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    Grin has a 3 kt favorable current at Heikish Narrows. He should quit hugging the shore.

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    PaulF, did you do any current research in the Canadian waters?

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    The wind is more favorable. Grin is going up an inside channel. Will they follow the Beavers' path?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMacDonald View Post
    PaulF, did you do any current research in the Canadian waters?
    Not in Canadian waters, they have their own excellent Hydro graphic service. Ive done moat work SE AK, Cook inlet, Prince William sound, Bering Sea and Prudhoe bay.

    I think that whole west coast gets some strange currents as the tides are so extreme.

    Nose around University stacks on line for current data from B.C. Vancouver and Victoria have strong science/Oceanographic graduate programs that should have reams of info.
    Getting it into useable form may take some doing, If you find digital data there are some reasonable Open source programs to put vectors and magnitudes on the numbers.

    Look at the offerings from Golden Software. It's expensive but you can get an Idea of what's possible.
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    The free OpenCPN sofware I use has good current coverage for the USA but not much in Canada. It is really good in shipping lanes as expected. It does allow the use of different harmonic datasets than what comes with the app. I don't know if these "harmonic datasets" are of a standardized form and available for Canadian waters or not. Do you know? Though I'd ask before digging in to a search myself.

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    Looks like Elsie Piddock is sailing home. Pics on R2AK FB page of them passing UnCruise.

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    UC is about 35 NMi out.

    SE to SW winds of 5 to 15 forecast thru Friday.

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    Congratulations to Kohara, a tired old boat (whenever we saw it stopped they were working on something) yet one that was sailed hard and very well

    See them going through Seymour Narrows at the end of this video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yJZQAlXopA

    You may find this program useful - I do. (I mentioned it long ago on the now defunct thread)

    http://dive.bc.ca/tideviewdownload.html

    It takes a bit of time to get it to work properly and doesn't seem to work at all on Win 8 or wine/linux. Maybe someone can tell me how to do it.

    We also discussed the fact that the current data is really for ships, thus for currents at a 5-10m depth, not for small boats or kayaks floating on the surface. And thus may not always be correct, especially when it comes to back eddies

    Richard Woods of Woods Designs

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    88 miles separating the Beavers from Uncruise....Has Uncruise run out of wind? Wouldn't that be a hoot if the Beavers skipped their next rest and just forged on, passing them up?!

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    The Soggy Beavers are on the move again. Mau is looking for wind to challenge SB. Grin is looking strong on the scenic route.

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    Despite all the travails, not a drop of rain, nor a hint of fog. They are all lucky, and deserving of a faux bear claw as a totem of their perseverance.
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    UC is about 23 NMi out.

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    You simply must read the latest daily report from R2AK HQ:

    http://r2ak.com/daily-updates-2/june-16/

    Incredible!!!

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    Excellent report.
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    UC is about 13 NMi out with a SOG of 9.2 kts into a 2kt current.

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    Mann is a veteran of many Watertribe events, none as long, but all challenging. He'd have his kit sorted as no brainer, and his brain sorted as well.
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    UC is about 5.5 NMi out. Get the cams up! http://webcamketchikan.com/alaska-sized-view-cam-6/

    Don't forget to hit refresh (F5). The webcam does not update automatically.
    Last edited by KMacDonald; 06-17-2015 at 07:58 PM.

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    If Mau and SB keep up the current relative speeds, we could well have another finishing duel on our hands later on.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Zabukovec View Post
    If Mau and SB keep up the current relative speeds, we could well have another finishing duel on our hands later on.....
    Yes, thats right.

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    Mau doing 9 knots and headed for Petrel Channel???

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    Mau has taken an unorthodox route earlier in the race also. I wonder if they know something about the currents there. I have no info on current there.

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    Mau hasn't touched land since Bella Bella, and that was only for a brief moment. Quite a tear they are on.

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    Here comes UnCruise

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    My understanding is that Mau only touched in to report their position (and share a joke):

    From R2AK HQ:

    "Just in! Text from Team Mau!

    "Our VHF isn't transmitting in Bella Bella. Out Coordinates: 52.9.747n 128 8.506w
    Will that be okay for a way point check in?
    Did you hear about the Mexican train robber? He had LOCOmotives!!!!"

    Then us:
    "Copy good coordinates. Reminds me of the Panda outlaw. Eats shoots and leaves. Hehe. Yours was better!"

    Lastly them:
    "AHHHH!! Yesssssss! I had to explain it to Phil haha but it got us grinning...Just as we passed Team Grin! Heyooooo"

    What is not to love about Team Mau!!!!"

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    Looks like they are at the dock. Congratulations.

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    Yes very well done....Not the fastest, but full marks for style.........and 360's

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    Congrats!!



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    Mau not so fast now...and will Grin do Grenville???? Grinville????

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    The bad thing about R2AK is that it has turned a lot of us into tracker addicts.....

    But much better is the drama and entertainment, not just from Jake Beattie, but everywhere you care to look....This lifted off FB:

    Thanks to R2AK I just read Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep. That's right. I am a grown man and I just read a fairy tale about a little girl who loves skipping rope… and I liked it. You've done it R2AK. You've finally broken me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Zabukovec View Post
    The bad thing about R2AK is that it has turned a lot of us into tracker addicts.....

    But much better is the drama and entertainment, not just from Jake Beattie, but everywhere you care to look....This lifted off FB:

    Thanks to R2AK I just read Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep. That's right. I am a grown man and I just read a fairy tale about a little girl who loves skipping rope… and I liked it. You've done it R2AK. You've finally broken me.

    I do love the grassroots "media" coverage. Its very personable and I think a big part of the appeal to the spectator (I guess you could call us spectators). Its not manufactured like the VOR and AC stuff. Very appealing to the average boater.
    There's the plan, then there's what actually happens.

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    An adaptation of the old saying: Two wits are better than one????? There are dozens out there....It reminds me of my university days going to see films in the Uni theatre....No one cared about the films much, it was the wisecracks from the audience that was the real entertainment value.....In R2AK we have both.....a gripping film and the wisecracks.

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    The Beaves made a brief pit stop at Dundas Island; looks like they are going for the chips in a last sprint. That's essentially 42 hours without significant rest. 67 miles to go, though their Spot as not updated in a couple hours; they are doing 4.2 knots. Does Mau have a chance? Mau is 107 miles. I'm not going to get anything done today, again!

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    The big question is will the beavers be able to make it to the finish line without rest? Mau needs more wind to catch up but could still do it even without help from the beavers. They just need a little more wind.

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    Grin is hugging the shore trying to stay out of strong opposing current. Same with Discovery.

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    If the winds and currents permit, the beavers would be in two shifts of 3 each, one shift resting and the other paddling. I suspect with the finish line so close, the testosterone high, and Mau on their tail, there will be no stopping. Inconceivable! )

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