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  1. A trade wind crossing, even in brisk winds, is a fairly easy passage. I have friends who have circumnavigated several times and never seen winds over 40 knots. Wind against the Gulf Stream can be nasty. Failure of engine, in older folks who don't have the muscle power or stamina, perhaps not able to eat or sleep, may have represented a crisis for them. One does not know how proficient others are in dealing with even minor engine (main propulsion or generator) problems. For example we did a Canary Isles to Barbados crossing, where I had to do a valve job on the generator about half way acr
  2. On another forum, a person in Annapolis confirmed that this "Bali Hai" had been owned by the same couple for several years. They had done a Tradewinds crossing from the Med to Caribbean, and Caribbean to US. He saw them fuel up and depart. There was a second Amel SM 52/53 which had been just recently sold. I believe that the age of the couple was in the 60's. We have taken a similar sized boat with 7' draft and an air draft of just under 65' down the ICW. Our antenna often went "ting, ting, ting" on the underside of bridges. The Amel is said to have an air draft somewhere in the
  3. Just got an IM from my son, who's boat is about 100 meters from the Pilgrim. He said that she was supposed to have been hauled for repairs in Jan. but it was deferred until June. Hard to understand why there was nota at least a daily inspection of the bilge, and bilge alarms. There are security guards who drive the area at night, and you would think that someone would have noticed her taking on water. Very sad for all of the children who will probably not have the experience of going aboard, hearing the story and going for a sail!
  4. Todays "navigation" is far different than it was 40 years ago. Then, the Committee gave out a "coded" broadcast of the isobars, so all had a "fair chance". I know that there were some who corresponded with their friends who were pilots, and they obtained more information. Now, anything in the public domain appears to be fair game for navigators. There are satellite AIS reports in almost real time. All manor of weather information is available , from GRIB files to sophisticated models on the internet. I don't now many of the boats have a "fast" internet connection, but it doesn't ta
  5. You have to go to the header of the tracking map; click on the "Live 200 NM Approach"" --there is a separate page for the last 200 miles in real time. About 31 minutes difference between Argo and PPlay. It is confusing. Argo finished at 20:50 HST, PPlay at 21:21 HST Both on 17 July.
  6. The two boats are close in size- LOA -I prefer the inboard spade rudder for racing--and cruising. The 29 II will have a little more water capacity and slightly better cruising accommodation, There is about 30 more sq feet of sail area in the 29 II. The PHRF rating is fairly close--Not a lot rated, but it appears that the 29 would be slightly faster by that criteria. I would personally prefer the 29. However there is a lot more to consider: What shape is each boat in? When was the boat last re-rigged? What condition are the sails? How about deck/cockpit sole for water intrusion (
  7. You need to look at little to the Southeast. Tulane (where my grand daughter starts as a freshman in August) has a viable sailing team. (I have several LSU friends who are both sailors and avid football fans.) I was on the faculty at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. Both schools have sailing programs. The Cal State Long Beach program, is part of the Recreation and Liesure Studies department. Here is a link to the introductory course for credit REC 121A. Training is in 14' Carpis. Probably your biggest issue is with administration, buying a couple of boats, insurance, etc. I
  8. Not quite a 10% attrition rate yet...But it is disturbingly high. I have ocean raced and cruised over 200,000 ocean miles as owner/skipper; it is hard to understand, why or even how, an owner would not be sure his boat was in tip top shape for a race like the Transpac. I campaigned a 45' boat for several years, doing most major West Coast races in the 70's, and just the care feeding, transport of the crew, sails, and general boat maintenance, is a very substantial amount of cash. Just as the rigging should be tested , so should under water appendages. If the Code 0 etc are causing e
  9. A wonderful series of Sharon Green photos on Scuttlebutt
  10. Compare to the R2AK--lots of coverage, on board video, and live action reports--sure those boats were often within cell phone range. Plus more activity form members of SA. All boats are required to have a Sat phone, and should not miss a few $$ for the upload of a photo now and then considering the total cost of entry and sailing. It appears that any internet capability available to the public can be used during the race. I suspect that the larger boats at least will have direct satellite capability to monitor many "public" weather sites--but not private services, according to the
  11. Argo going over 28.t knots and about to pass some of the Friday starters, and Comanche doing a 18.2 knots vs Rio at 10.8 knots. This is the problem with staggered starts, makes it a different race at the start--where the wind is likely to inconsistent, than at the finish, where normally the trades are steady,. It used to be the middle which really counted. I raced the Transpac 40 years ago; it is an entirely different race today. There is a lot more wind an barometric pressure information today than then,70's,. We relyed on celestial navigation'; Omega and Loran were the only electroni
  12. I noted your Avitar. UCSB. My uncle went to Santa Barbara State Teacher's college in the 1930's He had a band: Johnny Austin and His Gaucho's.

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