Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Live and Learn

I've likely said it before, but I'll say it again here. Everything takes way longer than I think it will. Actually, I haven't really put as much thought into how long stuff may take to finish as I probably should have....(Although if I had, I may never have even started.) I am elated by how close to being finished this boat appears to be now, at least as compared to a few years ago.

Not only construction takes time. Jumping through the hoops to be able to enter the R2AK does too. And because Ed and I aren't seasoned—Dare I say salty?—sailors, we have to spend more time in order to demonstrate that we and Kingsfold are safe to be allowed on the course. Fair enough, actually. I want to be safe enough before I venture out there, too.

So Ed and I had a phone conversation today. It is clear that we will need to postpone our entry in the R2AK until 2019. We will not be idle during that time! Keep an eye on this blog for updates.

[photo by Ed Heyman]

Building the Network

This video and a photograph with dimensioning on it, posted on the Team Facebook page, led to some valuable guidance from Nate Rooks, Former Director at Stanford Rowing Camps and Former Assistant Rowing Coach at Stanford Athletics. More importantly, he and his brother Cooper completed the full Race to Alaska in 2016 and reprized Stage 1 in 2017.

I also found some excellent information on the Angus Rowboats website. Doubly helpful because Colin Angus finished the R2AK in 2016.

I ran my oarlock riser designs past my mechanical engineer son. He did some calculations and simulated an exaggerated stress test on the third version I sent him.

The result of all this wonderful help is that I will be lowering my oarlocks considerably, and now have proven information to optimally locate them on the side decks.