June 26, 2018

One of the classics of sailing is the bi-annual Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda Yacht Race. Some 167 yachts entered in this year’s event including Kiwi Spirit II (KS2). My son Alan along with two Bermudian friends, Chris Jones and Claude Guay and project manager Steve...

December 12, 2017

Kiwi Spirit is once again and all too soon at the end of my dock in St. Augustine, Florida. Plans have been laid to take care of the outstanding matters having to do with power generation, usage and monitoring. Then there is the entire electrical system including the l...

December 2, 2017

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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.

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