MOD 34 Race

Thanks to Karen & Zac’s hospitality in Perth (friend’s of Linda from childhood). And the up and coming new ‘Mr Coutts’ – her son Zac, the champion Optie sailor who’s just returned from the Nationals!!!  See included pic!  Meanwhile my own Albin Vega 27 “ISIS” has sold which is very sad but empowers ‘the next’ !!!  Her spirit will follow me to her successor!!!

The MOD 34 Race will be somewhat of a family affair with a new entry – if there is two of us it is a race – the 1st one-design-nonstop-solo around the world race no less!!

LEAVING IS THE HARDEST PART

“Adam Correa, who just crewed double handed for BJ Caldwell on his recent yacht delivery from Hawaii to Bundaberg and who is currently getting ready for the single handed Transpac on his boat Domino, has written a lovely article about Yemaya for ‘Latitude 38 magazine in San Francisco, please see below. Also check out his website at http://www.oceanslogic.com and follow him as gets ready to race solo to Hawaii!…”

– Linda Pasquariello,

http://www.lindapasquariello.com

January 6th, 2012

Here is a little unedited piece I recently wrote about my friend and fellow solo sailor Linda Pasquariello. “Go Yemaya Go!!!”

LEAVING IS THE HARDEST PART

-photo, BJ Caldwell

Anchored in Vava’u Tonga, having already sailed over 5,000 solo blue water miles to date and currently preparing for another 1,800 miles to her home country of Australia, to escape the encroaching cyclone season; to say Linda Pasquerello has had a busy year would be an understatement. After finding her Pearson 33 “Yemaya” in the April 2011 issue of Latitude 38; she refit the boat in a little under 3 months time and set out on the first leg of her solo circumnavigation. But surprisingly, the hardest part for Linda hasn’t been the tiring hours in the boat yard getting the boat prepared, the lonely sleepless nights off the California coast, battling 35 knots for days in the ITCZ, or dodging seamounts on her approach into Tonga; as many a solo sailor would agree, the hardest part of any adventure is simply leaving. Pushing off the dock or weighing anchor, trading the known for the unknown, waving goodbye to helpful family and friends, has been difficult but worth it. In a global sailing community filled with a fair amount of know it alls and dockside experts, Linda is refreshingly humble about what she knows and outwardly excited about the learning and new experiences that solo sailing continues to provide.

Growing up in landlocked central Australia, it was only within the past four years the ocean and sailing have become a part of Linda’s life. Her original plan was to simply “crew hop” around the world, picking up a crew position here and there with the goal to eventually work her way around the world. However, a chance meeting with her current partner and sailing mentor Brian Caldwell in a Caribbean airport would change the course of her plans for the next few years. Not having any idea who Brian was at the time, Linda recalls boasting how she just completed an Atlantic crossing aboard a catamaran participating in the ARC rally and planned on more sailing in the future. Excited about her recent accomplishment, Brian mentioned he was a professional delivery skipper and had also racked up a few ocean miles himself over the years and was always looking for good solid crew; so if Linda had any free time in the future he would love to have her come along on a delivery. They exchanged contact information and went their separate ways.

Needless to say, Linda did contact Brian about crewing on his next delivery from Hawaii to California; and the marathon of ocean crossing experiences began. For the next few years she helped Brian deliver yachts all over the North and South Pacific; all the while stoking her new passion for sailing and bagging an impressive tally of blue water miles, on some very interesting boats, ranging in size from a Santa Cruz 70 to a Mini Transat. After a rather long delivery of a Spencer 68 “Ragtime” from New Zealand to Long Beach; Linda felt like it was time to start searching out for her own boat and getting on with her solo pursuits.

She didn’t have to search long before finding her Yemaya here in the Bay Area. As she said, “I was looking for a boat that balanced seaworthiness, comfort, and in a size range that I could physically handle in any condition.” Yemaya turned out to be a perfect fit and Linda soon found herself engaged in a flurry of boat work and preparation. “It was great having Brian with me at the start of my refit, he really helped me focus on the essentials for a safe solo blue water passage and not get hung up on things I really didn’t need. As he once said, it’s really quite simple, find the boat, fix the boat, sail the boat, GO!” So with a brief shake down sail to Monterey with Brian, Linda set off on July 10 2011 bound for Hawaii; the first step in her larger scale goal of a circumnavigation.

At the time of this writing, Linda has just made landfall in Bundaberg, Australia and plans on working up the cruising kitty in hopes of leaving in the spring bound for South Africa. When asked about some of the highlights of her trip to date, she notes“ the wonderfully generous people you meet along the way, peaceful starry nights, delightfully crisp blue skies; but the highlight of highlights has to be swimming with Humpback whales here in Vava’u. It was a life changing and very emotional experience. To be in the water with mammals of this size was surreal, but to actually witness their emotional intelligence and personality moved me to tears. Picking up and leaving each place doesn’t get any easier; but to never leave and never open myself up to the possibilities out there is unimaginable.” – Adam Correa

Perie Banou 2 & Jon Sanders

So he arrived early as he would – the sea-breeze (Fremantle Doctor) filled in and I awoke at David Dick’s house where Dave & I both discovered while phoning Jon that he’d already arrived and was tied to the customs mooring in front of Fremantle Sailing Club.

Dave, me & Linda promptly went out on David Dick’s S&S 34 ‘Seaflight’ and circled while chatting with Jon – giving him Cherry Ripes, a West Australian newspaper & coffee ‘after’ check-in ; )

How cool was it afterwards when Andrew Sanders his nephew & the president of the S&S 34 association – (Jon’s brother Colin) etc, came down to celebrate this incredible accomplishment – X 8 around-the-world-voyages !!!

Laura Dekker new youngest solo circumnavigator!!!

Only days after the French trimaran ‘Banque Populaire V’ became the new outright ‘Fastest Circumnavigator’ with a time of 45-days skippered by Loick Peyron from France and Australian Jon Sanders: ‘World Distance Record-holder’ finished his 8th round-the-world today, yesterday – the flying 16-year-old Dutchwoman Laura Dekker finished to become the new youngest solo circumnavigator reducing Australian Jessica Watson’s reference by six-months.  While Laura went with stops, it is the new absolute reference for age @ – congratulations!!!

A year after her journey began, teenager Laura Dekker has achieved her goal of sailing solo around the world. Arriving in St Maarten this weekend at 16 years and 123 days of age, the Dutch girl cut six months off the record set in 2010 by Australian teenager Jessica Watson, who completed her non-stop voyage around the world just days away from her 17th birthday.

However, unlike Jessica Watson’s voyage, Laura Dekker’s longer route did not sail non-stop around the world.  She made many ports along the way, seeming to enjoy the journey as much as, or perhaps even more than, reaching her ultimate destination. During the year YachtPals kept receiving reports of Laura at cruisers’ potlucks and parties, and it seems several of our readers around the globe were able to enjoy some quality time with the young explorer before she headed back out to sea.  Without exception, all reports were that the young Miss Dekker is humble, friendly, and very welcome in the cruising community.Laura Dekker

As we have pointed out during previous around the world sailing record attempts by teenagers, Laura Dekker has gained no official record during this trip, and was not in fact subject to any of the scrutiny that adult world record holders must face. However, there is no denying that this tenacious teenager has met her own goal, against formidable obstacles – with the most challenging being the protests by her own government. In fact, young Miss Dekker has faced so much opposition over her intended adventures from Dutch authorities that she says she may not to return to her home country.

“The Dutch government was not kind to me,” Laura Dekker wrote on her blog last week. “It was never my intention to be the center of world news. From the moment my plans became public, Youth Care and other government organisations tried to stop me. During the first court case, in August 2009 they asked the judge to take me away from my father and to lock me up in a secure clinic. Now, after sailing around the world, with difficult port approaches, storms, dangerous reefs, and the full responsibility of keeping myself and Guppy safe, I feel that the nightmares the Dutch government organisations put me through, were totally unfair. I am seriously thinking about not returning to the Netherlands. Of course I will discuss this with my parents.”

Wherever she ends up, one thing is for certain: Laura Dekker is a grand mariner at the age of 16, and we have no doubt she will look back on her experiences sailing around the world on her 38 foot boat Guppy for the rest of her life – a voyage that was both joyful, and at times traumatic. “There were moments where I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing out here?’ but I never wanted to stop,” Laura Dekker said upon arriving on the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Saturday, adding with a smile: “It’s a dream, and I wanted to do it.”

by Kim Hampton for YachtPals.com

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How much of a sign of fate or destiny or whatever name you have for ‘IT’ would it be if you left on a sail from Adelaide to Perth and none other than your mentor – 8 X circumnavigator Jon Sanders was on the same course en-route to Perth but solo and nonstop from New Zealand…

I crewed on several stages of this – Jon’s 8th round the world circuit this past year, the last when we sailed the Cape to Rio race last January.  It is either just pure coincidence or something like fate that our paths crossed while Jon was in striking distance of Perth on the same route as our recent yacht delivery.

But to take the view – ‘you must be on the right path’ much further, imagine my surprise when we were four days out of Adelaide and just after talking to David Dicks for a weather update, I decided to randomly call Jon on the VHF radio after signing off the sat-phone.

Within seconds of hanging up, Jon answers the VHF radio and it turns out he was only twenty miles north of us and four miles ahead on the direct east to west route to Perth across the Great Australian Bight!  Jon’s position was:  35.32, 126.30 and ours:  35.52, 126.34…

Both of us were in some of the most remote waters in the world below Australia in the Southern Ocean and as Linda commented – “You know you’re unusual when you meet up with best friends in such wild places”!

Of all the times I could have chosen to try to give him a call I had picked the perfect time as VHF range is only near the visible horizon as seen from the mast-head antenna (around twenty miles) on such a vast ocean with 1,300-miles between Adelaide and Perth…“How many square ocean miles is that…?!” 

We chatted several times over the next few hours either side of midnight while we waited for the arrival of a forecasted cold front. I asked Jon if he felt like another ‘lap’ of the planet next year.  He said “yes” – and he’d like to do the Sydney Hobart race again before another Cape to Rio…

What I didn’t ask Jon while we awaited the cold front was what he would think if I had a go at his record.  Years before, David Dicks had done so in these same waters on another delivery with Jon.  He’d replied – “I’d help”.

I know of no one more humble and modest.  A story summarizes that when our friend Richard took Jon down to the local yacht club in Bundaberg.  A mate of Richard’s asked whether Jon knew how to sail and if he wanted to go out for the twilight race.

Jon said that was all right, he was going to have a beer at the yacht club.  Richard’s friend was floored and embarrassed when he later learned he’d asked the most accomplished endurance sailor in history whether he knew how to sail and Jon hadn’t said yes!

PS:  As I write this, Linda, me and my crew have just rounded Cape Leuuwin and should arrive to Fremantle Sailing Club tomorrow to the same dock where David Dicks started and finished his own nonstop circumnavigation.

From there, we plan to go back out to welcome Jon home aboard David Dicks’s S&S 34 ‘Seaflight’ Monday morning on the water off Fremantle when he knocks this ‘8-ball’ of circumnavigations into the corner socket.

I might have beaten my mentor on the water this time but we were full crewed while he was solo and we were on a much lighter and newer boat.  Next time reunited, Jon and I again aspire to give the rest of the Sydney Hobart fleet something we call a ‘horizon job’!  

-BJ Caldwell

01/20/12

Jon Sanders Update:

18 Jan 2012

Hey David & Andrew. I keep my vhf radio on ch 16 24 hrs as everybody is required to do. My range is about 25 nm. Two days back I am in the gt Australian bight about 200nm from land. Not heard anything on vhf for days. Meantime my fellow crew & colleague Hawaiian Bj Caldwell arrived in Bundaberg in a yacht from US and his girl friend two days later in her yacht. Bj did the 2009 hobart in perie banou and 2011 rio race and he and lynda both left hobart jan 2010 in Perie Banou for Fremantle. Anyway i was in the bight, and they in Bundaberg. (Richards place). I am at the chart table when the vhf booms into life. ‘Perie Banou Perie Banou this is . Bj’ over. -complete with a Hawaiian accent. WHAT!? Apparently he & Linda got a delivery in a larger and faster Beneteau from Adelaide to Fremantle. Probably organized by David. He called on vhf in the unlikely off chance i would pick it up. He got an equal surprise when i boomed straight back – . ‘WHAT! Where the heck and hell are you?  This my ocean’. (20 nm to the north). At this moment it is 8/8 blue sky. And 8kts northeast wind. I am 94nm south of Esperance. ¡ 35 25s 122 03e Nice but quiet

Rgds, Jon

(Aboard EX-‘Fruit-Machine’ steering & fixing UV dead sails in the Southern Ocean 😉

Photos:  Liv Coyne & Linda Pasquariello

The race vs Jon Sanders…; )

While Linda Pasquariello, Sean Doyle, Liv Coyne and moi – our 2011 Sydney Hobart crew prepare to depart Adelaide for Perth Wednesday on the Beneateau 40.7 “As Good As It Gets” (ex-‘Fruit Machine’) – my mentor Jon Sanders is 135-nautical miles south of us below Kangaroo Island and Adelaide on route nonstop solo from New Zealand to Perth (his recent email update below) ~ the race to WA is on…!

9 Jan 2012

It has been a series of westerly fronts and lows. And the wind mainly west rather than nw or sw.

Yday the forecast south coast south aus (which i was 90 nm south of) was 30 to 45 kts. Where i was 40 to 45 kts if not more. Huge horrible sea. Enough to make a super bulk carrier worry).

I simply hove¡to with 3 storm reefs in main sail. Perfect size sail. I still have west winds to 30 kts til wednesday. Today 25 kts but frequent @ sqalls to 40 kts. I am slowly stoogeing north towards kangeroo island 135 nm north. With snippet headsail and the 3 reefs. Will go west later wed. Bent a few stauchions. But otherwise all is good. (ocean zephyr would be good name 4 a boat)

Regards,

Jon Sanders

Jules Verne Trophy: 45-days around the world…!

Congratulations to Loick Peyron and the crew of the 130ft French trimaran “Banque Populaire V” – they just broke the “Fastest Circumnavigation” record for the Jules Verne Trophy with an astounding time of 45-days!!!  They took three days off the previous bench-mark set by Franck Cammas aboard “Groupama” when he did 48-days.  It was only back a few short years in 1989 that Loick’s brother Bruno Peyron became the first under 80-days around aboard his 89ft catamaran “Commodore Explorer” with a time of 79-days…  We are approaching almost half that reference time !

The ‘Triple Crown’ of absolute world records:  Youngest, Fastest, Furthest in 2012 is astounding:

Youngest Circumnavigation:  age 16, Jessica Watson

Fastest Circumnavigation:  45-days, Loick Peyron

Furthest ~ ‘World Distance Record’:  81,000-nautical miles ~ triple nonstop circumnavigation, Jon Sanders