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TackingAg
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: sail2wind]
      #1613238 - 11/05/14 09:50 PM (67.142.235.252)

From the J World Annapolis FB page today...

J World Annapolis' Eurotrash Girl is on the high seas! Here is a pre-emarkation post from one our students:

As you know I am setting sail tomorrow en route Marsh Harbor, Bahamas. I will be will dropped off in Eastport in the morning and we'll leave the docks around lunchtime. We'll work our way down the Chesapeake to meet the other ARC Caribbean/Bahama participants in Portsmouth Virginia on Thursday. FYI, ARC Rallies are technically a race, no motors just wind power! (actually we are allowed to run our diesel twice a day to charge our batteries to power our electronics) ARC's are organized all over the world allowing sailors to travel great distances in groups, "safety in numbers". The ARC Caribbean 1500 boats are sailing all the way to Tortola BVI (1500 miles) and my group will sail approximately 200 miles offshore through the Gulf Stream then head south to the Bahamas, about 750 miles total, both ARC groups leave Portsmouth at the same time....should be a cool sight! The offshore blue water portion of the trip should take just under 5 days to complete.

We will have 8 crew on our J120 monohull, 40 foot performance racer/cruiser. 2 watch Captains are J World Instructors, Jeff is a Director at J World and has made this trip and other crossings dozens of times and Tony just retired as a USN Chief Navigator on an aircraft carrier and he teaches sailing to the midshipmen at the Naval Academy. We will split the crew into 2 watch groups responsible for 6 hour watches during daylight and 4 hour watches at night. The 4 person teams will rotate their positions during their watches, steering, navigation, sail trim, making coffee and preparing snacks! The crew that is not on deck will be down below eating or sleeping in their bunk. There are 4 bunks midship, 2 stacked portside and 2 starboard and we'll clip ourselves in with webbing to keep from rolling out....sounds glamorous aye! Food? we are very fortunate that one of the crew had access to a chef and he has prepared real gourmet meals vacuum sealed for 4 people, simply put bags in boiling water! Here's a couple items from his menu... Cuban braised pork shoulder with saffron rice and refried beans, rigatoni w/ sausage peppers and onions, vodka sauce, roasted red pepper soup......geeesh! I was expecting dehydrated camping food heheeeee!

We are supposed to leave Portsmouth on Saturday, but there is a weather front moving in that is predicted to bring 17-24 foot seas and gale force winds off of Hatteras. The ARC committee will not let anyone start in that kind of weather, I am thankful for that!

Hope you keep an eye on our progress and I'll give a shout out along the way!
XOXO
Rick

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rhans
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: TackingAg]
      #1613467 - 11/06/14 08:51 PM (184.53.0.154)

About Monday it looks like a fairly strong high pressure will follow the next cold front returning the winds to the north. Bad mojo for crossing the stream. Be careful out there.
Been there done that.


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BEERMAN
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: rhans]
      #1614050 - 11/09/14 09:08 PM (174.224.129.38)

I am now hopping from plane to plane on my way home. A report will be written, but just wanted to say hey! Quite the adventure including everything from tropical storm conditions to illness and a medical emergency 200 miles off shore to enjoying gourmet food during the passage to catching fish, flying kites, repairing and jerry rigging things and of course all the nice people i was fortunate to meet.....FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!

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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1614118 - 11/10/14 09:52 AM (71.101.44.67)

Wow, ok, can't wait to hear about it!

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sail2wind
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1614154 - 11/10/14 12:06 PM (184.166.209.238)

OH No, not your toe again?

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saildoggie
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: sail2wind]
      #1614223 - 11/10/14 04:04 PM (108.0.74.172)

Wow, looking forward to a report, get well!
I did a lot of offshore racing aboard BlewBayou, a J 120, great boats and lots of fun! We exploded 2 kites in one night on our way to Ensenada!


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BEERMAN
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: saildoggie]
      #1614244 - 11/10/14 06:06 PM (174.236.197.171)

I wasnt injured and I did not get sick....stand by to stand by

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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1614282 - 11/10/14 09:08 PM (108.0.74.172)

Quote:

BEERMAN said:
I wasnt injured and I did not get sick....stand by to stand by




Very cool Beerman!
Name of the S/V J 120?


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BEERMAN
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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: saildoggie]
      #1614325 - 11/11/14 07:31 AM (72.83.250.161)

S/V Euro Trash Girl is her name. As you know Dog, these J120's are faaast!

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Re: Good Luck Beerman! - Caribbean 1500 [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1614774 - 11/13/14 08:14 PM (108.0.74.172)

Yes, BlewBayou was fast, we were clocking 16-18 knots boat speed when we exploded the 2 chutes!

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