Freeloading Turtles…

What a day. We started out with little wind and a split faction of crew members vying for their vote on the course to sail. Some said south, some west. Southwest just wasn’t an option with the wind direction coming from 065 True. That meant sailing 240 True was dead down wind.

We tried the spinnaker, we tried just one headsail. We tried gybing back and forth on different tacks but that required us to sail more distance overall, even though we were sailing faster. Each one of these configuration changes requires us to go up on the foredeck and hoist and douse sails and drag things here and there and winch on lines – it’s pretty well straight up work. But…it’s worth it.

We are almost in the Trades so we really want to take advantage of the wind and make VMG (velocity made good) towards Hawaii.

Willy saves the day. He comes up with this thing he did to sail across the Atlantic. The Twizzler Rig. No, the Tizzle Sticks. That’s not right. Twiddle Sails. Whatever it’s actually called, it’s a twin headsail rig. No main, just two head sails, one poled out. I had heard of it before but never used it. Never heard of the name he called it but who cares. The shit works GREAT. We are cranking out the miles heading straight for a Diamond Head! Stay Gold, being and IOR boat can be a bit squirrelly dead downwind and can start this rolling effect so that keeps us on our toes.

We were stoked on Willy’s awesome idea. But, to be fair, this was after Willy took a deuce in the turtle (we aren’t 100% sure it was Willy, but who’s counting). The “turtle” is a bag that holds the spinnaker. It’s a big square bag, like a duffel bag. It gets strapped to the rail with the spinnaker in it and then hoisted from that so it’s contained during the process. The bag fell overboard on the starboard side, but was clipped into the lifelines so it wasn’t lost, per design. Normal for it to do.

We were sailing under the kite for a good while and Chris decided to get some footage of the the spinnaker flying. He went forward to film and looked over to see the Turtle swimming in the ocean with a few free loading passengers along for the ride. We surmise, the head is on the starboard side as well as the head overboard discharge…we were on a port tack which means the starboard side (head and Turtle) was lower in the water and made for an unavoidable circumstance. All is well after much cleansing of the Turtle.

There is one more crew member you haven’t been introduced to yet. His name is Skip. I’ve been holding off because he’s a bit of a freeloader and quite frankly none of the other crew are too happy with his performance. At this point, we just tolerate his ridiculous behavior. He’s gotten a free tour of about 1,000 miles of the North Pacific and hasn’t done much to earn the privilege. Despite his small stature and relatively bad looks, we have kept him around with the hopes he will do something worthwhile. To be fair, we drag him about 100 feet behind the boat 24 hours a day so probably feels a bit left out. If he starts talking trash after we get back, just take it with a grain of salt. After all, we haven’t caught a single fish yet!

We are looking at about 8-9 more days…if the wind holds.

Until then, as always; Stay Gold

  1. you need to go 8 knots to catch tuna..try tying a partially fill plastic water bottle a couple of feet ahead of your lure…it will cause a disturbance that attracts fish.

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