a.. "You're high, turn down. You're low, head up. You're high, turn down, You're low, head up." continuously repeated during an entire watch, no matter who's at the wheel.
b.. What the heck are you doing? Heard instead of "You're high, turn down. You're low, turn up" when we're not beating to the wind.
c.. Often offered up as a condolence by another crew member when you're suddenly off course for no apparent reason or just slammed the boat down after going over a large wave: "It was that one rogue wave that got you" OR a variation thereof "Honestly, it is not my fault; it was a rogue wave that caused X to happen" if you're not offered up any condolences by your skeptical teammates.
d.. After days and days and days with nothing to see on the horizon, it is amazing how much excitement a deep sea vessel sighting generates; particularly when it is bearing down on you at 18 knots and only 32 NM out.
e.. Hove to yesterday to allow Dave to do a little fishing and to take a shower and shave. We miss Dave.
f.. Becalmed with all sails flying, forced by wave action and no wind into an involuntary 360 degree circle, all the while with a very slowly passing freighter watching us, no doubt with much mirth.
g.. "Sailing Nirvana" def'n: Blue skies, good wind, and good company.
h.. Do you want to go fast or do you want to get to Hawaii? You can't have both.
i.. South Korea is beautiful this time of year (often uttered by Dave when he's off course).
j.. Drive it like a stolen rental (usually, but not always, said when the Skipper is out of earshot).
k.. Often said by John when we need some good luck with the weather "Better pray to all of my dead relatives for wind."
l.. "Ye Haw! Ride'em cowboy" commonly heard exclaimed from John when he's at the helm and the boat is suddenly accelerating and/or racing along.
m.. "Who is Jimmy Buffet? He's a singer?" asked the second youngest member of the team... Let the age related jokes begin.
n.. Jeff: "I can amputate that for you." or "I'm afraid we're going to have to amputate."or "I'll amputate that if you break it."
o.. Said by Les after sitting through a squall on their watch "Why does Black Watch gets all of the sunshine?" Gunnar "That's ok, we'll settle for getting all of the miles."
p.. Without exception, Top Gun Watch will say this to the Black Watch when Black Watch comes "on deck": "The new course is 10 degrees higher (when we're sailing up wind) or the new course is 10 degrees lower (when we're sailing downwind)."
q.. We hope our competitors do well... Just not as well as us.
r.. Delirious from lack of sleep, Top Gun Watch thinks the helm squeak is talking to them.
s.. Quote from Mike: "String Theory smells like a tropical rain forest gym bag."
t.. Hal: Don't touch that, Dave. Hal: Dave, what are you doing?
u.. Aaawhhh. Do we have to tack now? The head works so much better on this tack.
v.. Said by Mike about Les' snoring: "It sounds like a bullfrog stuck in the bilge pump."
w.. One of life's simple pleasures on a two week race: fresh underwear day.
x.. It's funny that such a simple thing as making tea is so difficult on a sailboat.
a.. Les: "I never ever snore if I'm on my side, ever." Mike: "Let me present exhibit a) (Mike takes out his iPhone and plays back a recording of Les snoring for everyone on deck) Don't you guys think this is where cartoons get their snoring sound effects from?" We laughed so hard we were were almost in tears...
a.. It is interesting how the imagination of at first Les, then eight other guys at 10:00 at night during a watch change 10 days into a race, can find such amusement in a moonlight Bullwinkle-shaped shadow on the mainsail.
b.. Jeff about his winch handle: "My precious. One winch handle to rule them all."
c.. Ingredients for THE BEST sandwich of the trip (created by Mike): Mayo, mustard, avocado, green onions, pickles, coleslaw, tomatoes, black forest ham and jack cheese.
d.. Backup navigation system to Hal for the last leg of the trip (~800 NM, ~190 degrees magnetic): the useability of the flush part of the head is directly related to the heel of the boat and therefore the angle of the boat to the wind; if you can flush, you're not on course.
e.. Please take note, the crew of String Theory is very charitable, so charitable, that we've all started to grow our Movember beards in July.
f.. The first sign we're getting close to Hawaii, all of the contrails overhead converge on our destination.
g.. New String Theory sail names: Asymmetrical A0 = Mr. Ed, Spinnaker S4 with the red stripe = Lion Heart, Spinnaker S3 with it's blue stripe = Aqua Man.
h.. Best fed crew EVER with no doubt.
i.. Albatross! Albatross! For Christ sake Albatross! Do you get wafers with it? Of course you don't get wafers with it. It's Albatross. It's a sea bird.
j.. I'm here for my cameo shot now that all the work has been done (as a crew member sticks his head up through the companion way hatch just after the rest of the crew completed two back to back sail changes).
k.. "Revenge is best served by squalls" Top Gun's on-going punishment for giving Black Watch slower course headings.
l.. Heard on a moonless and starless night: "Night sailing is like sailing into the abyss on nothing but blind faith... What a rush!"
m.. Observation made by Jeff about the "bed" he sleeps on: two symmetrical spinnakers and an A0: "This is unequivocally the most luxurious and expensive bed I have ever slept on."
n.. And an all time classic, first said (but repeated many times thereafter) when we cast off the last dock line in Victoria "Are we there yet?"
Signed: Because Adventurously New And Noteworthy Actions Beget Rare Exceptionally Admirable Deeds AND Bewildering Aneroids Never Allow Necessary Analysis But Rarely Ever Are Determinative