Aloha, here is update number four. The phone call started with Ronnie wanting to know the best way to tie a noose. He said its still cloudy and the batteries are dead. He is hand steering down wind in very light air, less than 5 knots. He is also without any weather information and it's against the rules for me to provide it, if you are wondering why he doesn't just get it from me. I'll keep you guys posted when he calls again. -Rj

Aloha! Another update from the middle of the Pacific. First off what a long day of sailing by hand with no auto pilot. Ronnie says the wind is blowing good and it's surfing conditions. He hit 14.7 knots early in the day, with these speeds he might go back in time. When I was talking to him he hit 11.9. His spirits are high and he is having a blast. 

The conditions are still overcast. The solar panel ballast is doing a great job keeping the stern firmly in the water, and that's about it. He says his batteries are getting really low and he is conserving as much as possible. Ron's sail mail is still down, sooo. Thanks guys take care. 

-Rj

 

Okay, last update for the night from Ron.  He is attempting to carry the spinnaker into the night.  Surfing conditions are good and the boat is hauling, top speed around 13.7.  Like moma always used to say, "theres a good, and there's a bad."  Actually I have never heard her say that. 
 
Allot of things are going wrong, and Ron needs a good pep talk for sure.  His auto pilot is still down and has been for the past day.  He hasn't seen sunlight since he left San Fran so his solar panel is pretty much extra weight along with his batteries.  He needs some sun to charge them up, good thing this boat isn't electric.  Sail mail is down, which also means no email or weather data.  With that said Ronnie sailed off into the night, until next time...
 
-Rj

 

Aloha! Well maybe not yet.  I just got a call from Ronnie today and spent the next ten minutes on the side of the road. Hawaii has a no driving while using the cell phone law. Ron also wanted me to write down his every word so I didn't miss anything. 

 

First off, the primary auto pilot is down and Ron is using the back up tiller. He thinks it is a sensor, but not sure. Also sail mail isn't working right and he isn't sure why. So all updates will need to be made via sat phone. He also said right now he is jib reaching and really hauling. 

 

That's about it so far, when he calls with updates I will post them here on the site. We wanted to post on Facebook, but we are having password issues. I'll work on it tonight when I get home from work. I hope all of you are following along on yellowbrick. I have to say the iPhone and iPad app are pretty sweet. These guys are really helpful also, I bought the race on my iphone, then wanted it on my ipad.  I emailed them and 30 minutes later they had a solution and I did not need to repurchase the race.  Thanx

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