I mentioned "reliability" in a recent blog. Here at Lyman Morse we are simplifying systems such as sheets on top rather than thru the deck, upgrading and modifying furling systems, getting a mainsail with deeper reefing points and adding a fourth reef - and so on it goes.
Kiwi Spirit is at Lyman Morse in Maine being made "reliable." Our dog Lucie runs atop the hard top to survey the scene. Once Kiwi is finished she will sail to St Augustine where sailing fast and aggressively will be the agenda.
Kiwi Spirit II heads to Lyman Morse the builders of Kiwi Spirit I. There we will strive to make her reliable and combined with Doyle Sail make her faster and more manageable. I feel the pressure. In cruising it's about safety and comfort. Now it's about reliability and is she fast enough?
We finish back of the fleet due principally to my tactical failure to bring along the spinnaker sail for the lighter winds than I expected. With an inexperienced family crew I had hoped the more manageable light wind Code Zero would serve us well, but that was not to be the case. We had great family time. Regardless, Kiwi Spirit II is not near as fast as her predecessor in which I came in 14th out of 72 boats 4 years ago.
A staggered start of 76 boats to head the 363 miles to Halifax Canada has Kiwi Spirit starting in last position, 90 minutes after the first boat got underway due to Class Rules. Less than two hours into the race we had overhauled seven boats with next bunch mile ahead.
The 350 miles race from Marblehead, Massachusetts to Halifax, Nova Scotia will be in light winds 5-10 knots (6-11 mph). This is unfavorable for Kiwi Spirit as I don't have a large spinnaker. We are designed for heavier winds. Crew of sons Stan, Nick, his son Nicholas and old friend Bob Beaumont all assemble tomorrow, Saturday for a Sunday start.