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  • July 25 Update – Sun is Shining at KYC!

    --07/25/2016 (Article)
    After a day of heavy rain, the skies are clearing. Boats that anchored out to safety to avoid potential damage from Tropical Storm Darby will be returning to the docks today. Last night, a thunder and lightning storm forced the KYC shuttle boats to curtail services to the boats at anchor while some sailors were still enjoying the bar, stranding them there. KYC volunteers found many of them places to sleep on club member boats. ... more ...
  • July 23, 24 Update

    --07/24/2016 (Article)
    Eleven more boats finished on July 23, and three on the morning of July 24, and bringing their crew and their war stories to Kaneohe Yacht Club. Depsite the sometimes squally conditions at the dock, every boat is met by volunteers bearing leis, mai tais, fresh pineapple, and a warm Hawaiian welcome. With tropical storm Darby approaching, larger boats have been required to anchor out near Coconut Island to protect both the boats and the docks from damage due to predicted high winds. ... more ...
  • July 23 Update - Wet, Windy and Wild

    --07/23/2016 (Press Release)
    Kaneohe Bay, HI, Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Windy, wet, wild. The skippers and crew who crossed the finish line Friday, July 22, in the 2016 Pacific Cup race all gave similar reports of intense conditions with frequent squalls, record boat speeds and confused seas. Thirteen boats finished on Friday, July 22, keeping the leis and trays welcoming committee, as well as the harbor and dock hands busy. ... more ...
  • Watching Darby

    --07/23/2016 (Article)
    We've been providing updated weather information to the fleet as we receive it and are continuing to monitor conditions closely. The good news is that with each forecast, Darby's strength over the race area and finish area has been decreasing. Many boats have chosen to slow down or change course to allow Darby to pass. However, boats finishing later today will see stormy conditions. ... more ...
  • July 22, 2014 Update

    --07/23/2016 (Press Release)
    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 11 days 9 hours, 48 minutes, 25 ... more ...
  • July 21 Update: Tropical Depression Darby

    --07/21/2016 (Article)
    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

    --07/20/2016 (Press Release)
    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 seconds. ... more ...
  • First Arrivals Today! Will There be a New Record? (corrected)

    --07/20/2016 (Article)
    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

    --07/20/2016 (Article)
    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

    --07/19/2016 (Article)
    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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