• July 10 Position Update

    As predicted earlier, the lead boats are splitting the rhumbline towards the finish, seeking a sweet spot to give them
    the best vmg and pressure for the final approach. The fleet are all tightly group south of rhumbline with an apparent
    gravitation to the north.

    Mighty Merloe still holds the Div 0 corrected numero uno slot, while, surprise, surprise, Chim Chim, has
    moved quietly into 2nd on corrected. All eyes are on the line honors title, and new Transpac Race Record which Mighty Merloe maintains
    at the moment, but it's still very much up for grabs. Current estimate has all three lead tri's well under current record

    The Records:

    Multi: 5 Days, 9 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds by Bruno Peyron on the 86' maxi cat Explorer in 1997

    Mono: 5 Days, 14 Hours, 36 minutes and 20 seconds by the 100' Alpha Romeo, sailed by Kiwi Neville Crighton in 2009

    Things look a bit tighter at moment for Comanche, but she still holds 10 hour +or- lead on Alpha Romeo

    In Division 1, Invisible Hand has added some distance to stablemate BadPak, at present a 27 nm lead with under 1000 nm to go.

    Yesterday's 1st words from aboard Invisible Hand from Navigator Chris Lewis

    July 9 2019, 1700

    "Last sked (12 noon) from the 2017 Transpac YB (delayed) Tracker was incredible. Here we are on Frank Slootman's new Pac52, Invisible Hand, fully lit up on the step with A2 spinnaker and Spin staysail. Pushing the boat hard; blasting through waves -- water everywhere; streaming down the deck and sloshing around down below. Pro drivers and trimmers eeking out every last bit of speed. It's loud, athletic and extreme. You can't imagine us going any faster. I'm getting launched around the nav just trying to look at the screen.

    Sked Results
    Invisible Hand Course over ground = 248 degrees magnetic
    Invisible hand Speed over Ground= 15.47.

    Scroll down to our sistership, Pac52 Bad Pak.
    BadPak Course over ground= 248 degrees magnetic
    BadPak Speed over Ground= 15.49.

    Seriously? 2 one hundreds of a knot delta? Is that like one surf down a wave worth of difference? That BadPak team is good. Tight racing across the Pacific Ocean to say the least.

    To put this blistering pace in perspective, Comanche, the fastest monohull in the world, put up a 19.19 knots number on the same sked down from the mid-20s we'd been seeing. Rio 100 was 13.78, Albeit with a compromised rudder after strong seamanship to sort out their damage and keep racing.

    During the first couple days of the race, Stan on Comanche reported: "24 hour run is 484.1 nautical miles, which is a new record, 53 beyond Wild Oats XI record of 453, which I think is the current 24 hour rollcall to rollcall TP record."

    The Invisible Hand's longest 24 hour run so far (not check-in to check-in) has been 379.930 nm at an average speed of 15.83 knots.

    So nothing to do now but keep pressing in search of more speed. Just pulled down the next sked. We found some more speed stretched a tiny bit more. The only guarantee is that we will continue to send it."

    Lew, Navigator- IH

    In the Sled Division, the Newer Pyewacket maintains a slight lead over the older Pyewacket and a 6 hour plus lead on Grand Illusion.
    Merlin remains in focus and has yet to hit her sweet spot.

    The Fast 40's remains a tight race, with Resolute still clinging to a narrow corrected lead over Varuna

    The SC 50-52 Division has the turboed Horizon with a 2.5 hour corrected lead over Triumph and 3 hour lead over Prevail

    Division 5 still has Locomotive chugging along with enough steam to derail the competition

    The Canadian Deadheads have a 2.5 hour corrected advantage over Creative, despite being deadlocked with 1062 DTF

    The pride and joy of Alameda's Encinal Yacht Club, Rodney Pimentels' Cal 40 Azure remains lead dog in Division 7
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2017 Transpac: Go South Young Man started by Photoboy View original post