Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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.
Posted by Chicago Yacht Rigging at 7:55 PM
Sunday, September 12, 2010
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.
Posted by Chicago Yacht Rigging at 9:53 AM