After 14 days and 12 hours, "Hope for the Warriors/ US 101" finished on Saturday night at 9:30 pm Hawaii time. Over the final 3 days, we came from behind to move into the lead near the end of the race and win our class by a margin of 1 hour and 34 minutes. Extremely happy and excited about the result. Sorry for the lack of comm during the race, but we had a LOT of problems on board including severe lack of electricity which created no communication and no ability to write blogs. I have been resting and relaxing and am just now getting back to work. In the next couple of days, i'll be uploading video, photos, my log book and a full race recap.

Very happy to be in Hanalei with a class win! Massive thanks to all of my sponsors and friends who helped me get here. More to follow soon...

still having charging issues. doing lots and lots of hand steering. pleasant tradewind sailing and having fun. 914 miles to go.


First from Ronnie, via email.
Hoping this works and I can send my first blog of the race. Had no sun and therefore no electricity for days, so i'm just getting recharged and going. My ssb worked last night very well for the check in and I could hear well this morning, so my comm situation is on the up and up.
Very rough race for first 5 days. Primary autopilot's rudder reference sensor stopped working after 2 days and that left me using my back up tiller pilot. With no solar power and fully depleting my batteries in the first two days (primary autopilot is hydraulic and very power hungry...) I was left to hand steer with no other real alternative if i wanted to keep racing. I hand steered 60 out of 72 hours for a 20 hour/ day average over 3 days. I hit my mental and physical breaking point a few times, dropping both sails and collapsing in the cockpit. Very very difficult psychological and physical struggle.
I did manage to wire my b&g autopilot brain to my raymarine tiller pilot brain and am sharing wind data. So at least the tiller pilot steers to apparent wind now. Happy about that.
Doing much better now. Morale is up. Sun is out. Blowing pretty light in trades, about 12 knots. Some squall action now. 17 knots. Gotta go handsteer and maybe gybe.
Didn't gybe. Rode 15-18 knots of pressure for a few miles, with a favorable wind shift headed straight to Hanalei. Squall rained itself out and now breeze is going lighter.
talk later.
-Ronald A Simpson


Finally the sun is out!  The batteries are charging! Very light breeze, pleasant sailing with the spinnaker up.  Ronnie said he is rested and feeling much better.  
He also got "macgyver" on his auto pilot.  I'm not really sure what he meant, because he left me a voicemail.  That either means he turned it into something else that would be useful or fixed it.  I will ask him the next time he calls.  
I found out today after calling at&t that it does cost money when I call Ronnie.  Let's just say free mobile to mobile does not include international mobile satellite phones.  Eating ramen tonight to make up for the call.
He also text that this is the first beautiful evening in the trades.  Breeze is still light, around 12 knots.  The auto pilot is steering to apparent wind now and 1269 miles to Hawaii!

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