• Route Of Gold part 2 (b)log
Posted by Niklas på lördag 22 mars 2008
Here we go again. Now it’s time for the second part of the Route Of Gold race. The course goes from Panama to San Fransisco. More than 3000 Nm. Maybee ten days…
080322-20.10 UTC The fleet has just leave the start outside Panama. The wind is light from north east and the boats are gybing everywhere… I have Jepsom 0.8 Nm from me on my starbord side and Laiska 1.7 Nm up on the port side. There is now 60 Nm to Punta Malia. Then we turn more at northwest along the Panama coast and the Costa Rica. Good luck all competitors!
080323-01.55 UTC Wiz, Bamse and mac are the tree first to round at Punta Malia. Farmor, Jepsom and Tango is side by side round 30th place. Bad calculation from my side, so I have to done some more gybes. But Laiska is after us in 61th place. Time to sleep again!
080323-17.00 UTC Now we have been out for 24 hours. The wind just turns round like a carousel, it’s crazy. 46° in one hour! And the next 24 hours would be like this. Not much sleep tonight I think. The leader at the moment is the swedish boat Lattjolajbanladan. In the second place we found another swede, Bamse and Wetstuff is number three. Farmor have sailed well and is now at 6th place. Jepsom is in 8th and Tango in 14th place. The latest winner, Laiska is haunting in 18th place, just ahead of santaclause. Now we are sailing along the Costa Rica coast. The sun shines and it is nearly 30°C. Maybe it is time for a bath…
080324-06.30 UTC Another night with less sleep. But I sleep little bit to muchnow in the early morning. Jepsom make the wind shift great and is now in a ”big” lead. Over one NM ahead of the rest of the fleet. Good sailing Jepsom! First haunter behind Jepsom is the polish yacht Mac. Tonights looser is Clash2. Clash was in 4th place at 18.30 UTC and is now at 14th. Tango is in 7th and Farmor is 13th. Some other results: 4th, Lattjolajbanladan, 6th Wiz, 9th Laiska. The weather for the day looks good. But in the evening a new wind carousel is coming…
080324-18.10 UTC The wind is only 1 m/s. In the nearest hours the wind will turn nearly 180° from NE to SW. And then the wind will turn back to NE again… The fleet is now spread over a big area. More than 20 Nm between the easterly and westerly boats. Three of the boats with routing software (I think) have very diffrent courses. Who is right? Interesting! Jepsom is still in the lead.
Here we have the front of the fleet with Laiska in NE and Wiz in SW.
080325-12.20 UTC The night was not fun. I was really tired. Light crazy winds… But now the wind is back, 10 m/s and we have a speed of nearly 25 knots. Nice! Jepsom is still in the lead and the most of the fleet is now heading more westerly. Some boats have taken a more SW route like the swedish SWE54 and the dutch J122. Jeepster is new on the second place and Banan is number three. Tango is just behind on 4th. Later this day, in the evening (Eur. time) the wind will decrease again.
080325-20.00 UTC Just now, things happens. 11 boats has gybe south. Laiska was the first. There is areas with light winds near the coast and there is stronger winds some miles out from the coast. We will see in the future if it is right or not. These multihuls don’t like light winds…In Sweden it is evening just now, on the Pacific Ocean it is middle of the day, the sun shines from a blue sky, and there is colored spinnakers everywhere. Tango just passing behind MarkShark and mac. Maybe mac is sponsored by Apple? Watch out for the pirates 😉
080326-11.15 UTC Welcome to an new day of virtual sailing. Tango is now down on 161 place. I know that this place is better in some hours, but the chanse to win is small. But why give up. It is 2300 Nm left to San Fransisco and much can still happen even if Laiska and his routing software says that ”rest of the race is pretty straightforward”. We should have sailed south earlier like SWE54, but my brain didn’t worked well the night between monday and thuesday… It is nice to see some new boats in the top, Dagge, akje and Charity_Racing is at the moment top three. And woodi is just in front of me, the man from Örebro in Sweden. Woodi has never been sailing IRL.
080327-05.00 UTC We have a new leader, again. This time it is a swede from Lake Mälaren, ervius. He has a good advatage with 9 Nm in front of Enigme. The northern pack with the former leader Dagge has not much wind now, and is down at places round 40. In the south SWE54 is going well and is now in place 6. Behind SWE54 the two American boats hunting, Mooki2 and CaptJack1942. Tango is now in 111th place. Jepsom, who take a chance with a big turn south is just now at place 260. But he is not alone down there, but I don’t think this is the right way. Soon the wind turns against. Ricos0 has just invited all the competitors to ea regatta party after finish San Fransisco. I hope you have a big place Ricos0 😉
080327-20.30 UTC Up in the north the wind is nearly zero. The former leader Dagge is down on place 102 after a day on water like a mirror. Down in south it is a little bit more wind, 4-5 m/s, and SWE54 is going well, but it is Tobe in the lead in front of ervius. Down in south even the dutch J122 is going well. Tango is in place 26 after a good sailing day on the Pacific Ocean. Farmor is 33 and my brother Jepsom is 216th. That was all from Tango this day.
080328-05.15 UTC Not much to write home about today. The boats in the south sailing faster than the north pack boats. ervius has began to lose speed and distance and is now in 5th place. Tobe still leading with more southerly SWE54 in 2nd place. Tango is now in 16th place. But the margins are small, and the places can change quckly with course changes. The more sotherly boats, J122, clash2, Wiz and Pererik has at the moment little bit more breeze, it looks good for them. We have now 1770 Nm left to ”Frisco”, more than half way left…
080328-19.15 UTC Friday evening in Sweden! Soon we have been out on the Pacific Ocean one week. I don’t know how many hours I’ve been in front of my computer, calculating, reading weather reports and talking with other sailors about strategy….and I just found the boat plainSailing at place 12, and what? He has sailed right thru in 1500 Nm without any course change…and hi is in front of me! So why are we gybeing, tacking, changing course…I think I’m going to my bed 😉
080329-16.40 UTC Now it is one week out here on the blue Pacific Ocean. Just now it does not happends so much. TWA nearly 90° and I think we all wainting for the first boat to turn north. Captjack1942 has change the course some degrees. From my position on Tango I can see Laiska very near We have been side by side for some hours now. Now I can’t write any more today. I must listen on the swedish radio. It is hockey time. My favorite team Leksand plays a big battle aginst Mora in the play-off to the first division. I let my crew sail the boat without me for some hours.
080330-15.40 UTC Good Morning USA! It is a nice morning here outside the US westcoast, but I think it’s comming rain soon. Like yesterday Laiska is near on the starbord side. I have my own strategy but of course I have an eye on Laiska. If we looking forward we have a new weather situation with a front and lighter winds. Intresting. There it can happend things, specially with boats without routing software. SWE54 is still the leader, now with 16 Nm before mookie2. We have today also sailed another race, a short race, only 25 Nm. It’s tough to be skipper on to races at the same time 😉 Before the short race I was a little bit thoughful, but it works very well. I was quite good sailing with both beat and downwind. The winner of this Kallavesj Online Race was Wiz. I don’t know who Wiz is, but he sails well. No 2 was swedish Kexet and Tangosailing was 3rd. (Thx Farmor who helped me with the last minutes of the race.) Tomas followed in 4th place and Laiska in 5th. Farmor came in the 8th and Jepsom 15th. I heard that Jepsom had som problem just before finish. Now I must go back to helm… See Yah!
080331-17.30 UTC Nearly 300 viewers on my blog yesterday. Feels good! The wind has decreased a lot but the eastern boats has still 5 m/s. Her we have only 3 m/s. Today we have Laiska on our port side and some miles behind us I can se Lattjolajbanladan, and in front of us Janne coming up from the west. Nice to have some boats in sight here on the calm Pacific Ocean. Sorry that I can’t tell you about my tactics and strategy, you know why 😉 In the front SWE54 have more than 15 Nm lead before the US boat mooki2. It looks good for SWE54 and I think they have good control at the boats behind.On the leaderboard Tango is number 21 and Farmor number 15. Jepsom is 73rd.
Watch out for the whales!
080401-15.30 UTC April Fools’ Day! Watch out! Everything I write to day can be a joke 😉 We are now sailing in good SW winds after the passage of the light winds. The easterly boats is left behind in very light winds. Laiska and Tango follow each other like shadows, and yes, I follow Laiska sometimes, but I think he follows me too.The leader, SWE54 has pulled away more and have now a nice lead with nearly 50 Nm ahead of mooki2. But now the wind will decrease again in the front af the fleet. Looks like Jepsom will catch some boats and climb in the leaderbord. He is now at 68th place, but watch out.Now it is time for something to eat, on the rail.
080402-16.15 UTC The leader SWE54 has now only 60 Nm to the finish in San Fransisco. But is he gonna win? The US boat mookie2 is now only 3,5 Nm behind the swede and the wind is decreasing. Behind them two other swedes, clash2 and swe204 have a battle about the bronze medal. Laiska is now in 8th position after a very good 24 hours. Yesterday I was side by side with Laiska but I gybed one hour to early and is now in 15th place. xthyra, plainSailing and woodi is within 10Nm ahead of me. Maybe some of them make a misstake… Farmor is in a safe 20th position. Nightmare is hunting behind but it is more than 20 Nm up to Farmor. Now I must go back to the navigation. See yah in Frisco.
080403-15.15 UTC At least the first boats arrived the finish outside San Fransisco. The last 45 Nm feelt like 100 Nm. The wind turned against and we sailed slowly in under the Golden Gate bridge. The swedish SWE54 passed the finish line at 23.11 UTC and 46 minutes later the US boat mookie2 crossed the line. Two hours later the swedish Clash2 arrived. He was very happy over his first podium place. wwwTANGOSAILINGnu sailed well at the end of the race and passed two poats just before finish and took the 13th place, just ahead of woodi. -My brain wasn’t awake said the always happy woodi after finish. Just now I stand here and wait for my father with Farmor. The wind is still very light. Farmor will take the 20th place. After Farmor there is very much distace between the boats. Between Farmor in 20th and seafly in 23rd it is nearly 145 Nm! Jepsom is one of many boats in a big group wich sail for the 23rd place. I don’t know anything about the next race at Sailonline.org But I promise, Tango will be there! And thanks, all competitors, blog readers and of course Sailonline.org