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Friday, January 29, 2010

ISAF/ORC CATEGORY 1 CHECKLIST SO FAR

ITEMS REMAINING TO DATE:


_____Two halyards per mast: ADD SECOND HALYARD TO MIZZEN MAST

_____Lifelines (6.61-62): REPLACE WITH NON-COATED SS 1-19 WIRE

_____Padeyes for harness tethers: INSTALL 2 PADEYES AT COCKPIT

_____Storm trysail on its own track: ADD TRACK FOR STORM TRYSAIL

_____Annual person-overboard practice: MOB PRACTICE TBD

_____Galley: ATTACH PROPANE TANK TO THE HULL

_____Water tanks, two independent tanks with pumps: ATTACH SMALLER WATER TANK

_____Two fire extinguishers: ADD SECOND FE

_____Navigation lights (9.8): COMPLETE WIRING ON FORE AND AFT LIGHTS

_____Water on Board: ADD WATER PER REQ BEFORE DEPARTURE

_____Fuel on Board: ADD FUEL PER REQ BEFORE DEPARTURE

_____First aid kit and manual: ADD FIRST AID KIT

_____Name on misc. buoyant equipment: WHATEVER

_____Energy Plan: INSTALL/WIRE SOLAR PANEL/UNPLUG SHORE POWER FOR A MONTH

_____Safety at Sea class: ALL TO TAKE CLASS



ITEMS GOOD TO GO:


PHRF Rating

Two hatches, watertight, hatches fwd of max. beam open outward

Companionway blockable to shear line without restricting access

Hatch board securing arrangement operable from both sides

Hatch boards secured by lanyards

Cockpit volume within limits (6.23)

Cockpit self-draining: 4 - 3/4" D. drains or equiv. (6.25)

1" toe rail around foredeck

Jack-lines (must be clipable from companonway)

Topping lift or supporting vang

Steering compass

Storm trysail with a sail number

Storm jib (65% hoist, 30% area, as per 10.21.2)

Means of attaching jib to stay, other than headfoil

Sail number on main

Emergency tiller

Emergency rudder or other means of steering

Overboard pole, buoy, drogue, light, whistle (11.52)

Lifesling with attached light

Heaving line (50 ft. 1/4" floating line)

Current ISAF/ORC liferaft (THANK YOU FEATUREPICS.COM :)

Band-it tool

Rigging cutter

Starting battery

Shutoff valves on all fuel tanks

Valves on all through-hulls (with exceptions, 6.51)

Wood plugs (preferably attached to through-hulls)

Manual bilge pump, operable from inside

Inside pump operation test

Manual bilge pump, operable from outside

Outside pump operation test

Lanyards on bilge pump handles

Two anchors

Emergency navigation lights, separate power source (10.1)

12 SOLAS red parachute flares

4 SOLAS red hand flares

4 white hand flares

2 SOLAS orange smoke flares

VHF with channels 6, 16, 68, 71, 72

VHF emergency antenna

Waterproof hand-held VHF (or portable with purpose-built bag)

SSB radio

Req'd freqs: 2182, 4146(4A), 8294(8A), 8297(8B), ITU 816(8240/8764)

Emergency SSB antenna

EPIRB

Weather radio

Depth sounder (or lead line)

Speedometer or distance measuring equipment

Two buckets

Flashlights, including waterproof and signaling flashlights

Foghorn

Radar reflector (12" diameter)

Spare compass

Charts, Light list, plotting equipment

Sextant, tables, timepiece: ADD NAUTICAL ALMANC FOR 2010

Lifejackets, one per crew, type I or inspected inflatable

Whistle attached to lifejackets

Reflective material on lifejackets

Harness, one per crew, shackle at harness end (11.2)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

We are racing!

Adventure Cats learned to use the band-it tool today and “Victoria” got a sail number 38051 from Sailrite (assigned by Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay)… Yeah, no more “Get out of the way, we are racing!” from a guy on a port tack. That day we proudly stood our ground, and he had lost the race long before it began - one down, the rest fortis fortuna adiuvat! We are part of the click now.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Nikki Rose Completes Her Maiden Voyage!

Napa, California – January 3, 2009 – Nikki Rose, Victoria’s new tender, took to the sea for the first time today, thus extending Victoria’s travel ability. Nikki Rose departed before a gathering of about five people including guests, boatyard personnel, and fellow sailors. The launch of Nikki Rose marks the beginning of Adventure Cats travel ability to anywhere on the globe regardless of the landing conditions ashore.



The maiden voyage was marked by ceremonial practice of christening with a bottle of Snapple Peach Tea and lasted approximately three hours ending at 16:00 PST. Skipper Dmitry Shkipin and First Mate Nikki Wutke tested Nikki Rose’s ability to contrive in the water, its versatility on deck and overall seaworthiness.

Nikki Rose was routed around local marina with maximum attained speed of about 2 knots with local tide current at about 3 knots at the time of testing. Both Skipper and the First Mate agreed that Nikki Rose performed as expected.

"Today is a fun day for the Adventure Cats team members who have been working hard on Victoria for over a year – its about time we have some actual fun time on the water" said skipper. "We look forward to the upcoming voyage to the Monterey Bay, where Victoria can show her true offshore colors for the first time since launch." Skipper noted dinghy's only drawback - a luck of a cup holder.

Powered by either manual labor or Minn Kota Riptide 45 Lb saltwater trolling motor, the BIC 245 dingy offers Adventure Cats an exceptionally light, solidly built and stable dinghy experience. The new BIC 245 is the result of 35 years of experience and development by BIC company, that until recently was known as a pen producing enterprise. Due to BIC 245 lightweight built team will have a TON of fun carrying fellow Adventure Cats members and equipment to an anchored boat and back to shore again.

Contacts:

Bic Sport Headquarters
ZI du Prat -BP 03716
56 000 Vannes Cedex
France
Tel. : +33 (0)2 97 43 75 00
Fax: +33 (0)2 97 43 75 01

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Headquarters)
555 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
USA
Tel: 262-631-6600
Fax: 262-631-6601

Snapple Beverage Corporation
P.O. Box 9400
East Meadow, New York 11554
USA
Tel. (516) 222-0022

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Project Solaris Begins!



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