It was another stunning day on San Francisco Bay today, to start two more divisions in the 2018 Pacific Cup Yacht Race. Seventeen boats spread across two PHRF handicap divisions began their 2,070 nautical mile journeys to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu today under mostly sunny skies and brisk, puffy breeze between 12 and 20 knots. The Weems & Plath B division is mostly comprised of racer/ cruisers greater than 40 feet in length while the Alaska Airlines C division is made up of smaller, lighter, more racier boats, with both divisions falling under very similar rating bands. The Weems & Plath B divisionn got underway first and the bigger cruiser boats chose a mostly conservative starting strategy which was in stark contrast to the Alaska Airlines C division which got off the line looking more like they were sailing in the Rolex Big Boat Series than a 2,000+ mile race to Hawaii!
Both fleets are expecting to encounter light winds and a complicated weather and navigational situation once they head offshore.
Much more to come soon.