This comes to you from the Bay Area with updates from the crew at sea.
If you haven’t checked your tracker recently, Limitless is doing really good. I mean, really good. The boat continues to hold first in their division and last night they moved from 3rd to 2nd in both PHRF and the entire Pacific Cup regatta. Go guys and gal, go!!!
Doug (the navigator) sent an update to his wife Minda yesterday. They were flying the A3 kite and the boat was pretty wet below. “Most of the systems work most of the time, and when they don’t it is a source of continual frustration.” He was in and out of retrieving weather updates due to the sat phone working intermittently. “So while we know we are doing well with good daily runs, we don’t know what the standings are yet!”
So yeah, basically as of yesterday the boat doesn’t know how damn good they’re doing 🙂
Here are some pics from the dock last Tuesday for friends and family to enjoy:
Aloha! This blog comes to you from land and not sea. Look for Gabriel’s icon to the left for updates from the boat. Hold tight! They will blog when the boat and connection allow them to do so.
Limitless left the start line at Saint Francis Yacht Club the morning of Tuesday, July 12th at 11:25am. They were not the first boat over the line, but they tacked right after crossing and headed straight into the ebb flowing under the Golden Gate bridge. Anna Lisa (Gabriel’s mother) took a great video of the highly competitive Division C’s start line between the two yellow buoys. The link to the video is below. *Note: Limitless is hidden until you hear the gun go off and then their white sails peek out between the second black sail and the light silver sail; feel free to mute the peanut gallery 🙂
Here are some pictures from shore (SFYC) of the start line:
Limitless’s navigator Doug posted some great pictures during the start from the water:
I have been following the regatta’s tracker like a hawk. There is a six hour delay and the tracker updates about every hour. Last I checked Limitless is in first place for Division C, third for overall PHRF and third for the entire Pacific Cup race!!! Go Limitless!!!
They are the little blue/green boat highlighted with the crown. Anyone who is positioned in a first place gets a little crown. If you would like to follow the tracker, click here and click on boat name Limitless in the alpha box to the left. When you click on the little boat icon it will tell you the name of the boat, boat information and at the bottom of the box you get to see their standings. If you are new to racing and don’t understand how the boats are handicapped, click here and it might help.
Thank you so much for all your great support, it means the world to us. We’ll be at Richmond Yacht Club, slip D04 from 8-9 am this morning, at which time we plan to shove off for our start at 1125 in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club. It’s a very competitive fleet, and we’ve stripped everything off the boat that isn’t needed to make it go fast or be safe. Our bags are packed and we’re ready to see what we can do in this fierce fleet of competitors. We did a test sail yesterday and everything checked out A-OK. We also did a test of our email over satellite phone capabilities, so we should be good for posting some brief updates along the way if everything goes as planned.
See you on the other side!!! 🙂
Shawn, Doug, Cliff, Mike, Lori and Gabriel
Express 37 #18513
Also, our updates while we race are most likely going to be text-only, but we’ll try to sneak a picture in or two if we can. We’ll add photos and videos once we’re on land and have fast internet again. 🙂
Today was quite a busy day! Doug Johnstone, our fearless navigator, arrived just in time to attend the mandatory skippers meeting along with Shawn and Gabriel. Items covered in the meeting included safety, weather and routing, check-ins, the YB Tracker that each boat is equipped with now, and the ti leaves brought over from Kaneohe for each boat to bring back to Hawaii.
Following the skippers meeting was the official Pacific Cup Bon Voyage party. With 5 out of our 6 teammates present things are really starting to come together, and a fun time was had by all.
You can now track exactly where Limitless is! This will be a 6 hour delayed position, but will be updated at all times. They did emphasize that if we for some reason disappear off the YB Tracker site DO NOT WORRY, it is almost certainly just a glitch in the tracker, not some disaster with the boat. Click here to check out the live tracker page: http://pcup.org/track.html
Notable accomplishments today:
Mike and Shawn got the hood that goes over the sliding hatch re-bedded and fastened
New starboard spinnaker halyard installed
Water tanks plumbed
Lots more fiddly little projects, each important and necessary to get done before we go. Feels like the list is endless, but we’re almost there!
Mike arrived from out of town late last night to help get the boat finished and ready to race in our start on Tuesday. He worked on installing the new hatch cover today and also on the covers for the bottom instruments in the forepeak. Lori was also on board helping get the new jib halyard installed and the second / bottom spinnaker pole track car connected to the top one with a short Spectra line. Meanwhile Shawn got a lot of work done on the refrigeration system. The new propane tank locker installed by KKMI will make an excellent princess seat (and keep everything safe). Things are coming together bit by bit, lots of small tasks to finish before we cast off for Hawaii.
Tomorrow is the skipper’s meeting and then Bon Voyage party at Richmond Yacht Club. Looking forward to wrapping up the final preparations in the next couple of days and then casting off for our start at 11:25 am on Tuesday 7/12/16.
Limitless has a number of electronic systems for measuring data about our environment that are useful for safety and performance. Each has its purpose and reason for being on the boat. Here’s a quick summary of some of the key components:
Garmin chart plotter
Vesper AIS system
Dustin at Fox Marine (shop located at KKMI in Point Richmond) is helping make everything talk to one another, so the chart plotter, wind instruments, depth sounder and AIS all can coordinate together for a complete picture of how the boat is doing at any given moment. He’s also helping to get everything fused and wired correctly for safety.
We prepped everything for inspecting and passed our Pacific Cup safety inspection (with a couple of minor homework assignments). Michael did a great job of checking everything over and also sharing some useful tips that would help make it a better trip for us on the way over and back. Limitless is now ready for finishing the last projects before we leave in less than 2 weeks!