Tiki Blue is currently 88 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge! With the
bridge rapidly approaching, life on board has taken on a distinctly
different character. Although the crew is enjoying the last hours of
relative isolation from land based demands, everyone seems keenly
interested in getting to the barn. In fact, not more than a half hour
that goes by without some protracted discussion of arrival estimates
replete with mental calculations and challenges. Torben has prepared a
super secret spreadsheet detailing various arrival scenarios. And
wagers have been laid.
Estimating arrival time has become somewhat of an art form due to the
unexpected and changing conditions Tiki has faced in the last twenty
four hours. About 18 hours ago we picked up very favorable wind and
have been sailing fast throughout the night. However, despite Tiki
dashing along the tops of a moderate sea at 8 plus knots, some
mysterious force has keep our over the ground speed in the 5s. This
slowed us down more than expected, but whatever current or sea state
that caused that discrepancy has now gone as quickly as it came, pushing
our speeds higher again. But the estimating continues to be challenging.
So here is what we know: we still expect to arrive in Richmond between
7 AM and 10 AM tomorrow morning. To better pin point our arrival time,
we will update the blog with a more accurate estimate at 6 AM tomorrow
morning. So stayed tuned, and we look forward to seeing anyone who
ventures out to see us arrive.
The Honorable (and vastly chilled) Stubblebeard, Quite Able Seaman.