Waiting

Spadefoot Returns – 23 Days Adrift

There are bits and pieces of this saga on Facebook and sailing forums, but I thought it would be good to put all of this in one place for easy reference.  I’m not aware of many/any other boats that had been abandoned, drifted for so long, and were brought back …

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The Fate of Poor Spadefoot

Justin here.  On dry land, happy to be with Chris. So…  What happened out there?  There’s not so much to say, really.  After the first 3 days, Spadefoot was in contention, and we were feeling pretty positive about the trip.  We had a little over 200 nm to go when …

Keel issues – and abandoning Spadefoot

1630 – Justin just called me to let me know he is heading towards Solaris, as he is hearing a lot of keel noise and was concerned about sudden failure.  Both Solaris and Concussion are in contact with Justin. 1705 – Justin called to say that Solaris is with him.  He has …

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B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Day 3

(240 miles to go) Howdy!  Yesterday evening and last night were really nice.  A little more wind than earlier Sunday, close reaching and flat water.  Makes it easy to move about the boat and tidy up.  I’ve gone from jib top, to A0, to jib top, to new #3.  Almost …

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B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Day 2

(340 miles to go) Another bright sunny day.  I can hear Jason (Concussion), although it sounds like he and Solarus aren’t very close, but are close each other.   A bit of everything.  Too much wind.  Too little wind.  Too big waves.  Super flat water.  Easy sailing, hard sailing.  I …

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B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Day 1

(507 miles to go) Good morning! Pretty good stuff out here so far.  It was nice getting out of the Bay and cracking off a little.  The cold front arrived earlier than expected, which was great because I was able to shift to the jib top and then the A5/A0. …

Excited and relaxed!

B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Start / And he’s off!

(628 miles to go) This week has been somewhat of an exercise in extreme patience – which is a commodity neither one of us possess that much of.  I think we used it all up by the time 11am came around (after a really trying week with the typical boat …

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The best laid plans…

  So, we’ve been in Newport since Sunday night – and we’ve discovered that so many things that were working great in Texas, didn’t want to work in Rhode Island. It figures. This shit always happens on boats. And it’s guaranteed to happen when you have a deadline where you …

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Spadefoot – back from the hospital

Just 2.5 weeks until the start of Bermuda 1-2 and Spadefoot is back from the hospital.  The last race of Spring Series was not a good time for the da’foot.   But thanks to an incredibly quick turnaround from Fred Lindsey at lindseymarine.com down in Canyon Lake, Spadefoot is healed and …