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  • July 22, 2014 Update

    Press Release - 07/23/2016 Kaneohe Bay, HI, Friday, July 22, 2016 – In a year when strong winds made for record crossing times, the double handed team of Mark English and Ian Rogers on the Moore 24 Mas! have become sailing rock stars. Their elapsed time of just 10 days 14 hours 30 minutes gives them provisional honors in the overall Pac Cup, division honors in the Kolea Double Handed Division 1, and first overall for the PHRF group. It also breaks the previous Moore 24 Pac Cup record of ... more ...
  • July 21 Update: Tropical Depression Darby

    Article - 07/21/2016 We're watching tropical depression Darby which has not dissipated as originally projected and is now forecast to cross the track of the fleet, potentially becoming an issue for those boats at the end of the fleet. We have consulted with Rick Sheema, The Weather Guy, and Commander's Weather and have provided their input to the Pac Cup communications boat. We have authorized all boats to consult with any professional weather routing service without penalty. ... more ...
  • Rio 100 Sets New Pacific Cup Fastest Passage Record

    Press Release - 07/20/2016 Kaneohe Bay, HI, July 20, 2016 – Strong winds propelled Manouch Moshayedi’s super maxi Rio 100 across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup Fastest Passage record. Crossing the finish at 13:51:13 local Hawaii time (16:51:13 PDT). With an elapsed time of 5 days, 2 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, Rio 100 knocked three hours off the record set in 2004 by Robert Miller, whose 139-foot Mari Cha IV finished with an elapsed time of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 ... more ...
  • First Arrivals Today! Will There be a New Record? (corrected)

    Article - 07/20/2016 As the boats approach Hawaii, the winds may lighten a bit, adding to the tension about whether Rio 100 will break the 12-year Fastest Passage record set by Mari Cha IV of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds. The tracker shows them still blasting along at 18.5 kts - it's going to be close. Next to finish: California Condor. ... more ...
  • The Tracker is Live

    Article - 07/20/2016 Overnight, California Condor was the first boat to come within 200 miles of the finish, triggering the live coverage of the race tracker -- no more 6 hour delay. Rio 100 is currently only five miles behind, as should be finishing mid-afternoon Hawaiian time. Will she beat the record? It's still too close to call. ... more ...
  • The Rich Get Richer

    Article - 07/19/2016 The wind this year has favored the front of the fleet, with today’s leaders seeing about 4 kts more than those in the back of the fleet. The wind direction is allowing front-runners to point straight to the finish, fueling Mas! and Wolfpack with VMG speeds akin to the Santa Cruz 50s.

    The first boats in the fleet will cross the 200 mile mark tonight, triggering the transition of the YB Tracker from a 6 hour delay to real time.
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  • Pac Cup Fleet Flying to Hawaii!

    Press Release - 07/18/2016 Point Richmond, CA, July 18, 2016 – The 2016 Pacific Cup racers are crossing their halfway point, and the fleet is flying along in 20kt winds which will likely to carry them all the way to the finish. The spinnakers are up, crews are drying out, and the rides are fast. The boats are now in what Stan Honey refers to as the "slot car" segment of the race, with most having gybed to a position that should carry them all the way to Hawaii. ... more ...
  • Sunday, July 17 Update

    Article - 07/17/2016 Halfway to Hawaii! Overnight, the first of the racers reached their halfway point, but it's likely that there wasn't a lot of time for celebration given the big breeze carrying them along at top speeds. The forecast still looks strong and near perfect for the entire fleet with wind speeds in the high teens to mid 20s. Concerns about the tropical storms are waning, with Cecilia moving off to the north and hurricane Darby forecast to weaken to a tropical storm and ... more ...
  • Saturday – July 16 Update

    Article - 07/16/2016 Nicole's tracker has run out of battery power and will be reporting her position to the communication's boat, Rapture. We've now heard from Cetacea, reporting that everyone is well but they suffered a ruddder/steering problem which has now been fixed, but with damage to their emergency rudder they are returning to California. ... more ...
  • Big Winds, Big Seas for the Big Dogs - The Maxis Started Today

    Press Release - 07/15/2016 Point Richmond, CA, July 15, 2016 – Big boats, big winds, big seas. Friday's final start of the 2016 Pacific Cup showcased maxis at their best, with a clean start and a huge port tack lift that carried the yachts quickly under the Golden Gate Bridge. The BMW of San Rafael Division comprises the fastest of the ORR-rated boats and consists primarily of professionally crewed boats. These entries are eyeing not only the overall Pacific Cup, but the Fastest Passage ... more ...


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