Pacific Offshore Cruise – Hawaii to San Francisco

Thursday Update from the Crew of J/World…

We are at 38.10N and 143.09W. Winds are out of the north at 8-12, and it’s overcast today, and colder – for the first time I have long pants on. We have arrived in these northern latitudes. We are heading NE, but on a port tack now! After 1,000 or so miles on starboard tack, we did a few readjustments, and off we go…

We’ll be heading up this way for another day, and as I see on the gribs [weather charts], we will be getting a nice northerly around latitude 40, across the beam, and we should be off towards land and arrive in no time… sounds like a plan!

We are doing well. Lots of discussions and good communicating… as a great crew should!

Cheers, Capt. Eugenie and Team

Offshore Cruise Report – Hawaii to San Francisco

The latest news from the middle of the Pacific Ocean are reported by Captian Eugenie, via the SSB Radio link…

July 28 –

Well, today was Joe’s ‘boat birthday’… We started out dodging rain squalls: they come with weird winds from different directions, rain, and then calm nothingness and still grey… then after all that, everything returns to normal. It’s actually pretty funny.

Either way, we have entered the ‘high’ and are heading north with, calm, flat seas, and no wind. It’s been 8 days, 1194 miles and we just turned on the engine for the first time. Not bad. We are at the half way point.

So Joe (back to his boat b-day), had the morning off, and slept in… Polly, Rick and I decided to clean out the aft lazarttes. Some diesel had leaked from the jerry cans, and was driving me crazy. Now the boat is back on its ship shape cleanness, jerry cans tight and rearranged.

Joe’s wish was that we all had to write or come up with a joke, or limerick, and write them down for everybody’s entertainment. And it certainly was entertaining!

Everybody is happy and a great team, still on the run to beat 16 days.

Cheers from the capt and crew who are now motor sailing on a lake with 2-5 kts wind, at 35.36N and 145.03W, heading north.

PS Had to sail backwards around 3am… fish net or something caught in rudder. All out now!!!

Monday am position

From Holua:

J/World was at 32-34N 147-05W 12kts wind from 090*


Hawaii to San Francisco Cruise – Sunday Report

We got the another squall, with rain and winds this morning, perfect way to start Rick’s “boat birthday” and for what we hoped to be a lazy sunday… hum, i had to wake up everybody at 7:30 am to help me reef, and lash down everything… Rain, and big wind gusts. Joe braved the rain and got soaked mumbling something about these working conditions that he had to talk to you about! We toughed it out with smiles, even two rail meat hiking again, soaked and happy at all times on the rail to stay on track! We are dedicated and motivated cruiser-racers. t

I made french toast, and took a nap. We just finished tea with cookies and took a british accent that Polly has been trying to teach us. All good. We are now sailing with 7-9 kts out of the east again, so NE is our heading and close hauled has been our point of sail since day 1 and wind wind wind wind…

We are at 31.36 by 147.53… So there, we’re sailing up NE for a while more and we’ll get what we get.

Cheers! Your very faithfull Capt, and great crew…


Short and to the point

relaying from an email receive today. sent at 10:17 PDT:

all on board are in fine spirits and super well. we are eating well, trying to get used to this waking up all the time, all day and nite, but seem well enough rested. we heave to for lunch and diner for an hour because we have been pounding into the waves since we left , making it hard to cook. nobody has been seasick. we stopped to swim in the big blue ocean, and we havent used the motor yet- yippeee. as of friday am we are at 28.28.4 by 153.17.1 –roughly 540 miles north of hawaii. winds have been clocking to the east, now we are making a course of 030. there is a high above, we’ll motor east then continue north after for a bit.

Eugneie, from onboard “J/World”

From our friends on Holua….

Hi to all with loved ones and friends aboard J/World.

As of this morning, they were at:
28 28’N 153 17’W with 9-12 kts of wind from 090* and all is well, as of 0900 PDT Friday.

This was relayed from my friends Mike, Ted and Tom aboard Hulua, returning to Southern California. They are at: 34 10’ N 138 50’W.

They reported that they spoke with Eugenie this morning via the SSB radio (Single Sideband high frequency radio)

“we had weak connection, but the gal on J World was asking if we were “posting” positions anywhere, I said I’d fwd to you that JWorld was at 28*28’N 153*17’W with 9-12 kts of wind from 090* and all is well, as of 0900 PDT Friday. ”

Also from Mike on Holua” “There is no formal network or schedule for the returning boats and we all have different data capabilities, so we try to share info and keep a loose log of daily reports for each other. As “lead dog” out of Waikiki, HOLUA has been the contact/list keeper. Now that we are charging east it is harder and harder to hear the boats just getting started. If someone were to find themselves in trouble we could figure out who, if anyone, was close enough to render assistance.?”

Euge sent a direct email from the boat… I’ll post that soon.

Barry and the J/World Crew

Getting there as fast as possible, without a spinnaker…

Bummed to pass this one along… But, people have friends and family meeting them on the island, flight schedules, jobs to return to, etc… Apparently, the decision to retire was a democratic vote and unanimous, with the objective to get to the island as directly and quickly as possible. -Barry


J World
23 35
147 30

Transpac Race Committee:

Please be advised that the vessel ‘J World’ is formally withdrawing from the 2009 Transpac. Vessel and crew are fine, and there are no issues beyond significant damage to our downind sail inventory!

Due to a variety of commitments, the crew has elected to engage the motor and to motor-sail a portion of the remaining distance in order to arrive in Hawaii in a timely fashion.

Please advise when convenient as to instructions for our arrival in Hawaii (whether we should still radio upon our arrival, and who to check in with for berthage assignments).

On behalf of the entire J World team, I thank you tremendously for a fantastic event! We look forward to participating again in 2011.

All the best,

Wayne Zittel

Bad Ending…

Forwarding on excerpts from a “personal” email…

“fyi we blew up all our spins in the last 24 hours. Really squally and tough. Surprised the 1.5 oz went… not that windy, but they go thru a lot of abuse…

We tried to nurse the last one (a big .75) and I [Wayne] was driving when it went. Wind went from 15 to 25 real fast at 1am. Had some great rides for about 20 minutes, I thought we had it made, then no luff, no shock load, just pop. No chance of repairing any… so nothing to do but jib reach… 700 miles? ouch…”


This is why we do this…

Ok, it’s 2:30am. The light winds of this race have drawn out the first half to a painful 9 days. We’ve drifted for hours, prayed for wind, sacrificed anything we could think of to Mother Nature/King Neptune, and taken stock of the onboard food supplies.

[editor’s note: I hope they didn’t offer Josh’s shoes!]

But that was then, and now it is a whole different race.

Two days ago we had a 198 mile day… oh, so close to that 200 mark. Undaunted, and newly challenged our team rose to the challenge to knock of 215 miles yesterday. I just crunched the numbers, and we are looking pretty good for today too. We are in the trades. They blow all day, all night. A bit off pace from normal, we are seeing steady 15, occasionally gusting to 20. The seas have gotten more organized, and the surf is indeed up. Top recorded speed so far, 15.3 knots. Nicely done, Jon.

Life on board has fallen into good routines. As a group, we have gotten to know the boat and to know each other. Our onboard communication and teamwork continues to progress, and I think it will show in the end. Most of the magazines have been burned thru, and all the bad jokes have come and gone… now we are all stuck with each other! But we have a fun bunch aboard; the interaction is great, except that I have a hard time falling asleep when I hear the hoots and laughter in the cockpit.

Good times indeed.

Way up north of us, the 100 foot maxi Alfa Romeo is blasting along, gunning for a new course record. They got to start after all the weather anomalies that we had to deal with had dispersed, so they get to sail a much more direct route, along with the fleet of 70+ foot boats. Down here to the south, we are slowly being overrun by the 50 footers. Saw one off on the distance in the late afternoon, and are thinking it was the Japanese Team in Tachyon III.

And tonight the moon came out. The night started off coal black, with the only the nights from the instruments and the eerie glow of phosphorescence. But early on, the moon came up, peeked out of the clouds, and wow, what an evening. Trucking along, 9, 10, 11 knots with regular bursts over 12, with a lunar-esque sea scape surrounding us. Yes, this is why we do what we do…

Wish us a good watch, and we’ll catch you sometime tomorrow…

Wayne Zittel & the J World Team

Oh what a difference a day makes….

Oh what a difference a day makes….

Tonight, as I sit here writing this, we have the spinnaker up for the first evening, and the sound of water sizzling past the boat again fills the cabin. The breeze finally stabilized and filled in, and we have been enjoying a nice NNW 9-11 knots all day, and now well into the night. The J/120 loves this stuff, and we have been scooting along at about 7 knots in very smooth seas. Good times are here again.

I give my commendation to a great team, who persevered in truly difficult conditions. And their efforts paid off. We came out of the ‘uglies’ in pretty good shape relative to our fleet. We are still sitting in second in our class. Unfortunately (for us, at least) the bigger boats who started three days behind us are missing the tough stuff we ran into earlier and enjoying markedly better conditions, and hence will be tough to beat overall.. but those are the breaks, are there is nothing we can do about the luck of the draw on starting times. We are focusing on our fleet, specifically seeing what we can do to reel in the ultralight Relentless, who sprung to an early lead in the light winds. Our team is jazzed to be back in the breeze, and ready to chase them down. We have been scraping off a couple of miles at each position report, so I am optimistic that we’ll get to them!

We had the great fortune to come across a small pod of Orcas earlier today. They passed by relatively close on our starboard side, but then as quickly as the come in the scene, they were gone… leaving us alone again. Very impressive animals, and it’s a humbling experience to see them out here in this vast space which is really theirs…

Anyhow, it’s coming up on 4am right now, and I’m going to head back on deck and get ready for the watch change… Charles has been driving, Bill is stepping up to the helm, and Eric is here in the cabin earing up to trim for an hour before he starts driving. It’s going to be a nice morning.

All the best and pleasant dreams of far off shores to all those back home,

Wayne Zittel and the J World Team