I’m happy to announce that after much preparation I’m in the position to officially announce an departure date.
On Sunday, 18th of March, barring a nasty low pressure system over the Tasman Sea, I’ll be departing from Sydney Heads and heading for Los Angeles. A gathering of well wishes will be gathering at South head in the vicinity of the Hornby Light house keepers cottage to see me go past at around Midday. https://goo.gl/maps/xw48QQRCGJo
I also have the rather fantastic news that I’ve just surpassed $10,000 in total donations for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. If you haven’t donated yet, please consider donating now at: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/solo-pacific-crossing
Don’t forget to like this page for regular trip updates. A tracker is also set up at http://www.aloneinthepacific.com/tracker
The last month has been an absolute whirlwind, I thought I’d put up a list of some of the things I’ve been up to.
– Designing and fitting an inner forestay so I can hoist a storm jib independent of the furling genoa including chain-plate reinforced deck fitting and masthead tang with tensioner back to cockpit.
– Extra mast track for an independent trysail, The advantage of this is that my dedicated storm trysail can stay loaded at all times and can be hoisted without removing the mainsail from it’s tracks (Quite a cumbersome job in high winds).
– Measuring and having made up dedicated orange coloured storm sails, very durable and easy to spot.
– Designing, fabricating and fitting a stainless steel frame to place solar panels and wind turbines to generate electricity. Quite a tricky task as it rests on non-flat surfaces and fits around backstays and stanchions – Also houses various antennas and flag pole for the red ensign
– New MF/HF radio with DSC capability and 12m antenna from masthead to stern
– AIS with antenna splitter for detecting ships nearby
– Sat and passed my long range radio communications exam
– Setting up a laptop with navigation software and charts for the entirity of the Pacific.
– Fitted new power bank including 2x100a/h deep cycle batteries and dual purpose 100a/h cranking battery – also includes 1000W pure sine wave inverter
– 160W wind turbine along with 80W solar panel and regulator
– Refitting and sealing glass on hatches.
– Fitted windvane self-steering system
– Register with the Australian shipping registry, any ship headed more than 200nm offshore most do this.
– Haul out and inspection of rudder/hull/keel + complete antifoul of the bottom
– Fitted chainplates at the stern for attaching the Jordan Series drogue – must be able to take over 5000kg of breaking strain in storm conditions
Misc list of other equipment (Not exhaustive)
– Jordan series drogue
– Tiller pilot – Fitted to the windvane steering system for light winds
– Liferaft – Four man with a survival kit designed for >24 hours before rescue including extra GPS
– Extra EPIRB with GPS capability
– Offshore wet weather gear and boots
– Satellite communication device
– Paper charts for entirety of pacific
– Cordless dremel and drill
– Extensive tool kit including sockes, spanners, shifters, bolt cutters, etc
– Various engine spare parts including water pump refurbish kit, oil filters, and fuel filters.
– Bosun’s chair and block and tackle for solo mast climbing
– Misc sealant and fibreglass repair kit
– Sail repair tape and tools
– Sextant – (still in the market for a good one)
– 100m spare 14mm braided nylon rope
– 100m spare 8mm superspeed spectra rope
– Extensive medical kit including intravenous fluids, antibiotics, surgical instruments, and bandages.
Thank you to those kinds souls that have supported with an extra hand here and there, and a big thank you to everyone that has donated so far to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation!