As we move closer to our Santa Barbara to Channel Islands trips we are busy varnishing, painting and doing the general maintenance that MARTHA deserves and demands. Not to mention getting ready for Transpac which is on it’s way,   July will be here before we know it!

Mary turns in an eye splice

Mary turns in an eye splice

Anne captures  yet another mylar balloon

Anne captures yet another mylar balloon

 

MARTHA dockside at Sea Base

MARTHA dockside at Sea Base

Our visit to Newport Harbor has been wonderful because of the warm invitation for us to visit the Newport Sea Base.  Sea Base is a Sea scout/ community youth aquatic center with an emphasis on boating/sailing.

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon sail with the Sea Base Staff and continued our MOB training by “rescuing” yet another Mylar Balloon. We have lost count there have been so many.

Sea Base staff out for a sail

Sea Base staff out for a sail

Sea Base staff sail

Sea Base staff sail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also attended the Newport Harbor Yacht Club “Yachtsmen’s Luncheon ” it was a very nice time and a wonderful lunch,  many came down to see MARTHA at the visitors dock.

Thanks to Walt Henry for the invite and to the Newport Harbor YC for their gracious accommodation.

 

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For those wondering about MARTHA’s new Stainless Steel Life lines here’s the scoop.

Prior to November of 2014 the US Sailing and ISAF  special regulations that govern safety standards for off shore racing Category 1 prescription years 2014-2016 allowed for Stainless  or Dyneema life lines.

And of course we installed Dyneema because of it’s good hand and looks.

In November we were alerted by the US Sailing safety inspector that the ISAF in Europe, along with US Sailing, were putting Dyneema on the chopping block and would most likely decide to ban it from use in off shore events; beginning immediately.

Well, despite our hopes and dreams, Dyneema was banned,  so we needed to switch out to Stainless Life lines ASAP.

Here is where the story gets fun,  and why Port Townsend and the Marine Trades there are so awesome.

Trying to integrate modern systems into the classic style that MARTHA represents can be difficult,  so right away I called Pete Langley at the Port Townsend Foundry.  After a brief discussion he said “I got you covered.”  “Send the measurements and we will build the parts and send them with Doug Jones when he heads to San Diego for the Schooner Cup.”

Well as you can imagine,  along with the other things going on, installing new life lines felt a bit much to do before the race, yet we didn’t have much time after the race and before inspection.

gate hardware

gate hardware

Thursday before the Race at about 1400 hrs, Doug, Pete, Christopher, Anne and I started to remove the Dyneema. Pete and I went about the boat taking the final measurements,  (the Foundry had made all the parts and swaged one end of the set up to allow a final fit before the final swage).

new life line parts

new life line parts

Pete and Doug ran the parts to the Rigging shop, (THANK YOU to Butler Marine Enterprise for the prompt service,)  returned, installed and were finished by 1700.hrs.

All I can say is what a nice, smooth, professional job,  it went like clock work and it all works and looks great.

 

In addition to the above mentioned changes  we suffered a Main Stay sail halyard block failure pounding our way North from Cabo San Lucas.

I remembered that PT Foundry  had developed a line of bronze blocks and gave a call. Once again Pete asked a few questions and said he would have the block  sent along with the Lifelines.

new 4 x 6 .5625 score blocks 5

Any one contemplating bronze work for their project, make sure you contact the Port Townsend Foundry for your bronze needs.

One of the few places left on the planet that has the Classic Bronze Hardware a Classic Yacht demands.

 

 

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A view of the America’s Schooner Cup from MARTHA’s helm.

  The morning of the Schooner Cup revealed an overcast sky with a thick marine layer blanket over San Diego. The forecasts from various sources predicted wind West North West 7 to 10 with one outlier predicting West 12. The decision was made to bend on the Genoa,  MARTHA and crew motored out to the […]

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Silver Gate Yacht Club / Countdown to the America’s Schooner Cup

A huge thank you to the fine members of the Silver Gate Yacht Club  here in San Diego for their warm hospitality. The upcoming America’s Schooner Cup event is not only a wonderful gathering of fine boats, but also a benefit for the Navy-Marine Relief Society. We have been able to repair some stitching on our […]

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Spring West Coast Racing and Channel Island Cruising

  MARTHA is comfortably tucked into the Southwestern Yacht Club Guest dock after arriving from Mexico and clearing U.S.Customs. Many Thanks to the Southwester YC for their generous hospitality, along with the folks at Island Palms Marina. Our trip up the outer coast of the Baja Peninsula was really highlighted by all the whale sightings. […]

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Farewell to La Paz

Martha heads out today, bound for Cabo San Lucas and points north. We have Christopher back on board and are so happy to see him.   He came bearing gifts from PT and we are ever grateful and appreciate all the Schooner Martha Foundation friends. Here are some photos from the past week.   We […]

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Looking Towards Spring Sailing

Sailing in the Sea of Cortez and being based out of La Paz sure has been a great time and it’s been fun sharing  some time sailing  here with friends from the North West. Steve Scharf has just left us after a fun week of sailing and relaxing and we now have a few short […]

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2015 Winter in the Sea of Cortez

Well that was quick,   2015 is here and it’s time to explore the Sea of Cortez and we are also now looking forward towards SanDiego, SanFrancisco, Long Beach for Transpac, Hawaii and then to our home waters of the Pacific Northwest. But first we have some exciting adventures planed in the Sea. Craig and […]

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Christmass in the Sea of Cortez

The end of the calendar year finds MARTHA  and the Schooner Martha Foundation in a very different place, on many levels. Physically……..we are in the Sea of Cortez, and will be through February 2015.                                           […]

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Cabo San Lucas to LaPaz

MARTHA and crew enjoyed a wonderful adventure on the Outer Coast, beautiful anchorages, board and body surfing, friendly people who were patient with our gringo-espanol, whale watching, and of course fishing, “can you say FISH TACO”.  One could spend a lot more time along this splendid coast line.   MARTHA’s crew included a family of […]

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