Crew is fine and working harder, now that they are in stronger winds and larger seas. They estimate they are 3 days out of Avalon (Catalina Island), where they are considering a stop, before heading into Long Beach.
Wind NE at 10kts and Barometer 1037 (very high).
Crew is fine.
the high pressure that has been slowing them down, moves a bit west, as
the boat moves farther east. Boat sailing speed should increase with
the forecast 15 Knot winds from the NE.
Follow the race on the satellite tracker http://live.adventuretracking.com/transpac2011
Wed July 20
They finished at just before 1am Hawaii time (12:52am is the believed-official time), and they all touched solid ground around 2am Hawaii time. Eddie says they misunderstood what they were supposed to do and had taken the sails down but they had to put them back up because the race rules wanted them to sail past the finish to some other point. After they got to that point, they were towed in (most other boats motored in, but they had no engine to do that.)
So they are at the welcoming party.
Jackie (Gib's wife) and Robin (David's wife) chartered a boat and saw them across the finish line. Wayne's family, Dave & Lisa Johnson (from "Plan B"), and Steve Steiner (sp?) were among those meeting the boat when they docked. Will from the navy, who goes to school with Mary, was also among the greeters.
Eddie gave me some sound bites and I will try to get something from each crewmember for those of you out in email land. So the rest of this email will be me trying to type as fast as I can to take down everything they said as they passed the phone around.
Eddie - We blew out 2 spinnakers, 1 in a bad squall and 1 in the Molokai channel about 40 miles to the finish. And we didn't put another one up. Finished with the jib. The roar was when Rob was driving like I've only seen one other time before and didn't appreciate. The sail just couldn't take it. It didn't "pop", it just exploded. I think everybody was relieved. Everybody was very fearful of the main going. It looks like one of those rags from the pirates of the caribbean all taped up.
It was quite an adventure, but it really shows the resilience of a sailboat. The only real concern was water. We started conserving several days ago because without so many things working we were afraid if it took us another 10 days we would run out.
Mary was a big hit. She was busy fixing the sails a lot. She got an infection in one of her fingers that started turning color and giving her pain up her arm. Chris, the surgeon, had to do a little surgery on her. She's all good now.
Rob did some amazing driving. He's like a sailing god. At the end he really just went for it.
Here's a breakdown of the watches:
Chris Jordan (the doctor and watch captain
Gregory - hadn't done much sailing before but he was really good
Wayne (watch captain)
David - off watch - navigator
Gib - off watch - skipper
Hey Waikiki yacht club just showed up with ice cream!
******************* and here are the other crew members comments ****************************
Mark - right now we're eating mint ice cream. this is quite the welcome this is a smorgasbord =- what an amazing welcome. They even put a big lei on the boat - so beautiful. We got several leis 3 i think one of them smells really good - "what kind of flower is this" plumeria. it really when we left hawaii for california, we had put a tea-leaf lei on the boat and it made it all the way from hawaii to california and it's still there right now. It's for luck, you know. I'm on sensory overload - in the ocean it's water and blackness but here in waikiki there are the hotels and the skyline and the colors and smells and tastes. Good time. We didn't go as fast as we could. When you're ready to quit, the ocean is not! So many things can go wrong. We had fun coming in, blowing out the spinnaker at 15-18 knots. A lot of stress on the sails and the boat. You can't give up until you are on dry land. And here we are at dinner.
Gordon ("The Hall Monitor") - The coolest part of this whole thing was that the people were really wonderful to get to know. There was some real bonding and some real fellowship. We made it! We played the hand we were dealt. I love Eddie and Robert. Rob's nickname was the most interesting rob in the world and today he got more interesting
He is beating himself up over things he had no control over - perfection is not an option. - Aloha
Mary - Good to be back on dry land. Weird not being on the boat. It was a fun finish. Good party here. Good time with everybody. Having fun. It was an adventure.
Chris - I'm standing on a concrete floor in the yacht club and it's swaying forward back and side ways. Mai tais in cut out pineapples and ice cream, beautiful leis that smell so great. We had a lot to deal with, but everybody really got along. I'll get to see my wife on Friday.
David -(me: How's it feel to be on dry land?) It's a little wobbly. I'm a little tired. - he had to cut short because his welcoming party was taking off -
Gib - Kaneohe yacht club was the host for our party. They greeted us with pineapple mai tais and amazing leis for the boat and for ourselves. Amazing turnout this early in the morning. With no electricity on the boat or lights on the boat, it was kind of different coming in today. We're glad to be here, I'll tell you that.
Rob - It was a successful trip because we all made it safely and we're all still such good friends. It's not like that for every other boat. If we had had a few more sails to blow up, well, maybe who knows how it would have gone. We overcame water deprivation. We had "open finger surgery" today. Chris cut out an infection from Mary's finger. He gave her a shot of litocaine with a 3-inch needle right into the bone. She said, and I can quote, "that $h!+ hurt!" She went through half my pharmaceuticals over the course of the race.
I didn't get comments from Wayne and Gregory. I think they had both spirited away , headed for their looooong showers and fluffy white hotel pillows (or maybe they live in Hawaii? so headed for home?)
As of Tuesday July 19 at 0600 HST Roy's Chasch Mer is 172 nm from Diamond Head
- Probably a late night finish Tuesday night/Wednesday Morning
Catching up on missed messages
Sunday, July 17, 2011 06:06 AM
Wow, what a night, we broached twice, (mast in the water) i hit the ceiling a few nightmares about capsizing glad its morning time, good day yesterday 213 miles and only 540 to go. we are in our shorts andT shirts all 24 hours now, trades are nice, we are seeing more and more trash in the water. lots of birds this far out, another beautiful sunset, yesterday we woke up to pouring rain from the squalls and then it cleared up, looks like sometime Tues for a ETA.
Robin later got a phone call from the boat around noon Hawaii time yesterday saying, among other things, the crew won't be able to use the generator to make electricity. Bottom line from this call is it's unlikely we are going to get any newsy emails since battery power is being conserved for in-case-of-emergency.
This caused Karen (Rob's wife) to wonder if she should continue sending the weather files - they might be helpful in navigation, but they take a lot of time to download and thus might be costly to battery power. So we sent a text message to the boat (via the iridium text message site) asking about it. At just after 2am, Karen got a text message to her cell phone (first time they have communicated this way, presumably substantiating their conservation of electricity) that gave lat/long (we assume that was to convey that Karen should continue sending the weather files) and 2 sentences:
"We're just checking in. Everything is fine."
Friday, July 15, 2011 06:40 AM
HI TERRY, KAHLIL AND ROBIN, 932 MILES TO GO, SAW THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET LAST NIGHT IT WAS SO CLEAR WE COULD ACTUALLY SEE THE SUN MOVE, FULL MOON STARLITE NIGHT WITH 20-25 KNOTS OF WIND 15 FOOT FOLLOWING SEAS ACTUALLY SURFING NOW TO HAWAII AT 15-18 KNOTS. BOATS RUDDER HAD TO BE READJUSTED LAST NIGHT, TENSION ON CABLES IS A PROBLEM. FLYING THE BIG SPINNAKER, CREW IS ALL HEALTHY, IT LOOKS LIKE IM GETTING LUCKY ON MY NAVIGATING. OUR GPS SAYS WE ARE HEADED DIRECTLY TO HAWAII. THIS IS SO COOL. ITS LOOKS LIKE MAYBE EARLY TUES MORN ARRIVAL INTO HONOLULU, 6 AM. HARD TO GIVE A EXCACT TIME BECAUSE THE BOAT SPEED IS NOT CONSTANT. I'M ALSO THE UNOFFICIAL COOK. I CAN'T CALL AND MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE. I COOK AND DO DISHES, STEER, AND TRIM THE SHEETS. OKAY SO LONG FOR NOW. MAY WE HAVE FAIR WINDS, FOLLOWING SEAS AND A SAFE HARBOR. KAHLIL LOOK AT THE TRANSPAC WEBSITE FOR CONFIRMATION ON ETA.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 08:24 AM
HI GUYS, TERRY, KAHLIL, AND ROBIN, WE SAW OUR FIRST MOONBOW, (RAINBOW WITH THE MOON, WHALES YESTERDAY BLOWING RIGHT OFF THE BOAT, MADE 167 MILES YESTERDAY, 1139 TO GO, KAHLIL CHECK THE TRANSPAC WEBSITE FOR ARRIVAL TIMES FOR ALL BOATS AND TELL ROBIN. THIS IS ONLY A ESTIMATE. ALL IS WELL, YESTERDAY WE WERE BECALMED FOR 3-4 HOURS MOVING 2 KNOTS, BAD, BUT THIS MORNING REPORT SHOWED WE ARE KEEPING UP WITH THE OTHER BOATS AND EVEN BEAT "HORIZON" WHICH HAS A PROFESSIONAL PAID CREW BY 1 MILE. LAST NIGHT WE HAD OUR HALF WAY PARTY, GREAT STORYS, GOOD CREW, SLEEPING 6-7 HOURS A NIGHT, I HAVE NO WATCH BECAUSE I'M THE NAV.KEEP IN TOUCH MISS YOU ALL.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 08:48 PM
Just saw some whales blowing, many rainbows, great half way party, lots of jokes. Gib is giving me manners, "Please" "Thank You", no Potty Mouth, etc. dinner is cooking now, had a very slow morning, 2-3 knots, but now up to 8 -9 knots. Seas are flatttttt.
Love You David
July 18 1000 HST
Chasch Mer is 361 nm from Diamond Head according to the race tracker. Looks like another mid-night finish, probably
late Tuesday night.
Communications have been sporatic but an 'alls well' message was received late Sunday night.
Weather is great. We're cruising along at about 10-12 knots. Everyone is
relaxed and having a good time. There hasn't been any rain in over 24
hours. Our goal now is to beat Cazan for the first Hawaiian boat to finish.
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July 14 9:50 pm
Aloha from the farthest place
from land on earth, or so they
Currently we're 1200 nautical
miles out of Honolulu and moving
at about 8
knots. We just finished our
halfway party, and have renewed
energy to get
back in this race. So far it's
been more of a struggle than was
but things seem to be finally
shaping up. A squall appears to
over the boat as I type this. I
better get to work or get to
are going to be crazy for the
next few days!!
July 13, 5:05 pm
Wind died overnight, and we
didn't start moving until about
an hour ago. We
had to go through numerous sail
changes for the varying
in a completely new wind from
the northwest with white puffy
Hopefully these are the classic
trade winds we've been waiting
for to take
Mary acted out a skit for
video of her driving the boat
while we threw
buckets of water on her and made
wind noises. She used her best
accent. Then the camera pans to
Gordon who's basking in the
cucumbers over his eyes and a
facial mask, holding an O-Doul's
in one hand
and the main sheet in the other.
They usually have a prize for
-board video. I'm thinking we
have a chance.
July 12, 1:05pm pacific
Almost halfway to paradise.
Trip has been quite the
adventure so far. Brief
recap. Gib has finally trained
us to keep the boat clean and
dry and in the
process he's developed quite the
knack for making gourmet
Day 1: Main blown - repaired
and holding nicely, knock on
wood - care of
Masthead Mary and Bubba Wayne.
Leaky water tanks were quickly
repaired by hydrotechnicians
doctifor Chris and "The Most
in the World." Later, still day
one mind you, water decided it
along with our instrument panel
too well and they've been lost
Its been a blessing in disguise
though as we have been sailing
by feel and
have got quite in tune with the
boat. Mary finds talking in a
helps everything exponentially.
Day 2: Finally set kite and
off and running. Gordon was
voted best Filipino
cabin boy in the fleet, as well
as the crew hall monitor. Food
Sushi on day one was just OK.
Masthead's back becomes just as
fluky as the
wind. Luckily Most Interesting
Rob in the World comes to the
his fully stocked pharmacy of
vicodin, norco and dilotid. Thus
she can't be
stopped regardless of Pappa Gib
and company's best efforts, and
is up and
running at max power - seriously
Day 3 and 4: Are a blur until
last night when rudder issues
discovered. Thank God for a boat
full of men with nice tools.
been isolated and been resolved
without even having to drop the
bringing up the emergency
tiller. Halfway party preps in
progress. Jackie -
big thank you from all of us for
the great food. Yes, still have
cabage to start a peasant
revolution. Life is good on the
Mer. Morale is up, sailing is
beautiful and the company's even
David and Rob have us smartly
aimed for the finish line -
closer to the Mai
Tais - how clever of a
navigation strategy they came up
with. Edward Ureno has
packaged a very attractive time
share package on both lower
still seems to be a bidding war
on the uppers. Mark is the
favorite in the bland shrimp
eating contest, assuming he
manages to chew
and swallow what is in his mouth
at time of writing. Gregory has
learned his vocabulary and
earned sea legs. Was recently
heard to say
confidently "Duck you idiot!" He
credits Masthead Mary with
teaching us all
to "speak" like real sailors.
Chris was first to shower on the
has been voted most annoyingly
optimistic by the crew. Gib's
shower on the
transom left him a blushing red
as when we all sang three cheers
for Gib on
All for now,
will follow with more details
after we recover from our
Aloha, sail fast, and love to
Chasch Mer Crew - mostly
Gordon and Mary Cox.
Regrettably sent by Robert
Wow, what a fast first 2 days.
We don't know what's going on
but it sure
feels like this would be a
record-setting year for many of
Wind has been super consistent
at 13-20 kts. Skies are
Its almost time for a spinnaker.
We are all very wet, tired and
cold, but the worst should be
taken many waves over the deck
that keeps us well saturated.
Gib's bag got
soaked so he's been trying to
dry enough stuff out to be
had some instrument problems,
water leaks, and other various
things to keep
us occupied. Everyone is in high
I need to go start my 6 hour
CREW: Chris Jordan, Edward Ureno, Robert Rice, Gib
Black (Skipper), Mary Cox, Gordon Clay, Gregory Wislocki
Not pictured: David Lawson, Mark Svenson, Wayne Ries
HEADING FOR THE 2011 STARTING LINE.
Chasch Mer SC 50 #1
On Thursday, April 21 Chasch Mer and her crew were blessed by Rev. Tim
Anderson for her 2500 mile trip to the 2011 TRANSPAC yacht race. The
delivery crew of four: Bill Rainer, Mark Svensen, Clive Foreman & Dave
Berke departed following the blessing & have had a great 1st half of the
trip reaching the "turn-right" point once hitting the northern point of the
high. Those interested can follow this on Facebook at
S/V Chasch Mer.
Chasch Mer is the only Hawaii entry to be sailed on her own bottom to
California. This will be her eighth Transpac following her Santa Cruz
launching in 1979. Commissioned by Randy Parker, she was built in a chicken
coop by "The Wizard", Bill Lee as the 1st SC 50.
Chasch Mer is now owned by Hoholulu's Gib & Jackie Black family. This
will be Gib's 9th or 10th crossing between Transpacs and PacCups.