Originally Posted by thomm225
Did you friend on the Freedom 30 get his rudder
Looks like he is still sailing.....
Thanks for asking. He added some grease to the bearing and it seems to be doing OK. Not sure what the final analysis was or what he might find when he arrives, but he is doing well now. I've been getting some updates and he should be at the half way point tomorrow noon. Everyone is keeping an eye on Hurricane
I posted the following last Friday for Mike on the Freedom Yachts Forum:
Hi all, the SFBaySSS SHTP adventure aboard jacqueline began on saturday 2 july.
Had a great sail out the golden gate and to the Farallon Islands but got stuck with some of my fellow racers in low wind
conditions. A good chunk of the fleet made it through but i lost
about 12 hours at this point. The importance of these hours is now showing up as we plod through low winds further offshore
. Those that got past the farallons got out here sooner and were rewarded by better wind
conditions. Hanging in there though, there are 1500 miles to go, much can happen.
Encountered typical nw winds once 100 miles offshore
but things got hairy with 26 kts TWS and 8 to 10 foot seas with some breaking. The issue is you have to reach across this seaway and it places your beam in the way of breaking seas. I managed for awhile but learned an important lesson during the qualifier. Safe the boat
and do not exhaust
yourself. So i dropped the main at about sunset and spent the night forereaching on the jib
while i buttoned up below and got some zzs. Lost
a few more hours here.
By morning the wind had moderated to 20 kts tws and we got back on course.
Subsequent days have been moderate to light air and pretty frustrating overall. I had the rudder excitement as you are aware. That looks to be resolved by greasing the bearings. Thanks for everyone's thoughts on this issue. It is good to know team Freedom has my back.
By the way, the darn boom vang
bale snapped in two the other night. I dealt with that by rigging
a strap around the boom to hang the vang block on. Another benefit of the open footed main. If i have issues with main sheet bales i have a fix in my box of tricks.
Right now i am on my way to 134 west and will give you another update in a few days.