Schematic during the 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Race on their way to a 1st in class 4th in fleet finish.
This video is about the crew of Schematic a J/42 sharing all of their secrets of offshore sailing while doing the 2016 Annapolis To Bermuda Race. The race was a total of 750 miles and started June 10, 2016; it took us just under 5 days to complete.
This year Schematic will be doing the Annapolis to Bermuda Race. It is a smaller race 40 boats as opposed to 200 boats, but the distance is longer adding 120 miles of the Chesapeake Bay and the schedule works out better for me.
Schematic will be put back in the water for the season on Friday April 3rd. The boat will need to be moved from Bert Jabins back to her berth at Mears Marina . The plan is to meet at the boat at 1530, get sails on, shuffle cars, restock the fridge and hopefully get out for a short shake down sail. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.
After sailing about 1800 miles, Schematic is back in her slip in Annapolis. She went from Annapolis to Newport, RI, did the Newport to Bermuda Race then sailed back to Annapolis safely ahead of Hurricane Arthur.
The 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race was a tough and grueling one with light winds and foul current. We went too far East trying to take advantage of a warm eddy, but got caught with no wind, then could not get far enough west and fought 4 knots of Gulf Stream Current that was going North. We fought back in light air and found some favorable current to get to the front of our Class, but then went too far west and wound up in the middle. We took 9 (out of 15) in Class and 18 (out of 96) in Fleet - a respectable finish given the tough conditions.
We had some set backs too; Wally our Navigator got very sick on the delivery up and could not race. Our electronics were marginal at best. We did not have all the full range of instruments available in the cockpit, there were conflicts with new equipment installed and The Expedition navigation software was not intuitive and a real challenge - it was a real headache. Chris Burd our rock star bow man was injured - fortunately not seriously. This trip saw more use of the first aid kit than any race that I can remember. Stomach pain, muscle bruises, and bacterial eye infection.
The crew was awesome - On short notice we replaced Wally with Tripp Burd - Chris's brother; he blended well with the rest of the crew and did an excellent job on the bow and trimming sails - he had the best hat. Chris, never missed a beat, switched to the back of the boat and was awesome driving in light air. Brad Cole stepped up and helped in Wally's absence and contributed to the brain trust in the aft guard and did a great job with much of the boat prep. Greg Leinweber did an amazing job on sail trim and keeping the bow of the boat in ready for action. Warren Dahlstrom and David Banks did an amazing job with the food - we ate like kings. David also gets bonus points for taking care of the first aid kit and keeping all healthy and in action. Conner Fox did an outstanding job scrambling for lines, sails and taking most of the photographs.
The boat did an excellent job - I don't think it could have been in better shape - nothing was left to chance - nothing was lost or broken - a rare occurrence when racing offshore.It moved well in the light air
We had a great time. It was a lot of work and there are a lot of great stories to tell.
Spin Sheet Magazine discusses sailing Schematic to Bermuda in the current issue. The Article is focused on boats from Annapolis sailing to Bermuda this Summer. I discuss the preparation involved and the importance of having a great crew.
There is still some
work being done on the boat - Its close, but lots of little stuff - A
big thanks to Brad for dealing with a few of these contractors.
Right now the following remains outstanding:
new running rigging, including upgrading the preventer, section of life line replaced,
auto pilot arm connection re done.
Re-beding hardware to try and fix a small annoying leak over the Nav station
replacing the burner for the oven.
Installing the 16" flat screen
the new GPS set up and operational - this is very cool - we will have
wireless - for those of you with iPads we will be able to navigate using
the iPad in the cockpit - go to the app store and download Simrad GoFree
Engine maintenance and parts replacement to make sure everything works.
Sails being looked at, upgraded and the main reinstalled.
Short haul on Thursday to clean the bottom.
of that is currently in progress and hopefully (fingers crossed) will
be complete by Friday - the main will be installed next week.
Wally and I are collecting Gulf Stream data - He and I are meeting with Mike on Friday 6/6 at 3 to go over the Navigation software and Equipment set up.
race entry is complete and has been accepted by the race committee. Thanks for the scramble on Monday to get the Waivers complete -
we turned it around very quickly - I think we avoided the time penalty.
Thanks to Wally for dealing with the inspector.
If you have any gear for the race that needs to be stowed on the boat - That should be on board by this Saturday. Please
keep your gear to a minimum - you get one bag that fits in the overhead
compartment and its $25 a bag to check any additional luggage. ;)
I'm out of town Sunday through Wednesday and we are leaving Thursday 6/12 in the afternoon to deliver the boat to Newport (Jamestown) The boat needs to be race ready and prepared to leave on Saturday.
Holly and I will be talking about food for the Delivery and get non perishables stowed on Saturday - the perishables will go on Thursday afternoon.
to Warren and David for getting the meal plan together and other
non perishables for the race stowed on Saturday. I'm assuming that the race
Perishables are being bought in Newport or FedExed to Newport Yachting
Thanks to David for assembling the First Aid kit -
please do us all a favor and if you have any health issues or
prescription medication make sure that David has a heads up. Brad and
David are our two trained first-aid professionals.
The boat will be in Newport by Noon on Thursday at the Newport Yachting Center -
Please bring your passport and return ticket so we can go through customs and immigration on Thursday afternoon.
IF YOU ARE NOT IN NEWPORT BY 2 PM ON THURSDAY PLEASE GET ME YOUR PASSPORT AND AIRLINE TICKET BY SATURDAY!!!
Form or Document(s) Required Completed and signed
(Forms will be available in Newport prior to departure.)
Bermuda Customs Clearance-vessel, one double sided form per boat (completed in triplicate)
Declaration of Health (one double-sided form per boat)
Customs Traveler Declaration (White w/ blue lettering)
Bermuda Department of Immigration Passenger Arrival Form (Pink) – page 2 stamped by Immigration
A valid airline ticket for all crew
flying out of Bermuda or evidence that such a ticket is waiting at
Bermuda. E-tickets are acceptable BUT documentary proof of ticket MUST
be shown, i.e. printout showing Locator ID and confirmation of flight
- See more at: http://bermudarace.com/resources/bermuda-logistics/bermuda-customs-and-immigration/#sthash.9JgJIWcu.dpuf
Return delivery Crew please make sure that you have your letter to get into Bermuda.
we are all signed up and through Bermuda Immigration (still in
Newport) we will meet for dinner - the agenda will be to review and
discuss safety, watches, assignments, anticipated weather, our race
strategy, operating procedures and enjoy some grog.
If you have any questions please email or call. 202-236-6115.