Thursday, September 23, 2010


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We found an HL!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Getting some work done

The nationals crew met up the other night to get the boat ready before the trip. Luckily nothing too major, but we did:

a pretty thorough checkover of lines, rigging, fasteners etc
a good wash/wetsand of the bottom (we've got some blisters, eck)
a clean/wax of the mast
rock shields on the trailer
padded the mast supports (designed to go 4 miles, not 1500!)
new tie rods belowdeck
some new bungees (the foredeck has been asking for these for a whiiiile)

so really just a checkup with a couple replacement bits thrown in. I also popped a dehumidifier in the boat. In an afternoon it pulled 5 gallons! I had to think this is mostly atmosphere, as the cover isnt too tight, but it's still a surprising amount of wet. Probably should have weighed the boat before/after but figured it was more important to get the work done.

A couple more jobs if I can get the time, then it's just getting it packed up and ready to leave.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Peanut goes on vacation

Ye old Peanut gets ready for it's first vacation; Mystic CT for 2010 Shields Nationals

This week will be all about boat prep and fixing things, then next week we leave for the east coast.

Getting ready for Nationals

It's always a sad time of year when the boat gets pulled, and this year would be doubly so as Chicago's finally reached a humane temperature just in time for us to put 88 on a trailer. Would be, but instead of going into the shed, we're getting ready for Nationals!

This week will be all about fixing little issues and boat prep, and then next week we start the drive to Mystic. I'll be trying to keep the blog up to date, so we'll see how that goes.

Friday, September 3, 2010


day 1, race 2 (?)

Goal was to win the boat and then cover people left. This is the start and part of a ww leg. Not the most interesting thing to watch so I cut it down a bit. Liked our speed at the start, and really like watching boats slide away to leeward. Its a 170degree lens so it makes boats that are dead abeam look fwd, but otherwise it's pretty sweet for getting a feel for the cross.

Here is a photo of said start: it's funny how lens distort angles on the water. Perhaps it's a good thing video/photo isnt usually involved in the protest room.

We've got more of these, but some are chopped up from the battery dying. I haven't seen day 2 yet, and we've apparently got a full race.