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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 1, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
Very cool, a dream enacted. I would follow your sails if I could. Sailing is calling to me.

DMT
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Jul 1, 2012 - 08:45pm PT
so cool, and best of luck, wind and weather to Michael !! I just finished reading "Voyage for Madmen" by Peter Nichols about the single handed around the world race. Gnarly
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jul 1, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
http://yb.tl/shtranspac2012

That site is FABULOUS.

My stomach goes WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

My hands are sweaty. . . where's my chalk bag?

WHOA!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 1, 2012 - 09:01pm PT
Pleasant day yesterday giving Michael a proper sendoff in the Single Handed Transpac. This is the 4th time he has done this race. Preparing for this is a hugh task and especially difficult when the trip itinerary includes a continuation on to Alaska and back down the Pacific Coast to the Bay Area in the Fall. Kudos to Michael and Susan for all the hard work and a boat well prepared and ready to rock. It can be an intense experience to put all this together and still maintain some semblance of sanity.

Was great to see a "race" boat head out to the start with two large anchors still on the bow. She's a cruiser mate!

Mouton Noir is a powerful and well designed yacht that will be a pleasure to sail anywhere. She was designed for the high latitudes, read Arctic and Antarctic, but will be a perfect boat for cruising anywhere.

Credit: guido
Susan the Admiral
Susan the Admiral
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Self steering vane a la Michael modification.
Self steering vane a la Michael modification.
Credit: guido
Navigation station, control central.
Navigation station, control central.
Credit: guido
Forward water tight bulkhead door.
Forward water tight bulkhead door.
Credit: guido
You can get an idea of any boats inherent power and stability  from a ...
You can get an idea of any boats inherent power and stability from a stern view. Michael "out the pass."
Credit: guido
Michael and Brigadier General Ken Roper, age 82, on his 12th Singlehan...
Michael and Brigadier General Ken Roper, age 82, on his 12th Singlehanded Race! No relation to Steve Roper.
Credit: guido
Tom Wylie design, Moonshadow.
Tom Wylie design, Moonshadow.
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Love the name. Hobie 33
Love the name. Hobie 33
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Credit: guido
Green Buffalo a Cal 40, the boat that started the light displacement s...
Green Buffalo a Cal 40, the boat that started the light displacement surfing concept in sailing.
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Pogo- a Mini TransAt.  21 ft in length, Mini's are a popular class in ...
Pogo- a Mini TransAt. 21 ft in length, Mini's are a popular class in Europe and top sailers are considered rock stars. Now being built in the US. State of the art in small boat racing on long ocean passages. All the top European sailers get their start
Credit: guido
Credit: guido


SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
Whoa Guido, thanks for the pics....beautiful. Dontcha just love the Pogos? I think they are the cat's meow. Beautiful lines, such functionality in a wonderful size. Rock star boats, indeed.



Susan
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jul 1, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
HolyMcGuillicutty. . .

eK@
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Jul 1, 2012 - 11:31pm PT
Fair winds and Following seas!
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Jul 2, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Thanks for posting the pics Guido! Some good looking vessels in there. Anyone NOT have vane gear?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 2, 2012 - 12:12am PT
Is Mouton steel or glass?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 2, 2012 - 12:39am PT
Bon voyage to Michael, and may he be free of aquatic ferrets during his journey!

the trip itinerary includes a continuation on to Alaska and back down the Pacific Coast to the Bay Area in the Fall

I was wondering why it was called "trans-Pacific" until I saw that.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 12:45am PT
Is Mouton steel or glass?

neither, aluminium



Susan
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jul 3, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Just got out of a warmer part of the pacific and it's trade winds and warm water over here.

Hana Ho Michael

Aloha,
Will
eKat

climber
Jul 6, 2012 - 11:57am PT
SOOOOOOOOOO. . . .

been checkin' the race progress on yellowbrick. . . but. . . wondering if you've heard from Mike? If so. . . how's he doin'?

BigSkyMagic heading off the NorthernRockies, out across the MightyPacific to Mouton Noir and her Cappy!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jul 6, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
How is Michael doing?
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jul 6, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
Damn you for posting all the pictures, now I have drooled all over the keyboard!

Looks fun, for sure. Stay safe, we are all sailing with you in spirit.

http://singlehandedtranspac.com/race-viewer/

This link will show you the race, just mouse over the hull shapes to identify the boats. Michael is inthe middle of the pack with the light yellow hull

guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 6, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Here is a recent fax of the North Pacific. You can see a Big Fat High, aka BFH which is stationary North of Hawaii and with the isobars spread so far apart it bodes for very light wind and slow slow progress if you are racing. Especially if you are loaded with all the toys and gear for a passage on to Alaska.

There is a Hurricane off the West coast of Mexico but far far away at this point it time and probably too distant to have any effect with the weather near Hawaii in the near future.

Michael and Mouton Noir are at 31degrees-16 min North and 136 degreeds-34 min West wallowing at around 1kt of boat speed. Wind speed 3.60 kts from 071 degrees.
You can plot his position from this.
You can plot his position from this.
Credit: guido
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 6, 2012 - 03:23pm PT
Bummer, is rowing allowed?
eKat

climber
Jul 6, 2012 - 04:33pm PT
All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
Received Sat call this morning and we all know the expression cursing like a sailor. For about 30 bucks in airtime charges I think I heard every expletives deleted. Guido did a great job of showing the situation. He actually lowered the main because of no wind. It will be ugly getting her powered back up. In conditions like that the boat just rocks and rolls obnoxiously in the swell. Boom flies back and forth. It's the pits. Actually a lot of damage can occur because of the rocking. This is where we'd motor if doing regular cruising. Just waiting for the trades to fill in. Maybe I'll have more time to myself in Hawaii than I expected.

Susan
Argon

climber
North Bay, CA
Jul 6, 2012 - 04:53pm PT
Good luck to Mouton Noir and all of the boats. What a fascinating race. What is the deal with Truth? According to the Race Viewer, it is making 11.6 knots and will make Kauai in about 50 hours at that pace.
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