Spinnaker Cup to-do

May 7th, 2012
  1. Renew PHRF
  2. Register
  3. Fax float plan to 415-366-1483 BY 1800 HRS ON 4/23/12
  4. PHRF certificate to SFYC race office
  5. Reserve slip in Monterey

Coastal Cup To-Do

April 25th, 2012
  1. Rent Sat Phone 
  2. Liability & Crew Information Form
  3. Register for race
  4. Safety at Sea Seminar – Cal Maritime
  5. Submit color digital photo of boat under sail
  6. Fax PHRF certificate to Encinal
  7. Fax proof of insurance to Encinal

Summer Sailing Schedule

April 25th, 2012

Finally getting the summer schedule in shape. Looks like a good season with two classic offshore overnight Pacific races and the practices and prep needed to have a good–and safe–time.

  1. MOB/Gear practice day (April 28)
  2. Ocean practice day (May 19)
  3. Spinnaker Cup (May 25-27)
  4. Shakedown practice day (June 8 or 9 or 10 )
  5. Coastal Cup (June 14-18)

Charlotte (and Teddy) drive

October 29th, 2011

Leukemia Cup 2011

October 21st, 2011

We raced the Leukemia Cup (for the 3rd time in a row, I think).

Quixote at speed

Shana at the bow

Quixote charging the line

Sponsored by Dale's as usual

Dave drives home


Message from 2012 SHTP

August 19th, 2011

From the SSS bulletin board:

Hello future 2012 SHTP Skippers

It is my intention to start the race on June 30th, 2012.

Slack is at 10:56am
Max ebb is .7 kts at 1:14pm.

Not a huge ebb, but better than a flood! I do believe we will push back the start to 12noon, with class divisions starting every 10 minutes after.

Much more to follow, but all I can say now is Tree Time!!!!

AJ Goldman
Chair, 2012 SHTP

Quixote first bay sail

August 7th, 2011

First SF bay sail of S/V Quixote. Brian and Bambi, Kevin D and Elizabeth D, Betsy and Mel, and of course Heather and CBug. Eli brought a nice bottle of Roederer to toast and casually christen.

Up to the gate reaching, outside to bash a few ocean swells, gybe, gybe, gybe, grab a mooring ball for beers and lunch at Alaya cove, back in time for dinner.


Jon and Brian

Mid Bay

Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Backing down to mooring

all pictures (c) Bambi


Home safe and (mostly) sound

August 1st, 2011

Quixote was delivered by water from San Diego to Sausalito by Capt. Arnstein Mustad, departing July 27 and arriving July 31, 2011, stopping for fuel in Oxnard and Morro Bay. I’d give an positive and unqualified recommendation to anyone to use Arnstein for a boat delivery. He was very professional and clearly very experienced.

Distance overwater: 460 NM
Time underway: 77 hours 30 minutes
Avg. Speed: 5.9 kts
Total Fuel Consumed: 64 Gallons
Average burn: 0.8 phg @ 2800 RPM

There were a few hicups in the delivery which made me really glad to have a top tier crew handling the boat. Most significantly, the injector pump in our Yanmar 3GM30 failed a couple hours north of San Diego. Arnstein sailed her back into the slip, arriving around 10 PM, met the diesel mechanic aboard the next morning, project managed the part replacement, and departed again that same night.

Another unqualified recommendation and thank-you to PacWest Marine in San Diego. They sent a mechanic out at 8 AM and had the job done by the afternoon. Awesome.

Anyone who read my “nightmare is over” posts concerning the delivery of our last boat from Hawaii to San Francisco via Long Beach would probably guess I’d use different vendors and methods this time.

I got a few quotes for both overland and overwater delivery, including listing the shipment on uShip. The costs for overland delivery, from a reputable and well-insured hauler with an appropriate truck/trailer combination, were significantly higher than over-water. In addition, the “boatyard on both ends” factor adds another couple thousand dollars at a minimum.

Overall, a very smooth experience. Thanks again to Arnstein.

Chartplotter and AIS

June 26th, 2011

Quixote is really a turnkey sailing machine. Several things I would have done for offshore or cruising–like AGM house batteries and a smart charger–are already completed.

The one think I want to do before the delivery is add a better chartplotter with AIS capability. In my opinion, this is poor man’s radar and a “must have” for sailing in/near the shipping lanes.

Although I’m brand-partial to Simrad, I’m leaning toward putting a Garmin 740 at the helm station. The touch screen gives the best ratio of screen real estate to unit size. Plus it has a built-in antenna and a good built-in basemap. For traffic detection, the Garmin AIS class B tranceiver is proably the best bet. Since it includes a built-in VHF antenna splitter, it’s not horribly more expensive than the ACR or West Marine models.

GPS 740: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=37721

AIS 600: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=63743

Probably this locks me into a Garmin radar in the future, if that ever comes to pass. On the other hand, for the type of sailing we do, I’m not sure my (slight) brand preference for Simrad or Furuno matters. Or, to be honest, whether we’ll ever need radar on this boat at all…

Welcome Quixote

June 24th, 2011

The “check is in the mail”. Or in this case, the slightly palm moistening wire transfer to the marine title company is complete.

Looks like Heather and cbug and I are on the water again. Welcome Quixote.

Quixote bow

Quixote cockpit

Quixote deck

Quixote galley

Quixote nav