30 days before the start…the list of “things to do” is endless to get ready for the SHTP!
The Pogo 2 is now out of the water and on a trailer ready for transport north to San Francisco for the start of the Single Handed Transpac at the end of June. With plenty of miles already sailed on the boat there are just a few minor improvements being made for the SHTP to make the journey more comfortable and safer for Jerome Sammarcelli.
- We’re installing an AIS receiver to complement the radar detector in order to minimize the risk of collision at sea. We chose the RC10 because it consumes a fraction of the power when compared to other AIS receivers and power management on this small boat is critical.
- We added a new High Frequency NKE GPS Antenna which is more accurate than the regular paddle wheel for speed. The sailor can still switch back and forth between SOG and speed over the water. If paddles wheel speedo stop working, because the bow is out of the water (yeah!), then the GPS antenna SOG takes over automatically. Pretty cool!
- A laptop for navigation and communication. Using the satellite phone as a modem we will be able to send and receive emails as well as weather information. We are going to be using Adrena routing software to help us plan a winning route across the Pacific.
There will be plenty more over the next 30 days as we get closer to the start. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!