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  1. JasonSeibert

    Schock 40 - shockingly easy and fun.

    Just finished up the Nassau Cup with a crew of 5. We are still learning the boat. Probably should have finished right with the TP52s, but did correct out over the three of them. Next week's race, with all the data we have now on the boat and how she rides, should allow us to push her a bit harder. Our top speed in the Nassau Cup was 17.3kts. What a ride!
  2. JasonSeibert

    Singlehanded insurance

    Gowrie, here in the US, was more than happy to write me a policy for 99% of the activity I do with solo racing, but, interesting enough, they specifically said they would NOT cover the Bermuda 1-2. So, I had to get another policy just for that race. Something to think about - there is nothing that says you have to use one carrier for all activity. mix and match, get what you need, when you need it.
  3. JasonSeibert

    Schock 40 - shockingly easy and fun.

    Yes, there were many problems with her. These boats have to be tended and treated like a grand prix boat. It is not a J-Boat. They require constant attention.
  4. JasonSeibert

    Schock 40 - shockingly easy and fun.

    I agree - we would have been going faster, but in the wrong direction!
  5. JasonSeibert

    Schock 40 - shockingly easy and fun.

    Going to give it my best effort to be there. Going to spend the winter getting to know her a bit better.
  6. JasonSeibert

    Schock 40 - shockingly easy and fun.

    Ha! That was pretty great!
  7. Some of you may know that I picked up hull #6 - (Black Pearl) and renamed her "Gamble." The name seemed fitting. Why would I buy a boat, in pieces, sitting on a trailer in Cleveland, Ohio? A boat with a dubious history of keel failure after keel failure? Why would I buy a boat that EVERYONE said I shouldn't? Have you met me? This was right up my alley. I started the long drive from Cleveland to Kemah, TX at the beginning of summer and ran into problem after problem with nearly every system. However, the ONE thing that wasn't an issue - the keel welds, and for that I am grateful. Every system, every line, every connection, every attachment was inspected, repaired, serviced and/or replaced. I only had a few months to get the boat ready for what was her shakedown cruise - the Harvest Moon Regatta that just finished up this weekend. There were six of us on the boat, and, truly, the first time it was fully rigged and sailed was the 11.5 miles to the start of the race. Again, "Gamble" is an appropriate name. So, here's my review of the boat, having sailed it 150 miles offshore in some of the most interesting and challenging conditions I've come across. The boat loves to just go. She does. In fact - as another owner told me, "Don't worry about putting up a ton of real estate - you won't need it to make it go - just keep it flat and she will fly." So that was my theme. Everyone was flying kites on a beam reach at the start - not us - just a jib and a mainsail. We kept the boat flat, in control, and smooth. We watched round up after round up, and even a kite explode, and we just kept her moving forward. The forward and aft rudders are amazingly balanced and smooth. Fingertip response and positive control if you need to honk on it. In a slightly disturbed sea-state, she glided across the waves with little to know impact. With the ballast bulb fully canted, it seemed as though the attachment acted as a horizontal stabilizer - smoothing out the the normal tendency of the boat to want to bounce a bit in the water. It was comfortable, fast, light on the helm, and fun. After about 35 miles into the 150 mile race, we caught the fleet that started an hour ahead of us, but for some reason I can't explain, we just couldn't get away from a Hansa 455. I'm not sure how a boat PHRF rated to 111 was keeping up with a Schock 40 rated -19, but that was happening. To finally shake her lose, I decided to call for the A1, set the vang, and send it. The boat nearly jumped out of the water and got up on plane very quickly. Holy cow. First spin launch on the boat, at night, in a race, with a crew that had never been on the boat either - "Gamble." We finally put some distance on the the fleet, but we couldn't hold the line we needed to. Ultimately, when the wind shut down instead of clocking, it cost us the race, but IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!!! If you have the chance, if you have a moment - ever - to get on a Schock 40, I strongly encourage you to jump on board. Leave all concepts of what you think a racing boat should be, or what other boats are like, or how other boats respond... just convince yourself that you need to be open to having fun, and let the boat do the work - it really is that easy.
  8. JasonSeibert

    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    I've sailed from Port Huron to Chicago three years ago. There is a reason they call the lakes "inland oceans." We were off Green Bay and identified two emergency flares approximately 5 miles in front of us - called it in to the coast guard and began a search pattern for hours upon hours. Only when weather that put my family's life at risk approached did we call off our search. The water is deep. The water is cold. The water will find your weakness, in you or in your boat. It never fails. God speed.
  9. JasonSeibert

    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    I did the entire Bermuda 1-2 on the weather briefing provided. No gribs under way. Seemed to do okay...
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    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Here's the thing: Race committee's state they are the arbitrators of what equipment SHALL be on a boat for required safety standards. I get it. I'm a lawyer. Risk is a bitch. But, BUT, that requirement should be based on the INTENT of the risk to mitigate. You want emergency medical services, guaranteed, carry an ER Doctor on your boat (I do - she's a lovely person). You want to talk? Get a SSB. You want to send email? - get satellite internet. You want to chat? - get a text. But don't tell me that those things are REQUIRED to be safe at sea. Safety at sea is based on preparation, knowledge, experience, and situational awareness. For a 1000 years, men went to sea without grib files for weather. For a 1000 years, men went to sea without gps. All of these requirements in the safety checklist are designed to compensate for some dickhead that left the dock that shouldn't have... So - if there is going to be a minimum requirement that EVERYONE can have - does it HAVE to be a device that allows for two-way voice communication? As the minimum standard??? What express risk is solved by that requirement, such that IF YOU DON'T have that capability, disqualifies you from racing? Just saying that it's better doesn't mean that it mitigates the risk. What fuckstick that left the dock has to have it that won't be safe on the ocean without being able to make a phone call? Newport-Bermuda MANDATES that to enter the race you MUST have a satellite phone. There is no requirement to receive weather data, or to have a land based medical team... All of these things folks are arguing is based on speculative reasons - they are not express, and as such, seems to be an arbitrary requirement as a barrier to entry of the race... Now - it's their race, their rules. But WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO SOLVE??? My statement that a satellite phone is antiquated is simple - a legacy Sat Phone doesn't provide the weather gribs, or the quick burst messages, or the emails... So, WHY IS A SIMPLE Sat Phone the requirement if all of those things are safety features? If this requirement is to protect the idiots who leave the dock, then make it a full requirement to have a phone, internet, weather gribs, weather routing software, full navigation equipment, solar panels capable of charging a communication system in the event of battery or power generation loss, a spare mast to be carried on deck, 4 complete sets of every sail, a dinghy to be towed behind the boat, a personal chase boat, a helicopter, and your own personal ball washer to ensure that jock itch doesn't occur because you forgot to bring your butt paste with you....
  11. JasonSeibert

    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Perhaps, or, the other alternative is that the technology saved two asses in a race a year ago, mine and someone else's, when the required safety device in today's races failed... so there's that.
  12. JasonSeibert

    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    Again, I'm not on the sales team, make no money off of it, period. Yes, it should be in a grab bag - required minimum.
  13. JasonSeibert

    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    You can't get internet with the In Reach; however, there is weather provided in the InReach system.
  14. JasonSeibert

    The requirement for SATELLITE PHONES is antiquated

    The ability to have internet is not a safety issue, that's a strategic issue.