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25 May - Frank Bohlen has provided the second Gulf Stream Brief leading up to the start 2 June.

30 April - The calendar now includes the Social activites.

26 April - Frank Bohlen, our Gulf Stream expert, is offering a course on the Gulf on 13 May.  See the brochure.

Potentioal 2017 skippers: The following people have stated that they expect to race in 2017: Dan Alonso, Murray Beach, Clay Burkhalter on J Hawk a J/133 (his uncle Rod Johnstone return crew), Jack Clayton on Melantho 2 a Cal 33-2, Marcus Cochran on a mini 547, Murray Danforth, Brian Gray on his mini Trouble No Trouble, Bob Green, Roy Greenwald, Peter Haydon, Philip Haydon on his Catalina 350 Prairie Gold, Mike Hebert on his C&C 1221 Pointe Blank and return crew Marcos Tonndorf, Michael Hennessey (are the Class 40s back?), Vernon Hultzer on his mini Team Wichard, Eric Johnson, Gerry Leger, Tony Leigh on his mini 806, James Linsley on Convergence, Rick McCally, Peter McCrea, Louis Meyer, Michael Millard, Rob Mills on Jay Sharkey's mini, Tristan Mouligne on a Class 40 Tooth Face and Mike Dreese return crew, Stanley Paris on his newe 53 footer, Ray Renaud, Rick Rohrer on Rocinante a J/109, Michael Schum on his new to him boat In Concert a Saga 409, Roger Shepley on his Omega 42 SV Seriana, Dan Stadtlander, Noel Sterett on his J/130 Solarus, Gust Stringos, David Tabor, Chris Terajewicz on his Morris Justine (another one) Corvus, Mac Turner, John Van Slyke, Sandy Van Zandt, Frédéric Waniart on SUPER ARLEQUIN 29 MOD RFA Maeva.

Successful Qualifiers: Roger Shepley on SV Seriana an Omega 42, Chris Terajewicz on Corvus a Morris Justine 36, Mike Hebert on Pointe Blank a C&C 121, Rick Rohrer on Rocinante a J/109, Philip Haydon on his Catalina 350 Prairie Gold, Paul Grimes on Breakaway a J35, Clay Burkhalter on a J/133 J Hawk, Justin Wolfe on Spadefoot, Jason Seibert on Concussion, Stephen Gay on Barcanova a Sun Fast 3200, Marcus Cochran on Pocket Rocket, Tristan Mouligne on Toothface 2.

12 March - Pictures from teh 4 March Forum/Shore Party are now displyed in the Photo Gallery for 2017.

4 March - 40 people participated in the Skipper's Forum/Shore Party.  Several people that haven't registered yet said they plan on registering real soon now.  Frank Bohlen gave a wonderful brief on the Gulf Stream and stressed the importance of starting to look at the stream at least in May and maybe even April.  Frank will again provide me a list of links to evaluate the Gulf Stream and I will post it.  I gave info with respect to the race.  At the moment we have 27 boats registered and of them 5 are family boats and 12 are new skippers!  Wonderful food was again provided by Caryn Cummings with support from Jody Sullivan and Donna Bouressa.  I will post pictures in the Photo Gallery from Bill Shea who was taking pictures during the event.

4 February - The March newsletter is now posted.

2 January - Registration is now available online in the menu area on the left.  And the applications start coming in.  Three signed up today; two new and one returnee!

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25 December - Stu Heywood passes at 81 on this date.

25 November - The Notice of Race and Calendar have been posted.  Registration opens 1 January.

15 November - About 70 people participated in the Skippers' Forum/Reunion/Gam!  It was truly wonderful to see all come out; see faces we haven't seen in a while.  People came as far away as Wyoming, Maine, Connecticut, Annapolis, DC, New York.  Skipper's Representative Tristan Mouligne led the introductions but due to the volume of people we only had those planning on doing the race next year introduce themselves. Names that were not included above have been added.  Will Keene from Edson gave a talk on boat offshore preparation.  Joe Cooper was present  for Hood and gave his 90 second talk (both Edson and Hood are some of our sponsors).  I discussed some specifics for the race:  Online Registraion goes online 1 January, 4 March is the next Skippers' Forum/Party.  For the NOR which hopefully comes out at the end of November the following changes have been made: ISAF OSR changed to US SER, an electric flare has been developed and will be allowed and the inflatable Dan Buoy is approved to replace the MOM.  We are working on replacing some of the perpetual trophies due to wear.  After this we spent a couple of hours gabbing, eating and drinking.  A well attended reunion.  See pictures of the event by Bill Shea.

3 October - The October Newsletter is now posted.

1 August - Derek Hatfield, a Canadian skipper who raced in the 1995 Bermuda One-Two, has passed away at the end of July.

31 July - Both the Offshore 160 and New England Solo/Twin races have been held with several past B12 skippers participating and several potential new B12 skippers participating.  Seven boats raced in the Offshore 160 with 5 finishing.  27 boats started the New England Solo/Twin and 20 finished.  Go to Offshore to see results and notes.

18 February - The 2016 March Newsletter is now posted.

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7 November - The Skippers' Party was held at the Newport Yacht Club.  Joe Harris had a send off party at his boat expecting to leave on a around the world record attempt later this week.  Several people went to both events.  We had about 30 people attend; lost count because people kept coming in during Michael Hennessy's brief.  Michael briefed us on his preparation for the transatlantic race and during the race which was very interesting.  Michael Dreese was also present and was able to provide other insight since he also raced in that race.  Afterwards we had plenty of food by Caryn Cummings and Jody Sullivan.

14 October - The October newsletter was emailed out today and is posted in the website.

14 July - Announcing the dates for the 2017 Bermuda One-Two Race.  The single handed leg to Bermuda will be 2 June 2017 and the return double handed leg will be on 15 June. 

27 June - Awards was held at the Newport Yacht Club with about 60 people attending including Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and Commodore Stewart Abramson.  It was wonderful to see all the people and the comradery.

26 June 1700 - Final double handed and combined results are posted.

26 June 0054 - Nimros finished!  Last boat in!

25 June 3 finishers within 24 minutes of each other. Just Doug on Nimros is left (again :) ).
1544 806 finished!
1533 Windswept finished!
1520 Carina finished!

25 June 1400 - Windswept emailed "17 miles to go. I am right on course. I have the code 0 asymetrical flying!  You will never guess who I see about two miles ahead! I can spot those boats miles away after all these years of playing tag with Peter!  Of course you know who it is. You can see the trackers!" Carina

25 June 1300 - Windswept emailed "It feels as though the South Westerlies are filling in.  I have 22 nm to go and I am headed more or less in the right direction!  The computer now says I should be in by five tonight.

25 June 0800 - Windswept emailed "Last night started with a clean course to Newport, the boat doing 6-7 knots through the water, and about 70 miles to go. It was a clear night, the stars were bright, and there was enough of a moon to see the porpoises frolicking in the bow wave. Sounds pretty idyllic right!  Well, the wind started clocking ever so slowly, but by 2:00 AM it was evident I was not going to clear No Man's Land. the night degenerated into a fickle wind that ranged from just south of west to north east. There was always plenty of it to keep the boat moving fast, but at the end of each tack, it seemed to shift just enough to wipe out any gain that tack might have achieved.  So here we are, still 30 miles from Newport, with the wind now fairly stable at NNW, having lightened up to about 6 kts. I am making about 3.5 Kts. with a VMG of about 1.8 Kts. Mr. computer is now predicting about 10 hours to go.  The NWS is forecasting strong southwesteries for this afternoon. I hope they are right!  While I was writing this, I managed to boil over my chicken noodle soup, completely covering the stove. Sigh, at least I will have something to do after breakfast!"  Is Rick trying to compete with Mike Hennessy?

25 June 0715 - Draft double handed and combined results are posted.
Carina called in.  The finish looked in sight then the wind shifted and dropped.   Wind now NW about 6 kts.  His finish now projected to be about 3:30pm!

25 June 0400 - Windswept emailed "Well, the wind shifted to the NW again, so I had to take a long tack out into RI Sound.  Got tangled up (figuratively) with a trawler. Those guys can be real jerks! I guess they are just bored and torture sailboats as a sport.  42 miles to go."  Think Rick is counting down the miles to go?

25 June 0218 Trifion finished!  Engine wouldn't work, again, so they had to sail up to the yacht club.

24 June 2000 - Windswept emailed "I just got clear of the last of the friggin tidal currents in the Nantucket Shoals. Davis shoals, I think that was where the Offshore 160 used to turn until they took away the buoy!  I f the wind holds (like it hasn't for the past four nights), it is a straight shot to Newport from here. I am doing 6-7 kts. through the water. I have 70 miles to go. You might see me by daybreak. This might be my last report for two years!  If I decide to head straight back to Barrington, what is the deal with customs? I bought the sticker. Do I just call someone. There were many years that I just went home and didn't say anything!  See you tomorrow???
Carina called; nice weather winds 10 kts out of the NW.  Haven't heard from anyone.  Even though they are near Windswept and Nimros!

24 June 1407 - Halcyon finished!
24 June 1341 - Strummer
24 June 1122 - Tyche

24 June 0940 - Windswept emailed "I am about 107 miles from Newport.  Yesterday, I made great progress until about 9:00 PM when the winds increased to 28-35 kts and clocked around from the SW to the NW. They are now blowing directly from Newport!  First, I rolled up the big racing genoa and put up the #4 jib on the inner forestay. I also put the first reef in the main.  I ended up dropping the mainsail completely and sailing with just the #4 jib. Every now and then, a large wave would break over the boat and spin it around, freaking out the autopilot. so I would have to go up on deck and get soaked straightening things out.  Then the engine kept shutting off because there is so little fuel left in the tank that with the boat heeled over, the intake was sucking air. I finally hove to for an hour to charge the batteries. I have a spare five gallons of diesel deep in the cockpit locker, but I wasn't going to mess with that last night. I would have gotten gallons of salt water into the main tank.  Around 3:00 AM the water temperature dropped from 79 degrees to 63 degrees over the course of a mile, so I guess I am finally clear of the warm core eddy I have been riding for a day or so.  Because of the wind shift, I am now well off course. I am headed for Nantucket shoals and the main NY shipping lanes. As soon as I clear the lanes, I plan to tack over onto starboard to head back to the rhumb line.  I am running with a single reefed main and the #4 jib. after I send this, I plan to go to the full main and the big genoa. the winds are down to 15 kts, but there is still a nasty wave pattern that requires quite a lot of power to muscle through. I seem to have a foul current of about 2 kts that has my speed over the ground down to a dismal 3.5 - 4 kts.  I went up on deck this morning tired, cranky, cold, and generally pissed off and witnessed one of the best dauphin shows ever! There must have been 20 or 30. They came right up to the boat and tail danced! That really cheered me up.  They were also playing around with half a dozen birds (shearwaters ?) that have been following me since Bermuda. The birds would land in the water, and the dauphins would leap out on all sides of them. The birds seemed to go along with it 'cause all they had to do was fly away, but they kept landing close by and pretending to be all annoyed off when they got showered!  The weather forecast is for "light and variable winds" so I am not exactly sure when I will be in.  This is turning into an epic, or perhaps more of a saga!Rick out did himself this time. Must have a lot of time on his hands.

24 June 0728 - Dianthus finished!

24 June 0301 - Mirari finished!

24 June 0059 - Bluebird finished!
Mirari called in to say they are 4 nm out however dead in the water; no wind.

24 June 0034 - Team Wichard finished!

24 June 0000 - Scallywag called to say they are withdrawing and have started there motor and will be pulling into Newport.

23 June 2237 - Dianthus emailed "Dianthus is standing off shore due to the severe storm. Anticipate a 3-4 am finish. David"
Mirari InReach "wind died so it looks like another long one".
Kontradiction called; was low on fuel so he pulled into Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard for the night. They are safe and all bundled up in a slip for the night.

23 June 2100 - Pogo Loco safe at the dock.  They had no electrical power on the boat due to the wetness within the boat.  Quite the light show.  The boats south of us must be getting hit with rain, wind and lightning; my sympathies.

23 June 1800 - Team Wichard emailed "We are 17 miles from the finish and beyond ready to be finished! All is well on board. We just heard from Scallywag and they are about 6 miles behind us, we look forward to seeing them at the dock.  No response from Pogo Loco.  See you soon!
Windswept emailed "I am back to a single reefed main and the #4 jib on the inner forestay. It is gusting to 32 kts. from the SSW. I have been riding a warm core eddy all day long making up to 11.5 kts. over the bottom at times. The water temperature is about 80 degrees. I figure I will loose this push when I hit the continental shelf in about 30 miles. I am about 155 miles from the finish. My computer predicts I will be there in twenty hours if the current conditions persist. However, we both know that there is very little chance that they will! So expect me when you see me!

23 June 1750 Pogo Loco called.  12 nm out 13 kts wind.  Boat is sopping wet.

23 June 1442 Cordelia finished.  Gail is the navigator and thus does all the navigating on this leg.  However! Gail gave Roy one task back in Bermuda to put R2, the finish mark at the entrance to the Narragansett Bay, into the chart plotter. While they were going up the "bay" Roy2 (who had been sailing Narragansett Bay his whole life I might add) suddenly asked where the Newport Bridge was and instantly realized what happened.  He had put R2 off of Sakonet Point into the chart plotter vice R2 at the entrance to the Narragansett Bay and had not finished yet thus the excursion up the Sakonet River.  The one task Roy2 did for navigation!  A big oops! A first for the Bermuda One-Two!

23 June 1428 Island Girl finished! With Cordelia hot on her heels.

23 June 1300 Mirari InReach "Lost the Asym spin halyard. Recovered the sail in record time. Sailing on full main, full genny, full mizzen. Gooseneck completely severed but lashings are holding boom to mast, not pretty but it's working. Barreling along at 7.5 on straigh track to newport. 78"

23 June 0823 - Aggressive finished!

23 June 0722 - Meridian finished! Said there was a little bit of everything in this leg but glad to be finished!

23 June 0700 - Cordelia called in with wonderful stories.  When the wind died yesterday morning there was about .5 kts of current taking him away from the finish so he dropped his anchor in about 150' of water; he had to add extra line.  Figures it saved him 1 hour in time.  Then when the breeze started to overcome the current he had to wait for the wind to set him into a position that he could put up a sail. Decided to put up an old asym without the main so it wouldn't be obstructed.  Got going and eventually the asym blew up into two triangles; one on the deck and water and the other still up.  Said it was pretty easy to bring in.  Great story!
Mirari InReach "Doused the main because of the broken gooseneck, sailing under Asym and mizzen. Doing Good. Hope the wind holds. Yep magic stick is making up for lack of main sail. Actually sailing just fine without it. We can still put up main if required."
Tyche InReach "All's well. See you soon." A boat of many words!
Team Wichard All good on board Team Wichard. No contact with Pogo Loco or 806. I heard via radio, that Kontradiction, is taking on water, and has retired. I see him behind me on AIS, he is heading for Long Island Sound.
Windswept emailed "No wind last night. I was able to get into a large warm core eddy, so I did make about 1.5 kts towards Newport for most of the evening. It is a very large eddy, so I hope I get wind today or I will ride this sucker right around and back towards Bermuda! The forecast is for strong SSW winds today. I am starting to see a little action from the south. I am actually sailing again at about 2 Kts. added to the eddy is giving me about four towards home.  My navigation software (Coastal Explorer) developed a very weird and annoying glitch last night. For some reason, it now sees my own AIS signature as an immanent threat! I am being constantly warned that a collision with myself is immanent and indeed has already occurred. There seems to be no way to silence the alarm. So I have the choice between having an alarm beep every two to five seconds (random timing), or turning off my AIS broadcast, or turning off my navigation software.  I tried and failed to raise Scallywag II this morning. I was a bit after 7:00 AM.  The weather for the next three or four days promises to be very complex according to the latest offshore forecast. No one wind pattern is likely to last more than about 12 hours.  Maybe I will try my hand at fishing. It will have to be casting or jigging, because it certainly won't be trolling at this rate!

23 June 0213 - Samba finished!

22 June 2000 - Carina called that winds are 16-18 W with seas moderating; actually fairly nice.
Team Wichard emailed "A quiet day in comparrison, figthing current. Finilly out of the Gulf Stream, and heading for Newport. Damage assessment on board Team Wichard, following last nights storm: Torn Mainsail, Cracked starboard rudder.  All else is good.  No contact with Pogo Loco or 806"
Windswept emailed "Well, I am clear of the Gulf Stream. I also sailed out of the nice SW winds that got me this far and into a NNW breeze. So at this time, I am headed for New Hampshire. The Southwesterlies should return tomorrow.  I hope to be in late on Wednesday.  I had a brief chat with Scallywag II on SSB. It was a very scratchy connection, but it sounded like Bob was about 150 miles from Newport.

22 June 1803 - Flight Risk finished!  3rd boat.
Take a look at the confused boats.  Looks like a bunch of boats are stuck in the Gulf Stream with very little wind; pointing in all directions and little speed.

22 June 1100 - Mirari emailed "today is a better day, now if we could just get the wind to shift more W or better yet SW it would be a nice final sleigh ride home. BTW, we released the 12 swordfish we had hooked up like Santa's reindeer because they refused to pull us to Newport. Something about a union contract."

22 June 1040 - Flying Turtle finished!
22 June 0744 - Resolute
is the first boat to finish the 2nd leg!

22 June 0800 - Cordelia called.  Only talked to Aggressive.  12-15 kts out of the West.  Can't lay Newport.  Had minor problem with genoa, slow tack resulted in lazy sheet getting all balled up.  Had to attach another line to it to untangle it and in the meantime the life line sort of broke but was able to fix it.  The 20-30 kts died down around 4 am.  Long night.
Flight Risk a very tired sounding John called in.  Tough night.  No contact with anyone for the past 2 days.  Heard Meridian talking to Dianthus though. 8kts out of the West about 70 nm to finish.
Carina called in. OK, 6' seas winds 16 kts to West, worst conditions have died down.  No VHF contact."
Scallywag emailed "We are out of the "hunker down" mode and finally raising a few sails to make tracks for the finish line. All is well. Nothing heard on VHF this morning. Heard Windswept on the SSB and he seems to be moving along nicely. "Bill" won't be bothering him."
Kontradiction called.  They had some excitement during the night.  The boat started filling up with salty water.  They finally found that a sea cock was letting water in.  They fixed it and pumped it out.  Very happy Mike Stevens was with him.  Still around 20 kts of wind out of the North.
Team Wichard email "all is good on team wichard, very bumpy seas hoping to be finally out of this soon havent heard from the others hope all boats are ok"
Windswept email "Well, I'm in the belly of the beast for sure! I entered the Gulf Stream at around 02:00 this morning. The true wind is 28-35 from the west. The water temperature ranges from 83 to 85 degrees with the air temperature a couple of degrees lower. I am being heavily set in a NE direction. I am sailing under stay sail and double reefed main at an apparent wind angle of about 60 degrees. My speed through the water is 6.5 to 7.8 Kts. My speed over the ground is a disappointing 3.0 to 4.5 kts. It will probably take most of the day to get through the stream. The wave conditions are about what you would expect if you set your washing machine on the "heavy soil" setting. I have never seen my decks so clean! I spoke to Scallywag II on SSB. Bob reports all is well aboard, but that it is slow going. He also mentioned that he overheard part of a radio transmission between a cargo ship and a B1-2 racer, name unknown. The racer reported being hove to under storm jib and drogue.  I show that I have about 300 miles to go.
Nimros Barbara emailed in that "Doug called me this morning to let me know that he and Nimros are okay. Due to the rough conditions last night, he was not able to call in.
Bluebird emailed "Bluebird back in action after a bad night"

22 June 0540 - Mirari InReach "I'm sure others are having equally horrible conditions. Dianthus was laying to a drogue and storm sail. We have slowed down but still moving."
Dianthus emailed "0510 mon. Just re hoisted main, recovered drogue, resumed racing"
Tyche InReach "All's well but rough seas."

21 June 2330 - Mirari InReach "This is absolutely my last race!"

21 June 2000 - Cordelia called.  Talked with Aggressive and Dianthus.  Dianthus reported a gust of 47 kts.  Dianthus is using a drogue.  Cordelia said seeing 30-35 kts WSW.  Expecting 20 kts by morning but a wet and sleepless night.
Kontradiction called.  No contacts.  35-40 kts NW, yuk!  Tough seas. 
Carina called 20 kts SW big seas.
Scallywag emailed "We are both well, the wind has topped out at 48kts,seas very large and the wind direction not cooperating. Guess that's what sailing is all about. We have been in cruising mode in view of the conditions with all sails down and only the staysail pulling us along at 8 kts. We hope to be in Newport Tuesday. Just heard from Windswept on the SSB that he had to return to Bermuda with injured crew. Hope it was nothing too serious. He is presently underway again for Newport."
Windswept emailed "This sure has been a port tack race! I am starting to pick up the remains of TS Bill. The winds are SW at 22Kts., gusting to 29. I am beam reaching with a full main and the #4 jib on the inner forestay. I had to strike the 135 racing genoa after the winds started gusting over about 24 kts. I will probably put at least one reef in the main before I loose the daylight this evening. I figure it is about another 40 miles to the south wall of the stream. I should get there a little after midnight. I will then be just about exactly half way home. I spoke to Scallywag II on the single sideband. He is reporting 40 kts. and more from the SW. He has about 217 miles to go. Hopefully, I can keep moving as there are supposed to be light and variable northerlies on the other side of TS Bill.
I was unable to raise anyone on VHF 72, which was not surprising. I did see Tyche while steaming towards Bermuda yesterday."
Island Girl texted me "All safe on Island Girl. Through worst of storm.  Gust to 48. No contact at chat hour."
Dianthus emailed "Finally got the main down and are sitting pretty at 3 kts.  Dianthus was under storm jib and dbl reefed, boat surprisingly well behaved and easy to control, even in 35 kts. After surfing at 15 kts + several times in 40 kts gusts, we deployed three big heavy lines which made things much nicer. The next round of gusts sent us further to the NNE and the seas were like a recalcitrant teenager; confused, disorganized and angry. Out came the Galerider drogue?"
Team Wichard emailed "All is ok on Team Wichard."

21 June 1700 - Mirari InReach "We are north of the 38th and doing a little better. We lost main VHF. Using spare one on mizzen. This is not getting better out here. Good news is with jury rigged gooseneck we are able to reef, which with recent wind shifti s a good thing."
Tyche InReach "All's well - rough"

21 June 1000 - 806 emailed "Becalmed 5 Hrs during night. Now humming along under spinnaker in 17Kt SW. Seeing 9 kt surfing. YeeeHaaaa!"
Mirari InReach "Broke the gooseneck. We have it lashed and it may hold. We may be sailing in with just jib and mizzen. Good news for windswept!  We have had little radio contact. We are getting pushed all over. Seeing 30 knots. Doing 8.5 but only 6 over the ground. Lashing is holding, not sure for how long or if we can reef. "

21 June 0800 - Pouring rain here with the wind out of the SE.  
Cordelia called.  Heard from Island Girl, Kontradiction, and Meridian.  Heard Meridian talking to Aggressive.  Miserable night in that it was very light and had trouble keeping going.  Some boats flew spinnakers, Cordelia did wing on wing.  They are out of the Gulf Stream now.
Kontradiction called.  Talked with Meridian but heard conversations with Cordelia, Island Girl and Aggressive.  Everything is ok. Wind is south at 10-12 kts.  Getting a little push from something; an eddy.  Most of the time the stream was against them.  Mike has a headache from partying on Island Girl last night for Brian's Birthday!
Samba called.  I had accidently sent text message to him vice someone else about the rescue on Windswept so he wanted to know about it.  He said they are having the best wind since the start.
Bluebird emailed "Finally making our way West....

21 June 0100 - 806 InReach "Becalmed. Not a breath of wind."

20 June 2130 Windswept email "in a somewhat harrowing night time operation, Jim was successfully transferred to the Norwegian Dawn. The transfer occurred about 170 nm from Bermuda. Jim should be there in the morning. Windswept even came away unscathed in spite of rafting up with a heavily built steel lifeboat in two to three foot ground swells. I plan to head directly for Newport and should arrive a day or two behind the fleet."  That's a relief!

20 June 2100 The Coast Guard Portsmouth called me to say that the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship is supposed to pick up Jim Coughlin from Windswept for medical reasons. The cruise ship at the time was 5 miles away from Windswept.  The next port of call for the cruise ship is Bermuda.

20 June 2000 - Flight Risk called, still in the Gulf Stream but it is mild. Talked to Flying Turtle.  All ok.  Seas 2-3 feet, wind 13 kts NE.  Expecting to finish Monday afternoon. (dreaming?)
Kontradiction called.  Wind 4-5 kts NE. Heard from Cordelia, Island Girl, Flying Turtle and Dianthus.  All fine.
Carina called that all is well. 6 kts out of the N. Doing 5 kts.
Cordelia emailed a lengthy piece "Tonight's radio round-up included a rendition of Happy Birthday by Roy2 on Cordelia for the benefit of Brian Flynn. Brian offered creme brule for anyone who could round up with him and Island Girl. Apparently he has rehired a dessert chef for this leg of the race. All was well on Island Girl. Aggressive checked in and is moving nicely. They had had some problems with AIS and their radio but that appears to be fixed now. Dianthus is well and flying her chicken chute. It seems like most of the class has their spinnakers up in about 8 to 10 knots of breeze from the east north east. It is a beautiful evening out here. On Cordelia we celebrated the clear warm day with showers and a small batch of laundry, which provided some relief from the heat by drip drying on our heads from lines run across the cockpit."
Team Wichard emailed "I did not hear any chatter tonight, and no response to hails from 806 or Pogo Loco. I guess im out of range. All is good aboard Team Wichard. Wishing Brian on Island Girl a happy birthday today."
806 emailed "Slow frustrating day today. Light upwind w chop."
Windswept emails "Fairly calm sea state, wind NE at less than 10Kts."
Dianthus email "It was a beautiful sunset, wind starting to fill in with asym up."
Nimros called. Wind 6 kts out of the N.  Doing 5 kts. Getting out of the Gulf Stream.

20 June 1800 - Bluebird email "Approaching the Gulf Stream. Halcion 8 miles to the NE of us."

20 June 1350 - Tyche InReach "All's well on Tyche. Windswept is returning to Bermuda."

20 June 1100 - Windswept is taking precautionary measure of heading back to Bermuda (somewhere between 1000 and 1100 EDT) due to a health problem with crew member Jim.  Windswept has not declared an emergency however he is playing it safe.  I have contacted the Coast Guard and they have contacted Bermuda. 

20 June 0700 - Cordelia called wondering how they were going to get west; of course they are very west with a bunch of other boats.  Heard from Dianthus and Halcyon.  Nice day, winds 10-12 kts NW, calm seas.
Tyche InReach "We have not heard from anyone"
Kontradiction called in that he just tacked onto starboard to head west.  The conditions are nice; 14 kts from the North, 2-4' seas.  All is well on his boat.  Haven't heard from anyone this morning.
Carina called in and also hasn't heard from anyone.  Winds just died down to 8 kts out of the west.  Heading back towards the rhumb line.
Scallywag emailed "No contact on VHF CH72 or SSB. All is well despite the head winds."
Flight Risk called in that him and Flying Turtle are in the stream but it is nice; seas 1-2 ft wind 12 kts at 010 degrees.  Didn't hear from Resolute this morning.  Suspects Resolute might be out of the stream.  Expecting the winds to go real light which isn't good while in the stream for them.
Team Wichard emailed "All is well on Team Wichard. Unable to reach 806 and Pogo."
806 InReach "No contact with rest of fleet, no wx download capability. "
Bluebird emailed "Windswept noted 8 miles behind on AIS last night."

19 June 2000 - 806 InReach "All ok on 806. Tiller repair holding up. Too far from fleet for vhf. Did anyone find my black storm trysail fleece?"
Team Wichard emailed "I'm assuming Pogo Loco & 806 are out of range. I had no response to hails.I can see Windswept and Trifion in the distance behind me to the south. I did not hear any chatter tonight. All is good on board Team Wichard.
Tyche InReach "All's well aboard Tyche."
Scallywag emailed "Nothing heard at 1900 VHF or SSB. All is well on board. Will try again in the AM."
The following called into the Duty Desk:  The Eastern Group as they call themselves since they are way east of the rhumb line.  Mirari, Kontradiction and Dianthus.  8-12 kts.  Expecting the wind to get lighter Saturday.
Flight Risk all is well. Resolute is ahead by 13 nm, Flying Turtle is ahead by 3 nm, Samba way west.  8 kts out of the west expecting it to go North.
Kontradiction is quite east.  All is well. Nothing from Meridian.  3-5 foot seas, 18 kts NW (I wonder about his wind readings, always much more than anyone else). Heard Cordelia, Mirari and Island Girl but they didn't respond to him.
Carina all is well.  Wind out of the west at 10 kts, 2-3 ft seas.  Doing 5.2 kts, everything is working.
Nimros Now that Doug has his watch on EDT vice Bermuda Time (which he did during the first leg) Doug is actually calling in at the right time!  He was an hour late during the 1st leg because for some reason he had his watch ahead one hour.  Wind 8-12 kts going west.
Samba sent text to me: "All good on Samba!  We couldn't help ourselves.  Intrigued with the westerly route and decided what the hell, lets roll the dice!  Its a long term plan."

19 June 0800 - Team Wichard emailed "All good on boad Team Wichard, after a really bumpy night. Hailed Pogo Loco & 806, but had no reply."
Bluebird emailed "all's well aboard Bluebird. Winds NW, 10 Kts, Dolphins yesterday evening
Windswept emailed "I listened to the morning radio chat and then fell asleep, sorry! There was little radio communication. I did hear Team Winchard try unsuccessfully to reach others in his group. Right now, Team Windswept is cranking along at 5-6 kts. over the ground headed roughly for Newfoundland. We are about 100 miles from Bermuda. The wind is NW at about 12 kts. There is a nasty underlying ground swell with the wind waves superimposed over it. This makes moving around the boat quite an adventure! I have Trifion about 3 miles back on my starboard quarter. There is an unidentified vessel about two miles off my port beam that we have been slowly overtaking for the past twelve hours. It has dark grey sails. I can't make out any other features as binoculars are useless with the present sea conditions. It could be Team Winchard. Breakfast this morning was two hard boiled eggs and a can of ginger beer. A breakfast of champions for the winner within! Last night, we had to make a crash tack to avoid getting run down by a freighter. It was crazy. We could see his AIS signal for half an hour. Presumably, he could see ours, and the signals from the four other racers in the immediate vicinity. When it became clear he had no intention of changing course, we tacked just behind his stern. I could hear his bow wave! More news this evening.
Tyche InReach "All is well."
The following called the Duty Desk: Cordelia nice night, 12-14 kts NW. Heard from Dianthus, Island Girl, Kontradiction and Trifion. Trifion's auto pilot not working (if I read the notes right).
Flight Risk Heard from Resolute and Flying Turtle, nothing from Samba (because he is way west of the crowd.). Expecting to hit the tropical depression Bill on Sunday, probably in the Gulf Stream.
Kontradiction all is well. Sat phone not working on Meridian but doing fine.  Scallywag fine.
Carina doing fine. No other boats.  Wind 14 kts out of 310 degrees. East of the rhumb line and will tack soon towards the rhumb line.

18 June 2000 - Scallywag emailed "All is well on Scallywag II. Ami and I are enjoying the first night out and will welcome a nice shift to the SW. Wishful thinking but we can dream. Only Meridian was heard from. New 806 returned and am glad she is underway again."
Windswept emailed "All is well aboard the good ship Windswept. I was rocking out to "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys. It seemed appropriate. This was an historic day. I think for the first time ever I didn't get busted while show boating with my bid red spinnaker! I have heard from all of the class four boats. No problems were reported. There is a bit more wind than I feared, but it is right on the nose! We are close hauled and making 5-6 knots directly towards Labrador! More news tomorrow."
Team Wichard emailed "All is good with Pogo Loco and Team Wichard. I can still see Pogo Loco off our port forward quarter, high and faster than us.
1904 hrs - Flight Risk - John Lubmir. Class 1 all accounted for. Everyone within 5 miles. Wind out of the NW, 10-12 kts. Beautiful evening for sailing.
1919 hrs - Cordelia - Roy Greenwald - Reports all of Class 3 is accounted for. Heard from Halcyon - Roy was breaking up, but either he or Halcyon had lamb chops on the grill. Lost telephone contact. Roy called back at 1922. Cordelia also heard from Island Girl. NW wind at 10-12 kts.
1925 hrs - Contradiction - Mike Schum - Class 2 is fine. Seas 3-5 ft, wind N, 15-18. Nice night.

18 June 1608 - 860 - saw them off from the Dinghy Club.  Ocean Sails put a splint around the rudder/tiller interface.  And they are back in the hunt; obviously a bit behind.

18 June 1420 - One of my committee members suggested that for the 2017 race we need to add a new requirement to the NOR; scooter proficiency!
860 has pulled into the Dinghy Club.  They are trying to get someone to fix there rudder problem. The problem is where the tiller interfaces to the rudder.  It has become non solid.  Looks like this fix will be a solid metal rod drilled into the rudder. Ocean Sails is helping them.

18 June 1300 - 806 hailed me on VHF to say his fix for the rudder problem didn't work and is coming back in to the Dinghy Club to try to fix it.

18 June 1200 - And they are off.  We had wonderful weather for a start.  Winds were out of the WNW about 10 knots with the sun shining through.  They were able to sail through the cut but of course they lost wind for a period in the cut. 23 boats started.  Panacea of course was the only boat to not start.  It is on a mooring by the sunken wreck for a couple of months.

17 June 1530 - Just posted Frank Bohlen's Note #4 on the Gulf Stream for tomorrow's start.

17 June 0845 - First rain during the day since I have been here; thunder storm even.

16 June 1830 - Andrew Holmes of Goslings conducted a rum tasting of the various Goslings products.  People were also able to purchase rum for taking home.  After the rum tasting the Awards for the first leg were held upstairs in the Dinghy Club.  Her Honor Mayer Quinell Francis invited the crowd to St. George's and handed out the trophies.  Commodore Lacey Jennings also welcomed the group.  Susan Oatley was the MC for the evening.  Patrick Paley took plenty of photos for us which I will be posting to the gallery later.  Afterwards we took several photos of the single handed skippers.  And after that we had a wonderful steak fry topped off with a cake that had the 2015 Bermuda One-Two logo on top.  It was a very nice and friendly evening.
The winged ones - Peter & John

16 June 1500 - A tour of the Bermuda Radio facility was held.  About 8 people attended and were quite impressed.  Another tour was held last Friday for those that were leaving before today.

15 June 2200 - Susan and Steve Hollis invited the group to there restaurant Beach House out by Fort St. Catherine for cocktails and a meal. It happens to be the 20th year since Susan & Steve met.  They met as a result of the Bermuda One-Two twenty years ago.  We finished a wonderful meal under the stars with great company.

15 June 1600 - Not a good past two days for the Bermuda One-Two scooter folks.  I fell off mine yesterday morning going to the Blue Hole for the Cave Tour; took a chunk out of my right fore arm.  Dan Stadtlander fell off his bike after doing an accidental wheele. They did not suffer any injury. Today Peter and John McCrea crashed on their scooter; hit a guard rail.  Peter broke his clavicle bone and John separated his shoulder. They also had road rash on their legs.  They are doing fine however there is no way they are sailing back.  Peter is hoping to get a long term mooring and fly back for recovery. 

15 June 1100 - Patrick Paley led a group of 11 on a tour of the caves, etc. that you can get to from the Blue Hole Park.  Several people jumped in the Dolphin training pond as well as swimming in one of the caves.  The walk was followed by lunch just up the street at the Swizzle Inn.

Roy(2) & Mike out of a cave

14 June 1830 - Dark n'Stormy hour on Goslings followed by the Fish Fry including a DJ were a hit.

13 June 1130 - Patrick Paley conducted a tour of Ft. St. Catherine.

12 June 1530 the final results are posted.

12 June 1222 - Carina withdrew and turned on his motor.

11 June 1900 - Partying officially begins with the night out at the Swizzle Inn.  29 of us participated in, ahh, sampling the Rum Swizzles and we had some food also.  Brian Flynn awarded me the trophy of Grand Poobah.  The trophy being a gigantic hat with horns.  Of course everyone took pictures of me with it on.  It was a wonderful evening and it got the skippers out and amongst  themselves to get the rest of the stay on the right foot.  Tomorrow is a tour of Ft. St. Catherine by our friend Patrick Payle and happy hour at the Dinghy Club.


1 June 1738 Tyche finished.

11 June 1722 - Heard from Carina.  Bob said he wants to be at Customs by 1400 so he will decide on turning on the motor during the night.  All is well.  Has been tacking since the wind has been out of the south.

11 June 1500 - Heard from Tyche.  About 10 nm from the finish.

11 June 1000 - The last two boats are still slowly making their way down.  With the SE breeze we have at the moment they can't directly make Bermuda so they have to tack thus taking longer.  Wind expected to shift to the SW which may help.

10 June 2133 - Tyche email from Pat Turner: "Mac is sailing ok now. About 24 hrs (?) out, the Ray Marine electronics said, "Extreme magnetic disturbance." The chart plotter and autopilot were not working properly. (He has another chart plotter on his iPad.) The Monitor was fine until the wind let up. This morning, he got the autopilot functioning and is sailing better."
From Tyche InReach: "Tyche is about 60 miles out from St. Georges. Hope to finish in the morning."
Carina called in: JHe is still sailing and sounded a bit more upbeat then when I spoke with him last night. He plans on continuing to sail as long as some breeze is there. He reports all is well on-board. He is predicting a Friday ETA. I admire his perseverance!

10 June 1330 - Tentative results for the single handed leg have been posted under "Results".

10 June 1300 - Carina: Laura emailed: "Bob called at 11:18 - he said he had a wonderful night. Winds out of the SSE. But at 05:00, the wind shifted and he couldn't use the Monitor -- too light of air .... so he was manually steering for some time. Not sure, but I think he's back on the Monitor because he said now he's sitting below... The electric autopilot did indeed break, but he got the Monitor going."

10 June 1123 - Nimros finished.
10 June 1056 - Panacea
10 June 0832 - Trifion
finished.  Trifion's motor won't start.  Will have to be towed some after he sails into the harbor.
10 June 0820 - Windswept

10 June 0600 - Well, 6 boats left and they didn't move much.  It is unbelievably calm here; Bermuda High.  All the boats except for Carina are moving real slow.  Carina may be motoring to get here.  We should find out soon.
Trifion hailed me on VHF 72.  Windswept abeam of him, both drifting but ok.

9 June 2000 - Windswept emailed: With any luck this will be my last check in, at least outbound. I am about 25 nm from kitchen Shoals and moving at about 5 kts. The wind is getting flukey however so I could just drift around out here all night. I will give a shout on VHF 72 when I am about to finish. I see Trifion about five miles off my starboard beam. We seem to be pacing each other. I spoke with Peter on SSB. he reports being about fifty miles out and shares my concern over the wind. Besides that, all is well aboard Panacea. I could really use a chocolate ice cream cone!
Carina email from Laura: "He's sailing again and he said he'd see what tomorrow brings." Depending on the winds or lack of winds Bob my turn his motor on to get to Bermuda.  So Bob is fine. Bob called in: "His VHF is OK. He's out in a mill pond at the moment. He is giving some thought to motoring in. I suspect he'll see what happens overnight. I told him I'll be here tomorrow night as long as he still out there."
Nimros called that all was well then 10 minutes later he called and said his motor died.  May need a tow in in the morning daylight.

9 June 1825 - 806 finished.
9 June 1719 - Strummer
9 June 1630 - Resolute
9 June 1557 - Kontradiction
9 June 1509 - Bluebird
9 June 1318 - Agressive
9 June 1222 - Halcyon
9 June 1226 - Mirari
9 June 1157 - Pogo Loco
9 June 1136 - Dianthus
9 June 1047 - Team Wichard
9 June 1045 - Scallywag
9 June 1036 - Bluebird
emailed: 30 miles from Bermuda. Spinnaker up, still with a nice NE breeze...

9 June 1028 - Heard from Pogo Loco. Should be finishing within a couple of hours I believe.

9 June 1010 - Island Girl finished, first in Class 3.  They are coming in continuously!
9 June 1007 -
Meridian finished, first in Class 2..
9 June 0936 -
Flying Turtle finished.

9 June 0804 - Flight Risk finished!
Eagles Dare emailed: "Thanks for keeping an eye on me Roy and Coast Guard. As you do doubt surmised from the tracker, I made it to Newport last night where Mike was waiting for me. He took the boat up to the J-Boat yard last night."
Windswept emailed: Good Morning, Besides a sunburn in some unusual places, all is well on Windswept. I show about 90 miles to Kitchen shoals. Best guess is for a finish late tonight. Heard from Panacea and Scallywag on SSB. There was no traffic on VHF 72. I have had a boat on my Port hip all night at a distance of about six miles, but was unable to make contact. Panacea reports all is well and expects to finish late tonight or early Wednesday morning. Scallywag reports he is 17 miles from the finish and should finish within four or five hours. At the moment, Windswept is cranking along at 6-7 kts. The wind is ENE at about 15 kts. I am looking forward to a shore breakfast Wednesday morning. do you know if the gang will be making breakfast at the club as they did two years ago?
Team Wichard emailed: No contact with 806 or Pogo Loco, dispite trying multiple times to hail them. I am currently 16nm off the Mills bouy, it is 7:15am Tuesday morning. All is good on board Team Wichard.
Scallywag InReach: "ETA finish 1045 wind permitting"

9 June 0700 - Conversation between Meridian and Cordelia. Meridian broke his goose neck, took the main down and was able to repair the gooseneck during the calm last night and has the main back up.

9 June 0647 - Just saw Samba go by the Dinghy Club so we blew the compressed can horn for him.  Tristan returned in kind. Neal Petersen, return crew with Flight Risk, met him then in his rib.  Neal volunteered to help dock the boats at Customs and at the Dinghy Club dock.  Mark from Bermuda Yacht Services should be here soon in his whaler to help the boats dock.

9 June 0606 - First to finish and first in Class 1.  Samba finished after hanging around all night out there with no wind.  Took Tristan 6 hours to go 19 nm.  Quite the opposite of the majority of the race.  All this time the boats behind him were catching up as they still had wind.  Quite a few boats out there and close.  Looks like Flight Risk came out of no where and should be the next to finish.

8 June 2300 - The wind has died as the boats get closer.  They are bunching up.  It's becoming a parking lot out there.  Samba now projected to 0137 finish which may be optimistic.  It is going to be busy here between customs and docking!

8 June 2000 - Islander emailed: Under 70 miles to go. Looking forward to a hot shower and cold rum. Not necessarily in that order.  Cordelia lost main halyard so is sailing without main. Flight risk and Meridian somewhere close by speaking with.
Mirari - InReach: "No contact at 7 again. Plenty of wind still here including small squall. If it holds I should finish around 8 am or so. I'm amazed how well Mirari has done. I think the magic stick (aka mizzen) paid off with the wind direction and of course my special bottom paint finish helped!
Windswept - emailed: "no traffic on VHF 72. I did raise Peter on SSB. All is well aboard Panacea. The winds are down to 15 to 20 from the ENE. I have 161 NM to Kitchen Shoals. I am making 6-7 kts. directly for the finish line. If (huge if) all things remain status quo, I should finish late on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Today was a great day. Blue skies, cooperative wind, flying fish, just a little vibration from the center board pennant, etc.
Kontradiction called in. Was able to get his main halyard down with the spinnaker halyard and hooks.  Ingenious.  So he is now sailing with the old main up.   Winds out of the NE at 22 kts. Interesting because the winds predicted here are 5-10 out of the North!  He heard from Aggressive who is able to charge up the batteries with the solar panels during the day so she is able to use the autopilot some.  He also heard from 806 who has broke one rudder but is sailing ok with one rudder. Bluebird is doing quite fine.  Same for Strummer.
called in. Heard no one on VHF, light from the NE.  Autopilot is dead however he has a monitor wind vane doing the steering and it is working well (smart).
Pogo Loco - Received a position report from his father.  Antoine has been communicating with his father. 33n41.63 065w30.32 course 163 speed 6.6

8 June 1430 - Eagles Dare - looks like Jonathan has some luck.  He is making Narragansett Bay with a strong southerly.  Hoping he makes it back.
Cordelia called me to tell me about his woes.  He tried to go up the mast, got 10 ft and decided against it.  Tried to raise the storm trysail but the main is in the way.  Each took about 1.5 hours.  He is still making 7 kts .  He still has about 15 kts out of the east but he is hearing different wind directions from all over the place.  Samba has a different wind from him, etc.
Mirari InReach: "Actually died here slightly. I now.have full main, mizzen and 135 up. Still sailing nicely. If it held I could be in before 7am but not holding my breath. I got about 130 to go."

8 June 1000 - Windswept emailed in response to my question about comms with Resolute: "I briefly saw an AIS transmission from Resolute yesterday afternoon. He was about five miles away and moving at about 9 kts in the proper direction . No response on VHF"
Mirari InReach: still more than enough wind here 150 miles out. If it's light coming in I will fish then. I assume many have now finished.
Scallywag email: "Reported in at 6/8/15 0700 on VHF CH 72 and SSB. Nothing heard. All is well."

8 June 0900 - Windswept emailed: "The sun is out, but the wind is down, so I was awakened by the dreaded thrashing of sails. The waves are still large enough to make it a study in frustration to fill the sails with the remaining gentle breeze. Every fifteen minutes or so, the wind picks up enough to get the boat moving. This is it you think, but alas, in a couple of minutes it is back to a rolling boat and slatting sails. To quote Louis on board Strummer the other night "now, remind me why this is fun?" Nothing was heard on the radio, either VHF or SSB. The fleet seems to be spreading out, and most are probably licking their wounds from yesterday. If I can get Windswept up to a respectful trolling speed, I may try my hand at fishing. A good friend set me up with the necessary gear. Frankly, I am a little intimidated by what I might catch!"

8 June 0800 - Winds have definitely lightened up and much nicer going however they will be heading into very light Northerly breeze into Bermuda; downwind in light air, lots of folks don't like that.
Team Wichard  emailed: "All is good on board Team Wichard, less than 24 hours to the finish, 160nm to go. I hailed Pogo Loco, I could just make out a response, but could not here what he said. I assume he is ok. Once again, no response from 806."
Island Girl emailed: "Heard from Flight Risk and Cordelia. Cordelia has issues with main halyard and is contemplating going up rig to repair.
Aboard the good ship Island Girl I proved that despite rumors there are no shrimp in this part of the ocean. During an attempted spinnaker set I ended up trawling for 45 minutes. Getting a spinnaker out of the water when you are the only one on the boat is difficult. On the bright side the waves have calmed down enough that I was able to hire a new short order cook after the chef quit yesterday. With promises of an island full of rum the short order cook will be opening Cafe Island Girl any minute now."
Updates from the NYC Duty Desk: Flight Risk called in.  Unable to talk to anyone in Class 1 (he is taking up the rear and probably out of reach with them). He reports 22 kts wind.  Cordelia broke her main halyard and the main got jammed when trying to take it down.  Needs to go aloft to free the main and retrieve the halyard but has to wait for calm conditions.
Kontradiction said he has 26 kts out of NE and lumpy.  Couldn't talk to anyone in Class 2.  Has talked to Aggressive, Bluebird and 806 (he is ok).  Mike said he can only put out one third of his genoa due to the main halyard wrapped around the top of the forestay.  He needs to go up also but is waiting for calm.  Aggressive is having engine problems; will not run for long thus can't charge batteries.  Has turned off AIS and autopilot so she is hand steering thus her position in the fleet.   

7 June 2000 - Looks like the winds have lightened up and out of the ENE.  Great. Eagles Dare is making good time now heading towards Narragansett Bay!
emailed "i brought the tracker up to 97% charge and put it back on the rail. I pushed a few buttons and it showed the tracker to be on. Let me know if you can see it.
The wind and waves are abating some. The wind is down to the high 20's from the ENE. There are still a few large waves that fill the cockpit just often enough for me not to want to spend much time there! The water temperature is about 84 degrees. I show about 327 miles to go to Bermuda, just short of the halfway point.
Mirari - InReach  "Kontridiction having mainsail halyard issue. Hopes to sort it out"
806 - InReach "All ok on 806."
Island Girl - email "1900 radio chat. Cordelia and Flight Risk. All good. Either we are really lost or everyone else is. I guess we'll find out in a day or so. Seas reasonable. Wind clocking to ENE and dropping to 18. The water seems like a bath tub compared to 12 hrs ago.
Windswept - emailed: "No contact on either VHF or SSB this evening. Wind speed is down to the middle teens, still ENE. I am back to full genoa, but I am keeping a couple of reefs in the main to avoid any unnecessary heroics in the middle of the night. I don't know if that makes me older, or wiser, or just chicken."
Team Wichard - emailed: "After speaking to Pogo Loco a few times today, I have been unsuccesfull in hailing him this evening. I also tried to reach 806, but had no reply. All is good on board Team Wichard, 240miles from Bermuda. "
Kontradiction - called.  Has no main, waiting for calmer conditions to retrieve the halyard.  Heard Mirari and Team Wichard trying to hail Pogo Loco.
Carina - Seas calming down, auto pilot issues.

7 June 1600 - I'm in Bermuda and online.  Lots of stuff to report. 1st are the email I have received while flying to Bermuda.
Team Wichard - "I managed to make contact with Pogo Loco at 10am. His position is: 36 deg 42.68N 68 deg 11.97W
Antoine, suffered a head injury, and was bleeding. He said he has it under control, but I will call him again in an hour to get an update. He is attempting to restart his tracker."
Cordelia - Gail email "Heard from Roy2 just now. He's fine, but says it's been really rough out there. He thinks the seas are at least 10-15 feet, and he's taking a lot of big waves. He lost a weather cloth and it took the lifeline with it, but otherwise Cordelia is holding her own."
Pogo Loco - Philippe email: "SMS (satellite) from Antoine Lacasse on Pogo Loco : Sunday June 7, 11h47 = 36 degres 30.62' North 68 degres 6.86' West. Bad vocal communication : Was in the boat, one wave more challenging than the other = failed down, hit his head. Managed to stop the bleeding and feeling better now. Has spoken with his father and it seems they're is no concussion. Slowing down and resting for a while. Vernon Hultzer, Team Wichard, is close to him (they see each other). He has taken his spinnaker down and will stay with Antoine as long as necessary."
Island Girl - emailed: "No contact with others. Wave state now breaking on Island Girl. Looking forward to getting past the stream. Onboard the good ship Island Girl the chef quit citing inhumane working conditions. Now looking at menus comprised of various power bars and Gatorade."
Tyche - from InReach: "Tyche is fine but overwhelmed!"
Windswept is back on the map!  He charged up the tracker! I can see Resolute's AIS signal five miles ahead."
Mirari - InReach: "I was really hoping to do some fishing" to which I replied "be careful for what you wish for." another text: "Not able to make contact with other racers. I'm ok. I'm not happy that it looks like no light wind from here to the finish. Have had some boat issues but no show stoppers yet."

7 June 0930 - Eagles Dare Mike Piper tells me that he has arranged towing when Jon can get within a certain distance and that he has contacted the CG and watching his progress.

7 June 0800 - I am in the Phili airport so am posting only those I have received emails from. Scallywag emailed: "All is well. Finally heard Windswept on SSB. Finally heard from Dianthus on the VHF this morning. Quite a ride.  Team Wichard emailed: " I tried hailing Pogo Loco and 806 this morning. I did not recieve any respose from either. I assuming they are out of range. It was a wid night in the Guf Stream, I hope everyone is safe? All good on board Team Wichard."  Windswept emailed: "Nothing heard on VHF 72. Raised Scallywag on SSB. He reports all is well, but that I was the only SSB contact he was able to establish. I am running out of adjectives for the sea conditions! I was awakened this morning by a totally new sensation. It felt as if Windswept was picked up and thrown about twenty feet sideways. I am used to being rolled, or spun around, but this was unique! Of course, I might have still been dreaming, but I was burred by all of the gear that had been in the other bunk. The wind is veering more to the east. Gusts are occasionally hitting 40 Kts. I am well into the stream and hope to be exiting the south wall by nightfall.
I can't wait for them to get out of the Gulf Stream!  Of course they are even more so!
Cordelia called in to say that he talked with Meridian who asked for us to pass along to Hillary that the sat phone wasn't working which we did. Carina reports his autopilot has been working.
The following is from the Duty Desk.
Cordelia - "wild and crazy conditions."
Kontradiction - "you’ve got to love this; now blowing 38-43, down from 48 last night, waves 12-15’, mainsail ripped and some damage to life lines. Otherwise OK.” He did not have much luck connecting with other boats this morning.
Carina - “windy, messy, sloppy seas, big waves in the gulf, but getting better.”

7 June 0530 - Dianthus emailed: "This is some nasty stuff! Seeing 10-12 foot waves in GS. Boat speed 9. Dog higher "  Some of them are in the Gulf Stream now.

6 June 2100 - Evidently Nimros called but said "Ok, call you in the morning."  That's Doug.

6 June 1800 - Yikes, things are happening out there.  First Tyche for some reason looks like he hove to for over an hour but is back heading towards Bermuda (maybe shortening sail).  They are getting 30 kts of wind NE so it's lively.  Someone tried to get me three times but I heard no voice.  Received call from Patrick Mouligne.  Tristan on Samba called his father.  Eagles Dare has broken his rudder and has switched to the emergency rudder and is now headed towards NJ at about 4 kts.  Eagles Dare can't use voice on his sat phone but email works and I have received an email from him.  I have contacted the Coast Guard and forwarded Eagles Dare's email to them so the CG is tracking him.  Also we are not receiving tracker readings on Windswept and Pogo Loco.  I have been receiving emails from Windswept so I will post lat/long from him.  I have told Team Wichard to get Pogo Loco's lat/long when he contacts him.
Island Girl emailed "Panacea is dropping main to deal w sea state. Will continue on under jib alone."  Also: "Aggressive, Cordelia, dianthus, island girl all ok. Lots of little things. No show stoppers. Wind high 20s with occasional gust to 30. Large quartering waves. If they get any larger they will start to break onto the boat in lieu of against it."
Team Wichard emailed: I as unable to reach 806 & Pogo Loco. All is good on Team Wichard, pretty rough entering the Gulf Stream.
Windswept emailed: Boy, it would be a hell of a trip home from where I am right now! Unless things change, it would undoubtedly take longer to get to Newport than Bermuda.
Today I spent an hour recovering my big red chute from under the boat, put a (small) rip in my mainsail, and was nearly garroted by the main sheet when my jibe preventer broke, resulting in two crash jibes in as many seconds, full main in 30 Kts! My eyeglasses were whipped off my face. I just happened to notice that they went neatly down the companionway hatch. They were completely undamaged! No word from Nimros, but Doug is probably after the case of beer for last in!"
Another email: "Made contact with Tyche via VHF relay courtesy of Carina. All is reported well. Also spoke with Strummer. Louis had recently spoken with Panacea and reports all is well with Peter.
The NE wind has freshened to 30-35 kts in my neck of the woods. There is a confused sea making for a lumpy ride. I am under double reefed main and #4 jib hanked on the inner forestay. I am still hitting nine knots in surges. I am about fifty miles from entering the stream at the meander. The water temperature is up to seventy. Frank was right on the nose with his prognostications. There is a significant right to left set relative to my course.
I am flying to Bermuda Sunday morning and will be out of contact till afternoon.

6 June 0800 - Resolute called in: had a spinnaker wrap as well as Samba.  Flight Risk, who warned us about the traps at the Continental Shelf actually hit one (maybe embarrassing John).  Wind was down during the night but nice now.  Wind down the Rhumb line.  Was wet during the night.
Kontradiction had a nice night if not wet.  Hearing from lots of boats but not Scallywag.  Seas 3-5', wind 15 kts from the North.
Island Girl emailed: "All good. Fleet scattering. A few minor spinnaker issues but all now good. French toast and scrambled eggs for breakfast. Need to eat up before tonight's expected rough conditions." He also texted me: "All good. Able to speak with Aggressive.  Bluebird on AIS. Everyone spreading out. Minor spinnaker issue on island girl around 4 am - in the rain. Does the fun ever stop."
Team Wichard emailed: "Pogo Loco and 806 reported in this morning, in good spirits. All is good here, enjoying the building breeze from behind."
Windswept emailed: "Seas are a bit more settled this morning. The wind is NE at about 15 KTS. The water temp. is up to 65 with the air temp about the same. Only communications heard were between Panacea and Strummer. Nothing like a hot shower to freshen ones disposition.

6 June 0500 - Sidney Van Zandt emailed me that Sandy (Shandygaff) retired. "He has had major problems with charging his batteries also with the VHF. He is heading back towards Block Island which is 80 miles to windward. If he gets a more favorable slant he may head for Noank. He sounded fine."  His tracker is being left on for the trip home.

5 June 2000 - Resolute was first to call in.  Heard from all but Samba and Eagles Dare. Lumpy seas; boats a bit back complaining about the seas but Scott isn't getting sea sick.  15 kts NE.  The wind kept backing since the start.
Kontradiction said the seas are 3-5 ft 20 kts(??) NE.  Island Girl is on his right.  Hearing from a lot of boats and all in his class.  He was working on a problem with his furler and when he was done the rest of his class were gone.
Island Girl first called but bad connection.  Little while later called back and better but still not very good.13 kts NE.  Brian then emailed me that all class 3 boats are fine.  Then he texted me as a test.
Team Wichard emailed me that he is in sight of his class.  Vernon asked about Frogger so I informed him that Frogger had retired.
Looks like they are in for some wind from behind starting Saturday evening.
Windswept emailed: ""It is cold, lumpy, and bumpy, but I have good vibes about this race! Too rough for much typing. Heard from the following boats on VHF 72.  Class 3 (no issues reported), Aggressive, Island Girl, Trifion, Bluebird. Class 4: Panacea is having chicken pie for dinner and asked that I not run into him while he is enjoying it Mirari is moving well Carina had an autopilot issue, but it has been resolved Strummer asked if any one could see his AIS signal, no one could, Shandygaff, Tyche. That is it for now."

5 June 1300 - Frogger called in to say he is retiring.  Hopes to come back in 2017.

5 June 1200 - And they are off!  Winds about 10 kts out of the SE building towards the end of the sequence.  The temperature went down then.  Samba, Tristan Mouligne, hit the line first at speed in Class 1 to a cheering crowd in two boats: Rum Runner with about 40 people including his return crew, his brother John Jay, and a huge rib with his father on it, Patrick.  Eagles Dare, Jonathan Green, insisted on flying a Code 0 which overpowered him just before Castle Hill with one big round up.  Dianthus spotted his class some time being quite a bit late to the line.  Just as the sequence started for Class 6 the minis Frogger hailed us that he had to pull out.  We found out that the port side back running stay clutch broke.  He got the motor started, dropped the main and to Goat Island to fix the problem.  Let you know when I hear.

5 June - Frank Bohlen has sent me yesterday's brief and it is posted now.  Frank said he will be sending us another brief for the start in Bermuda.

4 June - Thursday afternoon the Skipper's Meeting was held which is the day before the start. Bell Biewenga gave a weather brief and Frank Bohlen gave the Gulf Stream brief. Susan Oatley briefed us on Customs and Docking at the Dinghy Club. It was nice to see Susan involved in the race. The Skipper's Rep gave a brief on entry into St. George's Harbour.
And they are off tomorrow. First start is at 1100 tomorrowq Friday 5 June.
Looks like all the trackers are working and all the boats seem to be in the right place. Ready for the start.,

3 June - Wednesday the 3rd lots of people attended the Skipper's Sendoff Party. Much food and liquor was had. Lots of gabbing was heard. Seems like it was quite a success.
Thursday afternoon the Skipper's Meeting was held which is the day before the start. Bell Biewenga gave a weather brief and Frank Bohlen gave the Gulf Stream brief. Susan Oatley briefed us on Customs and Docking at the Dinghy Club. It was nice to see Susan involved in the race. The Skipper's Rep gave a brief on entry into St. George's Harbour.
And they are off tomorrow. First start is at 1100 Friday 5 June.
Over the past several days we had two more withdrawls: Robin, Douglas Campbell, and Perseverence, John Van Slyke.  Sown to 27 boats  now.

2 June - The tracker website is up.  Obviously the boats aren't moving yet; not till Friday anyways.  Dam cold and wet here but looking for nicer weather starting tomorrow, Wednesday.

30 May - Our first boat at the dock at Newport Yacht Club.

30 May - Frank Bohlen has generated a second analysis of the Gulf Stream.