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Blue Moon
07/09/2018
#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 #wakeup
Hokulani
07/08/2018
Hi all -
Hi all - we're only a few days out from our start.  Today the crew brought all their gear to the boat and we activated our YB tracker (you can see us if you click on the position/tracker button at the top of the Pacific Cup website).  We serviced both primary winches to make sure they were operating in top shape.  I climbed into my wetsuit and cleaned the bottom of the boat and checked the zincs (they were fine).  John and I also verified that the head discharge was working properly (don't ask).  Turns out the labels on the Y-valve were backwards!  Better to find out now than a few days... see the full post
SIX BROTHERS
07/08/2018
Getting ready for #paccup2018
Getting ready for #paccup2018
Eliana
07/08/2018
Navigation from the Armchair
Getting there is not as simple as pointing the boat at Hawaii. As it turns out, the Pacific ocean is huge and there is a lot of weather happening between here and there. What follows is a taste of what a navigator must face when trying to pick out the best course to Hawaii. I do not have insight into what Warren and crew are planning, nor do I know anything other than what Windy (https://www.windy.com) is reporting. This is my own armchair-ensconced opinion based on that forecast.There is little debate that there was a tropical storm directly between San... see the full post
Eliana
07/08/2018
How Many Ways Can You Slice a Day?
(note: this is an unposted blog entry from my previous Pacific Cup race. References to that boat and crew have been left in place, just because I'm too lazy to update them.)So, I thought I'd try my hand at making up a watch schedule. It's something I feel I could contribute while I'm at the office and the rest of the crew are working on the boat. It couldn't be *that* hard, right?The first thing I do is come up with the objectives I want to achieve:Fair to everybodyMaximize rest/off-duty timeRotate the shifts (aka "dog the watches")Spread out experienced crew across the schedule.So off I set to research and... see the full post
Eliana
07/06/2018
Meet the Competition
While the Pacific Cup bills itself as the "Fun Race to Hawaii" it is still a race. Competitors are placed into groupings, called "divisions," based on how fast they are expected to sail (or their "ratings"). Here are the boats sailing in Division A, or the Coral Reef Sailing Apparel division. The same division as our Eliana.Green Buffalohttps://pacificcup.org/18/entry/green-buffaloGB has been participating in the Pacific Cup almost as long as it has been held. She has a lot of miles under her keel and the Cal 40 was designed for... see the full post
Iguana
07/06/2018
Weems and Plath Division
View the entire entry list https://pacificcup.org/18/entries NAME TYPE YC / HAILING PORT LOA PICTURE DIV RATING FLEET RATING ALESSANDRA Casey Smith Grand Soleil 50 Fully Crewed Sugar Dock Chicago, IL 50.88 556.0 556.0 ANGELIQUE andy kurtz Columbia 57 Fully Crewed Pacific cup yacht club Lahaina 56.50 569.0 569.0 DEFIANCE Jack Tibbetts Schock 41 Fully Crewed Flat […] see the full post
Eliana
07/05/2018
You Can Follow the Action
Follow the excitement of the Fun Race to Hawaii from the comfort of your own smartphone, tablet or computer. The YellowBox Tracking page is now configured. Find it at https://PacificCup.org/tracking.html(it's free!)If all the technology goes well, Eliana should start showing up on the site just before Monday's start.Racers (and data nerds) may download data here.
Eliana
07/05/2018
Emergency Rudder
All boats in the Pacific Cup need to have an emergency rudder. It is a requirement of US Sailing’s Offshore racing rules. It is for good reason, as steering failures are one of the most common failures in offshore sailing. But, few boats have an emergency rudder, so it is a custom piece of fabrication. I researched various designs and techniques. Some people rig a spinnaker pole as a tiller, and use a floorboard as a rudder. Apparently it can work, but the idea alone seemed something I didn’t want to try. Others have a more refined rudder, bolting gudgeons on the stern of the boat, and having a rudder that can be... see the full post
Eliana
07/05/2018
Meet the Crew
Here are the sailors that will help Warren bring Eliana to Kaneohe Bay.TonyTactics/HelmTony brings his vast experience and resources in outfitting boats and running ocean campaigns to the ship. His time at sea is best measured in Earth circumferences rather than miles.During his 38 years of Bay and Coastal racing, Tony has logged:4 PacCups12+ Newport - Ensenada and Cabo racesA lot of small boat (24 - 30 ft.) offshore and one-designTen years as a Junior Instructor at RYCAnd he still finds time to enjoy family and camping.JohnHelm/TrimJohn's superpower is to instill calm in any situation. The boat just seems to decide... see the full post
Abstract
07/05/2018
Pac Cup 2018 - Ideas vs Reality: Delivery
The idea to blog on the way down the coast was a good one. IDEAs normally are. However, in REALITY there was no way to execute. I attempted to dictate into my phone and send it to our Webmaster Gail when we had an connection. Thankfully, she is a kind and considerate person and quickly realized that my ramblings made no sense what-so-ever and did not embarrass me by posting as is. Now, as final preparations are underway, I will summarize the trip down the coast.
Limitless
07/04/2018
Delivering Express 37 Limitless back to the Bay Area for Pacific Cup 2018
Here are a few photos of the delivery June 17-24,
Double handed from SB to SF with stoppage in Port San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.
A needed SSW wind  18-26 knots the last 30-40 miles to the Golden Gate entrance on a slack tide.

Eliana
07/04/2018
Pacific Cup Crew
The Pacific Cup held five seminars, which they called Pacific Offshore Academy. Topics ranged from safety, equipment, medical issues, navigation, and sailing skills. The first seminar was more than a year before the race. I don’t even remember most of it. Participants from previous races spoke, and it was a general introduction to the race and what we could expect. My takeaway, which I don’t think was the intent, was that I desperately needed crew. I worried that if I didn’t procure a crew quickly, then as the race neared I wouldn’t be able to find a crew at all. So immediately following the seminar, I posted in the... see the full post
Iguana
07/03/2018
Hurricane Fabio Public Advisory
www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPEP2+shtml/250850.shtml Hurricane Fabio Public Advisory 000 WTPZ32 KNHC 030832 TCPEP2 BULLETIN Hurricane Fabio Advisory Number 11 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL EP072018 300 AM MDT Tue Jul 03 2018 …FABIO EXPECTED TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE… SUMMARY OF 300 AM MDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…15.1N 114.5W ABOUT 615 MI…990 KM SSW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP [... see the full post
Iguana
07/03/2018
Pacific High and Hurricanes
Extremely large high pressure in the Pacific with a low and a hurricane heading NW are defiantly making route planning interesting.
SIX BROTHERS
07/02/2018
CYC Friday Night Series
CYC Friday Night Series
J World's Hula Girl
07/01/2018
2018 Newport to Bermuda Race Report
Well the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race is all wrapped up!  It was a challenging year, with a lot of light breeze and some periods of slow going, but we had an excellent time.  Team J/World boasted a full team of our alumni from other offshore events and was backed up by coaches Paul, Patrick, and Wayne.
The mighty Westerly, a sweet Santa Cruz 52, provided a comfortable and fast platform.  While we were one of the leading pack into Bermuda and thought we were doing pretty well (tracker had us in second), the late filling breeze brought up the competition from behind and a number of boats corrected out in front... see the full post

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