Doesn’t get better than this

May 12th, 2013

A great day on the water with family. Mike E joined us from DC and Cate C from Essex. Heather and C-Bug came along. Grabbed a mooring at Angel Island for a couple hours, then a slip in Alaya cove when one opened up. Commence sand castle building and stand up paddleboarding. It doesn’t get any better.

Cheers California!

Beautiful sailor.

Running rigging shopping list

May 3rd, 2013
  • New Vang tackle line. Length TBD. 8mm Stripped spectra. Soft eye splice each end.
  • New Reef line. 8mm dacron/spectra.
  • New traveler line. 6mm dacron/spectra.

Main trim practice

April 27th, 2013

Work plus practice day this Sunday.

Finally mounted the new pedestal guard. A little more time than expected, but done correctly at least. Next up, remount Wall-ee (our chartplotter) and a binnacle compass.

Jean-Ray and Brian showed up early and worked on increasing our adjustment range on the rigid vang. Roughly, we needed to completely dis-install it, then cut about 3″ off the outer rod cover in order to (hopefully) prevent it from twoblocking at max Vang. Seemed effective, but we may need a shorter tackle line.

Then spent about 4 hours under white sails, trying to get our main trim down.

Heading for Alcatraz

The frac rigged X362S is much less forgiving than the 911 and much more sensitive to correct main trim. It absolutely will not sail in a direction it’s not trimmed for. (Unlike the 911, which was a classic driver’s boat. Just point it and go and sort out the trim later. Maybe that’s why the shorthanded sailing was so successful).

The other issue with the X is that the mainsheet system is a simple (but nice) gross/fine tune tackle. No winches or other cleverness. Above 17 TWS, it’s extremely challenging to react to gusts and shifts using the gross tune. What seems to work best at that wind speed is to go traveler down and use the mainsheet fine tune to react. That worked great, though I think we may try more weight on the rail to allow us to keep the traveler up a little better.

Gary and Jon

( ^ and note the new cruiser special pedestal guard)


April 24th, 2013

…is how you drill holes in your yacht.


pedestal guard mounting holes

pedestal guard mounting holes

Keywords: 1/2″ drill, centerpunch, epoxy, nerves of steel.

Training runs

April 22nd, 2013

Short day sail on Sunday with the new crew to introduce everyone to eachother, double-check systems for wear and breakage, and to introduce Shane B. to his new role as bowman. John S. came along to coach and drive.

Up to yellow bluff. Round. Downwind half-dozen white sail gybes. Hoist around Little Harding. Half-dozen spinnaker gybes. A couple hoists and leeward takedowns. Take care of one wrap in flukey Raccoon Straits breeze. No real sail handling issues. Getting used to the double sheeting after Shanti’s single line spinnaker handling.


  • Stickyness in main hoist. Investigate.
  • Spinnaker Pole jaw stickyness. Fresh water + McLube to fix
  • All bungee (jib tie down and block tie-ups) needs remove/replace.
  • Re-run blue reef line.
  • Vang twoblocking and bottoming out early. Need to adjust installation.
  • Brian wants sheet bags in the rear of the cockpit.

2013 Coastal Cup Practice Days

April 15th, 2013

Tentative Scheduling of Coastal Cup Practices

Sunday 4/21 – Day Sail

Saturday 4/27 – SFYC Anniversary Cup

Sunday 5/5 – Practice Sail

Saturday 5/18 – Practice Sail

Friday 5/24 – Sunday 5/26 Spinnaker Cup

Saturday 6/1 – OYRA Duxship Race

Saturday 6/8 – Coastal Cup Practice (or Delta Ditch Run)

Wednesday 6/12 – Friday June 15 Coastal Cup


Here we go again

April 15th, 2013

To-Do for Coastal Cup and Spinnaker Cup 2013


  • 2013 PHRF Cert
  • Register Coastal Cup (by May 17)
  • Submit Crew List Coastal Cup
  • Submit So Cal PHRF for adjustment
  • Register Duxship
  • Submit Crew List Duxship
  • Rent Sat Phone Coastal Cup
  • Reserve MDR Slip
  • Double-check insurance coverage area
  • Delivery skipper

Boat Work

  • Pedestal Guard
  • Remount Wall-ee
  • Mount Helm Compass
  • Replace VHF
  • Register / Mount new EPIRB
  • Running rigging
  • Install AIS
  • Double-check flare expiration date
  • 2x 2 gallon buckets with tether
  • Paper NOAA charts appropriate for the race area. For Gulf of the Farallones races at a minimum this includes 18649 and 18645.

Shana in the Pac Cup

July 20th, 2012

Our intrepid bow-woman and all around chief Sancho Shana is sailing the 2012 Pacific Cup aboard Bequia, a Beneteau 411 out of Richmond YC.

As she put it “I finally get my own Hawaii race”.

Good luck and strong winds, Bagley. Give ’em hell Shanti style.

Shana Pac Cup 2012

Kaneohe or bust!

Cancelled Coastal Cup

June 6th, 2012

Brief update. Decided to DNF our Coastal Cup. Not enough total time offshore under spinnaker at night  for a good and safe time to be had by all.

Hey, next year it’s to Catalina!

Spinnaker Cup

May 30th, 2012

We raced the the Spinnaker Cup from SF Bay to Monterey. Classic West Coast offshore race that I’ve never done before. A couple new crew (thanks Jonathan, Marcus) and a bunch of old Shanti / Quixote hands (Bagley, John Saul, and Garth).

Totally dead at the start, followed by the usual flukey wind up through Yellow Bluff, honking out the gate with incredible flood current, blowing 27-30 minimum out the shipping channel to Buoy #6, left turn to a close reach, and spinnaker up off Pt. Montara.

Finished around 1AM for a total time of 13 hours 45 minutes, beating Bequia over the line by 90 seconds under a tight spinnaker reach (in the middle of the night through Monterey Harbor).

Second across the line and corrected down to 6th.  Results here.

Trip back was smooth, autopilot on and motored up the coast about 2 miles off the beach the whole way. Left at 6PM, docked in Sausalito about 10AM for a frosty beverage.

Quixote Spinnaker Cup

Tacking up to the North Tower