Skip and Jody put on an excellent presentation on optimizing your boat for the Pac Cup! See the slides.
Mike Dvorak has taken his PhD in wind energy and turned it into some very effective weather analysis. He discusses the tools available to you and the likely conditions he will encounter.
There are many tools and systems available for your trip. Lew tells you about many of the options and describes their use.
See the powerpoint! We have added Stan's 2016 slides as well. Updated, but without narration.
Don’t screw up at the start
Get to the Synoptic Wind before the glass-off the first night.
Pick and race to your Ridge Waypoint.
Carefully deal with Cutoff Lows
Slot-cars to the shift, ideally on “Ocean DW” angles
Squalls and Cloud Streets in the trades
Pick the correct corner on the Run
Approaching the Finish
In this article I will discuss some of the changes to the Category 1 Offshore Special Regulations and 2014 Pacific Cup Equipment List…
What's it cost?
It depends on your boat, your previous state of preparation, and your goals.
Most folks run from a low of $20,000 to $60,000 or, of course "sky's the limit"
See the attached spreadsheet for some ideas.
Updated Chapter of Jim and Sue Corenman’s Pacific Cup Handbook
Sylvia Seaberg, 2012 Chief Inspector, provides a dozen pages of careful and thoughtful advice about preparing for emergencies.
Excerpt. See the full article attached: