PSCC Cruise Reports

PSCC Cruisers Tour Cuba
Cuba buildings
Cuba breakfast

This month's featured boat is a flag on Cuba for two boats. PSCC Cruisers on S/V Due West and S/V Yohelah, who made the full tour last month. Check out Hedi's updates from the Due West Cuba Tour here. It was quite a trip!

Pre-Passage Rig Survey Report
by David Content on s/v Barefoot now in Port Hacking, New South Wales, Australia.
Cotter Pin
Tang Cotter Pins
tang plates

Recently I reluctantly went up the mast at the dock in a chilly wind, for a quick rig check before heading off on a passage from Hobart across Bass Strait to Eden. There was a surprise I thought worth sharing with other club members. Eight cotter pins (CPs) (aka "split pins") in the rigging were rusty and actually broke when grabbed with needle nose pliers. Not all boat's rigging terminals at the mast have CP's. Our boat, Barefoot, has at the lower shrouds, intermediate shrouds, and cap shrouds tangs bolted through the mast. The shroud rigging eyes attach to the tang plates via clevis pins. Each clevis has a broad flat end and a through hole at the other end of the 1 1/4" long pin. The CP passes through the hole to prevent the clevis pin from slipping out; the CP isn't load bearing. The rig and these clevis pins and CPs were installed about 9 years ago in Seattle. (Lee Youngblood was there to watch). I've done the rig check numerous times over the last 9 years. This is first time I've noticed any roughness and discoloration of the CPs. I sort of couldn't believe what I was seeing. Since the CPs are not loaded, it was easy to straighten the ends on one to pull it out of the clevis pin for examination. The rig tension would hold the clevis pin in place. Well, the CP broke in half when the pliers were applied.
I brought the remains down the mast to check it with a magnifying glass and magnet. The CP had rusted and jumped on the magnet like a lost brother. I changed all eight of the rusty CPs. The CPs on the forestay and backstay which were installed at the same time but had come from a different supplier were clean. The odd thing here is how long the non-stainless CPs appeared healthy before actually deteriorating and verging on failure. The lesson, of course, is to always check the CP with a magnet. That's my usual practice but clearly I missed this lot, perhaps because they were included with the supply of the mast tangs and clevis pins.
We had a good passage from Hobart north to Eden and I'm still thinking about the rig check, I was reluctant to do, but followed through with anyway.
Good thing !

Patrick and Natalie on s/v Violet Hour

Follow s/v Violet Hour, reporting in after "Riding Out a Gale in Degnen Bay, Gabriola Passage" HERE.

Jim McCarthy on Double Angel - Latest Update: Port of Spain

Jim McCarthy is sailing on Double Angel, a 42' US Yacht Sloop, similar to the Cooper 42. Last month he was off the Amazon River, and now he's communicating from Trinidad via inReach.  See: inReach track link HERE.


Jim arrived in Cape Town South Africa on February 17, 2019. It's been a long solo trip - he originally left San Diego May 18th, 2016 and departed Bali in June of 2018 to cross the Indian Ocean. Jim put into Port Louis, Mauritius for repairs and weather mid November and in December, ducked Madagascar, arriving in Richards Bay, South Africa on January 1st, 2019.

    Here are his reports via inReach text, reporting in from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town, S.A. February 20, 2019:
  • RCYC website might have info on the annual race 80miles north to a lagoon & starts Friday with 74 boats registered from 27ft to 55ft loa in 15-40kt winds Wow
  • RCYC website might have info on the annual race 80miles north to a lagoon & starts Friday with 74 boats registered from 27ft to 55ft loa in 15-40kt winds Wow
  • Crossing Indian ocean was with winds ranging from 5kts to 40kts & seas from flat water up to 16ft high. Double Angel has high freeboard & excellent sea boat
  • With 16ft following seas Double Angel's 14ft beam just raises up & over ahead of the waves & never has had water in the cockpit even with breaking waves
  • The trip from Mauritius to Richards Bay was the toughest run with 2 different storms against us where we had to turn & run with it till it blew itself out
  • The Richards Bay run with opposing current & reduced speed & 5kt added current & opposing winds from S on the way meant we had 2 get to port before it arrived
  • We had to make sure not to over run the entrance into Richards bay with 5kt current pushing us faster than needed meant we had 2 motor the last 3hrs 2 make it
  • It was knuckle biter for sure & being low on diesel had to trust we had enuf to make it then after getting to the marina found the fuel guage below empty, whew
  • The storm that was coming from the south against current pushes waves up to 30ft high was arriving as we got to the marina which made it tough to tie up, whew
  • The storms against current on the coast of South Africa has a reputation of producing waves up to 40ft high with many big ships laying on the bottom, not fun
  • I'm happy to have this coast behind me & look forward 2 Atlantic crossing & will be leaving this week along with 36ft catamaran “Beluga” 4 Trinidad & Panama
  • s/v Barefoot

    1/1/19   Hope you guys are doing well and have a great new year.

    Our weather window for coming down to Tasmania happened to coincide with the annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day. This year about 100 yachts participated. The big boats, 30 meters (about 100 ft) finish in less than 2 days; the 40 footers take a week.

    This year, for the first time, all boats are required to transmit on AIS which was great for us because it meant we could see their position and avoid them if needed. (We transmit as well so they would be aware of our position.) As you know, it's really unusual offshore to have more than more than one or two AIS targets on the screen so I took this shot of the laptop screen with racers closing in on us.

  • Barefoot/Hobart
    s/v Barefoot Sydney/Hobart

    In the photo we are the small red circle. The green boat with the indented stern are racers. The green boats with the flat sterns are cargo ships.

  • The land outlines are on the left side. The islands on the top are the Furneaux Group. The land mass on the lower left is Tasmania. The triangle marks with text along side are the earlier positions of the big boats we monitored on the race radio sked and noted on the chart. The green boats and the yellow boats just north of Tasmania are in a "feeder race" from Launceston to Hobart. The cargo ships across the top are in Bass Strait heading to or from Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, and Melbourne.

    Needless to say, the race boats headed toward us on the screen all passed rapidly by without incident, but we enjoyed leading the fleet for a brief time.

    It's quite windy so we're now shifting around in anchorages on the east coast of Tassie and will head south for Hobart in few days.

    Cheers, David and Ros

    s/v Irene - After crossing North West Passage


    InReach text from Peter & Ginger Niemann
    on s/v Irene at Lat 73.492388 Lon -80.71651

    Hi Lee,
    Update from Irene We reached our northernmost point yesterday. Today (for a few days) we wait out a gale, then S bound! Cheers

  • PnG off Bylot Island
  • PnG Snowy
  • PnG Greenland