Just because you have to stay home, it doesn't mean you can't still race...Race to Hawaii in a Santa Cruz 52? No problem you lucky ducks! We've arranged with SailOnline.org to run a Virtual Pac Cup. Guide your race machine in real time from the Golden Gate Bridge to the welcoming arms of Kaneohe Bay.
A streamlined user interface lets you name your boat, choose your heading, check your polars, and go. You can even schedule course changes in advance, which should be even more reliable than leaving a note for the off-watch crew!
The system uses live real weather data, so you only get one shot at this, just like the real thing.
Signups are open now. Practice racing opens Noon PDT Saturday. Actual start: just like we originally planned: Thursday, July 2, at Noon PDT. No cost to enter.
PCYC Board member Rebecca Hinden got this set up for us. She had been using a virtual ocean race to hone her weather routing skills, so it will be your call: Expedition? OpenCPN? just go with your gut? We'll be interested to see whose tactics pay off the best.
Prizes? Yes, Prizes!We're checking the storehouse, but expect to be offering prizes* in two categories:
- General/Overall Prizes and
- 2020 Entrant Prizes. The latter are for skippers, owners, and crew signed up in the 2020 race.
Meanwhile, time to brush up on Ocean weather!