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    Pacific Cup 2018 Starts In Picture Perfect Conditions!



    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 Division A. The slowest of the regular handicap divisions, this is the smallest of the divisions in the race with just four boats entered. Pitting three heavy, 38-40 foot racer-cruisers against an ultralight Express 27, this class is likely to be heavily influenced by the prevailing conditions along the race course. As a result, it wasn’t a surprise to see Jim Quanci’s Cal 40 Green Buffalo sailing out to an early yet commanding lead in the light-to-moderate upwind conditions the fleet saw at the start. In the early stages of this race - windy and upwind to reaching - Green Buffalo is likely to sail to her rating as well or better than anything else in the fleet, thanks to veteran skipper Jim Quanci and his seasoned crew. If the current conditions hold, Green Buffalo may well be one of the early favorites to assume an overall handicap lead.










    The next start is one of the most anticipated races in recent memory. One of those races that is sure to be long remembered, when the Pacific Cup celebrated its 20th edition, one of the most legendary designs in the history of the race put together a huge one-design division. With six Express 27s racing doublehanded in the DH1 Pau Maui Vodka division, not to mention Rebecca Hinden’s Bombora sailing fully crewed in Division A, the Express 27 fleet has showed up in force to help us celebrate our 20th in style. When the gun went off, 3 boats hit the line in perfect buoy-racing form while the other 3 took a slightly more conservative approach. No surprise there, but pre-race favorite Motorcycle Irene was right in the middle of the front row. Halfway up the Bay however, Irene was dumping the jib and ducking starboard tack boats. While class stalwarts and multi-time class champions Will Paxton and Zachery Anderson may be favored to pilot their ultra-trick Motorcycle Irene to a class victory, this fleet is deep with talent and if the first beat to open water was any indication, we’re in for a very close battle.

    Figaro Legs OutDH2 Mount Gay Rum division got off the line third and was all the spectacle that it been made up to be. In addition to another very healthy and competitive doublehanded division with quality entrants, the race saw history made when Charles Devanneaus’s all-new Beneteau Figaro 3 A Fond le Girafon crossed the starting line and became the first boat equipped with foils to ever begin a Pacific Cup. While the throngs of viewers from the shore, the race deck and other boats were focused on the distinctive orange foils emanating from A Fond le Girafon’s hull, we got the sense that the skipper was living a very special and memorable moment. Sailing in his 4th doublehanded Pac Cup, Devanneaux is sailing in this year’s race to raise money and awareness for the ALS community. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Devanneaux’s former Pacific Cup co-skipper Gilles Galerne passed away from the disease, and this race is being sailed in his honor, and to raise funds and awareness for the cause.









    With Devanneaux’s Beneteau being both a literal and figurative exhibition of beauty - the boat is not being scored officially as handicappers simply don’t know how to rate the boat and its revolutionary hydrofoils - she and the rest of the DH2 Mount Gay class tacked out the Bay in close formation, with pre-race favorites Bill and Melinda Erkelens staking their claim to the pre-race hype by nailing the start and jumping out to an early lead on their ultra-quick Jim Donovan designed MORC 30 footer Wolfpack. Having won the division the last two times they raced, they stand a chance to be very high in the overall rankings as well if the weather plays to their Monday start advantage. Dialed to the nines and sailed by a legendary couple, Wolfpack will be tough to beat. With such a wide array of ultralights and also a J/120 in the mix however, this is a fleet stacked with good sailors on fast boats; anything could happen and it should be a treat to watch.










    Cruisers Head OutThe Kolea Cruising Division got off the line last and thundered away towards open water, with many of the larger performance cruising boats pacing well up the Bay. The biggest division in the race with 14 boats registered, the cruising division will not be counted in the overall scoring and results, but will instead race for their own prizes and under slightly modified rules that allow some motoring. Make no mistake though, these boats are fully ready to sail to Hawaii. With more robust boats and systems than many of the pure thoroughbred racing boats in the fleet, the cruising division has some very fast boats in it, and given the right conditions and their Monday start, a fast 50-foot cruiser could easily be the first boat into Hawaii. Interestingly enough, Vendée Globe veteran Tanguy de Lamotte recently relocated from France to Sausalito and has ended up sailing on Emmanuel Sauquet’s beautiful Hanse 505 Outremer. With a fast cruising platform, an all French crew and some pretty sporty looking sails, we expect Outremer and Hanse 505 sistership Anais to be among the first boats into Kaneohe.

    Weather conditions should strengthen as the fleet moves offshore and into the night. You can follow the race on the Yellow Brick tracker, and make sure to keep an eye on our social media accounts as we are uploading content constantly.

    -Ronnie Simpson

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    The Figaro is jumping to an early lead, but I think she should be packed in with the Wednesday starters, mabe even Thursday starters.
    IMHO

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    July 10th Update



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    FIRST WAVE PASSES TEST
    Stiff winds, reported by weather authorities as sustained in the high 20s on the beam (from the side of the boat) made for a demanding first night for the 29 original starters. Race veterans compare last night's conditions to the 2002 and 2016 races which were marked by unusually stiff breezes.

    The good news is that, as of this writing, the fleets are near the end of the rather rough stuff and are about to enter a zone of considerably more forgiving winds in the high teens.

    Presently, A Fond Le Girafon is leading the fleet boat-for-boat. She's no doubt finding those foils that help with righting to be a real blessing. Green Buffalo is leading her division, PHRF overall, and the Pac Cup on corrected time.

    Not racing? Really? Two Hanse 505's in the Cruising Division are the second and third boats in the overall lead! Anais and Outre Mer. Yeah, cruising, sure, we believe that.

    One boat has retired. Cetacea, a Hudson 50, shows a track returning to port. The skipper has informed us that "steering system issues," one of the most common reasons for retiring in a heavy weather year, compelled her return to port.


    Positions as of 0800 PDST with 6 Hour Delay:

    In the 4 boat Coral Reef Sailing Apparel Division, Jim Quanci's Cal 40 Green Buffalo has jumped out to an early lead,
    but word has it that they have experienced some steering cable issues, and are now sailing on auto pilot. The other Cal
    40, Bob Hortons Highlander is just 3 miles aft. Rebecca Hinden's Express 27' Bombora is in a dead heat with Warren Holybee's
    Morgan 382 Eliana








    In the 6 boat DH1 Pau Maui Vodka Division, aka the Express 27s, two RYC boats, Zachary Anderson Motor Cycle Irene is in a dead heat
    with Andy Goodman's Loose Cannon, just a mile back, the Tahoe entry, John Morrison's Fired Up is keeping up quite nicely!








    In the DH2 Mt Gay Rum Divison, The experimental foiler, Charles Devanneaux's A Fond le Girafon appears to br
    building on here lead, with 13 nm advantage over next boat, Sean and Kim Mulvihill's J-120 Jamani, and Bill and Melinda Erkelens
    Wolfpack diving south, seeking more wind, a longer route but perhaps a savvy move in long run!






    Of the 13 boats still racing in the Kolea Cruising Division, Emmanuel Sauquet's 50' Hanse 505, OutreMer with a bit of a ringer aboard, Tanguy de Lamotte
    is cruising along nicely with the division lead and 2nd overall for line honors. Just to her south, Sistership, Matt Solhjem's Anais has sailed an identical distance,
    127nm, but has added miles seeking a southerly route.






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    Imagine that. Leading the Pac Cup on a boat with creature comforts.

    I like that concept!

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    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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  6. #26
    Beneteau and Hanse could turn some heads this year.

    Thurs and Friday look slow for the big boys.

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    The foiler was originally in Friday's start, how did the get moved so far forward?

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    Good question. Wonder where they got their rating certificate.

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