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    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. ...
    Published on 07-06-2018 03:15 PM
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    Hanalei is fun, SHTP racers are arriving
    by rob macfarlane

    Beetle has been happily riding at anchor in Hanalei now for the week, the holding is excellent - thick mud and sand - and there are fewer boats here than I would have thought though there are permanent moorings in place for the commercial boats; those moorings weren't here that I recall from 2006 (last time I was here).

    In Nawiliwili you get to enjoy sunrises; around this side of the island you get ...
    Published on 07-06-2018 01:49 PM
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    Gregory Ashby's Wilderness 30' Nightmare and David Clark's Olson 30' have joined
    Phillipe Jamotte's Olson 30' Double Espresso at anchor in Hanalei Bay as the 1st 3 boats
    to complete the 2018 Single Handed Transpac. As of this writing, Double Espresso maintains
    the lead on corrected time. Unclear if any of the higher raters can knock him off his perch at this point.

    Crinan II is next boat expected in, followed by Rainbow

    Published on 07-05-2018 04:59 PM
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    The low that boats ran into around Roll Call yesterday has mostly moved to the east and strong northerly winds have filled in its wake. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to see all boats moving quickly again. But the sustained winds of 20 kts or better is starting to take its toll on gear - Kraken reported an accidental gybe that blew their traveller apart. And taking its toll on people as even the ...
    Published on 07-05-2018 02:32 PM
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    Finish Time: first over the line in the 2018 Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race: Philippe Jamotte on Double Espresso, Olson 30 = with a finish time of 8:38:11 PDT, Elapsed time: 11 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds!

    images © SHTP shore crew

    As we crossed the road to the little yellow house, stepping through the mud puddles, Philippe’s comment was: “This is a much different welcome than a single hander would have in France. Not that I’m complaining. That would be so overwhelming.” ;-/ ...
    Published on 07-05-2018 01:47 PM
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    As is tradition around here, from his Vegas command post somewhere in the basement of
    The Rock Hard Casino, Johnny the Greek's 2018 Pacific Cup Predictions:

    There are so many unknown unknowns. Fer-instance:

    Will those tropical depressions going to keep coming out of Acapulco like they did last year?

    Here’s our 4th of July 2018 heading
    Published on 07-04-2018 09:32 AM
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    The latest from the race course.

    There really is nothing much more independent than a single handed sailor!

    Day 10 Summary – Wind all around
    Well, today saw the end of the fleet reach halfway, and it appears they are getting blasted, with reports of winds at 20 kts and building to 27 kts. Just the kind of conditions the back of the fleet thrives in. The weather is warming up and some boats are having fun with squalls.

    The comfort clump has expanded ...
    Published on 07-03-2018 05:33 PM
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    July 3, 2018 - Point Richmond, California

    The Pacific Cup race village has officially opened on Tuesday July 3 at the Richmond Yacht Club in Point Richmond, California! With the first starts of the 20th edition of the Pacific Cup yacht race now less than a week away, Richmond Yacht ...
    Published on 07-03-2018 09:21 AM
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    Day 9 Summary – Nearly all are halfway and puff on!
    Day 9 finds all but two racers ticking off the halfway point and everyone is reporting the wind building.
    Double Espresso is maintaining his lead in distance to finish, if he hangs on and doesn’t break anything major,
    we can expect that he’ll be the first to say Aloha. As the wind fills in on the whole course, there is not likely to
    be a whole lot of change in position among the first few boats, though those in the clump could see some movement
    as conditions better for heavier boats. The racers will move from “doing everything to keep the boat moving” mode,
    to “doing everything to keep the boat from breaking” mode. Always a fun transition.

    We saw Kyntanna stabilize her track a bit with the stronger winds, and Owl became our new northwest flyer, heading off even
    further relative to the past northerners. Nightmare also tracked more northerly today, as did Fugu.
    Dark Horse advanced a little further away from the comfort clump. We heard Dolfin and Jacqueline ...
    Published on 07-02-2018 03:29 PM
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    June Goes Out Like A Lion

    For the 85 boats enlisted for the 2018 Westpoint Regatta, the velocity of the wind that arrived just as things were getting underway at the starting area for the 11:30 scheduled 1st gun was surprising to say the least. The forecast in previous days indicated slight ramp up, in the 12-20 range by noon, with warm temps at the beaches. Tee shirts and shorts were certainly the vision many had coming in, but Ma Nature has played games this season on many weekend regattas, ...
    Published on 07-01-2018 09:18 PM
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    VM2018 Race Report Day 1 - Canada Day

    And they’re off! At 10:00 am Pacific Time, the 2018 Vic-Maui fleet sailed through the start line outside Victoria Harbour, tacking into a stiff, building Westerly breeze.