It is a good morning here on the Lobster Telephone, the automatic coffee machine did it's thing, the cat is tearing up the carpet, and the boat is still and quiet in the early morning fog. Dina and Ajax are cuddled up in the aft cabin having a bit of a lie in and I am up earlier than usual after a good nights sleep. It is amazing how much better rested one is if you they don't drink the night before.
Dina and Ajax snuggling up together
One of the reasons I am up early is to follow one of the coolest things in sailing that has happened in a long time. Right now there are two Maxi-trimarans virtually match racing across the Atlantic attempting to set the trans-Atlantic record.
I tend to concentrate on the Groupama site a little more than the Banqeupopulaire one, mostly because some of the Groupama one is in English. The numbers these two boats are putting up are just insane. Groupama is averaging just over 34 knots, and BP-5 might be going even faster! The high speed that these boats are reaching must be over 40 knots. Very, very cool.
In other news we did do the Estuary Wednesday night race out of the Oakland Yacht Club. Dina and Dan, who we call Sid, from the loft both joined Cameron, Jeff, and I for this one. Jeff drove and nailed the start perfectly getting us about three quarters of the way up the first beat before the much bigger Islander 36 finally got by us. A great gybe-set coupled with a bad wrap on the Islander allowed us to keep in touch with them about half way down the run until they finally got their wrap sorted out by dropping and re-hoisting. We also got passed by Vince on Morning Dew just at the bottom mark, but it was a very solid first lap, easily one of the best we have done in a while.
Bad guys behind us for once.
Of course once the two bigger boats got into clear air ahead of us it was all over and even though we had better sets and douses than everyone on the second lap we still ended up fourth on the evening. I had a chat with the race committee guy in the OYC afterwards about the class breaks, and while he was sympathetic the nature of the estuary course and the boats he has to work with mean that we are probably always going to be finishing in order of length no matter what. A little frustrating to be sure, but we are still having a lot of fun out there Gonzo sailing.
Another interesting thing is that I am finally filling out the forms necessary to apply for American citizenship. Mostly because a lot of the jobs that seem interesting to me require it. Most of these jobs are civilian positions with either the Coast Guard or Homeland Security and involve port security or ship inspection type stuff. Right now they seem to be one of the only groups hiring, add in the fact that they are well payed and mostly based out of Government Island here on the Estuary and the whole citizenship thing starts to make sense. I can still keep my British citizenship which is important so why not?
One of the requirements of applying for citizenship is that you have to list the details of every trip you have taken abroad since you became a permanent resident. Not sure how that is going to work since I became a permanent resident in 1974 and have left the U.S. maybe 50 times since then. Not even sure I can remember every trip that I took, much less everywhere I went on those trips. A daunting task indeed.