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  1. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Thanks. Amazing to me that I’ve never even heard of that before. Interesting - kind of like a Beaufort scale for sea state.
  2. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Wonder what “sea state 4/5” means? (Presumably “wave height 10-12” means 10-12 meteres?! Maybe feet not meters, but that’s not a common unit of measurement outside of ‘murica. EDIT: got it. “Fleet” likely mistype for feet (I thought word Fleet was part of @indiannavy ) At least one would reasonably interpret it that way, but even given that photographs always underplay sea state/wave height, the seas look calm indeed in the pic...but I’m sure it’s an “illusion.”
  3. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    That is a hell of a pic. Hadn’t realized he was almost literally just hanging on!
  4. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Seems that not all Indians are behind Tomy in his dismasted-and-flat-on-his-back hour of need, drifting 3000 kms west of Australia Browsing the comments of a Times of India story on the capsize/rescue effort... https://m.timesofindia.com/articleshow_comments/65910122.cms (according to Google, “mallu” is a slur meaning ‘ape’ for people from the Indian state of Kerala; “feku” is a slur for PM Modi, meaning someone who talks and promises big and delivers little)
  5. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Miles Smeeton on singlehanders in ‘Because the Horn Is There’. So apt right now given the two dismastings: “When they are tired there is no one to take their watch, when they are anxious there is no one to relieve them of their anxiety, when they think they are sick there is no one to laugh them out of it, when they are fearful there is no one to lend them courage, when they are undetermined there is no one to harden their resolve, and when they are cold there is no one to hand them a warm drink.”
  6. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Those small boats in the past that’ve done that route probably would’ve been fully loaded for months at sea and only had HF for weather, I.e., limited comms. And many navigated via sextant until comparatively recently. Re: route, is there much course choice down there anyway? I mean, Cape Town to Australia, is a *bit* further north or south going to make a huge difference? (I’ve no idea; am curious.) My own sense —just a guess — is that the season isn’t “right.” It’s spring equinox down there. Spring equinox here (N Hemi), on the west coast of Canada at 49N, can make for pretty heady offshore conditions, with frequent spring gales...and then, as you say, bad luck gets compounded...
  7. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Seems to me that plenty (a fair number, anyway) of slow (I.e., non-Vendée type racers) “regular” boats have done this route in the past, no? And without good, real-time weather info. Just wondering what makes the difference this time - sometimes you’re just unlucky and find yourself in the wrong place at wrong time? BTW, RO reports (1 hr ago) that Gregor says wind falling and all secure aboard. (Phew. Now what...)
  8. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    This is the sort of thing one often doesn’t think about. A wave strike, you’re thrown partway across the cabin, and sprain/break your wrist/arm/ankle...or worse (here: back injury), making even the smallest tasks very difficult or even almost impossible...(yet the boat may be ok...).
  9. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Things just got serious.
  10. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Show your boat not sailing

    Not sailing you say, eh? Just yesterday I installed and fired up the lights/plugs at the new ‘Yak Shack Art Studio and Boatworks! First order of business, is learning how to steam bend some strips of oak to replace the few plastic ribs in the kayak, restoring the Aleutian-style baidarka kayak to its more traditional construction (and replace some screws, added by the boatbuilder I bought the frame from, with sinew lashings). And then learn how to skin a kayak... The later “boat not sailing” pic will be a B and B Yacht Designs two-part nesting dinghy. (I really hope their shop survived Hurricane Florence: it’s near New Bern, NC, which got heavily flooded ) Third pic, our old Cal 20 not sailing — engine removed and sculling oars at the ready -- last minute prep with the kid in Port Townsend, Washington in June the day before stage 1 of Race to Alaska. Last pic, the big boat back on her mooring, BC coast, back from a short shakedown cruise after my diesel engine rebuild and reinatallation. (It’s the year of Boat Mayhem :-) )
  11. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Florence

    Life on a flood plain swept by periodic tropical storms - like Bangladesh. I was in Hawaii several years ago, on the North Shore of Oahu, where the famous big wave surfing beaches are. You could hear the thunder of the breaking waves quite clearly through the open windows of our little beachfront B&B we were staying at. That evening, I randomly turned on the TV - and I never watch TV: totally random. There was widespread —every-channel— coverage of an earthquake that had recently occurred off the coast off Haida Gwaii (ex-Queen Charlotte Islands), off the northern British Columbia coast, over 2500 kms away. We stared at all the newscasters and Hawaii state emergency notices on the screen about tsunami warnings...from an event across the ocean....I quickly went outside, knocking and pushing doorbell buzzers hurriedly on the high, locked security gates of houses in Waimea (I think that’s the town). No one heard or came. High security gates, and here’s some guy out there knocking at night...NOT opening! I finally flagged down a woman in a car and explained my wife and 10 year old daughter were in a B&B at sea level, etc - and she kindly took us to her house several hundred feet higher up, where we spent the night, glued to Hawaii TV tsunami reports. None came, but the entire state was on alert up to the predicted possible time of arrival of a tsunami. Pretty scary. One has only to read about and look at pics of the major tsunami that wiped out Hilo, Hawaii years ago to take tsunamis seriously when an earthquake occurs across the ocean...
  12. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Florence

    Yes, they’re going to text you all next Thursday, I just read (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/9/15/17863954/presidential-alert-trump-fema-emergency-alert-test). A test/prelude to direct tweets? :-)
  13. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Florence

    Please keep pesky info and facts out of this discussion! Fox and Friends told me today that the big man has it all under control and that industrial pig farming is actually good for everyone and that climate change is a big fat plot to destabilize America.
  14. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    I suppose one figures, based on the long time one has sailed in the SO, “how bad can it get if I leave in Oct?” I have no idea what the timing/sched should be leaving the PNW in such a voyage to round the Horn at the “right” time, etc., but I see that probably the most recent one from around here (Tony Gooch) left Sep 29. http://www.solocircumnavigation.com/solosailingcircumnavigation/SoloCircumnavigators/TonyGooch/TonyGooch.htm There’s another guy, Peter Freeman, also from Victoria, BC who did a solo nonstop way back in the ‘80s on a 30-ish foot ferrocement boat, left Oct 14. (Scroll down: https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Around_the_world_sailing_record.html ) Luck...also plays a part... :-)
  15. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    It’s always the “human judgment/error” factor. When you’ve been through the SO several times as she has, and singlehanded to boot (https://svnereida.com/travels), you probably feel you’ve pretty much “seen and done it all”. (And you basically have, I suppose, other than ice navigation.) That, and I believe on her last attempt, her departure was delayed due to various issues...which leads you to either decide to wait another year or, what the heck, I can *probably* make it based on what I’ve done before. The human decision factor is always the weak link...I always think of that Volvo race boat —with lots of redundancy in the form of sophisticated nav and comms gear, on shore support, and several people on board overseeing/signing off on the nav decisions— that didn’t zoom in on the plotter to see the reefs they were headed for...