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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 …

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2017 Bermuda 1-2 – A Coming Home

Happy New Year! Another year, another adventure for Spadefoot and crew. Time to put plans to paper. The West Coast doesn’t have a monopoly on cool ocean races in the US. Spadefoot is easily trailerable, so we aren’t limited to sailing on only one coast. Possibly the most popular ocean …

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Spadefoot 2.0, err… 4.0

One of the fun things about owning a one-off custom boat is that you are free to make changes whenever it seems like a good idea.  There are no “rules” to follow.  In the past 16 years Spadefoot has gone through a number of changes.  When first launched in 2000, …

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Pacific Cup 2016 – By the Numbers

It always fun to look back at the details of the race. Here are few stats to help summarize the race: 11 days, 8 hours, 25 minutes – a full 2 days faster than 2014. We averaged just over 8 knots for the entire race. That’s 192 nm/day on average. …

Pacific Cup Day 11 – Aloha!

We made it!  11 days, 8 hours, and 25 minutes.  A full 2 days faster than 2014 on a boat that should have been 1 day slower. The last day wasn’t, of course, without a little drama.  We started by putting up the A0 and the storm jib as a …

Pacific Cup Day 10 – Brochure Sailing

Day 10 was rather different than the previous days.  The sun came out, the winds eased off to 15-20 and the waves turned into long Pacific Tradewind rollers.  Just like the brochure said it would be.  We put up the A4 and spent the entire day rocketing along in relatively …

Pacific Cup Day 8 – Wind

Did anyone imagine it could be this windy for this long on the way to Hawaii. Since leaving San Francisco we have not seen less than 10 knots of wind and have only seen less than 15 for maybe 30 minutes in total. Today has been the windiest so far. …