Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday's SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD

'Read All About It!!'....BART'S BASH is coming!!  The front page of Sunday's SVH Sports page (today, 31 August) explains it...now all you all have to do is, sign up!!   It's only 3 weeks away, the 21st of September, a full day of fun and fund raising on and off the water.  Make sure it's in your, and your families', plans and on your calendar...and sign up!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Another N100 is in the record books!

The 2014 Northern Century Regatta is complete!

This Salish Sea demonstrated that she was firmly in charge of course conditions and made it challenging with light winds combined with not-so-light currents. Four boats completed the the full 100 mile course and one boat the "Half Century" 50 mile excursion.

Top honors go to Lawn Dart, a Santa Cruz 50 skippered by Bill Allen.  Making the circuit in 21 hours, 30 minutes and 19 seconds made Lawn Dart 1st overall and 1st in the fully crewed division.

Runner up was Time Bandit, skippered by Bob Brunius.  Their elapsed time of 23:42:29 put them second overall and 1st in the double handed division and also their fleet.

Next across the line was AYC's own Scott Ellis with Hijinks.  Completing the route in 29 hours, 14 minutes and 16 seconds made them third overall, second in the double handed division and 1st in their fleet.

Fourth overall and second in the double handed division as well as their fleet was Cinco de Mayo with John Peterson in charge.  They made the trek in 29 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds.

Finishing the 50 mile course in 23:41:34 for the number on honors was PeaceKeeper under the command of Wayne Lytle also sailing under the AYC burgee.

Thanks to all that participated and all the volunteers that made this regatta happen!  We hope to see you all again next year!

Check out some of the pics HERE!

(That's http://anacortesyachtclub.com/gallery/index.php?type=recent)

Commodore Sean

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHERN CENTURY...Let's Go The Distance



Northern Century...Let's Go The Distance!


It's time for AYC's premier distance race of the season, the Northern Century!  100 miles of sailing in the Northwest's finest waters, so come join your friends the weekend of August 22 for what is sure to be an adventure.  We are getting down to the wire for registrations prior to the price tag bumping up on the 18th, so help out the planning and get your name on the list of registered boats.  We are offering three different race formats to meet your level of experience and desire to spend time on the water:  Double Handed 100, Fully Crewed 100, and Double Handed 50.  There will be dinner included prior to the race along with the SPOT race trackers, so your friends and family can watch your progress online.  Hope to see you on the water!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT....home from the sea.....MONDAY @ 1700!!!!

Come and welcome them home!!!    D-19 @ Cap Sante   Bring some wine and cold beer!!!
0350Z 17 Aug
Lat 47 50
Lon 128 17
145 nm to Cape Flattery
TWS 6.7
TWA -160
SOG 6.6 kts Thanks to the iron genoa (known to our polars as Big MO). 

We think we have enough fuel to take us all the way to Anacortes so our 5 PM PDT Monday arrival looks pretty firm.

Caught 4 tuna today. Evan is freezing them for friends. We have eaten quite enough fresh tuna on this trip. If we caught another Mahi Mahi we might eat it but that is highly unlikely where we are. I guess it is time for some gourmet Mac & Cheese.

It is a good thing we are almost home. There is only one bottle of red wine left. I did buy four bottles of white. When I realized what I had done I exclaimed in anguish, what did I do that for? Richard answered, "In time it will become evident." It has,

See you all soon.

This is our last official position report. Thank you again for a wonderful race. This is as good as it gets.

Pete & the crew of Passepartout

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Northern Century...Let's Go The Distance!

It's time for AYC's premier distance race of the season, the Northern Century!  100 miles of sailing in the Northwest's finest waters, so come join your friends the weekend of August 22 for what is sure to be an adventure.  We are getting down to the wire for registrations prior to the price tag bumping up on the 18th, so help out the planning and get your name on the list of registered boats.  We are offering three different race formats to meet your level of experience and desire to spend time on the water:  Double Handed 100, Fully Crewed 100, and Double Handed 50.  There will be dinner included prior to the race along with the SPOT race trackers, so your friends and family can watch your progress online.  Hope to see you on the water!

Friday, August 15, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT...the end is near!!!

0000Z 16Aug
Lat 47 15
Lon 132 36
323 nm to Cape Flattery
TWS 10.4
TWA 134
SOG 7.07
Flying Big Blue, the only spinnaker we have left but the right one for this moment - our 2A. The wind has been good to us. We are eating up the miles. Our weather files predict 12 to 18 hrs of motoring - the current 10kts turns into 5 - then 10 to 20 kts all the way to Cape Flattery. There is a cold front coming through that looks like it was generated by a low above 60N, the northern limit of our weather charts. That seems to be the wind source but of course there will be a price. Already the sun has given up to the clouds. We should be OK on fuel even if we need to motor in the straits.

Evan created a polar file that includes the iron genoa, designated MO. Our optimum course using that polar predicts we will raise the Cape at 0143Z 18 Aug. So I am confident we will be at Cap Sante at 1700 PDT 18 Aug (Monday).

Caught three tuna today. We put the lure away. We can't handle anymore. Donna is working on Tuna for dinner at this very moment. Between Donna, Woody and Richard we have been blessed with three excellent chefs. The Top Ramen is still wrapped in plastic at the back of the cabinet.

For those who can make it we will see you at Slip D-19 Cap Sante at 1700 on Monday for the Passepartout Top Ramen and Spam bash.

Pete

Thursday, August 14, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT...rollin' along!

1925Z 14 Aug
LAT N45 50
LON W137 02
TWS 20 kts
TWA 114 (reaching)
SOG 8.22 kts
Waves 4 ft
Distance to Cape Flattery 523 miles

All is well except for the standard maintenance issues (reduced voltage due to corroded wire connections, a piece of a gasket caught in the forward fuel tank pick up tube). Thanks to Costco's packaging policy we are in no danger of running out of capers. We are getting a little nervous about eggs, only 7 dozen left out of 32 dozen at Lahaina. It is becoming evident that Passepartout will have to host several socials at the dock in Anacortes serving Spam with Top Ramen and Peanut Butter. I am uncertain about how successful those will be.

Our current gfs grib file downloaded yesterday says we will have another day of wind then 5 kts or less all the way to Cape Flattery. We have enough fuel to motor for about 400 miles so if the grib is accurate we could be waiting off Cape Flattery for the flood so we can ride it in to the fuel dock at Neah Bay. We know the accuracy of the gribs is legendary. We have just crossed one 1020 isobar heading for another 1020 isobar (two sides of the loop around the high). We have two electronic barometers aboard, both calibrated against the FAA barometer at Bayview Airport before we left Anacortes. The Weems & Plath reads 1024.6 and rising. The Vetus reads 1025.7 and rising.

The crew is doing well. There is lots of laughter. I am sure everyone is thinking some about life after this trip but nobody talks about it. I think we will all be sad when it ends.

Pete

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT....wonderful times!!

Should it have been "Estimated Arrival" or "Est arrivee"? Thanks for that suggestion Monsieur Hoenisch.  We're looking at arriving Tuesday the 19th or Wednesday the 20th...
Richard cooked a fantastic breakfast complete with eggs any way you want them. I wanted to clean out the fridge because it was smelling badly but there were so many dishes piled up I needed to do those first. By the time I got most of the dishes done and the counters and stove cleaned off We caught a yellow fin (I am told it is a jack). Donna was trying to push me out of the galley so she could start dinner. After some negotiation we cleaned the fridge first. It made a huge difference in the oder. Amazing what a few onces of bleach will do. Donna and Woody breaded the fish and deep fried it (in a frying pan) . Fish and rice with some homemade tarter sauce (we bought an 1100 gal jar of capers from Costco) with some Tuscan red - very nice. The batter was very light - I don't know how they did it but it was better than most restaurant fish and chips.

The wind turned light this afternoon (it was switching from port to starboard) and we were flogging in the swell so we put three reefs in the main, took down the jib and started the engine. The timing worked out well - we have motored long enough to bring the fridge down to 30 F (a little too cold) after cleaning it. The water maker has made us nervous throughout this trip but along with motoring comes the ability to run the watermaker with both pumps. Several people took showers today and I used quite a bit of fresh water between my dish and fridge cleaning. In spite of that our water tanks are full.

0758Z 140813
Lat N 43 38
Lon W 142 04
TWS 7.5 Kts
TWD 210
COG 035

180+35=215 so the wind is now behind us and 5 degrees to our starboard side but predicted to go to 170 at 15 kts. 170-35=135 on our starboard side - about perfect for Big Blue, our A2 Spinnaker.

The crew decided that today was to be the big time change day so 10:30 AM Hawaiian time become 1:30 PM PDT and the watch changed. Deck clothing is now fleeces or foul weather gear - the t-shirts and shorts are long gone. The friendships won't be so fleeting.

Pete

Monday, August 11, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT Half way Home

0501Z 0811 This means the time is 0501 UTC 11 Aug 
Lat N 40 35
Lon W 147 37
1079 miles to Cape Flattery

This is the first ocean voyage we have had AIS. It is really cool. Right now we have a cargo ship named Carmancita approaching from starboard. Her image shows up on our computer screen along with her speed and closest point of approach. We also show up on her navigation screen. We called her on 16 and had a conversation on 6. Very easy and everyone knows the other guy is out there and what the other guy intends to do. 

1/2 way party tonight. We had a large pot of tortellini with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and pesto accompanied by some Manchego, extra sharp cheddar, crackers and two bottles of good red wine. It was sunny again today after last night's rain but the rain is back. We have about 20 kts of wind and we are making about 7.5 knots with one reef in our main and the #2 on the forestay.

Pete

Monday, August 04, 2014

Passepartout Update...headin' for home!!

Time 0717 UTC 8/4/14
 Lat 27 29
 Lon 157 20
 COG 028
 SOG 6.7
Distance to Cape Flattery 1963 nm
 
Maui no ka oe
means Maui is the best
and a Hui no means
catch you all again 
in the great Pacific Nor'west

The 2014 Vic Maui Race is another one for the books
but no boat ships a trophy home
unless the crew is a bunch of crooks
So we raise our glasses as we depart from Lahaina town
The Passepartout a makin way

We are Anacortes Bound
Trackin up the hill or down
it's all the same to us
we settle for nothing less than a romping 8 knots plus
so its aloha to the garden isle
and to all of you
as we trim our sails before the gales on the good ship Passepartout

We caught another Mahi Mahi today, a fish so good they named it twice, 
this one big enough for dinner.
Richard did a fantastic job with it. This dinner would have been $175 a 
plate at Mama's Fish House and it could not have been as fresh.


Pete and the crew of the good ship Passepartout
Woody
Dean
Tom
Donna
Lee
Evan
Richard