Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cape to StHelena -more pics

Pics of the boat at her mooring.. note sporting her SA flag on the backstay and the StHelena courtesy flag on the spreader.. all proper... sails packed away...  this pic was taken soon after finishing.

Cape to St Helena - more pics

Pic taken of Dale, jut after finishing.. he had assistance from another yacht to moor.. Dale immediately went into boat pack mode... after which the pic was taken with the cliffs of the island in the background...

Cape to St Helena - More pics

More pics from the race

Cape to St Helana Race Yolo

Some pics during the race

Cape to StHelana Race 2018 Start Pics Yolo

A few pics of the race start. More to follow.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

FINISH - 6 January 2019

The past 24 hours have been very slow with light wind and wind switches requiring lots of attention. Kite up all the time. 
The eta getting later and later. Closer to the island the wind filled in then a gybe around the island into its lee and a final drift to the finish line. 
Finished at 07h28 SA time. A really great race. Boat is now moored in james bay. 
Dale to fly out on the 8th and the yacht should load onto the ship on the 22nd. Now to see the results. 
Many thanks to all for all the moral support. Dale

Saturday, January 5, 2019

5 January 2019 - 23h00 SA time

It has been a pleasant day on the water today only thing is that the wind is fickle making progress slow and likely to be the slowest day's run so far. 
With the evening there is now a bit of breeze which i hope will last around ten knots.
 Fortunately i an on a slight reaching angle which helps a bit. 
The sailing is pleasant though but the eta has been moved out quite a bit. Around 40nm left as at 11pm sa time. All good.

5 January 2019 - Day 10

Yolo position as follows:. S17.27.920 by. W4.33.011 

All going well my last position report at sea. 
Hopefully this time tomorrow will be at Annes place eating breakfast on the island if the weather allows. Right now very light. Thanks for all the support. Dale

The past 24 hours has been in downwind trade conditions. With variable strength and osccilations. Becoming light at times. Requiring constant attention particularly during the night hours. 

Other then that not much to report. Currently happy with the trajectory to the island.

Will try keep posted later in the day or when the island is sighted.

Friday, January 4, 2019

4 January 2019 - day 9

10am reported position:
Yolo position. S19.21.060 by. W2.25.690 all good.

Yesterday was typical trade wind sailing. 
The bonus is that the trades seem good this year. Usual sea state one expects. So besides monitoring it and where required change kite when the wind strength changes. 
It does get a bit rolly though night was similar. But with cloud cover and movement there were lots of oscillations in the wind that required regular course changes. 
Cleared a few flying fish off the deck this am. Deck wet with the humidity from the evening. Other then that not too much to report. 

Leaderboard as of 10am:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

crossing the meridian!!!

Early this morning YOLO crossed the meridian - entering the western hemisphere. 
To put into practical sense the local time for YOLO is exactly gmt.[greenwich mean time] all good aboard.

January 3 2019 - day 8

Hi all,

I received the following info from Dale at 10am..

Yolo position report. S21.34.480 by. W0.17.390 all good aboard. Dale

"Yesterday The barometer settled as expected. Breeze was light for most of the day 8-11 knots. Not good for vmg but pleasant sailing.

 As the evening came the breeze increased again and the usual clouds started to build. Not wanted to be caught out two nights in a row the conservative option was taken. Albeit it ended up not blowing that strong in the end. But it still had its moments. 

Between the clouds there is an incredible star studded sky to enjoy. After this settled down kite up again. This morning nice breeze and overcast sky. Very humid. Otherwise all good. Dale"

Leaderboard as of 10am:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January 2 2019 - Day 7

YOLO position as of 10am today :

S23.22.670 by. E1.41.797.

All well aboard. 

Yesterday as expected the barometer rose slightly giving for some lighter winds so a gybe to in a bit further north. 
By late afternoon the barometer was looking good again so another gybe. So a fairly slow day. 
The sea is azurite in colour best understood by those who have sailed in these areas. Since the second day no shipping or boats have been sighted, but then we are out of the shipping lanes. 
In the first few days there was a lot of sea birds. An albatross, shearwaters and some brown terns. Since then mainly flying fish. Last night the wind picked up quite strongly at around 2.15am while charging the batteries. The kite was up and things were getting squirrelly so it needed to come down fast. Not so easy if you want to risk a poor drop. First to the foredeck to drop and puny the antiwrap then connect the jib all while working on a foredeck that is awash all this while being limited in movement by your harness. Then back to the cockpit hoist the jib set it all up and execute a great drop.
So satisfying
Not over get coat tidied sold sorted for next sail and all sails trimmed then downstairs to pack the kite and drink water. 
Today i should be crossing the meridian. Barometer has climbed. Lets see what today's weather brings. Best dale

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Day 6 - Happy New Year - 1 January 2019

Hi all..


Yolo position. S24.48.066 by. E3.58.193 all well aboard. Dale

Blog entry 10am :
Yesterday was good sailing in good conditions with good progress.
 As night bore on it shifted and dropped a bit but the barometer held. 
At nights cloud often forms as the water temp is high so there is a lot of humidity.
 During the day the sun normally melts it off. That together with a very late moon rising makes it a inky dark where you struggle to see the horizon. 
By early morning the barometer had risen as the high has come north. This hopefully wont last long.
Game plan is to be near or even west of rhumb line to place well pop the easterlies as one gets closer to the island. I will still be doing the odd gybe today to try keep moving. All well aboard. Happy new year to all. Dale
Blog entry received 3.35pm:
More blog. Sometime yesterday we[dale and yolo] sailed through valdiva banks. This is a very small area where the seas become shallow causing the seas to build vs. Known to be good fishing ground. Always an interesting area to transit. 
The water depth it the south atlantic can be 5000m plus in some parts. Currently the water temp is 22.5deg with the temp inside the boat at 28.5deg as interior is ventilated. Outside a lot more. The highest speed on the log is 15.5knots. Likely done in the early hours of the third day.Dale
leader board 10am 1 January 2019

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Monday, December 31, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 from the South Atlantic ocean

Just a short note from aboard YOLO in the South Atlantic.

I will already be off your time zone but to wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2019.

Happy sailing.

31 December - day 5

Position report from YOLO this morning 10am..

"S26.10.386 BY E6.21.904 ALL GOOD "

and then a wonderful newsy message..YAY!!

"Yesterday was one of those perfect days in the south atlantic. 
Clear water and sky.
 Enough breeze with it doing the normal thing of increasing during the day as the temp cools slightly in the afternoon. 
The flying fish i saw were the biggest i have seen yet in the south atlantic similar size to what i have seen in the indian ocean.
 Last night cloud cover but fair sailing. This morning nice conditions with light breeze which should increase a bit during the day. 
Will do a small sail repair on the jib today. 
Sailing along under spinnaker in the south atlantic aah.
 Last night clicked over to less then a 1000nm to go and later today hopefully over the halfway mark. 
Best to all. Dale"

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Day 4 - 30 December 2018

Hi all,

Position reporting as of 10am this morning of YOLO:


Yolo position. S27.41.487 by e8.45.028 all well aboard."

and some news..

"The past 24 hours has been good. A freshening breeze yesterday  and a few gybes to make more northing. In the evening the sea state was up and very confused. The best way was to two sailreach but not at optimal course. In the early hours this morning gybed back again on a good vmg. Winds are light at the moment but it should pick up as the day progresses. I am still sailing in conservative mode. Completing this challenge is my goal. Any result is a bonus. One cannot drive as hard or do the same amount of sail changes as a crewed boat. All good aboard. Dale"

leader board as of 10am today:

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Day 3 - 29 December 2019 - positions and report

Hi all.

Dale is a man of few words..and probably less at the moment doing the race solo..

I received the following SMS from YOLO this morning for publication:

"Yolo position : S29.44.600 E11.13.147; all well aboard.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Day 2 - 28 December 2018 - position and update

Hi all,

I have received the following SMS from YOLO this morning

"Position as of 10am S31.36.781 E13.38.388; all good aboard. Wind has freed off."

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Day 1 - 27 December 2018 - 10am position report and race standing

SMS recieved from YOLO at 10.14am today :

"Yolo S33.03.212 E16.47.781 All fine aboard. Wet and bumpy

postions as of 10am today :

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Start of St Helena 2018 Race - 26 December 2018

Start of the race was in cold and grey conditions.
The Club was abuzz with anticipation.

Quite an emotional time for the Kushner family..boys now older and understanding that dad will be away for a while on the ocean.

But race start was good..and we wish YOLO a great race..

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


This is the Sat Phone Number: +87 0776 769485 for YOLO

You are welcome to phone to say Hi, the phone might not always be on though and be aware that it is very expensive to phone a Sat Phone,  so suggest using the free SMS App which is called Satway


Please remember, I am not checking the phone all the time…
It is unlikely that you will receive a response during the course of the race.

Cape to StHelena Race 26 Dec

When the StHelena Race was announced, Ian advised that he would be unable to do it from a time perceptive. Dale then advised that he intended to do it single handed.  Over the past few months the boat has been prepared for this event, with a couple of mods for SingleHanded sailing....
Dale's goal is to first and foremost complete the passage in a safe and seamanlike manner..

The final items were loaded onto the boat today...with the help of the rest of the Kushner Family.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Wednesday 5th Fun Race and Prize Giving for the Series

WIth the Wednesday night series complete for the fist half of the season, Yolo took this as a fun race and used different sails to do some sail testing in readiness for the Cape to St Helena Race.
Getting a good start but quickly beingn rolled by a class one boat... holding a fair lane and nicely ahead of the Class 2 competitors working ones way to the weather mark, getting there with a big gap... Downwind took it easy with those behind catching up on the freshening breeze. Although had water on the mark.. a Class one boat barged forcing us to oopen a gap or get hit... meaning to sail by the lee and slow the boat down, with a competitor to leeward... the class one boat doing a bad rounding and stalling and the boat to leeward rounding up with full speed managing to sail over our hear as we tried to avoid the almost stationary class one boat... then a fetch to the finish... At this point Yolo retired.. being a fun race and sporting different sails to the rating, it was the correct thing to do..  Aboard were: Dale, Sieger, Cath, Antoinio.

Following the race, there was the prizegiving for the Series.. where Yolo was awarded first prize in her class.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Saturday 23rd November 2018

Good conditions to do the required compass swinging and some tests on the Self Steering System. This was completed and all worked to spec. Aboard: Dale and MArc B

Saturday 17th Novermber 2018

A secondary self steering system was fitted on Yolo. It needed to be commissioned with the swinging of the compass and various tests... This was done in the Granger bay area. Winds were not suitable for this, so it was kept short. Aboard were: Dale, Ian, Sieger and Antoinio.

Friday 22 Novmember 2018

IN preparation for the Cape to St Helena Race, Yolo did her dry fit on her cradle... Work was done on her cradle and therefore a dry fit was done to make sure the fit was snug. All went well. This also gave us the opportunity to inspect the bottom of the boat.