Monday, June 30, 2008
Greetings from location: N38*47 W132*45
We had, what is becoming a typical day. We started slowly, 1-2 knots early in the morn. Then, North winds, lasting 6-7 hours, at 6-9 knots. We just sat and sat during the night, for nearly 10 hours. Now the wind is coming from the South. It has been steady at 10-12 knots for the last 4 hours. Our weather maps are not showing these inconsistencies. Making it difficult to forecast arrival time. Oh well, part of the adventure. We are currently 473 miles from the Golden Gate. wind speed is 6.7 knots per mile course: 77* - - at present we are making course. All provisions are holding, but I'm surely looking forward to a few of those S.F. eateries and pubs.
More later, the crew
J.S. "galley boy", Don, Ellis and Joe
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Here is an update from J.S. (the galley guy):
Even though directionally challenged, (thank God for GPS) there have been improvements. Today, I'm on deck,....lashed to the mast....what a view. Still, a huge smile on my face. Crossing the Pacific a lifetime dream and goal, into day 15. Current position: N38.43 W134.46 Wind: North 6 - 10 knots Heading: 75* Course: 74* Miles to S.F. 558 Gray overcast skies, no rain, yet.
Coming soon, to a bulkhead near you, J.S. (the galley guy), Don, Ellis and Joe
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Don & crew
DAILY REPORT - - not a good day for distance but great day for relaxing and reading, auto pilot working just great, wind has dropped to about 5kts out of the S/SW, calm seas, clear sky. We are @ N39-01 / W138-06 course of 065, SOG 2.5. Weather map shows we are in a small high and it should fill in out of the NW. We sure hope so - - this is not getting us to SFO. We are not motoring because we only have approx 22 gals left onboard and we need to save a certain amount for emergencies and to charge batteries As always, eating good, we all eat what we want for breakfast & lunch and then we cook dinner. Tonight was corn beef and cabbage and fruit cocktail. Missing everybody, but it sure beats working on the house, sitting in traffic and going to work.
Don & Urban Crew
Friday, June 27, 2008
Hope this finds all of you healthy,
THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! The "Up Hill" gang
We are back to sailing. Had a brilliant 24 hours yesterday, 162 miles gained, with beautiful conditions. 10-14 wind speed, with a SW wind, 4 to 5 foot rolling swells, stars leading the way during the night watches. Today, is a "copy / paste" of yesterday. Apparently, we will ride these conditions straight to the West Coast. Today, on the boat we arranged the remaining provisions. On the whole, our projections are very close. (Except TP, we'll have enough for the next few crossings.) And like everyday, tightened nuts and bolts, checked lines for wear, added to the "to do list" in preparation for the Race. Our start day moved up a day to July 15th at 14:10 hrs. That leaves us one less day to prepare. Not to worry , we WILL be prepared. We are currently 877 miles to the Golden Gate. Our heading is 72 degrees. Our position is N38*45 W141*27 Current boat speed 6.7 knots per hour.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR be DAR, our beards are of sailing salts, (some scruffier than others)
Miss you all, til tomorrow.
John, Don, Ellis and again, "no fish today, Joe" waaas up?
FLASH / FLASH/ FLASH// - - Joe just caught an aku
Thursday, June 26, 2008
John, Don, Ellis, no fish today, Joe
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Family and friends, the last day and a half qualify as contributing to the adventure. We sat and sat, finally last evening we picked up an 8/9 knot breeze coming from the south, PERFECT. For nearly 7 hours, we touched nothing, we were being taken in the exact course we could have asked. Only, at 2:15 a.m., the wind suddenly shifts, the sails backfill and all hands are on deck!! By 3 a.m. the excitement is over. We'll survey damage control at sunrise. Results: only a few more gray hairs. This morning started slowly, again. By 10 a.m. northwesterly winds picked up and we have been moving very well since. Yahoo....back to sailing. At the moment our position is : N 39*06 W 148*81
We are on a perfect heading towards California. North/Northeast, 15-20 knots, rolling seas and an occasional bounder. Our heading is 090, in other words straight west. The weather data we're collecting indicates we should have a great run all the way to S.F. We are roughly 1200 miles from the coast. IF, we do 120-140 per day, we make land in 10-12 days. Today is our 8th day. Todays culinary delight was Pop Tarts followed in the late afternoon by chili. Note: Joe caught no edible fish today. Also, we have not had a cold beverage since Day 5/6, all ice long melted. The adventure continues. One certainty, things will change!!!! Speaking of change, we have been notified that our start date will move up one day to Tuesday July 15th.
We'll keep in touch, The "Urban Renewal" gang,
John, Don, Ellis and Joe
Monday, June 23, 2008
The first tip is very simple, anyone who has sailed or even had to much to drink will understand this. Tip number one is "one hand for the boat". On the ocean or even in rough coastal waters you always need to have one hand for holding on. So you will need to do everything with one less hand so to speak. You will surly find yourself in some awkward and precarious positions as you work your way around the boat. The simple task of putting on your pants can be a struggle. I will write again as my learning experiences mount. Ellis
We hit a little wind last night about 7 knts coming from SSW, a little push but not enough to turn off the motor. It doesn't mater though at 1600 hrs we will have to shut down to conserve gas to charge the batteries, I guess we then become real sailors and go where the wind blows us, maybe Aculpoco! Hopefully we will find some favorable wind today. Ellis
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Here is a peek at our watch schedules: Don and I 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. noon until 6 p.m. 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Joe and Ellis 6 a.m. until noon 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. Looking forward to our winds freshening,
John, Don, Ellis and Joe
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Great experience out here, John and Don
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
We had one calamity, we spilt one of our dinners behind the stove. Ah, the learning curve continues. there were a few squalls today. Good training. We made 144 miles the day. Our spot on the globe as of noon Monday was N25*41.223 W155*05.339 Nautical miles to S.F. is 1782. The seas have been aggravated with the squall activity.
Love to call, The Crew
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I’m basically the go-to guy when something doesn’t sound right on a boat or in a boat’s engine for some of my friend’s boats. I work full time for the Federal Government in Pest Control at the PWC at Pearl Harbor, and own Randy’s Auto Service in Kaneohe.
This is my first Pacific Cup. I’ve done a whole lot of racing in Hawaii, but this is my first – and longest – race so far, sailing.
I have two daughters, Ashley and Megan and a lot of family and extended family in California and Montana – with the exception of my mom, Mary, who will be working in Alaska this summer. (p.s. this photo show me the day of the race -- my first time at Wal-Mart, getting purple yarn. You'd better check out Don Brown's profile to learn why the yarn had to be purple.)
Not much sleep for anyone last night. Joe caught a small Aku, we released it. The only real excitement, one of the bean bag chairs sprung a leak. We are waiting for the stuffing to dry.
Life is good, John and crew.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
At 10:02 this morning the delivery crew of Urban Renewal set off for their great adventure across the Pacific Ocean. Family and friends gathered to wish these four sailors fairwinds and calm seas in traditional Kaneohe Yacht Club style. Bloody Marys and Mimosas flowed as well wishers gave many hugs, kisses, handshakes, and of course a good old pat on the back to these fine men.
Urban set off towards the Sanpan channel and two boats tagged along for one last goodbye. Urban raised sails and started pulling away, she was moving fast and looking great. As she pulled into the channel the crew gave their leis to the ocean, turned towards us, circled around our boat, and set off. It was a perfect day to start their journey: clear skies, 8 knots of breeze, and calm seas.