Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
Thanked 60 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Smack, setting all that Ronnie hyperbole aside for a moment, can we talk about Warrior’s Wish? Unfortunately, they moved her out Richmond before I had a chance to look at her and I couldn’t find any “real” discussion about the damage and it’s causes over on SA. Have you heard of Warrior’s Wish’s fate? The cracks in the hull where the stringers are not too promising. It looks like pretty major structural damage to the stringers and I’m guessing pretty impossible to fix (links to interior photos please?). Ronnie didn’t mention any leaking, but water must have gotten around the cracks and I’m assuming that the keel bolts were bedded with 5200 or the broken off heads would have fallen off and leaked. Has any of the SA’ers weighed in on the cause? I can only surmize that it was a combination crevis corrosion and improperly torqued bolts. Too bad they didn’t catch that during thier race prep. One more thing that has me curious is them leaving Hawaii with so little fuel (and some of that was allocated to charging batteries). Their plan of sailing 90% of the way would force them to stay on the southern edge of the high. Either giving them a course to San Diego/Cabo or doubling their transit time by “short” tacking their way to S.F. The people I've known who done it put between five and ten days of fuel on board so they can exit the high off of Oregon and beam reach home.