• July 10th Pac Cup Update

    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 Figaro 3 A Fond le Girafon, Emmanuel Sauquet’s Hanse 505 Outremer is engaged in a close battle with sistership Anais. All three boats are sailing at close to 10 knots and blazing a fast path to Hawaii. Should the forecasts prove to be correct and the Monday start turns out to be the best one, we could well see these same three boats lead the charge into Kaneohe.

    Cal 40' sisterships Highlander (below) and Green Buffalo (above)

    Thrilling as the battle at the front may be, it’s between an “experimental” rocketship Beneteau equipped with hydrofoils and the two fastest boats in the cruising division. None of those three boats will figure into the overall results in determining who wins Pacific Cup 20. The first two boats to cross the starting line of this Pacific Cup, Cal 40’s Green Buffalo and Highlander are leading the Coral Reef Sailing Apparel A division. It’s no surprise to see veteran skipper Jim Quanci and his venerable Cal 40 Green Buffalo assuming an early overall race lead.

    Express 27' Motorcycle Irene

    Likewise, in the DH1 Pau Maui Vodka division, pre-race favorites Will Paxton and Zachery Anderson on Motorcycle Irene have been consistently a few tenths of a knot faster than their competitors and have built a 3 mile lead, sailing both higher and faster than he rivals. Paxton, a Quantum Sails representative has dialed the boat in with a very optimized sail inventory that is surely paying big dividends in these early reaching stages of the race. Fired Up!, Loose Cannon and YETI are all just slightly slower than Motorcycle Irene and locked into their own close boat-to-boat battles.

    Figaro Beneteau 3 A Fond le Girafon

    DH2 Mount Gay Rum is currently being led by A Fond le Girafon, both boat for boat and on handicap, but with that boat having an “experimental” rating, they will not be eligible to figure into the official race results. Sailing at speeds between 9 and 10 knots, sometimes faster, we can only assume that the leeward foil on A Fond le Girafon is doing it’s thing and adding quite a bit of lift and resistance to heeling, therefore adding more righting moment. Living up to the pre-race hype the foiling Beneteau has certainly added a degree of excitement to the division. Behind A Fond le Girafon, Sean and Kim Mulvihill on Jamani are certainly on the right horse for the course in the early stages of this race, with their J/120 effectively leading the doublehanded division. Antrim 27’s are known to be a handful in breeze, and so it exceptionally impressive to see Frederic Berg and Mikey Bacon on Bacon Berger sailing at more than 7 knots and doing well both on the water and on the handicaps. Representing Kaneohe Yacht Club, Bacon Berger could truly be a weapon once off-the-breeze, especially if they can stay in touch with the leaders during the early stages. Class stalwart Wolfpack has her work cut out for her in this tough, competitive division. Fellow husband-wife duo Bill and Melinda Erkelens have their Donovan 30 moving well, asserting themselves as the most southerly boat in the fleet.

    We were star struck when we ran into Tanguy de Lamotte at the skipper’s meeting. The Vendée Globe veteran is an exceptionally talented sailor, engineer and boat builder. So when we found out he was sailing on Emmanuel Sauquet’s Hanse 505 Outremer, in the cruising division no less, we knew they would be a boat to watch. Locked into an intense battle with sistership Anais, skippered by Matt Soljhem, the two big Hanse’s are sailing in A Fond le Girafon’s wake, making boat speeds of more than 9 knots and leading the cruising division. Peter Masson’s Hudson Force 50 ketch Cetacea has retired with steering issues and is returning to San Francisco. There are no injuries reported. Also, the division’s two multihulls, Surya and Cross 40 did not start. There are now only 11 boats on the course, sailing towards Hawaii in the cruising division.

    Comms from competitors have been light as the race just begins and the media team is busy playing catch up after a huge day yesterday. Please continue to follow the updates as we will soon begin incorporating quotes from competitors and blog posts.

    A word on that tracker delay - Many readers and social media followers have commented about the 6-hour tracker delay. This is done intentionally to promote fair and equitable competition among all boats. If the race was truly broadcast live via the tracker, large boats with large satellite data budgets and professional navigators could gain a significant tactical advantage by accessing this data in real-time. Do not despair, the trackers will go live before the finish.

    -Ronnie Simpson
    Pac Cup Media 2018


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