Solo sailing with Gryphon Solo 2

Joe Harris is closing on his first week at sea on his quest to circumnavigate inside 137 days. He has said he needs to average 8.0 kts on his trip to beat this record. Based on my calculations from his position relative to Newport, he has sailed 1981 miles over 160 hours roughly so averaging a bit over 10 kts over roughly 160 hours.

Joe Harris walking aft on GS 2 at his departure last Sunday 15 November 15

Joe Harris walking aft on GS 2 at his departure last Sunday 15 November 15

The last couple of days he has managed to get a few pictures off the boat and sent an update indicating a new speed record for GS2, 24.5 kts. Building up a time buffer when you can is always a good idea.…

This is the inside of a Class 40. Not Joe's but they are all basically very similar. In this image, you see the "chart" table across the top of the "galley". Lap of luxury they are not but they are great boats to be at sea on, especially for this kind of voyage.

This is the inside of a Class 40. Not Joe’s but they are all basically very similar. In this image, you see the “chart” table across the top of the “galley”. Lap of luxury they are not but they are great boats to be at sea on, especially for this kind of voyage.

Below is a cut and paste of his update from Thursday afternoon.

Hello Friends-

It continues to be wet and woolly out here in the North Atlantic as the Northeast wind from 20-45 knots continued unabated. Squally, rainy, gusty conditions prevail, as we navigate around a low-pressure system just to the East.

Last night it really blew hard- but I had prepared well and had three reefs in the Mainsail and the ORC#4 heavy weather jib and we were able to withstand even the gusts up to 46 knots without a problem.

(What is not mentioned here is the loud racket aboard the boat in these conditions. The noise of the wind whistling around the rigging, the waves landing on deck and the swoosh as the boat speeds thru the water.–Coop

This is a blow I was on a while ago. This is NOT Gryphon Solo 2. It is blowing about 50 with higher gusts in this picture. We were bringing this 50 foot boat from HI to SFO.

This is a blow I was on a while ago. This is NOT Gryphon Solo 2. This is intended to give a sense of what 45 knots looks like. It is blowing about 50 with higher gusts in this picture. We were bringing this 50 foot boat from HI to SFO–this is in the North Pacific in August I think.

With confidence in my sail plan, I was able to get some pretty good sleep, which is really important for continued good reasoning and functionality. I am also eating more now that my body has grown accustomed to the motion of the boat, and had a great Beef Stroganoff freeze dried meal before going to sleep last night. This morning it was a delicious Apple Crisp (apples, cinnamon and granola) for breakfast and I am feeling pretty good. I am also taking these Juice Plus vitamins that my friend Cyndee Novitch got me just before departure that are meant to replace all the fresh fruits and vegetables I was not able to bring along. Should be a pretty good balanced diet once I get settled in.

A ascreen shot of the Yellow Brick Tracker aboard Gryphon Solo 2

A screen shot of the Yellow Brick Tracker aboard Gryphon Solo 2 time stamed 1600 EST 20- 11-15. He is roughly 48 miles SE of Bermuda and 1870 miles SE of Newport

So the short-term weather is another two days of the heavy stuff and then a few days of light stuff before breaking through into the Southeast trade winds which, looking longer term, will propel me down towards our Leg One waypoint at 10N x 35W, just north of the equator.

Weather map by Predict Wind for Gryphon Solo 2's position, 28n x 56 w roughly for 0000z Froday evening 201115

Weather map by Predict Wind for Gryphon Solo 2’s position, 28n x 56 w roughly for 0000z Friday evening 20-11-15. He is basically at the southern tip of the green area in the upper left of the map.

This will set me up for the passage though the Doldrums and then out into the South Atlantic trade winds. That is the Ken Campbell/ Commanders Weather plan as adopted by yours truly and I am excited to have gotten off to a good start and my hope is to get to that first waypoint in less than the 15 -17 days we had estimated for Leg One of the 10 Leg RTW journey. I show 1,862 miles to go- which at 8 knots would be about 10 days- so fingers crossed I am able to keep up the speed.

GryphonSolo2 is holding up well to the pounding. I am experiencing some problems with the water maker that seems to have some air in its system, and is producing fresh water only very anemically and not close to its specified 1.5 Gallons per hour. However, I may need to wait for more settled conditions to really address it.

Screen shot from theYellow BRick tracker showing Gryphoin Solo 2's metrics at 1600 EST 20-11-15

Screen shot from theYellow BRick tracker showing Gryphoin Solo 2’s metrics at 1600 EST 20-11-15

So that is the Day 4 report- hopefully the level of drama will decline as the weather chills out and I settle into onboard routines. I was able to (painfully) send the first photo back yesterday and will attempt to send more.

Happy 9th birthday to my daughter Sophie Grace- a big day for my special girl- (Just think on this too for a minute.) Coop

Love to all-

Joe

 

(and the other Joe-Coop…)

Safety At Sea Seminar, at Mystic

This is from WindCheck Magazine

Cooper Comments: This day is worth the money just to hear Henry Marx, owner of Landfall. Not only does he know his stuff but he uses it, he he tests it, knows the differences to the finest degree between two or more competing products and more importantly will tell you if he things you are heading in the wrong direction. And he will be right.

Landfall, the nation’s leading marine outfitter and safety expert, announced today they will be offering the US Sailing certified, Near Coastal Safety@ Sea seminar at Mystic Seaport on Saturday, February 8th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The hands-on seminar provides both novice and experienced mariners with the skills and information needed to safely navigate coastal waters from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine.

Topics covered during the seminar include:

➢ Lessons Learned to Prevent Disaster
➢ Damage Control
➢ Emergency Pumps and Steering
➢ Crew Overboard and Rescue Procedures (including PFDs, flares and distress calls)
➢ Medical Care and Prevention
➢ Handling Heavy Weather, Life Raft, and Other Demonstrations.

The event will be moderated by renowned sailor and instructor, Captain Henry Marx, the owner and President of Landfall Navigation, who has more than 40 years of sailing experience on both coasts of the United States, the North Sea and the Caribbean. Joining Captain Marx is a panel of experts in their particular fields, including Will Keene, President, Edson Marine; Capt. Mark Bolonga, Lead Marine Safety Equipment Specialist, Landfall; Dr. Michael Jacobs, also known as ‘The SailDoc’ has a private practice on Martha’s Vineyard and regularly speaks on shipboard medicine at offshore sailing courses; and Ralph Naranjo, Electronics Editor, SAIL Magazine.

“Many boating enthusiasts don’t realize that 95 percent of boating accidents happen less than 3 miles from shore,” stated Capt. Marx. “This seminar is designed for local boaters, sailors and cruisers and is conducted by sailors and experts in their fields. Upon completion, all attendees will earn an Official Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from US Sailing.”

The Near Coastal Safety@Sea seminar is being held Saturday, February 8th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m at The River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant at the Mystic Seaport. For more information on the event visit: http://www.landfallnavigation.com/sasmystic.html. To register, visit: http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/safety-at-sea-seminar/. Cost of the seminar is $125 through January 23, and $150 from January 24 to February 1. Mystic Seaport members receive a $25 discount. Registrations must be made by February 1. The seminar fee includes morning coffee, a buffet lunch, and the seminar.

Offering unparalleled experience and in-depth product knowledge, Landfall has been the leader in marine safety since 1982. For more than 30 years, Landfall has been supplying sailors, boaters and fishers with the gear they need to arrive alive. Through the Marine Training Center (www.marinetrainingcenter.com), Landfall offers a comprehensive curriculum of additional classroom courses for recreational and professional mariners on topics of boating and seamanship. For more information, visit www.marinetrainingcenter.com, or call 1-203-487-0775 x21.

About Landfall

Landfall, formerly Landfall Navigation and The Dinghy Locker, is the nation’s leading specialist in offshore, inshore and sport-boat outfitting, navigation and marine safety. The company’s retail store, website and catalog offer a broad selection of gear from leading marine suppliers. Through the Marine Training Center (www.marinetrainingcenter.com), Landfall offers a comprehensive curriculum of classroom courses for recreational and professional mariners on topics of boating and seamanship. For more information, visit Landfallnav.com, or call 1-800- 941-2219.

Solo Sailing technology-Vs. America’s Cup

The various technologies used in the America’s Cup, from Aluminium spars to synthetic cordage to plastic sails-Let alone 40 knot foiling cat’s, often leads commentators to remark that the trickle down technology is good for the average yachtsman.

Well, is it really?

Consider my monthly column for May in Wind Check Magazine

Larry’s Big Cats are a great look, but about as close to the average everyday sailor as a Le Mans car is to a Honda Civic.

Vendee Globe: Macif ROI

With due recognition to the original report, Le Figaro paper in France, and without their authorization the following is a cut and paste of a translation from their website this morning. Translation was done by an on line gizmo, hence the odd grammar and syntax. Anyway it is better than my doing the translation….

In sum it reads to me as though in media “Hits” (total coverage?) the race itself has generated nearly 57,000 hits. Macif , a large French Insurance Co. is going to get the lions share of the Media coverage with pretty big multiples of its investment (e7.5) in the media coverage of THE race itself. The story reports that the ’12 Olympics recorded only 48,000 “Benefits” (Hits?-Presumably this is in France only.

BEGIN:

Saturday January 26, 2013 at 08: 00

Key words: Vendée Globe , Banque Populaire , Macif

By Figaro boating

The insurance group has invested € 7.5 million over 4 years to win the biggest event in racing in France.

Never the Vendée Globe will have received media coverage as beautiful. A godsend for sponsors, Macif, who should win the best share of the cake. “Vendée Globe is an event apart, which enjoys a very high media exposure, explains Virgil Caillet, Director of KantarSport. The departure had never also publicized. The race is better than in 2008 because the TV landscape has evolved, and cameras to enhance the interest. It is a race that we want to follow.

Indeed, the departure has received coverage up 68% from the previous edition, which is due to increased TV coverage, linked to the arrival of new channels. The latest edition of the Vendée Globe had registered 56.738 benefits, including subject 16.272 TV subject 18.042 radio and 22.424 articles in the print media, to deliver advertising 144 M€. By way of comparison, London Olympics have generated 48.000 benefits, all media confused on one month. “There has been a relatively quiet Vendée Globe, with enormous pressure initially and aborts initially. Then, the pattern of race settled, with a duel between the first two. There has not been dramatic event as in the previous edition, which generates a lot of benefits and an immediate media impact. Should also have a media weight for two weeks. “The Pack behind is very tight, it created the suspense”, he says.
A costly but effective sponsorship

“This kind of race brings two main things to the sponsors: high media exposure and a strong recovery.” This allows the brands to develop their memory. It is a costly but effective, additional sponsorship to advertising. Memorization is stronger in moments of emotion than as part of an advertising campaign.

“With the sail, it is a positive theme of courage, innovation, self-transcendence, which is not the case of all sports. If the benefits of Macif, which has invested 7.5 M€ in four years, are not yet known, they should be higher than those of Foncia, winner in 2009. The sponsor of Michel Desjoyeaux had seen its memorization rate advance from 49 to 68% for a valuation of 12.9 M€ only on the race. (My highlights)

Enhancement of Veolia, 2nd, had exceeded the 6 M€. Mid-January, Macif had registered 20,000 benefits for 250 daily impact all media alike, against 18 to 19,000 for Banque Populaire. “There is always a bonus to the winner, even though Banque Populaire should have good impact as Armel Le Cléac ‘ h has long been at the top.” The difference is always upon arrival”, adds Virgil c p.

Macif and Banque Populaire should hit the jackpot, other sponsors, who had much less substantial budgets, should also make their own. “The world does not start to win. Some skippers are developing strategies to enable their sponsors benefit from a great visibility. This is the case of Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiative-heart), which was staged in videos, or ink, Allesandro di Benedetto (Team plastic), said Virgil c p. This kind of communication strategy that is taking place in the heart of the race there was no or little before. The media focus on the facts of race or dramas. Need to find a way to exist otherwise “. The disqualification of Bernard Stamm, who has caused much ink, should Meanwhile allow Cheminées Poujoulat recording beautiful benefits nevertheless.