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Hokulani
07/15/2018
Day 3 update
Well, I've got to tell you, synoptic winds are nice! It took us 53 hours but we finally found them and have turned to sail directly towards Hawaii and made good progress over the past 15 hours or so. Winds are forecast to build over the next 24 hours and eventually shift to the NE which will allow us to get a spinnaker up. In the meantime we keep blast reaching along at 8-10 knots. Did I mention we added a few more sail changes yesterday? We are now up to 8 for the race. Our daily boat inspections have found some work to attend to. The port primary winch was starting to get noisy so we took it apart and... see the full post
Blue Moon
07/15/2018
Sailing downwind at about 7 knots In 10-12 knots of breeze. The first reveal of the new...
Sailing downwind at about 7 knots In 10-12 knots of breeze.
The first reveal of the new spinnaker!

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Eliana
07/14/2018
Check-in 7/14 1240
Warren writes:Aloha, Here are the standings we were emailed this morning:A Coral Reef Sailing Apparel (ToT A/B) 07/09 11:15We are taking a much lower course than the other boats. They are all currently on a shorter course to the finish line than us. My hope is that in a few days when the wind clocks aft, we will get a lift to a good line to Hawaii, and set the kite with an angle of about 165-170, and the higher boats will get lifted to a course higher than Hawaii increasing the distance they need to sail, forcing them to go way north before they jibe.It is also interesting that Bombora is 4th overall, we are 10th... see the full post
Blue Moon
07/14/2018
Check out what we’ve been doing. #pacificcuprace
Check out what we’ve been doing.
#pacificcuprace
Hokulani
07/14/2018
Day 2 update
Hi all,Well there's no nice way to describe last night. It was cold and wet with light winds. We continued to work our way up and over the pesky low pressure system parked off the coast - not the best way to start a race to Hawaii. This morning we decided we've done what we can do to avoid the worst of it and made out turn southwest. The wind should fill this afternoon and start to shift right allowing us to work back down towards the great circle route over the next few days. We haven't had much sun so the solar panel hasn't been able to keep up with our demand so we've been shutting down... see the full post
Blue Moon
07/14/2018
Blue Moon ⛵️
Blue Moon ⛵️
Eliana
07/13/2018
Return of the Armchair Navigator
Position at: 13 Jul 2018 14:00 32° 38.15 N, 133° 51.65 W 1,436.9 NM to finishWe've been at sea for 5 days now. Let's see how our predictions were:Left: Friday conditions as of Friday Right: Friday conditions as they were predicted on Sunday 7/8Comparing these two pictures, I'd have to admit that the difference is not that drastic. The high pressure hole in the middle of the course is stretching north a little earlier than expected. The other hole just off the coast is pretty much right where we were thinking it would be.Our Eliana decided to take a northerly route early on and then turn south in opposition to the... see the full post
SIX BROTHERS
07/13/2018
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Hokulani
07/13/2018
About 24 hours in
Hi all, we're just about 24 hours in and about 110 nm west of the start. We had a few pretty slow stretches last night trying to get over the low parked off the coast. Four boats in our division still remain in sight of each other reaching Westish to get to the northerlies. So far five sail changes: #2 to the genoa, genoa to the code 0, code 0 back to genoa, genoa back to code 0, and finally back to the genoa again. I'm hoping our next change will be to a spinnaker in the northerlies, but unfortunately that may have to wait until tomorrow. Crew is all settled into our watch schedules and we're looking... see the full post
Iguana
07/13/2018
Boxcars
Alright I know it is the first day but still it feels pretty cool, especially after such frustratingly light winds. Our wind has generally been between 5 and 8 knots. It has gone lower and once reached almost eleven knots but those bursts were short lived. Also, the shifts were incredible. You would think that […] see the full post
Limitless
07/12/2018
And we’re off! Currently leading Alaska Airlines Division C (as of July 12, 2018)
You can follow our progress here: https://pacificcup.org/tracking.htmlFrom Doug Johnstone, the navigator:July 11, 2018 – 1401 Limitless has left the building!! Aloha! July 11, 2018 In my office for next, gulp, 13 days! Express 37 Limitless. Pacific Cup 2018. Weather is pretty much as I wrote about several days ago. July 8, 2018 I’ve been running routing files for nearly two weeks now. The fastest route I ran was 12 days 5 hours. That was much slower than 2016, but not too bad. Since then I have not seen a route under 13 days. When we started boat prep at the... see the full post
Eliana
07/12/2018
Check-in 7/12 1745
Position at 7/12/18 1300 33 55.68 N, 131 48.68 W, 1,561.2 NM to finishWarren writes:I saw a UFO last night. I thought I might be seeing things - hallucinations from lack of sleep and lack of anything else to look at. But I asked Tony and he saw the same thing. It was the one where a light moves through the sky at speeds and angles not possible by aircraft. From a dead stop, to zipping to another location, then dead stop, then up, etc. While we both saw it, and had several explanations of what it might be, neither of us thought it to be aliens or flying saucers. But, as we could not identify exactly what it was, it... see the full post
Hokulani
07/12/2018
first night out
First night out dinner - ginger chicken with rice. And, of course dessert. Yes, as forecast winds are very light. We are getting set for a slow night.

Tracy & crew
Prospector
07/12/2018
2018 Pacific Cup
Prospector Racing to HawaiiThis Friday July 13, at 1445 PDT, Prospector will hit the starting line in front of the St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco bay in the 20th Pacific Cup.The Pacific Cup, aka the Fun Race to Hawaii, is a 2,070 nautical mile race from San Francisco to Kanoehe Bay on Oahu, Hawaii.  The race typically consists of a short beat out of the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge. From there, racers reach across the top of a windless high pressure system and in to the tradewinds.  After that, the game is to time the gybe for several days of downwind surfing to Hawaii. Once clear of the coast,... see the full post
SIX BROTHERS
07/12/2018
Six Brothers at the start @pacific_cup_yacht_race #paccup2018
Six Brothers at the start @pacific_cup_yacht_race #paccup2018

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Hokulani
07/12/2018
Crew ready to go
Tracy, John, Cris and Mike ready to go.
Eliana
07/11/2018
Navigation Decision
Position at 7/11/18 0700 35 59.74 N, 128 14.06 W, 1,770.4 NM to finish Warren writesWe made a big navigation decision today. We have been looking at 2 possible courses. A short course that goes straight to Hawaii and has light air, and a long course that goes north but has a constant 15kts. The computer says to go north. It looks like other boats have turned north. After number crunching and some onboard brainstorming, the predicted time between the 2 courses is only a dozen minutes. We are going against the computer's recommendation and taking the short course. The reasoning is that if we are wrong, we only lose a... see the full post

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