Updated plans for end of 2014 and onwards:
1. Finished replacing all my standing rigging and chainplates aboard my S&S 34 “Gitano”.
2. Change in previous geo-seismic job in Mexico thus freeing me up for alternate options.
3. Now potential/likely yacht delivery Hawaii to Singapore from end of October finishing early December.
4. Have a ride for the 70th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart race. More as we approach the race start on Boxing Day: Dec 26th.
5. Prepping my boat to meet CAT 0 safety and regulatory requirements to sail my own S&S 34 to Australia next summer, potentially via TransPac, to do what will be a 7th Sydney Hobart, the plan being one every year from then onwards…first objective: (ten Rolex Sydney Hobarts on the CV and two or more divisional wins.)
6. Currently sourcing, technical, monetary and crew for the race plan ahead…
7. Also evaluating options and viability to utilize my own Mini 650 in France to reach ten Mini Fastnets and three top five finishes over the coming years.
8. Meanwhile, I’m pushing back the start date for the ‘MOD’ ‘Monohull One-Design solo around the world S&S 34 race to the 50th anniversary (1969) of the design’s debut in 2019. This also corresponds to the 19th year anniversary of the idea for the race while I delivered the S&S 34 “Stray Bit” from Australia to Hawaii in 1999. The race will start and finish in Sydney: http://bjcaldwell.wix.com/g2
9. Team-mate Linda Pasquariello will also be finished before then with her own west-about solo circumnavigation aboard her sister-ship S&S 34 thus enabling her potential and likely entry to the race debut.
…Meanwhile of note, this past weekend was sourced by movie star, singer and friend Lauren Mayhew to skipper a birthday charter to Catalina Island from Marina del Rey. Unfortunately due to a few technicalities on my end I couldn t make it happen this time. However, I look forward to doing another sail together next summer while I’m in LA on “Gitano”! Below is Lauren’s hit single “What is Love?”…download it now on Itunes, I know I’ll be dancing to it offshore 😉
ORCA GREEN joins us like FLIR as a new ‘Technical Sponsor’ with their exceptional masthead-LED LXTA-SP tricolor/anchor/strobe light which I first used on my last boat – the Albin Vega 27 – ‘ISIS’, which I bought in Fiji and cruised to Australia via Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The light proved invincible (just like the later story of ‘ISIS’ when she survived the Bundaberg floods/along with her LXTA-SP ORCA mast light). On one occasion the ORCA light memorably outshone over fifty luxury cruising boats on anchor in New Caledonia even though it burns almost no voltage…! …I was so happy with the low profile, light, extremely bright and water-tight unit that we installed another aboard Linda Pasquariello’s Pearson 10m ‘Yemaya’ with which she sailed solo from Monterey California to Bundaberg, Australia two years ago! Once again, after we sold both our previous boats (‘Yemaya’ & ‘ISIS’) in Australia for a profit – which enabled us to acquire our dream boats back in the US (Sparkman & Stephen 34 sister-ships) – we’ve again installed the same mast light LXTA-SP ORCA combos aboard both boats before our next solo racing adventures…!
ORCA GREEN MARINE: “…In 2004, OGM introduced the first USCG approved LED Navigation lights and set the standard for others to follow. Our early customers were the circumnavigators, the Navy Seals and those cruising the oceans far from port all around the world. Our customers have logged more sea time than most and many come back when they get a new boat. We appreciate our customers and have always built our products based on feedback from them. Back then, we set the standard for LED Navigation Lights. Ten years later, we’re about to do it again…” Innovation. American. Style. http://orcagreenmarine.com/
ISIS before the Bundaberg floods here leaving Port Vila, Vanuatu bound for New Caledonia while racing James Finan aboard my previous ‘liquid mistress’ – the Contessa 26 ‘Maimitivavau’…with which I’d sailed around the world aboard…enough irony for you ?!…ISIS ended up beating Maitmitivavau to New Caledonia by several hours after the three hundred nautical mile run!
Who’d be interested to join a potential yacht delivery with me on a fifty footer leaving Hawaii to Singapore on the 20th of October + or – a day or so. 6,000-nautical miles and 45-days sailing at 130-nm a day being very conservative, with a potential quick re-fueling stop in Guam or elsewhere…let me know and I’ll narrow down my potential team if this goes forward which is depending on the sale of the boat going thru – which is currently looking quite promising … message me if interested!