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    Published on 08-10-2018 09:16 AM
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    From Too Much to Not Enough at 20th Annual Ronstan Bridge to Bridge
    August 9, 2018

    Photos © St. Francis Yacht Club/Amanda Witherell

    Just as the tide turned from ebb to flood, 26 hydrofoil kites, 23 5o5s and eight windsurfers
    queued up for the 20th running of the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge, hosted by St. Francis Yacht
    Club on August 9, 2018. A downwind distance race from Golden ...
    Published on 08-09-2018 03:38 PM
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    Over on the Richmond Riviera your local neighborhood yacht club, RYC, is hosting the i-14s worlds. RAD boats sailed by Brits, Ozzies, Italians, Canadians, Germans and bonafide US citizens.

    Mozart had too many notes 14s are Box rule, one design, mad skimming dishes with too much sail, wires, sprits and a shocking number of controls. All of which can go tickety boo at any given time. The only thing needed is stability. Fer-sure not a your grandfather’s daysailor.

    The i-14 Worlds runs from August 12-24

    Team racing this Monday & Tuesday

    The real mano-a-mano is 15th-24th one race a day

    If the wind isn’t “the new normal,” Olympic Circle weirdliness

    Expect a building breeze into the near ...
    Published on 07-26-2018 11:16 AM
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    For decades, the legend of the South Tower Demon has persisted.

    Sailors have long known of it's existence, tormenting boats that sail too close with vicious knockdowns,
    ripped ...
    Published on 07-25-2018 04:06 PM
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    Expressing Family Values Across the Pacific
    Cousins battle for sea superiority in 2018 Pacific Cup

    The sailing roots run deep in the Paxton family, and this year Will and cousin Julia engaged in their 1st head to head double handed race across the Pacific in the Pac Cup in the 6 boat Express 27 fleet sponsored by Pau Maui Vodka. The elder Will, has some 19 Pacific crossings notched in his belt but always with a full crew, while younger cousin Julia has sailed a couple trips to Hawaii as crew on other people’s boats, neither of each had attempted a shorthanded open ocean race of this distance and caliber.

    Teaming up with Julia on Loose Cannon would be another sailing student during her formative years of the Richmond Yacht Club’s Junior program, and now her boyfriend and soulmate, Andy Goodman. Will would be teaming up with on Motorcycle Irene with long time sailing partner Zachary Andersen. As it turns out, the lack of previous long distance double handing would not be much of a handicap. And as time would show, the shorthanded boats that started Monday July 9th would have an advantage, if they played their cards right. Yet nobody could predict the outcome and the neck and neck drag race that kept tracker ...
    Published on 07-23-2018 03:40 PM
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    Another day at the Pacific Cup in Kaneohe, and another day where the docks are filling, the party continues to grow and the arrivals are filtering in around the clock. Many fleets are now entirely ...
    Published on 07-23-2018 01:42 PM
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    Rufus Sjoberg and crew of Melges 32' Rufless arrive in Kaneohe for a 1st place win in PASHA Division D
    and a hard earned breakfast ...
    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 ...