November 30, 2017

Sometimes circumstances accumulate to a point to where a unwelcome but wise decision must be made - and right now I am faced with exactly that. The final straw occurred over the last two days when I learned from the WSSR (Word Sailing Speed Record Council) that even a...

November 30, 2017

It seems the autopilots are now satisfactory and so the remaining problem is battery charging and use.

The batteries are charging unevenly and at a slower rate then they should. Usually with one hydrogenerator down I get a positive charge but now it takes two down thus...

November 28, 2017

With Thanksgiving weekend over people are returning to work here in Bermuda and we will be seeing today an electrician and a refrigeration expert. We have repaired three small holes in the mainsail, replaced a lost VHF antenna on the mast and replaced a hydro head. Add...

November 24, 2017

Safe and snug in St. George’s, Bermuda. In the background the White Horse pub for draft beer and fish with chips.

Project  Manager Steve Pettengill arrives tomorrow and we get to planning then work. Will give an update when all assessed.

Having slept no more than 45 mi...

November 23, 2017

There are a number of issues – mostly electrical and electric.  This department has been a problem all along and several experts have not solved it. Here are the items in order of becoming an issue since leaving St. Augustine just five days ago.

  1. Main auto pilot over...

November 21, 2017

Day Zero – Saturday November 18th

Departed St. Augustine at 10:00am and was released at the Outer Sea Buoy at 11:00. Good crowd on the City dock and another two dozen or so on the bridge. I counted 22 escort boats as KS2 with her tanks sealed was towed to the start. As...

November 18, 2017

Kiwi Spirit II departure from St. Augustine, Florida today, November 18, 2017.

November 17, 2017

Oh my, I am ready. The boat is complete. Food is on board - canned, refrigerated, frozen, dehydrated and fresh. Full water tank and two adult beverages a day for 150 days. Milk powder to reconstitute 100 liters. Spares parts and repair materials. Redundancy. What have...

November 11, 2017

With eight days to go the corporate and individual sponsors whose support goes to the Foundation for Physical Therapy have been placed on the boat. My sincere thanks to them for supporting physical therapy research. If you feel left out your name can still go on a shee...

November 1, 2017

Picture below shows the mainsail on 3rd reef. Off the Azores in 40 knots with a furled J2 (staysail), we were overpowered on 3rd reef and so we have now installed a 4th reef.

The past two weeks project manager Steve Pettengill and son Alan - both of whom have circumnavi...

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