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    Published on 07-22-2018 02:42 PM
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    July 22 race report

    Sunday morning at the Pacific Cup sees a hive of activity, as a majority of the fleet’s leaders and divisional awards winners have reached the dock in Kaneohe and boats are now showing up frequently. Roughly ten boats will reach the docks today with many more overnight and the bulk of the fleet should be in by tomorrow. In stark contrast to 2016 when boats were finishing during a named tropical ...
    Published on 07-21-2018 11:24 PM
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    Roy Patrick Disney and crew brought their Andrews 68' Pyewacket into Kaneohe Bay this afternoon
    with yet another corrected time victory and Division E win!

    Their elapsed time of 8d 5:35 and corrected time of 9d 11:01 has ...
    Published on 07-21-2018 04:34 PM
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    "Hector Velarde's Andrews 70 'Runaway' is your fifth boat into Kaneohe!!!
    Brilliant finish line drone work thanks to Ryan Rothwell.
    Aloooohaaaaaaaa Runaway! The first of the 70' sleds into the barn!"

    Published on 07-21-2018 08:50 AM
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    The overall picture. TRACKER

    The floodgates of Mai Tai's are about to be unleashed at the Kaneohe Yacht Club as the boat start arriving in earnest!

    Bacon Berger's route just ahead of Wolfpack

    Overnight, Prospector arrived just as darkness fell and in the wee hours, Bacon Berger arrived, a few hours ahead of Wolfpack which arrived
    as dawn broke over the Islands...

    A Fond de Girafon ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 04:53 PM
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    image © ronnie simpson / pacific cup media

    The Beneteau Figaro "A Fond le Girafon is the 1st to finish in the 2018 Pacific Cup,
    crossing the finish at 15:59 PDST or 12:59 HST! Congratulations to Charles ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 12:36 PM
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    July 20 race report


    As of this writing, Charles Devanneaux's revolutionary, hydrofoil-equipped Beneteau Figaro 3 is just 50 miles from the finish line in Kaneohe and is destined to become the first finisher in the 2018 Pacific Cup! Though Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damerval are not racing for any official awards given their 'experimental' rating, they have sailed a phenomenal race and will leave their own special mark on the Pacific Cup. One hundred miles behind A Fond le Girafon, the fleet's scratch boat is also lining up a day time arrival on Friday, cruising ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 11:14 AM
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    July 19 race report


    Twenty-four more hours into this 20th edition of the Pacific Cup and we have continued to gain clarity on how much of the fleet may end up once all is said and done. With several boats beginning to line up their final approaches to the Hawaiian Islands, Charles Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damnerval look to have re-staked their claim to being the first boat over the finish line. After much uncertainty due to temporarily slowing down in light ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 01:19 PM
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    Another day, and another series of surprises that continue to impact the rankings in this 20th edition of the Pacific Cup. Seemingly with every check-in, the rankings get shuffled, the pursuing boats make gains and the fleets continue to compress. While a handful of boats looked dominant in their divisions as of yesterday's report, Wednesday morning shows that every single fleet in this ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 09:04 AM
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    Mid Pacific Musings From the Deck of Prospector 17 July 2018

    Things are definitely looking up. About 8pm last we put up our big A2 Spinnaker and began sailing downwind after two and a half days of reaching. Wind speeds remains light of the forecast but have picked up to 12-15 knots from 7-10 knots. We are just past the half way mark of the race with less than 1000 nautical miles to go to Kanoehe. At the downwind angles we are now sailing the boat is a lot flatter making life aboard much less acrobatic. It has warmed up significantly and, yes, we have finally broken out our new Prospector ...
    Published on 07-17-2018 08:33 AM
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    One thing is for certain about the 2018 Pacific Cup; at no point has it ever been a boring race. With constant weather changes, never-ending lead changes, gut-wrenching tactical decisions to be made and huge splits in the fleet as a result, this race is poised to come down to the wire before most, if not all, of the results ...
    Published on 07-16-2018 08:49 AM
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    Monday morning shows much of the same as Sunday on the leaderboard, but there are some very major developments occurring on the race course which threaten to significantly ...
    Published on 07-15-2018 08:37 AM
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    6 AM on Sunday morning July 15 again shows movement all over the leaderboard and all over the race track, with several major developments occurring overnight. Perhaps most importantly, the Wednesday and Thursday starters, who had been going painfully slow since sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge, have finally hooked into moderate northerly pressure that has them reaching towards Hawaii and putting them on track to make their first respectable daily runs of the ...
    Published on 07-14-2018 11:38 AM
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    As of early Saturday morning, we are seeing movement all over the leaderboard in almost every division, signifying that every fleet is still very close and ripe for the picking. Closest to Hawaii, the first wave of starters has slowed slightly but is still making better comparative speed than any other wave, while the Wednesday and Thursday starters have again slowed to a crawl. Friday's wave of July 13 starting big boats appear to have ironically found a bit of a good luck as the weather system has evolved from 24 hours ago and looks to potentially ...
    Published on 07-13-2018 09:07 AM
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    With Thursday's Pasha Hawaii D division getting underway yesterday afternoon, we now have seven eight fleets at sea and making miles towards Hawaii, with just one more division left to begin their race today; the BMW of San Rafael E division. As we have been anticipating for more ...
    Published on 07-12-2018 10:37 AM

    Thursday morning in the Pacific Cup shows much of the same among the Monday starters, while the Wednesday starters proved the forecast accurate by getting off to a slow start. As a result, most divisional and overall rankings remain somewhat the same as yesterday ...
    Published on 07-11-2018 04:20 PM
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    It's Wednesday morning, and the Monday starters have now been at sea for nearly two days. Still out front of the fleet is Charles Devanneaux's Beneteau Figaro 3 A Fond le Girafon, who holds a lead of just eight nautical miles over the fastest pursuing yacht; Emmanuel Sauquet's Hanse 505 Outremer. While Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damerval may be the quickest boat on the course, they're ...
    Published on 07-10-2018 09:47 AM
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    Hanse 505 Outremer

    The 20th edition of the Pacific Cup is nearly 24 hours old and the cream is beginning to rise to the top in each of the respective divisions. History continues to be made as Charles Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damerval have surged to the front of the fleet to take an early Line Honors lead. Just behind their revolutionary Beneteau ...
    Published on 07-09-2018 07:04 PM
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    Under brilliant sunny skies and mellow winds, about half of the Pacific Cup fleet set sail today, bound for Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. With both race committee and spectators reveling in the warm and sunny conditions, four starts were cleanly executed just off of the St. Francis Yacht Club.

    The first division to cross the starting line was the Coral Reef Sailing Apparel ...
    Published on 07-08-2018 10:51 AM
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    Day 7 - Kraken Log

    Today we are somewhere about 800 NM off the coast of California.

    Sailing over the past 24 hrs has been really pleasant. Winds have been in the 8 to 16 range, close and beam reach, and friendly seas. We've had the occasional sprinkle but for the most part the weather has been mild. The foul whether is gone and the layers are starting to come off. The sunscreen has made its entry into the shift routine.

    We are presently skirting the edge of the ridge, (or slight trough ?) which brings us lighter conditions. Our model shows us right on the line between ok wind and none. For the next 2 days we will negotiate this barrier but at this point we have committed to our lane and it is somewhat ...
    Published on 07-08-2018 10:28 AM
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    Mike’s Lists
    Last night at sea, knock on wood. Easy to find aboard Jacqueline because every last piece is squeaking.

    Beautiful evening with Dolfin’s lights in sight. Hard to believe we can see each other after 2144 nm at sea.

    Now I have turned my attention to obsessing about finish to do’s. I often wonder if I am some sort of to do list obsessive/compulsive. ...