Back to my S&S 34 Gitano!

Going to give some love to my S&S 34 ‘Gitano’ in Seattle, move her to another marina and get a few things ready for later in the summer after the TransPac and yacht deliveries.  At that point I’ll decide whether I keep her in Seattle for the northern winter or sail her all the way down to Australia before November…which will be her new home for the long run!


Jon Sanders update #32

1 April 2011

Three boats have lost their masts on their way back to Cape Town after the Cape to Rio Race. Jon looks at all the racing yachts masts and rigging and thinks, “What’s wrong with me, it looks so small and light!” Jon also travels 5000nm, completes the race and sails on.

To keep luck on his side, Jon will change his fore & backstay once he gets back to Australia, and may change more. Perie Banou II’s standing rigging is two times heavier than the specified size for that vessel.

He has requested that I manufacture him a boom tent to keep the deck and cabin cool and protected from the harsh tropical sun, and questions why he has never thought of it before!

Jon is in good spirits and will soon be leaving his yacht in the BVI’s (British Virgin Islands) to deliver a yacht from Indonesia to Airlie Beach.


David Dicks

Fastest, Furthest & Deepest…

The announcement by Sir Richard Branson to support Newport yachtsman Chris Welsh in becoming the 1st person to dive solo to the bottom of the Mariana Trench at the world’s deepest spot is proof wild ideas fly in today’s corporate market.  There’s no better book to describe this battlefield than Jeff Blumfeld’s book – “You Want to Go Where?!”

A bit ironic and proof once more what a small world it is ; – )  I’ve delivered Chris’s beautiful Spencer 68 “Ragtime” on five different occasions including a nice run from her birthplace in New Zealand to LA in 2009.  A little 7,000-nautical mile delivery jaunt!  I had met Jessica Watson in Sydney as I flew thru there to pick up Linda (one of my crew) for the delivery and we had a lunch with her.  I’d offered a spot with us to crew which she accepted but then destiny brought her S&S 34 to bear from Don McIntyre so her priorities thus quickly shifted!

…Anyway, below is the sexy “Ragtime” some ‘eye-candy’ with “Cheyanne”, the catamaran that at one time held the Jules Verne Trophy and will now ferry the sub to the Mariana Trench.  Good luck Chris ; – )

Fastest Nonstop Solo Circumnavigation (S&S 34)

Reference: 210-days  Target: 199-days

…I might sail a ‘prologue’ for the ‘MOD 34 Race sometime soon to establish what I hope will be the new benchmark for the S&S 34. I conspire for a time under Jessica Watson’s ‘210-days.  199-days makes an elegant target!  This will enable me to ‘practice’ the race course for 24,000-nautical miles and break Jon Sander’s, David Dick’s, Jesse Martin’s and Jessica’s reference ‘speeds’ for around the world race-course aboard what will be the S&S 34 design’s – 6th nonstop solo circumnavigation.

A far cry from the ‘absolute’ Fastest Solo Circumnavigation by Frenchman Francis Joyon aboard his 100ft trimaran “IDEC” when he lapped the planet in 57-days!  However, if we’d been racing at the same time it might have been fun with a nice IRC handicap rating like the Sydney Hobart to pair off disimiliar aged and sized designs on the race-course!  …This little ‘jaunt’ will finish in time for a go at the Mini Transat 2013!

Fastest Solo Circumnavigation remains 57-days…

An interesting conclusion for the 2nd defeat of Thomas Coville trying to break the ‘Fastest Solo Circumnavigation’ record.  The article below written by  with an awesome note from the current record-holder Francis Joyon about Coville’s vast achievement:

Thursday, 3/31/11 – After setting out on Saturday 29 January at 11h07’28” (GMT) on the solo round the world record attempt, the skipper of SODEBO crossed the finish line off Ushant today, Thursday 31 March 2011 at 12h15 (GMT) after 61 days, 7 minutes and 32 seconds at sea. Thomas Coville took 3 days, 10 hours, 43 minutes and 26 seconds longer than Francis Joyon on IDEC in 2008 (57d 13h34’06”).

Paradox: the challenger was faster than the record holder. However, due to less favorable weather conditions, which meant that Thomas wasn’t able to follow as direct a route as that of the record holder, the skipper of Sodebo covered 28,431 miles at an average of 19.42 kts, or 2,031 miles further than Francis Joyon, who covered 26,400 miles at an average speed of 19.11 kts.

After a lively start off Ushant two months ago, conditions also proved rather beefy for the finish off the NW tip of Brittany. Though all the solo sailor’s efforts weren’t crowned with victory on the finish line, the emotion was very real with increased vigilance necessary to protect the damaged starboard bow as it buried into the chaotic sea.

Sodebo is expected into the port of La Trinité-Sur-Mer, SW Brittany at around 1900 GMT.

Message from Francis Joyon:
“In a world where oil escaped from the sea bed for weeks on end offshore of New Orleans, a world where nuclear power stations are throwing out radioactive clouds and where seawater has been irradiated to the extent that it has damaged life for generations to come, Thomas Coville has proven, through his journey around the world under sail, that natural energies aren’t lacking in strength.

The fact that he hasn’t beaten the round the world record isn’t the most important thing. The key to this journey is that our circumnavigations of the globe, in crewed as well as solo configuration, have been more effective under sail than under power.

Right now, no boat powered by an engine has managed to circumnavigate the globe as quickly as we do under sail, due to their weight and range associated with the massive amount of fuel required aboard.

If our sail boats could influence the upcoming decisions about energy, which are both vital and urgent, they could help us understand that the only way forward is free of pollution, CO2 and radiation, using natural energies: the wind, the current and the sun…

Congratulations to Thomas for this fast, damage-free journey across the ocean.”