team-Pear-Shaped-Racing-602588409906850 We'd like to thank the folks at Blackline Marine for all the professional, innovative work they've performed on the Pear. We understood, from the start, the Multi 23 was not designed or spec'd for extended offshore sailing, and we'd have to invest time and money into ruggedizing everything. We're pretty confident, now, the crew will be the weakest link in this program. Necessity also provided the incentive for the Canadian to develop some pretty serious composite fabrication skills, though I'm not sure his family was thrilled about him using the oven to cure carbon epoxy bits. Still a fair amount to do, including fitting the pedal-drive system, adding the solar panels and charging equipment, then painting and fairing the hulls. The rudder casing is also in the process of being ruggedized. We're planning to splash the boat in early March, then get out and sail the lower end of the course through April and May. We debated whether or not to do some racing - e.g., Southern Strait, Swiftsure, etc. - but we've done those races before and we're more interested in validating our strategy and optimizing the boat specifically for R2AK. Feel free to ping us on FB if you have any specific questions or just want to abuse us. H'wood
  11. caption contest

    + Got my vote!
  12. Corsair Sprint 750 - Race to Alasks

    Rumors are completely true. Team Pear Shaped Racing, paid up and ready to rumble. Just waiting for our official 2017 R2AK team biography (really the only reason we entered, to be honest).
  13. 2017 Race to Alaska

    Team Pear Shaped Racing has entered. As soon as our application is confirmed we'll update our blog. But, in the meantime, for those of you who may not have visited it before: https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/ We can be found on Facebook, as well. Like us if you like. Otherwise, feel free to hate us, too.
  14. DIAM 24 Primary Winch Specification?

    Nope, not yet. SA is always the first place I go for information.
  15. I've Googled high and low, and checked the OD specification on the builder's site, but can't find any sourcing information for the primary winches on the DIAM 24. Anyone know what size and brand they're using? Thanks very much.