ronnie_simpson

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About ronnie_simpson

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    Fiji
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    Sailing, surfing, media, traveling, adventure, sailing

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  1. ronnie_simpson

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    thank you! the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre and other French racing is looking very exciting!
  2. ronnie_simpson

    Transpac 2021

    Same as the boat I was going to deliver. They are doing Pac Cup, which is already claiming something like 78 entries!!!
  3. ronnie_simpson

    Transpac 2021

    Rumors I hear from people directly involved with running the race are that the odds of a race happening are less than 50/50, but certainly better than 0. Like last year at Pac Cup and Sydney - Hobart, etc, people are all still planning on it and hoping, but there are some big hurdles. There are a lot of travel restrictions which hinder crew movement and movement of loved ones. A lot of boats can't legally do full-crew practices. There are less tune up races, etc etc. A lot of boats have already pulled the plug or will likely pull the plug. Also, the parties almost certainly won't be happening, which makes the entire race a lot less economically viable. I love the Transpac. Have sailed in 3 of the last 5 and done media or deliveries of some sort in the last 5. Will be sad, but I already cancelled my commitments towards the race this year for a variety of reasons, the last of which being that the owner of my delivery whip pulled out. Pac Cup 2022 looks a much better option at this point.
  4. ronnie_simpson

    Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

    yes, and Sodebo just announced yesterday that they'll be taking part! Gitana is signed up as well and will be sporting all new foils and appendages. Actual Leader 2 is in as well.
  5. ronnie_simpson

    hugo boss already for sale?

    L'Occitane has been sold to Louis Burton and will be Bureau Vallee 3. in an interview, Louis mentioned being interested in Hugo Boss, but the price was way too high. He also mentioned being interested in Charal but the boat wasn't available just yet, and he wanted t a new boat now.
  6. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    That is very very high on our list of goals. Should be a really good horse for that course.
  7. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    Good call. Thanks for catching that. I edited my post to ask someone to PM me their email address.
  8. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    Thanks mate. I think it will be a lot of fun and a tidy little business operation in paradise. Just need the world to open up!
  9. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    Could anyone PM me Randy Reynolds or Scott Klodowski's email address? I have a technical question i'd like to bounce off of them. Thanks
  10. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    It's now about the 3 or 4 dollar bar. Still worth it The Reynolds will basically be based at the bar, haha. Make her look flash and it should be good for business. But no drinking for the skipper (me) or crew, until after the sail!
  11. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    Oh man, that is awesome! Small world scenario, but I grew up in Georgia, very close to Lake Lanier. But i grew up in a family of gear heads and we had ski boats, power boats and jet-skis. I didn't take up sailing until I was an adult. Would be really cool to own a Reynolds 33 on Lake Lanier. Thanks for the dagger board tip
  12. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    The boat is in a container right now and I am in Hawaii. We both should arrive back to Fiji in February. The boat will be based at Musket Cove.
  13. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    Thanks very much mate. Flat Chat is based about .5 NM from where my Reynolds will be based. There is also an 8.5 meter class catamaran from New Zealand and a Sea Cart 26 that are local. Yes exactly, the dream/ business model is to rip people around to surf breaks, kiting, out at Namotu or Tavarua, day sails, etc. With the little cuddy cabins we could even do multi day charters as well, as so many islands are nearby.
  14. ronnie_simpson

    Reynolds 33 roll call

    Bula, I have recently acquired Reynolds 33 #5, currently named Manju in Honolulu, Hawaii. The name and location will be changing soon, I have packed the boat up and shipped it in a 40 foot container to Fiji for day and surf charter use. She is a 16 foot wide model with a newer and slightly shorter rig than stock. Super cool boat, and in pretty good condition too. I sailed the boat 7 times here in Honolulu before packing it up and am very impressed with her performance, but also the neat design and the comfort of the back rests and general ergonomics. We easily hit speeds in the high teens on every sail, but didn't get much over 19.8 (that we saw anyways). We were also being conservative, the boat is going to do 20s very easily I think. When buying the boat, the SA Forums were the best resource for information on Reynolds 33's and i kind of wanted to figure out where the boats were located these days and what people were doing with them. I have talked to both Randy Reynolds and Scott Klodowski on the phone and they were both top blokes. Very helpful. I frickin' love the boat, it's been a dream to own a racing and charter cat that was this fast and fun. Can't wait to get it to Fiji. Who else is out there?
  15. ronnie_simpson

    Solo night watch

    AIS doesn't do all that much good, as a lot of boats don't run theirs. But it is certainly better than nothing. I do a lot of solo sailing. Outside the Gate can be a very stressful place, especially when you are new and just drifting. The further you get offshore, the longer you can sleep. When way offshore, you can just send it and get a full night's sleep. There is nothing to hit. Any solo sailor who has crossed an ocean, especially in cruising mode will agree. When coastal however, you are in danger literally the entire time. One missed alarm can spell out disaster. Sleep is a weapon, the more short naps you take the easier it is to wake up. You spend all your time just taking short naps and managing the boat. After a while, you would be surprised how much you can get into a rhythm with waking up every 20 minutes, making a quick check and then going back down for 20. It can become quite normal.