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Prospector
07/18/2018
Mid Pacific Musings From the Deck of Prospector 17 July 2018
Things are definitely looking up.  About 8pm last we put up our big A2 Spinnaker and began sailing downwind after two and a half days of reaching.  Wind speeds remains light of the forecast but have picked up to 12-15 knots from 7-10 knots.  We are just past the half way mark of the race with less than 1000 nautical miles to go to Kanoehe.  At the downwind angles we are now sailing the boat is a lot flatter making life aboard much less acrobatic.  It has warmed up significantly and, yes, we have finally broken out our new Prospector board shorts.It has been a busy day aboard our big silver... see the full post
Hokulani
07/17/2018
Sun!!!
The sun finally came out today and we were able to get out of our foulies. Soooo much better!
SIX BROTHERS
07/17/2018
After leaving SF in light air, on Thursday, the #pashahawaii fleet is making trees on the other...
After leaving SF in light air, on Thursday, the #pashahawaii fleet is making trees on the other boats in #paccup2018

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SIX BROTHERS
07/17/2018
Repost from https://photo.pacificcup.org/2018-Starts/D/i-rqZXQdg/A
Repost from https://photo.pacificcup.org/2018-Starts/D/i-rqZXQdg/A

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Hokulani
07/17/2018
Tuesday update
Hi all,We had our first (of hopefully many) 200 nm days over the past 24 hours! Actually 200 on the nose. It's nice to be in the wind and have a spinnaker up. We ran the A3 all of yesterday afternoon and well into the night before the wind got to shifty to make sailing with only two crew on deck practical. First light this morning the wind had backed a bit more and we decided to start banking some southerly direction and put up the A2 and have been cruising along with it since. We had an unexpected visitor in the cockpit last night when an 8" flying fish flew up and hit Mike in the back of the leg while... see the full post
Prospector
07/16/2018
Race Report from the event
JULY 16 RACE REPORTMonday morning shows much of the same as Sunday on the leaderboard, butthere are some very major developments occurring on the race course whichthreaten to significantly impact the overall rankings in this fascinating 20thedition of the Pacific Cup. Most notably, the northerly boats in the first wave ofstarters have sailed into a large area of very light winds and hit the brakes.Furthermore, the Friday starters have proven to get off to a quicker start thanpredicted and are storming towards the top of the overall Pacific Cupleaderboard. Overall PHRF and Pac Cup leaderGreen Buffalo was sailing... see the full post
Prospector
07/16/2018
Pacific Cup Update -part 2
The ocean greyhound that is Prospector has found her pace and we are clipping along under our A3 spinnaker after two days plus of upwind and close jib reaching. Last night was a bit of challenge as tight spinnaker reaching on a dark night with no horizon caused a few spin outs even with our best drivers but thankfully no full on yard sales.So far the tourist brochure has been a little optimistic as we continue towards Hawaii under leaden skies more typical of the North Atlantic. It's still long underwear and foul weather gear on deck. Maybe the board shorts come out tomorrow. We have all begun to adapt to life at 20... see the full post
Eliana
07/16/2018
Great Gains Yesterday
Position at: 16 Jul 2018 12:00 30° 5.65 N, 140° 10.24 W, 1,079.9 NM to finishWarren writes:We got wonderful news with the 8am position update today. We gained 26 nm on Green Buffalo, 29 nm on Bombora, and 47 nm on Highlander. Also, I am asking for clarification on the calculation of the corrected time. I think that there is an error and we might actually be in first place in our division as well as in all PHRF. Of course the race is only half over so that could change drastically. In particular, Bombora can make great downwind speeds. Since the rest of the race is downwind, they could pull way ahead. Today we passed... see the full post
Hokulani
07/16/2018
Monday update
Hi all,We had our best day yet yesterday - covering 194 nm directly at Hawaii from 8am Sunday to 8am Monday. Unfortunately still overcast and cool, which means still foul weather gear and not much solar panel production. This morning we moved the contents of our dry ice cooler to the refrigerator and just in time. The dinners were still nicely frozen but the ice cream we packed is now soft serve. I know, life is tough... We buried it in the still frozen dinners in hopes to firm it up a bit, but it looks like we'll be having it for lunch. Fishing line out again this morning but we're still pretty far... see the full post
Eliana
07/16/2018
Boat Positions
This screenshot illustrates how close this race is. I do not yet have this mornings report from Green Buffalo, Highlander, and Bombora, but all four boats are basically side by side in a line running to the finish. Green buffalo is at the favored end, due to the curvature of the Earth he is closer despite it not looking like that on this chart.
Eliana
07/16/2018
Check in 7/15 1830
Warren writes:Today on the luxury racing yacht Eliana, we had BBQ tri-tip and potatoes. After a few days of very light wind, this afternoon wind started to build and we were able to set the kite again. We are now sailing 7+ knots right at Kaneohe. We have know way of knowing, but we suspect(hope) that the light winds will persist to our north for another day, and we will gain back some ground on the other boats in our division. It looks from the gribs that today they might have had winds in the 3-5 kt range. If that is the case then my route through the slow stuff paid off. If they get wind, then we might get... see the full post
Blue Moon
07/16/2018
#bluemoon #sailing #greatpacificgarbagepatch #sos #saveourseas #endplasticpollution #environment...
#bluemoon #sailing #greatpacificgarbagepatch #sos #saveourseas #endplasticpollution #environment #saveouroceans #oceanconservation #consciousliving #beachcleanup #makeachange #stopoverconsumption #fishlessoceans #gpgp #plasticfree #california #hawaii #savetheplanet #zerowaste #togetherwecan #recycle #reuse #reduce #gogreen #motherearth #greentechnology #ecocleaning #oceancleanup #wakeupworld

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07/16/2018
A little loopy on Imagine
Found this at 1 am: Imagine “Tried to run, tried to hide, break on through to the other side!” - Jim Morrison strategizing on going beyond the thick marine layer to the northerly flow. see the full post
Limitless
07/15/2018
Important update from Team Limitless — steering issues force retirement from race, all aboard are safe and sound, headed home to San Pedro

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM LIMITLESS
From Minda:
Good morning, All. I had not even had a chance to share Doug’s 1st update with you from yesterday. I have included it below.
But, the big news is that Limitless is turning back home and retiring from the race. I spoke with Doug this morning by Sat phone, and all the Crew is well and fine (though spirits may be low from the huge disappointment of not being able to continue). Apparently, an issue came up with the rudder (a lot of friction and grinding noises that did not improve over time) .So, after trying to remedy that problem, the Team reluctantly decided it... see the full post
Blue Moon
07/15/2018
Contest Contest! Win $200 by guessing the theme of the Spinnaker. Post your answers on the...
Contest Contest!
Win $200 by guessing the theme of the Spinnaker.
Post your answers on the BlueMoon blog.
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Prospector
07/15/2018
Pacific Cup Update
7/15/18 0000hrsWe were promised board shorts and T shirts.  So far it has been brisk, tight angle jib reaching since more or less the west side of the Golden Gate.  Over the past 24 hours, the air temperature as crept slowly upward as the sun poked through a rather consistent clout layer, offering tantalizing previews of the conditions which garnered the tag line “The Fun Race to Hawaii.”Prospector could not have asked for a better start with 20-22 knots of breeze at the mouth of San Francisco Bay.  Sporty conditions all around as we jockeyed for starting position with Pyewacket within spitting... see the full post
07/15/2018
July 15 comments
Zipper still suffering from dead tracker When children's hour had children: 12 years ago a Children's Hour vocabulary word was "recidivist". Now I are one. (Imagine) We are heading for the inside route of Channel Islands and then to San Pedro, the vessel home port. ETE to 1st waypoint is 58 hours. (Limitless)Finally, some wind sweetness! It felt like we were in the tropical zone early yesterday, setting our first light kite, our solar panels, and hanging out in shorts and T-shirt (even less than that for some crew members) Today, soccer world cup's finals. Go France! (Dare Dare)Headed directly for the L2... see the full post

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