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Read the documentations of the trips and trials of boat racing on the Reinrag2!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

50 miles to go.

We're approacing Oahu.. just about 5 hours to finish.. give or take with
current conditions. Just took down our biggest sail as a largish squall
overruns us. Hopefully it will bring us right into the finish line. Its
been a good day.. pretty fast and the crew is smiling.. thinking about
seeing our families and a clean water shower and a drink with ice in it.
(and for me personally.. I'd have like to say I weaned myself from my
google addition, but I'm already itching to look up the kind of birds that
are swooping out on the waves outside.)

Can't wait for Aloha! Ok.. back to work.. got to pack a spinnaker.. not
there yet.

Data.

Last Day!

Just filed the 0800 (PDT) position report... Just 171 "glorious miles" to
go and we have the boat pointed at the mark.

It's still dark on the boat of course as we are so near to Hawaii now.
Venus came up and pierces through the clouds with its intense brightness
that seems to change color like a diamond... like Jerry sang, "the spiral
light of Venus rising first and shining best."

Last night was so beautiful... perfect conditions for star gazing. The
boat moving fast enough to be easy to drive, but not so break neck that it
required a huge amount of concentration.. and the moon didn't rise until
half the night was over. Mostly clear skys let the stars pop out.. the
milky way just parallel with our course on the port side guiding us into
Hawaii. And just to make sure we didn't get lost.. I counted 4 meteors
aiming in the same way off our port bow.

Just hours away now. See you soon our loves.

(Keep the bar open friends.)

Data.

Friday, July 18, 2014

300 miles to go!

Just a short update with 300 nm to go. The afternoon wore on with little
change in the heat.. but we did get that squall I was hoping for. For
about an hour it looked like a personal express train to Hawaii for R2. Of
course, it didn't last.. but gave us the opportunity to dry out a few
spinnakers and then enjoy the afternoon under the shade of the big A2. We
joked around and I had to ask for a moment of silence because I haven't
done enough situps to handle the belly laughs.

We see more birds now... two days ago a lone albatross, and now 6 white sea
birds (terns perhaps?) are flitting about. Clearly getting closer to land.

Hoping to get in before the bar closes on Sat night.

Data.

Tropics

Woo.. its hot here. It's late morning.. the sun is out, the deck is
burning hot and I'm writing from down below where its a bit like a steam
oven.

The good part of it being late morning though is that the sun will soon
bring the afternoon wind and we'll be back over 15 kts of wind for the next
12 hours.. it will be refreshing not to mention helpful in trying to hold
on to our position in the race. Not much to be done tactically now..
unless you count on strange rituals as means of bringing our own personal
squall to bring us to Hawaii.

In the meantime... we tell stories and laugh. Its been a good trip.. just
another day or so with any luck.

Data.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

a female perspective ... by Lashawna

With only a couple days left in this great adventure, a realization occured
to me...I have raced across the Pacific with Team Reinrag four times now as
well as several Cabo Races, but have never contributed to our blog. Being
the only female aboard I figured I might give you the feminine perspective
of living in a 100 sq. ft. petri dish with five stinky boys (I, of course,
smell like roses). First of all, boys have a strange fascination with their
regularity and enjoy sharing information better left unsaid. There is also
the bizarre habit of insulting eachother in a loving sort of way, something
I have not been graciously exempt from. Fortunately, I too know how to say
I love you with four letter words...and, no, I don't mean L-O-V-E. Now that
we are on our 7th day of co-habitation we've really settled into our groove
of sleep, eat, drive, trim. My day goes something like this...wake up at 1
am with a red light in my face saying "Your up"...wiggle out of the "spider
hole" put on all my soggy gear, harness, head lamp...slam a Red Bull...go
on deck, take a face shot of sea water, trim sails for an hour, drive for
an hour, and the last hour of watch usually involves pillaging for snacks.
4 am...crawl back into spider hole, or not, if there's a sail
change...repeat every 3 hrs. All in all it's a good life and there's always
a little angst about the finish of a race. The six of us are spread out
among the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii and usually only see eachother
to race. But all good things must come to an end the wind is building and I
must go "Hamachi Hunting"

Aloha,
Lush (AKA J-girl)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The power!

What a fantastic night. Starting just before our party.. we did a sail change and a
sail backwards to remove a rubber 2x4 like object that had wrapped around our keel..
we set out for a squall line. Chased it down but didn't quite catch it for 2 hours.
Then after the party, another squall came through.. JJ set a new record boatspeed at
21.2 kts. The wind kept up in the lulls to 19 kts just about all night. We hauled
the mail.

Morning came and we awaited the 0800 position report. OK.. admittedly, the 0800
position report was a bit of a disappointment to us. Clearly our competitors to the
North are just as crazy as we are racing this inspiredly designed yacht at the edge
of destruction all night long. Kudos on them.. and there are still 800 miles to go!

Our day has been perfect. The sun is out in force. (I've got a sunburn through my
shirt). The seas have grown to 2m giving nice launch ramps for surfing. The winds
remain in the 20 kts range. And R2 is just rocketing along. The sheer power is
amazing. She starts off in the 12 kt range and then a gust of wind comes with a nice
ramp and in seconds you are doing 20+ kts.. (I had a record for an hour at 22.1, but
Kevin took it back at 23.1).
The acceleration is immense. I was thinking of trying to calculate the required
power but the nav table is bouncing too much to put pencil to paper.

Where does all that power come from? Sure, its the solar flux that is measured in
megawatts per meter, causing heating of the water, evaporation, and convection of air
masses both vertically causing the squalls and in latitude causing the weather
systems.. But, still the ocean in a squall is a pretty amazing sight to see. And
maybe still more is that through (ok millenia of) naval architechture and sail
design, we apes got it focused down into a 41' boat.

Oh.. and another scatalogical update.. this ape enjoyed the head today!

Data

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Half way party!

Just a quick note.. because this constitutes drunk blogging. Having our
half way party... just after a long squall with 20 miles of 15+ kts
driving.. ( got the record back from JJ who did 21.2 this morning.. I hit
21.2.. silly, but fun.) Enjoyed a bottle of Port between the 6 of us and
we're feeling fine.