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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 …

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 …

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. …

Pacific Cup Day 8 – Waves – Friend or Foe?

It’s been all about the waves. Today we had a bit of everything. I screamed obscenities at the waves, I loved the waves. We had the A4 up in 25 knots doing steady 10-11’s with long surfs up to 15, but couldn’t fly a spinnaker in 20 knots earlier because …