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  • Sunday, July 17 Update

    --07/17/2016 (Article)
    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 track South of Hawaii as it hits ... more ...
  • Saturday – July 16 Update

    --07/16/2016 (Article)
    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

    --07/15/2016 (Press Release)
    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 Trophy and maybe even a record ... more ...
  • Brisk Winds, Fast Speeds for Pasha Hawaii Division (ORR D) Start

    --07/15/2016 (Press Release)
    Point Richmond, CA, July 15, 2016 – Seasoned offshore racers know not to take too many risks at the start of a 2,000 nm race. So even though Thursday’s sustained winds were under 20 knots at the start, half the boats in Pasha Hawaii Division (ORR D) played it safe and reefed their mains before hitting the line. ... more ...
  • Two More Heading Back to California

    --07/15/2016 (Article)
    Just a quick update - Serenity has turned around due to a non-emergency crew injury. Cruiser Cetacea has also turned back, but at this time the reason is unknown. She is relying solely on SSB communications, so communications is more limited than for boats with sat phones. The communications boat will be relaying information as they receive it, and we will provide updates as we have them. ... more ...
  • Cruisers? This Division Looks Like It’s Racing

    --07/14/2016 (Press Release)
    Point Richmond, CA, July 14, 2016 – Did someone forget to tell the 2016 Pacific Cup Latitude 38 Cruising Division that they’re supposed to be taking it easy? Three days after their barging start, cruisers are dominating the front of the fleet. Here’s a secret: although the skippers may say they are focusing on the “fun” in the Pacific Cup’s tagline “the FUN race to Hawaii” many of the skippers and crew bring decades of sailing and racing experience along with their ice makers and hot showers. ... more ...
  • Two More Returning to the Stable

    --07/13/2016 (Article)
    Better safe than sorry! Velocity is returning home after her fresh water tanks became contaminated with salt water. The experts at Maritime Medical Access advised them that drinking the water could be hazardous, so they sadly turned around. Read the details in their blog. Mirthmaker has also had to turn around due to a non-life-threatening crew injury. ... more ...
  • Strong Offshore Winds Challenge a Few Boats

    --07/13/2016 (Article)
    Everyone appears to be in for a realtively quick race to Hawaii with typically strong winds offshore and the Pacific High poised to move to its desired location. Most are handling it well, however a few have been forced back. Overnight we learned that the double handed Express 27, Alternate Reality, had dismasted, and is heading toward Santa Barbara. Their communication was calm and professional, and there were no reports of any injuries. Skipper Darrel Jensen, sailing with his brother Doug, is ... more ...
  • Perfect Conditions for Day Two Pacific Cup Starts

    --07/12/2016 (Press Release)
    Point Richmond, CA, July 12, 2016 – In a second day of ideal conditions, the next wave of twenty five competitors in the 19th Pacific Cup crossed the start line in three divisions this morning on their way to Hawaii. "This is such a gorgeous day -- for both racers and their cheerleaders," says Danielle Wells, who was one of the many spectators on the St. Francis Yacht Club race deck to cheer on the Hobbie 33 Aero skippered by her husband Joe. ... more ...
  • And They're Off! First Three Pacific Cup Starts Today

    --07/11/2016 (Press Release)
    The first two dozen competitors in the 19thPacific Cup crossed the start line this morning in nearly perfect conditions on their way to Hawaii. With 12-15 knots of breeze, bright sunshine over San Francisco Bay, fog rising over the Golden Gate Bridge, and an ebb tide, all the boats made their way under the Golden Gate quickly after crossing the line on port tack. “The conditions were awesome for a Pac Cup start,” says Bobbi Tosse, who was heading up the race deck at the St. Francis Yacht Club. ... more ...

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