Friday, July 20, 2007

Just In: Pegasus Racing hits a net

Photos Philippe Kahn
Ouch!!!! We just got a big net. It's wrapped all around our leeward rudder. We lost half of our boat-speed. We have a plan: we’re going to use a mainsail batten as a tool. To get to the net, we will put full cant on the keel, I will drive the boat DDW (dead downwind) giving us windward heel and allowing the rudder to get out of the water. Richard will climb over the side and untangle the net. Now we will execute our plan. Wish us luck!
We did it! So picture the boat on its side in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Richard standing on the side (clipped-in), armed with a carbon mainsail batten and yours truly driving the boat to balance it on its side, just as the wind hit 18 knots accompanied by big swells. It was way too dangerous to focus on anything but the task at hand. On a fully crewed boat this is much easier, in our case, if one goes in the water, it becomes much more challenging rapidly. All is well that ends well. We lost two hours. Two precious hours. We’ll have to push even harder. -Philippe Kahn