RandyM81

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    what is it?

  2. I've been happy with knotless 3mm dyneema, 50mm pattern. I've bought from: http://www.net-sys.com/ultra-cross-knotless-netting/ Cost was about $4/SF. Good stuff. UCSilver42BK20_Final.pdf
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    R2AK 2018

    As for my team on the Marstrom M32 having ideal conditions in 2016, this is not true. We had very light wind from the start to active pass, light wind in the Port Hardy area and light wind coming into Queen Charlotte sound from Bella Bella. And by light I mean glassed off to the point that most boats would have been and were rowing for extended periods. Additionally, our only downwind the entire race was the last 6 hours in Hecate Strait, otherwise we were beating the entire way. We had done a lot of prep in the PNW and expected light wind. For that reason (and to protect the structure of the boat) we focused on staying light, optimizing our light air sail inventory and human propulsion. This paid off for us. Our conditions were about average in terms of wind speed, and perhaps a bit worse than average because we had so little running. In better conditions, this course can be run in under 3 days.
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    R2AK 2018

    A huge congratulations to Sail Like a Girl. They put the effort in and got the win. It does appear that they were way overloaded. And, their pedal drive was clearly not as effective as Jungle Kitty's. But nonetheless, they worked the problem on the course and came out on top. Light wind is a great equalizer on this course. When there's breeze the fastest sail boats will leg out basically no matter what aside from breakages. In flat water everything else comes into play. By that I mean preparation and how you loaded the boat, sail selection, human propulsion system, physical conditioning, watch keeping, navigation and knowledge of local conditions and currents. SLAG had a fast boat, but light conditions actually made this race especially interesting for me as a tracker junkie this year. The Corsair 970 disappointed. I believe they and PT Watercraft had the fastest boats this year, but SLAG earned the win. Congratulations again! Well done ladies.
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    R2AK 2018

    I'd love to see an upgrade to Yellow Brick trackers.
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    R2AK 2018

    2 years ago we made it to Seymour Narrows in 24 hours. I don't see that happening this year. We checked weather on our phones frequently when we had data connections (which was all the way to Seymour Narrows). The HRRR model seemed to do the best most of the time. Looking at the HRRR model for later this afternoon and evening I see why the fast boats are going for the Strait of Georgia via Boundary Pass. Looks like there will be at least some breeze most of the night out there. Trincomali Channel looks to be painfully calm for a sailboat tonight.
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    R2AK 2018

    Not this year. Hopefully next year. Might need to try a solo attempt.
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    R2AK 2018

    Solosailor built this drive for Team MAD Dog in 2016. It worked well. Total gearing was 4:1 with a large diameter high pitch prop from apcprop.com. We bought a number of different props with different pitches. The one in these photos broke. The carbon props did much better. There are a few things I'll do different for the next one: 1. The clipless pedals were a pain. I would just go with pedal baskets next time. It took time to put on my bike shoes and I eventually lost one overboard. Baskets would have been easier and more convenient and would have been compatible with my sea boots. 2. Multi-speed gearing!!! For sure. This certainly adds complexity, but I would go for it next time. The issue was that we were geared fine for flat water and no wind, but for "motorsailing" we needed higher gearing that we didn't have. This meant that as soon as there was any wind we had to fold up the drive despite the fact that if we could just spin the pedals fast enough at the same power input we could have added a knot of boat speed when there was 2kts of wind.
  9. Would anyone be interested/excited about an R2AK inspired race to Tierra del Fuego? It’s 1090nm from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia. All but two sections can be navigated in inland channels. Smallish boats, no motors. Sail, row, pedal. Last year my R2AK experience was incredible. The only disappointment was that it was over so quickly. I could have gone again right then and there. What would be next level? Me thinks Patagonia! I’ve been wanting to visit Patagonia for years. I’ve got a new boat (one with a cabin). So why not? The beauty of high latitude sailing and the navigational challenges of racing in fjords is a whole different thing than ocean racing and for me has a special appeal. The R2AK organizers do an incredible job with their event. But they benefit from proximity to a large Pacific NW sailing fleet. What would it take to attract 20-30 crazies to Chile? One idea is providing logistical support in the form of barge transport for the fleet from some West Coast US city to the start and return from the finish. Obviously this would be a multi-month commitment for the boats if not the crews. Another idea is providing sat phones and professional weather forecasting to the fleet. Am I tripping? Would anybody do this with me?
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    Races for Cruising boats in the PNW

    A few cyclors and you're good! But seriously, Madrona and Ocelot did well last year. This year an O'Day did well.
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    Races for Cruising boats in the PNW

    Pull the engine and do Race to Alaska. You won't regret it.
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    R2AK Inspired Race to Tierra del Fuego

    Not Patagonia, the San Juan islands. In any event, I can see that getting a fleet assembled to race to Tierra Del Fuego would be unlikely without a local fleet already active in Southern Chile. Despite R2AK's international draw, 80% of the teams were local to the race area. I know there's a transient cruising fleet always moving around through southern Chile, but I've never heard of any racing down there. I haven't gotten an overwhelming response to this thread. It seems like this might need to be a solo or 2-3 boat adventure.
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    R2AK Inspired Race to Tierra del Fuego

    Amazing. HOG just paddled 700 miles to Alaska on a SUP and is all in to SUP to Tierra Del Fuego. We're not worthy! Norway would be something. But Patagonia has a special appeal to me. I can see that enticing a fleet would be difficult. Maybe it doesn't have to be a race. But making it a race creates a focus that I needed, at least for R2AK. Can't explain why.
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    R2AK Inspired Race to Tierra del Fuego

    I can see that it would be easier to get a fleet assembled in Norway. But the route itself looks much more exposed. I'm just looking at Google maps, no charts. It seems like the fjords cut deep inland but that there aren't a lot of connecting channels. Would an engineless race up Norway's coast be more or less exposed than R2AK?
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    R2AK Inspired Race to Tierra del Fuego

    Don't call it my race just yet. It's only an idea at the moment. I'm merely trying to guage interest and suss out whatever big issues there might be. Would an R2AKesq cash prize motivate people? Does Norway make more sense than Chile?
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    +1 Incredible performance.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Last year MAD Dog hit a log that did minor damage to one of the bows. This year P&W hit a log that broke thier rudder fuse. TPSR hit a log, damaged thier rudder. Broderna grounded. Bad Kitty grounded. Sistership grounded. This is just what i know of. Tough race.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Not an expert in this, but I would think a multihull is more likely to hit something. Two or three hulls, multiple multiple dagerboards, multiple rudders. Multis have more dangling stuff in the water.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    A TP52 is far from the ultimate weapon for this race. A couple years ago we raced the M32 against a fleet of TP52s in the Santa Barbara to King Harbor race. Total horizon job. Put 2 hours on the fastest one in a 100 mile race. Would have be more with pedaling allowed. A Volvo 70 would probably only be faster in extreme conditions but would be stuck with no wind. And good luck getting in and out of Victoria. My ultimate weapon would be a 40' carbon trimaran with a quad prop drive system. I don't see a monohull that beats an M32 in R2AK.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Any update on Rod Price Adventure?
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    I don't think fun is necessarily the point of this race. If you have fun, good for you. But I think the creators organized this race to offer a personal challenge for those willing to take it. I see it as akin to climbing a mountain. Anybody can try and preparation, skill, and luck will determine whether you make it. Every step of the climb is miserable. Your legs and lungs burn. Half the party turns back, and you may question your own sanity. But you do it because it's there and for the 5 minutes of elation when you stand on the top. Then you snap a picture, trudge your tired ass back down the mountain, and ask yourself when you'll get to do it again.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    I guess I can pick a horse.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Huge congrats to Team Pure&Wild/Freeburd! Can't wait to hear the report.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Thx re Mama Tried. Looking forward to sailing her. The Burd Bros have about 740 more miles on her than I do. Re exposure, not being able to get out of the weather really wasn't problematic for us. I suspect it would be different on a Nacra 20, but on the M32 in a bivy sack up high on the racks, exposure just wasn't a problem. But yes, having to change sides every 20 min off watch was probably our biggest challenge during the race. Hard to make good tactical decisions, maintain situational awareness, push hard, etc when utterly sleep deprived. With a center pod for sleeping we would have been 4+ hours faster last year I'm certain.
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    2017 Race to Alaska

    Ketch Me has made up 2/3 of what they gave up on West Coast. Easy pass if they can keep on without resting.