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I just finished up the race pre-routing for some clients and the Miami to Havana Race is looking epic. Almost all downhill and plenty O' breeze. How many boats on SA are going?

 

 

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Sitting outside in the grove right now, northerlies picking up. Looking damned good but I've gotta sail an A-320 to Havana....

 

whatcha sailin' O?

 

 

 

 

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Ahh Cuba. Good times. Wish I was doing this race instead of skiing. Looks to be a good ride! Go the Chico 2!

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Sitting outside in the grove right now, northerlies picking up. Looking damned good but I've gotta sail an A-320 to Havana....

 

whatcha sailin' O?

 

 

 

 

Andrews 70- what better way to avoid a blizzard than to go for a sleigh ride-

 

See ya on the other side- good luck, be safe

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nice live video Alan.....a few wipeouts at the start looked like they were going to take out the rest of the fleet

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Video? Where?

Was on FACEBOOK LIVE. I rather liked the walk down the docks earlier this morning as well.

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Romping conditions for the start today. Should be a very fast race. Boarding the flight to Havana in a few minutes. Race page here: http://www.havanarace.org/

Tracker here: http://kws.kattack.com/WPlayer/WPosDisplay.aspx?FeedID=1519

 

Updates on the SORC Sailing Facebook page depending on wifi at Hemingway. Vamanos.

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My money is on Raisin Cain.

 

Fight Team Win!

 

Sail safe!

 

The Boys on White Rhino and LongBow were in the lead. Now they are in the back of the fleet but with big SPEEDO #s. What happened?

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My money is on Raisin Cain.

 

Fight Team Win!

 

Sail safe!

 

The Boys on White Rhino and LongBow were in the lead. Now they are in the back of the fleet but with big SPEEDO #s. What happened?

 

Tracker shows last report for both is over 3 hours old

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My money is on Raisin Cain.

 

Fight Team Win!

 

Sail safe!

 

The Boys on White Rhino and LongBow were in the lead. Now they are in the back of the fleet but with big SPEEDO #s. What happened?

 

Tracker shows last report for both is over 3 hours old

 

 

Thank you for that "catch". Can you tell I have been awake for 14 hours? Much appreciated.

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My money is on Raisin Cain.

 

Fight Team Win!

 

Sail safe!

 

The Boys on White Rhino and LongBow were in the lead. Now they are in the back of the fleet but with big SPEEDO #s. What happened?

 

Tracker shows last report for both is over 3 hours old

 

 

Thank you for that "catch". Can you tell I have been awake for 14 hours? Much appreciated.

 

Kattack is a great inshore tool but sucks for far coastal work. It always fails on the Key West feeder race. I have no idea how the SORC people don't see this and move on to YB trackers.

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Just watched part of Clean's FB live stream.

Dear Lord, considering its 30 boats and about 10 interesting ones you think he would be clued up a bit more on the details of each boat and crew instead of just his buddies.

Sub par performance and hes trying to get a job with the Super Series folks? Never gonna happen.

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From Thin Ice just now: Wind at 280. Hard on it. 8 knots.

 

From Ben Poucher on the big boat: Blew up our only spinnaker. Boom. Fortunately the espresso maker is working well.

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Marco got some great shots, I'll post a few now but he is putting up a gallery on http://www.facebook.com/sorcsailing

 

These are the captions sent out to the mainstream news pubs in Miami with these photos. All photos © Marco Oquendo/SORC Sailing

 

1) With Race Recordholder Trebuchet (shown here inside Havana Harbor after the inaugural Miami to Havana Race) not here to defend her title, racing crews from several boats llook to take advantage of strong Northerlies to beat her record pace from last year.

2) The big 70’ sled Simon Says (New York) leads the fleet at Fowey Rocks Light as she powers away under her huge blue spinnaker.

3) The Mulhall family’s Testing Life (New Jersey) chases down the much smaller Thin Ice just to seaward of Key Biscayne.

4) The crew of Achilles Keel (Nassau, Bahamas) enjoys the sun and downwind breeze just after the start off Miami.

5) 2016 Overall Race Winner Dragon gets a slow start thanks to a line crowded with the huge 84-foot Metolius

6) Gary Weisberg’s Heatwave (Massachusetts) struggles to control their spinnaker as a big gust of wind hits the fleet at the start.

7) Southern Cross and Peregrine take the comfy road to Cuba aboard their fast but spacious catamarans.

 

8) “El Comodoro” of the finishing host club CNIH points to his homeland as he addresses hundreds of sailors at Coconut Grove’s Coral Reef Yacht Club.

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SORC Havana - Credit Marco Oquendo-SORC - 8.jpg

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Blowing high teens and low 20s from the west. close hauled. Looks like the fleet is going thumb line. This will be interesting.

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Clean looks like the sheriff in Cool Hand Luke. What else did he get from that truck stop?

 

Hope everyone arrives in good time and have a great time.

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Is it me or is the tracker sucking it big time? I show a couple of hours latency. Anyone?

 

Michael! Go the Dragon!

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I'm betting on Mirage on correction. He and his experienced crew have won lots of distance races on his beater Hobie 33 and with the wind aft of the beam he'll be on plane all the way. As long as he doesn't lose the rig (he's on #3), watch out.

Cheers, Greg

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I'm betting on Mirage on correction. He and his experienced crew have won lots of distance races on his beater Hobie 33 and with the wind aft of the beam he'll be on plane all the way. As long as he doesn't lose the rig (he's on #3), watch out.

Cheers, Greg

Greg,

 

Multiple boats are reporting beating right now. Admittedly, I have limited time on a Hobie 33 but upwind in a breeze never made the sales brochure. I'm liking Dragon as he will give us a knockout race description.

 

I also like Dragon's positioning given there is something called the Gulf Stream to cross. The guy is nobody's fool.

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I'll also take Mirage for the overall win on handicap. He's up there with 40 footers in a boat that rates 93.

 

Senara is a shoal draft Farr 395, hence the rating.

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I'll also take Mirage for the overall win on handicap. He's up there with 40 footers in a boat that rates 93.

 

Senara is a shoal draft Farr 395, hence the rating.

Ahhh ok. Thanks for clarifying! Should be fun to see how the scoring shakes out today

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If it ever shakes out. Boats have been finished all morning and there's nothing up on the regatta site.

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If it ever shakes out. Boats have been finished all morning and there's nothing up on the regatta site.

Was Sol out late last night?

 

Nah, must be the wi-fi connection. Or lack of.

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LOL, kind of lost interest after the multihull rating dust-up and then watching the start. And then half the multis dropped out or can't pass a... oh nevermind. Its a rally.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

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If it ever shakes out. Boats have been finished all morning and there's nothing up on the regatta site.

Was Sol out late last night?

 

Nah, must be the wi-fi connection. Or lack of.

 

 

Last year we had zero internet, the island experiences 'black outs'

 

Boats have not been 'finishing all morning' I was on the dock grabbing lines for the first finisher just two hours ago and been shooting and interviewing since.

 

Pics and interviews will be going up shortly,

 

Post edited 'cause I have a short fuse when I'm extremely hung over.

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Is yachtscoring working? Not from my connection.

 

Epic fail from where I sit.

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Is yachtscoring working? Not from my connection.

 

Epic fail from where I sit.

Yachtscoring is working fine. No finishing times are in yet, nor will they be for some time.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

Think you misunderstand. For multis (and maybe most) it seems more a rally than a race to me. Maybe I am wrong but the "intensity" of start video sure gave me (perhaps incorrectly) that impression. Nothing wrong with a rally at least to me. You claiming this is AC or TP52 level racing Clean... cause somebody will maybe want to have what you are smoking/drinking?! :P

 

Oh and I like Mojitos.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

Think you misunderstand. For multis (and maybe most) it seems more a rally than a race to me. Maybe I am wrong but the "intensity" of start video sure gave me (perhaps incorrectly) that impression. Nothing wrong with a rally at least to me. You claiming this is AC or TP52 level racing Clean... cause somebody will maybe want to have what you are smoking/drinking?! :P

 

Oh and I like Mojitos.

 

Ah ok, no worries. There are some seriously high level crew on some of the multis, but the other two were taking it easy for sure. That Corsair was reefed down with a frac kite in 12-14 knots an hour after the start.

 

Peregrine story was pretty epic. Skipper would have been the first Cuban born person to sail back to Cuba since the revolution.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

Think you misunderstand. For multis (and maybe most) it seems more a rally than a race to me. Maybe I am wrong but the "intensity" of start video sure gave me (perhaps incorrectly) that impression. Nothing wrong with a rally at least to me. You claiming this is AC or TP52 level racing Clean... cause somebody will maybe want to have what you are smoking/drinking?! :P

 

Oh and I like Mojitos.

 

Ah ok, no worries.

 

Peregrine story was pretty epic. Skipper would have been the first Cuban born person to sail back to Cuba since the revolution.

 

What happened to em? RW and everybody OK?

 

EDIT TO ADD: Oh and saw your edit to your post and so will add to mine... The F31s don't carry a masthead kite. Its a frac rig. Bit surprised they didn't send it at least in daylight in those conditions but again I wasn't there and this is why I used the term rally. Same on the wide band multihull rating comment. Can see both sides. Respect both sides. If I had to guess I would disagree w Ron but that's an uniformed opinion and there ain't no way IMHO to rate boats that different. So just go and have fun... rally. Cheers. Wess

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A warning: Come and fuck with me in this thread and I'll fuck with you.

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Is yachtscoring working? Not from my connection.

 

Epic fail from where I sit.

Yachtscoring is working fine. No finishing times are in yet, nor will they be for some time.

 

Isn't that that the epitome of yachtscoring not working? Isn't the whole point to have real time results? Luiz? Care to wade in.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

Think you misunderstand. For multis (and maybe most) it seems more a rally than a race to me. Maybe I am wrong but the "intensity" of start video sure gave me (perhaps incorrectly) that impression. Nothing wrong with a rally at least to me. You claiming this is AC or TP52 level racing Clean... cause somebody will maybe want to have what you are smoking/drinking?! :P

 

Oh and I like Mojitos.

 

Ah ok, no worries.

 

Peregrine story was pretty epic. Skipper would have been the first Cuban born person to sail back to Cuba since the revolution.

 

What happened to em? RW and everybody OK?

 

Not sure yet. I've got a call in to them.

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A warning: Come and fuck with me in this thread and I'll fuck with you.

I love Scot's dick.

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Isn't that that the epitome of yachtscoring not working? Isn't the whole point to have real time results? Luiz? Care to wade in.

 

 

The point of yachtscoring is to be a one-spot shop to administer a race. If all it had to do was real-time scoring, it would be a lot cheaper.

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A warning: Come and fuck with me in this thread and I'll fuck with you.

 

I wish I didn't have the dick surgery. It's really broken and ugly now.

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For those of you who are interested in little facts about Cuban life, know that the government restricts all sorts of internet usage with the outside world, and anyone bringing in comms that are not monitorable - satphones for instance - has them sealed in a special envelope by customs when you enter, and any damage they see to the seal when you leave gets you fined or worse.

 

Uploading things to youtube or facebook is extremely difficult. Neither skype nor any VOIP works either. Calls are around 3$/min depending on carrier, and you can't buy burner phones.

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A warning: Come and fuck with me in this thread and I'll fuck with you.

 

I wish I didn't have the dick surgery. It's really broken and ugly now.

 

There's an easy joke in there that involves your wife, but I respect her too much. I'm done.

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Rhumbline lost their rudder

 

 

I'm gutted for them after the same thing happened to us on the Hobie 33 last year in the same race in the same conditions. They've even bailed to the same marina we bailed to. It's a tough one to take. The Hobie is an offshore rocket, and Mirage will likely win this race overall, but the rudder is their major point of concern in sporty conditions.

 

Doubly impressed by the crew on Simon Says sailing it in with the emergency tiller. That takes serious skill, but if anyone is capable of doing it then it's the group of experienced guys in the afterguard of that boat.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

Think you misunderstand. For multis (and maybe most) it seems more a rally than a race to me. Maybe I am wrong but the "intensity" of start video sure gave me (perhaps incorrectly) that impression. Nothing wrong with a rally at least to me. You claiming this is AC or TP52 level racing Clean... cause somebody will maybe want to have what you are smoking/drinking?! :P

 

Oh and I like Mojitos.

 

Ah ok, no worries.

 

Peregrine story was pretty epic. Skipper would have been the first Cuban born person to sail back to Cuba since the revolution.

 

What happened to em? RW and everybody OK?

 

EDIT TO ADD: Oh and saw your edit to your post and so will add to mine... The F31s don't carry a masthead kite. Its a frac rig. Bit surprised they didn't send it at least in daylight in those conditions but again I wasn't there and this is why I used the term rally. Same on the wide band multihull rating comment. Can see both sides. Respect both sides. If I had to guess I would disagree w Ron but that's an uniformed opinion and there ain't no way IMHO to rate boats that different. So just go and have fun... rally. Cheers. Wess

 

Some 31s were modded for MH kites. Talk to Mike Leneman. They allowed it in OD as long as the kite measured in.

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Wasn't a rally to the crew of the Andrews 68 that hit a UFO at 23 knots, shattering the quadrant to pieces, and then steered the rest of the race with emergency tiller.

 

Or to the Dragon crew that once again crushed their sistership by more than an hour.

 

Or the crew of Chico that was pushing so hard to the finish that they wiped out in their final gybe just outside the breakers.

 

But keep hatin' on 'em Wess. Someone's gotta.

Think you misunderstand. For multis (and maybe most) it seems more a rally than a race to me. Maybe I am wrong but the "intensity" of start video sure gave me (perhaps incorrectly) that impression. Nothing wrong with a rally at least to me. You claiming this is AC or TP52 level racing Clean... cause somebody will maybe want to have what you are smoking/drinking?! :P

 

Oh and I like Mojitos.

 

Ah ok, no worries.

 

Peregrine story was pretty epic. Skipper would have been the first Cuban born person to sail back to Cuba since the revolution.

 

What happened to em? RW and everybody OK?

 

EDIT TO ADD: Oh and saw your edit to your post and so will add to mine... The F31s don't carry a masthead kite. Its a frac rig. Bit surprised they didn't send it at least in daylight in those conditions but again I wasn't there and this is why I used the term rally. Same on the wide band multihull rating comment. Can see both sides. Respect both sides. If I had to guess I would disagree w Ron but that's an uniformed opinion and there ain't no way IMHO to rate boats that different. So just go and have fun... rally. Cheers. Wess

 

Some 31s were modded for MH kites. Talk to Mike Leneman. They allowed it in OD as long as the kite measured in.

 

Dang; I didn't know that... Just learned something. Thanks. Wess

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

 

Well they DNFed with the mast still standing and nobody hurt which seems prudent and pretty good outcome given the situation described.

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the drea

 

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

Living the dream on a 'can't get out of it's way 48 with a deaf guy driving?'

 

Frankly, I'd rather jerk off in front of my computer. The picture of you "nailing" the start is the equivalent of nailing it in shuffleboard/ Get a life. Going 9kts on a multi sucks.

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go cal20 sailor!

 

telling it like it is

 

tell me more about clean's wife 's joke, inquiring minds want to know

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the drea

 

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

Living the dream on a 'can't get out of it's way 48 with a deaf guy driving?'

 

Frankly, I'd rather jerk off in front of my computer. The picture of you "nailing" the start is the equivalent of nailing it in shuffleboard/ Get a life. Going 9kts on a multi sucks.

 

LOL, well only a long standing friend can say that!

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the drea

 

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

 

+1

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

 

 

It is neither. It's about doing what you love as often as possible. If you don't love sailing for it's own sake, you won't get it.

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

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Peregrine

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

 

 

It is neither. It's about doing what you love as often as possible. If you don't love sailing for it's own sake, you won't get it.

 

Butte, you do?

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Hey, Clean's wife is amazing and off the table. Clean did well with Mer.

 

Thank you. Can we stop fucking around now? Results of everyone who has given us times are up, and a lot of times we ran down too. Photos are sent out already and I'll upload some after I get something to eat. Have walked 9 miles already between boats, club, hotel, and customs and forgot to eat today.

 

Cuba doesn't apparently like the way we are trying to upload videos. They ban quite a few things here - no Skype, facetime, whatsapp, or similar voip telephony. They also ban certain features within sites like Facebook Live and youtube live.

 

I've tried two different good VPNs - fairly expensive ones that have worked for me for UAE and China - but can't seem to get around it.

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

 

 

It is neither. It's about doing what you love as often as possible. If you don't love sailing for it's own sake, you won't get it.

 

Butte, you do?

 

 

Do I love sailing for its own sake? Yer damned right. Getting to sea saved my life, and continues to save it every few weeks. Even watching sailing helps my brain keep from eating itself.

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On peregrine about 15 miles E of Marathon we heard a very loud crack, took a while to investigate but we found that the deck under the forward edge of the masthead had crushed and the mast was pumping forward and the aft edge lifting about 1/2" with the runner boned on tight. With about 135 mi left to sail across the stream in winds that had built to low 20s it just wasn't prudent to continue.

 

I can't speak for any others but we were there to race to a unique destination with a great group of friends. We didn't make the ultimate destination, but had a great experience non the less. We nailed the start at the gun and raced hard (on a cruising cat). Even caught some tuna and had fresh sushi during a light patch.....which is all way better than sitting at your computer and jerking off while criticizing others who are living the dream.

 

And unlike Clean I don't drink enough to get hung over....I still get grumpy after some of the crap I read hear.

 

Ron White

Navigator

Peregrine

It's not how you start, but how you finish.

 

 

It is neither. It's about doing what you love as often as possible. If you don't love sailing for it's own sake, you won't get it.

 

Butte, you do?

 

 

Do I love sailing for its own sake? Yer damned right. Getting to sea saved my life, and continues to save it every few weeks. Even watching sailing helps my brain keep from eating itself.

 

I licke it Bro! :)

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For those of you who are interested in little facts about Cuban life, know that the government restricts all sorts of internet usage with the outside world, and anyone bringing in comms that are not monitorable - satphones for instance - has them sealed in a special envelope by customs when you enter, and any damage they see to the seal when you leave gets you fined or worse.

 

Uploading things to youtube or facebook is extremely difficult. Neither skype nor any VOIP works either. Calls are around 3$/min depending on carrier, and you can't buy burner phones.

 

FWIW, I have sat in central squares in many Cuban towns next to people who were chatting with family in another Cuban town on their laptop. They might not have been using Skype, but they were using something like it.

 

For the 500th anniversary of Cuba a few years ago, the government put wi-fi hotspots in public squares in a lot of towns. They also have internet cafes (remember those?) in most towns.

 

I have no idea if the government blocks access to social media sites. They might just be making life miserable for Americans, which is a sport Cuban government officials really enjoy. I have never had any difficulty accessing any website I wanted, including Sailing Anarchy. Things might take a while to load, but that's Cuba.

 

I'm sure they viewed your satphone with utmost suspicion. That's Cuba, too.

 

Friendliest people on earth. Enjoy your time there.

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OK, so if it did go on the nose, that explains why Mirage "only" got 3rd and 5th overall. Good for Christian and crew, and maybe I need to drag my Andrews 28 down to do this one too.

Cheers, Greg

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For those of you who are interested in little facts about Cuban life, know that the government restricts all sorts of internet usage with the outside world, and anyone bringing in comms that are not monitorable - satphones for instance - has them sealed in a special envelope by customs when you enter, and any damage they see to the seal when you leave gets you fined or worse.

 

Uploading things to youtube or facebook is extremely difficult. Neither skype nor any VOIP works either. Calls are around 3$/min depending on carrier, and you can't buy burner phones.

FWIW, I have sat in central squares in many Cuban towns next to people who were chatting with family in another Cuban town on their laptop. They might not have been using Skype, but they were using something like it.

 

For the 500th anniversary of Cuba a few years ago, the government put wi-fi hotspots in public squares in a lot of towns. They also have internet cafes (remember those?) in most towns.

 

I have no idea if the government blocks access to social media sites. They might just be making life miserable for Americans, which is a sport Cuban government officials really enjoy. I have never had any difficulty accessing any website I wanted, including Sailing Anarchy. Things might take a while to load, but that's Cuba.

 

I'm sure they viewed your satphone with utmost suspicion. That's Cuba, too.

 

Friendliest people on earth. Enjoy your time there.

What we are running up against is really slow upload times more than anything. The wifi cards that they sell are good for one hour. Any video (and I shot a ton of it yesterday, including finish and arrivals), takes over an hour to upload, even when compressed, so the connection gets cut when the card runs out and we are back to square one. Of course, it is a time consuming waste to find out whether a method or connection is going to work.

Back to just taking pics. Updates up on the main race page and the SORC FB page. Off to get more shots and will be revising the finish sheet as skippers give us times.

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Got one up!  Only costed 9 dollars and 6 hours of my life...and that's just a 480p downgrade @80 MB!

 

 

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When I was there in January, Hemingway Marina WiFi was barely functional. Best bet was at the Hotel National. You buy a login at the business center on the 2nd floor. Access Point in the courtyard sucks, but the small inside bar to the west of the courtyard worked well (for Cuba at least)

 

Skype didn't work, but some folks from Germany were using some other VOIP service successfully. Book of faces was hit/miss

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Thanks for that Max. Just found it, is called IMO. Might get to talk to my little girl finally!

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Sounds mostly right on the previous names for Simon Says with the addition of Grins after Front Runner and before Titan.. That boat has sailed a lot of races since the first one in 1991, good to see sailors still enjoying the ride.

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^^^it is a great boat, and I greatly enjoyed racing on her with Mike when she was Victoria...

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Testing Life, Chico, and Dragon - PHRF Class winners - all followed more or less the same line, which just so happens to be the most westerly. All were looking for the rightie, and all got it.

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Testing Life, Chico, and Dragon - PHRF Class winners - all followed more or less the same line, which just so happens to be the most westerly. All were looking for the rightie, and all got it.

 

Jim and the Chico 2 TEAM killed it!

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hey c'mon now - it did improve quite a bit! Got three whole interviews and 45 pics up in only four days!

 

Good times. Hangin on the malecon at a little hotel waiting for the race from El Morro to Marina Hemingway to begin. Easterly, 8 knots. No live streaming, that's for sure!

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Go West, Young Man: For Second Straight Year, Western Strategy Pays As Dragon Repeats Overall Victory

 

Havana, Cuba (18 March 2017) – With all entrants scored and results final, Mike Hennessy and the crew of Dragon clinched a second-straight victory in SORC’s Miami to Havana Race today. Despite a completely different race crew from that aboard during their 2016 winning performance, the international crew of Hennessy, Nick Halmos, Jen Edney, Kyle Hubley, Evan Langford, and Mark Washeim finished just a half hour behind a boat nearly twice her length, correcting over second-overall Chico 2 (Detroit, MI) by more than 20 minutes on corrected time.

 

Hennessy said the team’s strategy wasn’t too different to last year’s despite a completely different forecast, thanks to some pre-race research carried out by the team on a cruise in these waters earlier in the year. “We knew the center of the Gulf Stream was a little bit further South than last year, but we were confident the Westerly approach would pay again,” said the Dragon owner and skipper, whose team not only one their second-straight Miami to Havana Race – they actually beat their race winning time from last year by nearly 5 hours! “This is definitely one of our favorite races, for obvious reasons!” Hennessy said shortly after being dubbed “Mr. Havana” by fellow competitors for his back-to-back victory.

 

Nearly every winning boat sailed a similar course to Dragon, staying close to the Florida reefs for relief from the swift-moving current of the Gulf Stream for as long as possible. Despite sailing one of the lightest and smallest boats in the race, the Michigan crew aboard 35-foot Chico 2 finished fourth over the line and first in PHRF B Class thanks to strong crew work and near-flawless navigation. “This is my first race to Havana, but I’ve run literally two months worth of navigational simulations of the race at home on the computer,” said Tom Anderson, Chico’s navigator. “The real deal was quite a bit wetter, but thanks to the preparation, it was always familiar, and the answer was to avoid the deep water and push the boat hard along the reef.”

Multiple sailing world record holder and round-the-world race veteran Ryan Breymaier agreed that the shallows were the way to go this year, though he said there was nearly a mutiny aboard PHRC C winner Testing Life over it, with some crew thinking an earlier jump into the Stream would pay off. “There was no way we were gybing out while I was calling the navigational shots,” said Breymaier, who kept the big Tartan 46 inside 30 feet of water all the way to Key West. “With the centerboard up, the boat only draws 5 feet, which made it an easy decision to hug the reef,” he said, adding that that final turn only happened after his head hit the pillow for the first time.

 

It’s rare that a boat’s first-ever ocean race results in the kind of dominant victory Testing Life secured over their Class, but two other Class winners shared the trait: Todd Toensing’s Atlantic 42 catamaran Southern Cross beat her multihull competition by some 7 hours, while the fathers-and-sons crew aboard Michael and Noah Ross’s brand new Hylas 48 Island Sol took the ECRCA Racer/Cruiser Class win by more than an hour despite their first sea miles on the new boat happening on the way to the starting line in Miami. “I’ve mostly sailed dinghies until now, but after seeing what ocean racing is really like, I’m hooked,” said 17 year old Noah. His proud dad said the win was just icing on the cake. “I just feel lucky to have been able to take part in such an epic and well-run race along with my son,” said the elder Ross.

 

Just one Class winner bucked the Westerly trend, as the big Swan 56 White Rhino squeaked out a victory in the small but hotly-contested IRC Class; just 16 minutes separated the top three entries on corrected time after some 27 hours of racing. “We were pretty sure it wasn’t the right move, but we bore away from the coast anyway simply to ease the strain on the crew from the nasty sea state,” said skipper Todd Stuart. “Fortunately, our entire fleet followed us.”

 

The fleet will once again show the Cuban public what sail racing is all about on Saturday, with the second annual Castillo Del Morro Race scheduled for a noon start. The racers will start off Marina Hemingway, beating upwind before cracking off to a mark just inside the entrance to historic Havana Harbor under the iconic Morro Castle Light. Once under spinnaker, they’ll stream back to the West along Havana’s famous Malecon with thousands of spectators lining up to see something they’ve only seen once before, during the inaugural event last year. “We were astonished at just how many people made their way to the seafront last year to watch the yachts race by, and it’s one more way we’re trying to share the joy of sailing with the Cuban people,” said Race Chairman Chris Woolsey.

 

Final, official results for the Miami to Havana Race are available here: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_detail.cfm?Race_Number=1&eID=1545

 

Full photo galleries, interviews, and reports are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sorcsailing.

 

The Miami to Havana Race is organized by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC), a Florida non-profit organization driven by a select group of volunteers that bring professional event management, sailing, racing and other skills to the organization. SORC’s mission: To lead the expansion of offshore competitive sailing in South Florida by providing the highest level of race organization, management and promotions for those that enjoy the sport of ocean sailing. For more, go to www.sorcsailing.org

 

FACT SHEET AND LINKS:

 

Race Website (History, rules, schedules): www.havanarace.org

Entry lists, crew lists, port of origin, class splits: https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm

Visual Race Tracker: http://kws.kattack.com/WPlayer/WPosDisplay.aspx?FeedID=1519

Text, Photo, and videos of the race: https://www.facebook.com/sorcsailing

Organizer: Florida-based Southern Ocean Racing Conference

 

*Racing to Cuba suspended in 1957 until 2016

*2017 Attendance: 37 boats from 12 states and approximately 350 sailors from 8 countries

*Smallest boat: 31 foot Zingara (Chicago, IL)

*Largest boat: 84-foot Metolius (Kings Point, NY)

*Oldest crew: Tom Selldorff, Sr. (88 years old)

*Youngest Crew: Vieva Mulhall (13 years old)

*Starting Line: 1 mile SE of Government Cut.

*Finish Line: Entrance buoy to Club Nautico Internactional Hemingway de Cuba (Havana Yacht Club)

*Existing Race Record: (2016) 19 hours, 36 minutes, 10 seconds by custom 69-footer Trebuchet (11-knot avg)

 

For more information, high-res photos, or interview requests, please contact Christopher Woolsey at Chair@havanarace.org


BTW Frank, you're still the only guy to ever make the Eastern route pay...

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