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Why I’m Racing in PV 2012 – Part Two

I’m answering more of your questions regarding the upcoming Puerto Vallarta 2012 race (PV 2012).  We’re at the starting line on Friday March 2nd at 11:55am.   We’ll post tracking links so you can watch our progress.

How are you training and preparing?

I am preparing physically by running and doing more yoga. I’m not taking on any hard training which could give me any chance of getting hurt, so nothing severe but mainly eating and sleeping well. I am already in good shape physically, but after Transpac, I learned the best preparation is making sure I get food and water for me. The rest of the crew loves the freeze-dried food that comes prepackaged but I hate the freeze-dried stuff; I just can’t eat it. On Transpac 2011, I had prepared food in a cooler with dry ice and it evaporated sooner than we thought so the food went bad.

This race I have snacks coming out of my ears: String-cheese, cool flavored Yoplait yogurts, cinnamon graham crackers, prunes, peanuts (very good for protein), dried slivers of apple, hard boiled eggs, cling peaches, Triscuits, granola bars, oatmeal with cinnamon and maple syrup for breakfast, and the great staple of the ocean, the most important food known to sailors – peanut butter and jelly. When nothing else works, every sailor can eat peanut butter and jelly. Protein. Sugar. Good to go.

I am also very prepared for the cold. The rest of the crew has a lot of muscle to keep them warm but I’m bringing a million layers. The cold is something you have to deal with because if you get too cold then you can’t function.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I hope to WIN! Plus I’m looking forward to having a different crew than during Transpac 2011,  gelling together as a team and practicing for next year’s Transpac.

What fun parts of the race are you looking forward to?

Many times during the trip,  if there is a squall or if someone gets sick then there are horrible moments and you ask yourself why am I here? But when you cross the finish line and it’s all behind you, then you have a million great stories to tell.

In the first Cabo race, Sam, my good friend and crew member,  got up every morning, stuck his head into the cockpit, and said, “Where am I?”  It’s hilarious becoming familiar with all the quirks of the people you are on the boat with. Everybody has quirks. Dave is very tall, so he can’t sleep in a bunk. Instead, he spreads out the sails below and falls asleep on them. Fortunately, these guys don’t snore and if they do, I go over and pinch a toe — that usually stops it.

I’m looking forward to the crazy funny things people say in the moment. When you get home everybody disbands and does their own thing and we see each other here and there. But, when you are out on the middle of the ocean, you feel intensely close. It’s a wonderful feeling because you count on each other, depend on each other, and support each other. I find myself very touched. There is always some point in a race when there is a lull, when we sit and talk and people say crazy things and humor comes out of nowhere.

The world becomes a 47-foot boat, totally separate from the rest of reality.

What is your main role on the boat?

I’m the main driver and also the safety nag.

We take four hours shifts in the boat: four hours on, four hours off. You’re supposed to sleep or eat when you are off, but I usually sleep four hours and then stay awake the rest of the time. I like driving for other people so they can get the things done they wouldn’t get done if they were driving.

I’m also the safety “nag” because I’m always making sure everyone has their life-saving equipment on, their life vest on. And if it’s blowing or bouncy, then I make the guys tether in. I am ultimately responsible for them and if something happens then we might not be able to get them back, especially if we are in the middle of the ocean in bad weather.

Why I’m Racing in PV 2012 – Part One

This Friday, March 2nd, my crew and I are racing in the 31st Biennial San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race (PV 2012).  This is a biennial event which starts off San Diego’s Shelter Island and finishes off Punta Mita in beautiful Banderas Bay, Mexico.

After that, we’ll be participating in the 22nd edition of the MEXORC (Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit) regatta and the Regatta Copa Mexico.  MEXORC and the Regatta Copa Mexico are a joint effort between the Mexican Government and the Mexican Sailing Federation.  We’ll be participating in 7 one-day races then.

Over the next few days, I’ll be answering some of your questions regarding this next adventure…

Why did you choose to do the PV 2012 race?

For about five or six years, I was only doing buoy races and wondered about what it would feel like to have a big sailing adventure. I decided I wanted to have one and came up with idea of doing the Cabo race where you sail from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. I put together a crew with one pro and assumed we were going to lose because we weren’t a bunch of pros. Lo and behold… we took everything and won in all three categories.  It was so much fun!

I had never been out in open sea before and I wanted to see if I liked it. At that point, after we won in Cabo, I decided to do Trans Pac. Trans Pac was extremely difficult – physically and emotionally – with the squalls, not being able to eat and being dehydrated. It was very tough.

But it was an incredible experience, feeling the team work together and at one point we were the farthest you could be from land in the whole world. It was a sobering experience… it felt like we were in a fishbowl. There was no land anywhere and we were alone on a boat with a bunch of people and we had to keep each other alive.

Trans Pac was an amazing experience emotionally. We went the wrong way, didn’t place and afterwards I was determined to do it again — and do it better.

The PV 2012 race is a hard one; it takes eight and a half days.  This race and the other long distance races I am doing this year are all preparation for next year’s Trans Pac.

We are much better prepared for this race to Puerto Vallarta and for future races. There is enough food and water;  I have noise-isolating headphones so I can sleep better; and I am well equipped with loads of snacks.

So, the reason I’m doing PV 2012 is 20% adventure, 80% prep for Transpac.

What are the different challenges in this race versus Transpac 2011?

This race is a lot easier, and takes half the time. Overall it is less grueling physically because it’s much shorter and also we are closer to land. The second part of it, called MEXORC is a five-day series of day races that are sponsored by the Mexican government. This time around, my son Deryk is going to be a grinder on the MEXORC races, and is also coming along as part of my security.