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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

Cruising Dad, with your admonishment, does this mean the thread is “over”? Can I do one last thread hijack and ask a couple of questions on their spinnaker operation? So this Jeaneau had a symmetric. RD, can you go over the operational aspects such as how it was launched, gybe’d, and taken down? Who did what job? I’m beginning to think that “Harry” was racing his house? Or was this boat a bare bones “plain Jane”? Was the owner’s intent to sail it back, ship it or hire a delivery crew?

In the ’08 PacCup, we had a water maker and left with full water tanks. Our provisioning plan was 1 gal per person-day, but we had factored into our planning something like three weeks to allow for unforeseen circumstances like becalmed, rudder issues or god forbid, a rig failure. The gallon per crew emergency water was intended for life raft use only and we figured we would be afloat a couple of days waiting for a pick-up. IMHO, the 1 gallon rule is a little skimpy. You should be drinking that amount just to keep your brain hydrated, kidneys flushing and digestive tract properly working. Add up all the “drinking” water along with coffee/tea/soup water, and water consumed in the cooking process and you are easily over the 1 gallon/day metric. Oh, and by the way, even though we were “heavy” when we started on ‘08, carrying all that “extra” water, we did manage second place in the race and beat the third place boat by over a day.

George B
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