Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cirrus on Day 4

What an eventful day! But let's start with the important matter. One word says it all: Lasagne. We dressed up for dinner and went to a good place, called "Tina's Diner". The special of the day was lasagne, which had finally thawed and was put in the oven. It was accompanied with a salad from green salad, tomatoes, and avocados, and skipper's choice of dressing. We had a bottle of red wine with it, although I must say the wine had little color, and tasted a lot like the water we drink all day long. Maybe it was water? Aaah, those were the days in the Pacific Cup 2000, when we had the red wine "Chateau du box" with us, a Premier Crue, carefully filled into a cardboard box... (see our PCup 2000 reports, link is on the blog site).
After this wonderful meal the evening was rounded out by a dolphin show, with a large school of dolphins zipping around our boat, jumping out of the water, and seemingly were enjoying themselves, playing with such a slowly - from their perspective - moving thing like Cirrus.
The morning began with the Klabautermann action, as I have already told you. The spinnaker was flying again, and we were moving, expecting, however, a dip in the ranking. What pleasant surprise to see instead that we had moved up to 2nd place in division! The first place boat is some 20 miles ahead, and although they owe us time due to them being rated faster, it is unlikely that we can get them unless they make a mistake (and we don't!). Defending current position will be demanding enough; these other boats have the annoying habit of not standing still.
Shortly after I finished the good-news-performance-calculations, Bill yelled down "All hands on deck". Oh dear, I envisioned our second halyard being ripped, and the sail in the water again. That would have been the end of the race, because you may get mild penalty from loosing the main (as proven in PCup2006, see our report), loosing the spinnaker is more severe. We do have two additional (light) spinnakers on the boat, but with no halyard to raise them up, they would be of no value. With wobbly knees we went on deck and fortunately saw the spinnaker still flying. However, Bill had noticed some apparent chafing at the halyard near the mast top, and was merely cautious for the same reasons that I had just mentioned. The spinnaker came down and it was quickly determined that the problem he saw would not effect our setup. So up the spinnaker went again.
Cirrus has a couple of lines for spinnaker handling in addition to what other boats have, which makes coordinated handling more demanding, although it makes it safer. We are getting better at raising and lowering the spinnaker.
In late afternoon we suddenly saw a boat ahead of us, sailing under spinnaker. We were expecting to pass them in a few hours, which made our blood flowing hotter again. But they turned south and sailed away. Now, we believe it was one of the racers, but what did they expect from going south? We don't know who that was. They had a white spinnaker with two big horizontal stripes, one in blue, one in red. Anyone knows who she is?
We saw the sun today! Ok, only for a few seconds, but we saw the sun. And now we even saw Jupiter. But the sky is still fully overcast, except for a few small patches of blue sky. And it is getting warmer. The clothing is getting lighter, we are now looking less like Teddy bears, but more like dieting Teddy bears. The first shower maybe no more than two days away; I am not going into this in any more detail ...
About 1/3rd of the race is done. Everyone of the crew in is good condition and looking forward to the next days.
Aloha, Ulli

P.S. more on Klabautermann later :-?

position: July 19th 2008 2153PDT lat 31n00, lon 135w35, cog240M, sog 7.2kn

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go Cirrus!

Wow, the reports about your halyard that almost escaped gave us goosebumps!

Have you found out who sailed ahead of you? We looked through all pictures of the boats taking part in the race, but didn't find one with a white spinnaker with blue and red stripes.

Hold on to your halyard!

~ Melanie and Katja

Horst und Silvia said...

Luthe / Wunstorf gr�t Ulli, den alten Normannen, und die ganze Cirrus-Crew!
Deine Berichte waren wirklich aufregend, und wir freuen uns, endlich die Verbindung zu haben. Um die Wahrheit zu sagen: Es war Johannes, unser Enkel, der den entscheidenden Tip gab.
Bei uns kommen alte Erinnerungen hoch an die Zeiten auf der Ostsee und an unsere Segelei an der Costa Brava mit unserem Zugvogel.
Deshalb k�nnen wir gut nachf�hlen, wie euch zumute ist.
Haltet die Ohren steif und stellt euch gut mit (?) Rasmus.
P.S.: Silvia w�re bei euch auch ein guter All-Round-Sailor.
Weiter guten Wind w�nschen euch
Horst und Silvia.

econklin said...

The other boat may have been Kokomo, who shows on the satellite track very close to you -- formerly way north, now (4 hrs ago, anyway) somewhat south.