Star Chaser finds
EDT Sunday. Well, what can we say? We’re drifting in 5 kts true wind.
Good thing we’re in the right spot so that at least we’re drifting
in the general direction of Bermuda. It wasn’t like this the whole
night. After some more very good food, we eased into the night
with steadily building winds. So much so, that at 2300 we went for a
headsail change: No. 2 down and No. 3 up. Doing high 9s with the No.
3 was all was good! It wasn’t to last though. Just before the next
watch change at 0400, the wind dropped, so we did the exercise in
No. 3 down, No. 2 up. The team’s getting pretty good at it! Angles
were not quite right, though, so we even tried the Asymmetrical quickly,
but it was no good. The team’s getting pretty good at packing the
spinnie as well! We’re now back to full main and No. 2, with
a lot of “flap-flap” going on as the seas have become a bit more
Star Chaser, (right) as seen at the start of the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race
ambiance on board remains great. All last night’s wet stuff is drying
in the sun under a blue, blue sky. How bad can it be?
Chris Museler in
Titan XV reflects on Father’s Day and
on pushing hard.
EDT Sunday. Aloooha! We’ve been dead on course for Bermuda all
day, unfortunately following in Rán’s wake but we’re hopeful
that we’re saving time on the boats to weather – Rambler,
Il Mostro, and the like. This has been such a precision Gulf Stream
tactical race with all sorts of questions, like “Should we crack off
a little and go fast to make the best use of the current? Or do we keep
holding high now and reach off later?”
pushing very hard. And pushing hardest is Jim Allsopp, one of the older
gentlemen in the crew and also brother-in-law of his shipmate Mike
Even more fun for Jim, his two sons are in the race. One son is aboard
the Naval Academy’s Invictus, in Class 8 in the St. David’s
make this even more of a Father’s Day story, the skipper of Invictus,
USNA Second Classman Peter Gibbons-Neff Jr., is also the son of another
Bermuda racer. Peter Gibbons-Neff Sr. is skipper of Upgrade in
Class 6 in the St. David’s Light Division.
have a hard time believing Jim’s sons are pushing harder than their
dad. I was keenly aware of this on the first afternoon when I was
the main and he said, “Chris! Pay attention. You haven’t looked
at the main in 10 minutes.” I felt like a school kid who’s scolded
for passing a note in class. But he was right. Jim’s an exemplar
of what’s needed to succeed in offshore sailing. Every minute he was
asking a question, or adjusting the traveler, or querying the navigator
– all this with a wry smile.
isn’t all business. He announced with a big grin as his whitening
red hair flicked out from under his cap and the turquoise water flew
by to leeward, “On a boat like this, in weather like this, this is
my last Bermuda Race. My rule is, Always leave the party when you’re
having a good time.”
that mean this is my last Bermuda Race? Or the first of many?