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    Quote Originally Posted by Photoboy View Post
    Aerial photography is full of risks and getting that special shot requires putting a lot on the line.
    One of the most glamorous sailing shots in the world is barreling down the Molokai Channel
    with your kite flying, team on the rail and pushing that azure warm water out of the way after a 2,000 nm plus
    Transpacific Race...Diamond Head in the background... Just perfect....

    But sometimes you don't finish in daylight. Like the 3 Mod 70's that just finished the 2019 Transpac.
    There will be no glorious Molokai finish in daylight pics for them.

    And yesterday, The Super Maxi Comanche was on her final approach, seeking her 1st Barn Door, but alas,
    daylight was fading. It was too apparent that they too would finish in the dark, so Sharon Green took off late in the afternoon from
    Honolulu in a helicopter in hopes of catching them before darkness consumed the Islands, in hopes of tracking down that
    elusive shot.

    They found Comanche off of Maui, where the boat had sailed to in order to get that last big wind compression and come
    into the finish on a hot angle, Skirting the east coast of Molokai along the way. Sharon and her pilot buzz Comanche
    for a time and were hoping to get her gybing towards Molokai on her last hitch for that dramatic cliff shot when the helo made
    some very loud, unhappy mechanical shuddering and the pilot blurted " Abort, Abort ABort" into the headset. They were very lucky to be near the Island
    at the time and were able to facilitate and emergency landing on dry land and not 10 miles offshore.

    Sharon then got on a short hop flight and made it back to Honolulu in time to catch the boat tying up at the deep water Kewalo Basin!


    Comanche's final approach... The proximity to Molokai may have saved the day....

    Intense coverage, glad everyone is okay!

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    I think Sharon should be out buying lotto tickets!

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    July 19 Position Report And Updates

    As you most likely know by now, Comanche finish her race last night, a bit shy of her record but did get her 1st Barn Door
    (Rule change earlier this year to attract more maxi's and supermaxis) and as of this typing Paradox has finished 4 minutes ago
    (12:07 HST) to close out division O, but 12 hours and change behind Maserati for 3rd. Their 1st Transpac, so perhaps next time?
    Rio is113nm from Diamond Head making 16.6 knots and 1st in Division 1, 1st in Div 1(1) and 1st in ORR Overall which should
    make Manouch happy!

    All the boats have passed the 1/2 mark now and division 6 should be well represented in next batch of finishers before the door swings
    wide open and it should get crazy for next few days...

    Division 1 belongs to Tom Hothus's Pac52 BadPak, then the RP 66 Alive with near 3 hours separation on correction. TP 52's Destroyer
    is in close battle with the Kernan 70' Peligroso for 3rd.

    Division 2 currently is lead by Taxi Dancer which has about two hours advantage over Merlin, but the Cosmic Sled is closing the gap,
    and now Buona Sera is a mere 11 minutes back after a nice 320 nm 24 hour run.

    Division 3 is very much up for grabs with Velvet Hammer reeling in sistership Hamachi , with just 35 minutes separation.
    The 2 are in line for podium in ORR overall as well. Bretwalda 3 rounds out the top 3.

    The SC 50/52 has been very much back and forth with Horizon and Lucky Duck sharing tiaras for inner division.
    Oaxaca and Flyingfiche round out top 4, but this one is going down to the last gybe...

    Not much change in Division 5, it's still Good Call, then Kialoa then Runaway, but Runaway is closing the gap
    The Cal 40's have been real close, but Callisto tracker info must be wrong. Yet she is currently label 1st in class and ORR overall
    Azure and Viva are neck and neck ... this group too will come down to last gybe.

    Div 6 all Blue Flash with some dram between Ohana and Ho okolohe for 2nd and 3rd.

    Div 7 Still looks like Team Chubby's to lose, Quester then Patriot in 3rd

    Dark Star in command in Div 8 the Sweet Okole and No Compromise
    Everyone separating like inlaws at a 1/2 off sale at Walmart. Go ahead and pencil Nadelos as winner, Blue Moon to place and Traveler to show
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    RIO 100 Takes The Merlin Trophy

    With a finish time of 19:34:25 HST today, Manouch Moshayedi's Bakewell-White 100 RIO100 has become the fastest monohull without powered performance systems to finish the 50th edition of the biennial 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race. In so doing she has won the Merlin Trophy, which this year was re-defined from its original criteria of being awarded to the fastest monohull of any configuration in the race.

    RIO100 is the first boat in the history of Transpac to have won both the Merlin and Barn Door Trophies. Asked how he felt about this, Manouch said “It feels fantastic, I'm going to go down the list of trophies, one by one!”

    Two years ago in their Barn Door Trophy win, RIO100 was not at full speed for the latter portion of the race having hit debris that broke one of their two rudders. Quick work by the crew capped the hole in the hull at the rudder bearing and the team sailed on for their elapsed time win. This time the only debris hit was a long hawse line from a fishing boat that they believe slowed them “for about one and a half - two hours” while they removed it from the keel. But all in all Manouch felt this was a “cleaner” race, and their elapsed time of 6 days 9 hours 8 minutes 26 seconds is the fastest yet for a non-canting Monohull.

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    With the new open criteria established for the Transpac Barn Door Trophy for the 2019 race, the Comanche team gathered on Friday to receive the trophy awarded to the first monohull to finish the race. Specifically, the 2019 Notice of Race removed any restrictions on use of moveable ballast or non-manual power to define those eligible to receive this classic trophy, while boats that are first-to-finish contenders may not have a length greater than 100 feet overall (30.48 meters). This criteria is similar to that used in numerous other ocean races around the world, including the Sydney-Hobart, Fastnet, Middle Sea and other races.

    From 2009 - 2017 those monohull entries that used moveable ballast or non-manual power were eligible to race, but the first boat to finish with these systems on board was not eligible to win this trophy, and instead were contenders for the Merlin Trophy.

    Under the previous rule, Manouch Moshayedi's Rio100 won both the 2015 and 2017 Barn Door Trophy.
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    July 20th Quotes From Boats

    Katara Race Day 8 Updates
    July 19, 2019, 1700

    After a fairly rocky start this morning we're back to a full head of steam. Repair efforts were made to the A4, and it now lays in reserve if the need were to arise. We down shifted to our much smaller reaching kite, the A3, for several hours. We were making acceptable way, but we weren't able to get the angles or speed we wanted. Cautious of blowing out our only other runner kite, our lite air A2, we held off. After a few hours the breeze subsided somewhat and the call was made to hoist the A2. That helped significantly with the angle and speed and we're back up to a full head of steam.

    We are tentatively planning to downshift back to the A3 overnight in order to protect the A2 for use in the final approach or in lighter air if it appears again tomorrow.

    We've got a full boat worth of projects going on with cleaning, splicing, minor tweaks or repairs, and just generally cleaning up a week of hard use. Most everyone is on a second or third pair of clothes and we had a dry enough day to get the boat opened up and aired out a bit.

    Overall a pleasant day as we run towards the right edge where we will gybe over to port tack for our final (though over 500nm) approach in to Molokai for the final push in to Hawaii. Hard to tell for sure at this point but sometime very very late overnight on Sunday in to Monday morning hawaiian time is looking somewhat most likely at this point.

    Time to rouse the 1800-2200 watch,

    Tropic Thunder

    Day 10 Race Updates
    July 19, 2019, 1630

    The past day was busy. We got wind gusts to the low 30's at times. Overnight the cloud cover rolled in thick making for the darkest night we've had so far. The moon didn't even show a glimmer until nearly sunrise.

    Morning watch today worked their tails off with kite up, kite down, kite up, kite down, and repeat. They are now down for a much needed and well deserved rest. They too have experienced the flying fish attach. I am sure there is more to come.

    We are now sailing under blue bird skies and azure seas. Baby driver hit his personel speed record of 14.2 kts. Life is good.

    v/r Dr. B

    PS A bit of drama, we had to send Jake up the mast for a sky'ed halyard. Something I don't do unless absolutely necessary. The new A5 chewed up one of our forward halyards, we are down to one.


    Race Day 8 Updates
    July 19, 1530

    We've made our jibe and are heading directly toward Hawaii. Given that the distance yet to cover—about 600 nm—is longer than most boat trips, it seems premature to call this the home stretch. Everything is relative, I guess.

    Nighttime conditions continue to be challenging. It was blowing a steady 25 when we executed our jibe. It was also 2 a.m. and the seas were rolling. Come to think of it, they weren’t good conditions to accomplish anything, other than coming back to the cockpit soaked. I nailed that!

    It has really warmed up. The off-shift crew is doing their best to stay cool, and welcoming suggestions.

    Recent observations have inspired me to write a screenplay:

    The Trimmer

    SCENE: Cockpit of a boat sailing in the Transpac race. GRINDER sits in front of a winch, handle at the ready. TRIMMER sits across the cockpit in a beanbag chair, holding the spinnaker sheet that is wound around the winch.

    As action begins, the leading edge of the spinnaker curls over.

    TRIMMER: Grind, grind, grind!

    GRINDER does nothing. Before the TRIMMER speaks again, the curls flips back.




    We're now performing this play dozens of times a day around the clock with a rotating cast. No two shows are quite the same!


    Kialoa II Race Day 8 Updates
    July 19, 2019, 1300

    Tough night and day but in the end very satisfying. The squalls last night were brutal. Too much for our limited suite of spinnakers so we decided to hoist the big genoa and pole it out. Except that the furling foil split and the sail got caught between foil sections. Eventually fixed after some magnificent work by David Sawdon and especially Jeff up the foil on a halyard using a grinder… don’t ask any more. Everyone and thing intact, sail hoisted and furled ready for this evenings squall party. While all this was going on the hydraulic ram that functions as the boom vang let go with a loud bang and a spray of oil on the deck. Again sorted this time using good old fashion string and purchases, well dynex and purchases anyway! So we power on, doing the best we can.


    Fast Exit Race Day 8 Updates
    July 19, 2019, 0800

    The big attraction of Transpac is the downwind sailing for days and days. Big swells,sunshine and big spinnakers in strong tradewinds. At least that's the theory. It does not always work out that way. For example of the seven Transpac races and five Pac cup races that I've done so far, only two Transpacs and two Pac Cups were truly windy. That said, we still often get great days and nights of spinnaker sailing at speeds that make grown men and women squeal like little children. It also means that the race attracts a wide and varied assortment of yachts prepared by their owners and crews to perform at full potential 24/7 for the whole race, pushing as hard as they can whenever they can. It is a race of “run what you brung” . Take Fast Exit. We have a kitchenette, small bathroom, some cabins with bunks and a saloon with convertible settee/bunks. A sort of Sprinter van with a really big engine, in the form a tall Carbon Fiber mast, big mainsail and big spinnakers. Now, also in our class are boats akin to a large sport station wagon. Think Cadillac CTS-V or Mercedes AMG, decent size with a stupidly big engine. You could sleep in it, but would you really want to? And, so we race, in handicap style. They have to beat us to Hawaii by a certain amount of time to win. Get to the wind first, be in the right lane and put up the biggest kite you can. Sheet in, hold on and drive. Shooting down big rollers with spray flying about all over the place, half the time in daylight half the time at night. If you're lucky, like this year you get a full moon, if not, it's pitch black. No matter what, you don't back off. Ever. Days two and three the Turbo Camper team pulled off 24 hour runs of 278 and 288 miles. Pretty good for a fully powered up Turbo Camper.

    Every now and then you crash, lay the boat over, scare the willies out of everyone for bit, then gather yourselves together and get going again. Sometimes not so much. At 5am this morning blasting along in the high teens, the driver was giving the Turbo Camper all that, when a puff came in and he lost it. Laid the boat over and spun out. Lots of mayhem ensued and as the boat came up again, the big kite, flogging in the wind, thought, to hell with this and exploded into several pieces. All hands on deck. Gather the bits and pieces and get a new kite up. A pretty quick recovery actually. As the boat bore away and the new kite filled, the running top mast back stay decided to part company with the mast. Now this is a race killer. No top mast back stay means no rig, means no sails, means no go and that's on a good day. So kite down and straight into recovery mode. One of the deals with ocean racing is you have to be self sufficient and resourceful. A quick examination of the remaining parts, a team brainstorm in the cockpit and a plan was concocted. Zack, our chief speed guy put on the harness, gathered up the parts and we pulled him up the mast. Many uncomfortable minutes passed painfully slowly, until he yelled to be let down again. He was happy. We were happy and up went the new kite. As we started sailing and cleaning up the mess, we could immediately tell something else was wrong. The boat would not accelerate properly and there was a strong vibration from the keel. Apparently not all the remaining parts of the kite were in the boat. One part was wrapped around the keel. Only one solution. Kite down again and back the boat down. We got very lucky and only had to do this once. The last part of the dead spinnaker was fished out of the water, the new one re-hoisted and we were finally off again, some three hours later. Down, but certainly not out.

    It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a team to race a yacht. This is one strong team. Zack has been up the rig so many times, that we've named the second spreader intersection after him. Shane was at several places on the boat at seemingly the same time. Alan was director of damage control in a calm and clear manner. The rest of us did our jobs as needed and then some. No one got hurt, too much anyway, battered and bruised may be, but otherwise intact. And, we're still racing. Job well done, I'd say.

    Many speed records fell last night, with Alan Andrews the yacht's designer fittingly enough topping the team with a 20.28!

    Oh, and the driver who was sending it at 5 am? Well, we don't need to name names, let's just say he's a really good driver, all around bon vivant, who makes good choices, most of the time and is looking to become a successful Pine Cone farmer in Utah!

    That's all from the Turbo Camper.


    Injured Crew Reported on Conviction, Stable and Continuing Racing
    July 19, 2019, 1530

    From the expansive navigation area(ie; on deck) of Conviction. Here are a few odds and ends.

    We passed a buoy a couple of days about 800 miles offshore. I am pretty sure it was not anchored. We were going 13 or so and it passed one boat length (50 feet) to windward and we did not see it until we were within a couple of boat lengths. We are glad that we did not ring that bell.

    The boat captain decided to do some boat maintenance. So he emptied an entire can of dry lube on all the moving parts down below (there are lots). The crew members down below at that time experienced severe oxygen deprivation. They knew that no gas masks were available, so they evacuated the premises. I have never experienced an all hands on deck call that was as effective. Everyone feared lighting a match for the next few hours. Not much ventilation. One hatch.

    Speaking of down below, there are some new terms for said area. The rain forest. The cave. The swamp, complete with the sightings and smells of swamp things. You get the idea. Most are sleeping in our foul weather gear. It may be drier on deck (and that is a fire hose). All boats leak, but there are surprisingly more leaks than usual on a tp 52. A bucket or so at a time is typical… usually in your bunk or duffle bag.

    The food is surprisingly good. We have prepared food that is in individual portions in a seal a meal bag. Each bag is placed in the water pot (in salt water) and heated. Each crew member has a cup with their name on it with a spoon attached. The trick is to not get the cup dirty, so no dish washing. If you lose your cup, no worries, we have a spare labeled “dummy”

    That is it for now… Lewie

    July 19, 2019, 1330

    From on board Conviction. On Monday, we had a crew member injured due to a fall across the cockpit, and stopping at the edge with his ribs. We believe there is at least one broken rib. We have been in touch with family members and others in the medical community. There is little treatment that can be administered other than standard pain medications and keeping immobilized as much as possible. The injury is not life threatening, but the discomfort is pronounced. A knockdown is not fun for anyone, but very painful for someone with broken ribs. As a result, our foot has been off the ‘gas pedal’.

    Despite the above, our spirits are high as we sail to Hawaii.


    Hamachi is determined and focused. Here's Jason's very short update: 550 nm out. Sending it in 20-22 kts. Just blew up the A2,5. Now running under A4. top boat speed around 23kts. See you in Hawaii!
    Keep on it Hamachi. WIN. WIN. WIN. Go Team Hamachi

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    July 20th Position Update

    Update from the July 20th 14:00 Position reports show a flurry of activity with 15 boats
    within the 200 nm live update section. As we type, Bretwalda 3 is crossing the finish line,
    holding onto 3rd in Div 3 and 3rd in ORR overall at the moment. Brigadoon is 14 miles to finish
    and Ho okolohe is 29 nm out The ORR overall leaders, Hamachi and Velvet Hammer are 163 and
    188 nm out

    Div 1's BadPak is next in the finish and will need to hit the gas if they hope to fend off Alive for corrected
    time in division. Peligros looks to be a lock for 3rd

    Div 2 Fleet is led physically by Merlin, but the new corrected leader is Buona Sera which enjoyed a 296 nm 24 hr run.
    Taxi Dance is 2nd corrected and Merlin 3rd

    The ORR corrected leader from Div 3 Has Bretwalda currently finished but theoretically in 3rd
    with Hamachi in lead and Velvet Hammer needing to put the hammer down to stay in 2nd

    The lead boats in the SC 50/52 division should crack the 200nm window shortly.
    Horizon and Lucky Duck are inner division leaders with Oaxaca 2nd in class

    Division 5: Good Call by a bundle, Kialoa holding on to 2nd and Runaway 3rd
    Division 10: Callisto holding a 2 hour advantage over Azure corrected, which is side by side with Viva but 37 minutes ahead.

    Div 6 has 6 boats in the 200nm window with Brigadoon 10 miles out but in 6th in division corrected.
    Blue Flash appears to have 1st in division on lock down with Ho okolohe, no 25 mile out in 3rd

    Chubby is the sole live boat from Div 7, 187 nm out with a 3 hour lead on Quester and
    6 hours on Patriot

    Div 8: Dark Star still has a couple hours on Sweet Okole and a day and 3 hours on No Compromise
    Div 9: Nadelos with 14 hours and change on Blue Moon and near 23 hours on Traveler
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    Quotes from Boats July 20th vol 2

    Hamachi continues on course for Hawaii but it's no picnic. Jason reports on Friday:
    Been a wild 36 hours. Things got tactical starting Wednesday and we went south to cover Velvet Hammer and Snoopy, who were heading south for more wind. We split the difference between them and Bretwalda and spent most of the day sailing in 20-22 kts. That evening the full moon was
    blocked by low clouds and we rocketed through the night at ludicrous speed in pitch black. The boat was barely in control launching off the tops of big waves and accelerating down troughs and up the other side. The speedo was often out of the water so boat speed was indeterminate but we saw at least 23 kts of SOG the next day. This subsided after afew hours and it was a relatively "calm" night with winds 17-20 kts.

    Winds were down Thursday morning and Fred towed his Mahi Mahi lure behind the boat for an hour. Didn't catch anything - too fast. Thursday was lighter in the morning (12-15 kts) with big seas. Then the squals started and the wind picked back up, along with even bigger seas. The boat was back to rocketing along at 18-20 kts in 20-24 kts of wind.

    We set our A2.5 spinnaker back on Sunday morning around 5am and it has been up ever since. It carried us 1500 miles across the Pacific through some wild conditions but at 10pm PDT last night it suffered one too many indignities at the hands of its crew and blew apart. We quickly pulled
    it out of the water and launched the A4, which we'd packed knowing we were pushing its limits.

    It's been inshore match racing for the past 500 miles, and will continue to the finish. We gybe on the shifts and have seen some crazy wind angles. Right now the GFS says the wind should be at 58mag but we are sailing 95mag directly at the finish. Aloha!
    We had the A4, then switched to the backup (older) A2.5. Navigating more squalls and just trying to keep the boat and gear together while we sail fast! Winds have been lightening some so expected finish is around midnight Sat (PDT).


    Aloha from SV OAXACA!

    Sorry the day got away from us and we forgot to write an update!

    As you can see from the tracker, we've been working really hard to cut into Horizon's lead, so not a lot of time to write.

    Last night and most of this morning were filled with rain and squalls which made for wet and challenging conditions as the wind shifted and changed velocity with each passing squall. And, inevitably, the squalls came within 10 minutes of the end of a watch which insured that everyone came down below soaked. Except Liz because she lives in a cave where is no rain. Or air. Or sunlight. You will recognize her in Hawaii because she is pasty white. But not bitter. (-:

    Okay, back to looking at weather forecasts and eating dinner!


    Team OAXACA

    (About 250 miles from the finish)


    Hamachi reaches 200 miles and goes live today...but not really. Just when you want to know, follow the live track and figure out when they will arrive, the tracker breaks down. So we wait. Jason's message to the lonely wives club:
    Been a long slow day of good progress. The forecast for 20kt winds has not materialized so we are slogging into Honolulu, along with the rest of the fleet. We have a good position on Velvet Hammer and Bretwalda has also suffered, but is finishing in the next hour. THey owe us 13 hours of correct time. If we can just get the wind to fill in we will finish between 11pm tonight and 3am tomorrow.

    To make matters more challenging our YB tracker just died, so we are not "live" anymore. We will be manually sending in position reports every four hours for the rest of the race. It's be a long (short) trip but hard on the boat and our AIS is no longer working but we are using backup systems to navigate.

    Crew is very excited to get to the mai tais. The cabin is 91deg and 70% humidity so its a sweat box with lots of funkiness.

    I think they are smelling the pineapples and coconuts and are willing the boat to finish.
    WIN. WIN. WIN.
    Go Team Hamachi!

    Flying Fiche

    Race Day 9 Updates
    July 20, 2019, 1530
    Another night of tough sailing. When the sun set, the moon wasn't up yet and there was a thick cloud layer blocking out the stars. It was totally dark and the squalls were starting to unload. Richard and Robert helmed us through gusts up to 30 knots - it was a tough watch. That's one reason Richard counts down the nights of the race rather than the days. If all goes well, we have one last night. And lest you think the fact that there is a countdown means that we aren't enjoying it, the question has already been asked: Do you want to do this race again in 2 years?
    I believe that Yellow Brick tracking has live data for boats within 200nm of finish. We expect to reach that overnight tonight, so you should be able to follow us live all day Sunday.
    We continue to eat really well. I may have forgotten to mention the empanadas, the spinach/chicken/quinoa casserole, and other meals. They are definitely appreciated and fuel us. On some days though, dinner is a quick stop between being on deck and trying to grab some sleep, and doesn't get the attention it deserves. Our staff doesn't include a dedicated food blogger, unfortunately. A shout-out in advance for the enchiladas that are thawing right now!
    Reader Mail - Send in your questions for a chance to be featured in an upcoming blog entry!
    Diane from Florida writes, “Do you see much of the full moon or is it hidden with clouds?”
    Thanks for your question, Diane! The short answer is: it varies. The Transpac race is usually scheduled to coincide with the full moon, so that the nights are brighter. There's a lot of cloud cover down here and it can be thick enough to totally block the moon. I think we've seen the moon and stars for at least part of every night, though. When the stars are visible through a break in the clouds, they are very bright.
    PS - Say “hi” to dad for me!
    In Memoriam
    Dedicated readers of this blog will be familiar with our beanbag chairs. It saddens me to report that around 4:30 pm PDT Friday, Tan Beanbag fell off the port rail. A witness to the event described it as “Tan Beanbag slipping betwixt the lifelines and into Poseidon's waiting grasp.” Crew members recalled fondly the times they had sat on Tan Beanbag while trimming the spinnaker or the main. Dan, a lifelong friend, said that Tan Beanbag had been an important part of several successful Newport-Ensenada campaigns aboard Problem Child. The cause of death is unknown, but Robert observed that according to his prop 65 label, Tan Beanbag contained chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer. Tan Beanbag is survived by Royal Blue Beanbag. The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, you purchase mai tais for the crew.

    Tropic Thunder

    Day 11 Race Updates
    July 20, 0530
    We are in “send it” mode and heading south toward Hawai'i. It's nice to finally have the kite up for more than a couple of hours but I suspect that it might not last. The high clouds and changing barometric pressure may indicate a change in the weather. Squalls tonight . . . maybe?
    Some rain clouds today. We decided these little clouds were like a 5 year old playing on the playground & the squalls ill be more like the playground bully.
    There was a little excitement last evening when a pin halyard shackle popped open during the hoist. Our bowman Jake was hoisted up to retrieve it with Kai “Baby driver” was at the helm. Another first has fallen for Kai. Jake rocked the rocky hoist during a heavy sea state. It truly was an intense several minutes culminating in a perfect hoist
    Today, Jake's speed record was matched by Steve. Did I mention that we are in “send it” mode. Life is good.
    v/r Dr. B
    Today was truly a TransPac day, blue skies, good winds, blue sea, emotions high, anticipation rising, knocking down the nm.

    July 20, 0800
    Finally, polars are tuned (this has been a 2 year project), gribs are aligning with actual, we should be pulling up an A4 with staysail today and starting to book with speed into HNL; if wind speed and direction hold. Our challenge this Transpac have been the rolling seas, winds and waves that are not favorable to our configuration, boat type/design . . . no hard chine to plane, too heavy to lift bow and hold a decent course; hey, it's a cruising boat but she is fun and for the most part comfortable.
    Most of this race has been done under white sails (Main and Genoa). Due to the power of the new CF main, it has been reefed 90% of the trip mostly due to sea state, boat weight and design. Up until yesterday, overcast for most of the day . . . not the bright blue sky we encountered in 2017.
    On the bright side, well ahead of 2017, estimating arrival on 23rd, late.
    The stars came out last night and danced; a spectacular display beyond what words can describe. The moon also rose and raced across the sky chasing the stars and illuminating our path. I truly wish I had the photographic skills and equipment to share this with friends and family; truly spectacular.


    ace Day 8 Updates
    July 20, 2019, 0900
    Some excitement on Amazing Grace last night when the afterguy foot block failed and broke free from the deck. Fortunately no one injured. Was able to douse kite, jibe, and set new kite, sailing at a slightly less favorable jibe angle, but still heading toward Hawaii. Get those Mai Tais ready, we're thirsty!
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    The Sunday Stampede

    Sunday's wild flurry of finishers was one truly for ages, with 31 boats from all extremes of classes barreling down the Molokai Straits towards Diamond Head
    and the long sought after fruity rum infused cocktails served in hollowed out pineapples and a pretty hibiscus lei to mask the scent of 2,000 miles of sweaty sailing...

    The action was so intense and updates happening so quickly it burnt out the tracking devices (either that or Russian interference was the cause) making tracking and reporting an exercise
    in futility. If you were lucky, you finished in daylight and got yourself captured digitally bow wave blasting, aloha shirt wearing, ear to ear shit eating grinning, by one of the multitude
    of photogs on the water, in the air or both...

    There is still remains a fistfull of racers working their way to the finish, and the tracker, still has a glitch, showing boats long finished still on course, with a few divisions yet to be decided.

    We will get to that in due time.

    IN the mean time:

    The Official Report:

    Half the fleet finished and all enjoy high-speed sailing at Transpac 50

    HONOLULU, HAWAII - Mostly favorable weather conditions for this race and the staggered start paradigm has created for the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race what was intended: a flood of both fast and slow entries converging together on the finish in Hawaii. Some 70% of the 82 entries that will finish in this year's edition have or will have finished between Saturday Noon and Monday Noon, a remarkable high density flood of racers arriving happy, tired, thirsty and wholly satisfied with this year's race.


    The 67-foot 1937 S&S yawl Chubasco also going fast - photo Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing
    TPYC race officials say 75% of the entries in this year's anniversary edition are newcomers to the race, but there are a lot of familiar faces on the arrival docks and Aloha parties being held at Waikiki and Hawaii Yacht Clubs. All of them, even among the Division 1 and Division 2 teams deprived of course records and corrected time victories due to their first night of light air, have said this year's race for them was the best in memory.

    "From the reports and dock chatter, everyone has been really happy with this race," said TPYC Commodore Tom Hogan. "We had our fast multihulls even suggesting they start even another day or two later to be more a part of this celebratory Aloha scene."

    Echoing Hogan's assessment, Gordon Kay, a veteran of two Whitbread Round the World Races and numerous other classic offshore races around the globe, was racing as a helmsman on Quentin Stewart's Infinity 46r Maverick. This innovative design from Hugh Welbourn has a lateral appendage protruding from the hull just below the waterline on the leeward side that produces lift to contribute to stability of the boat when at high speeds. Called DSS (Dynamic Stability System) this produces outstanding performance benefits in offwind sailing with wind over 17 knots...below this speed in downwind sailing the foil is retracted in the hull to reduce drag.

    These effects were seen in the final approach to Diamond Head today when Maverick was locked in battle boat-for-boat with a much larger race boat with a conventional fin and bulb keel, Max Klink's Botin 65 Caro. The two were neck and neck doing speeds of 17-20 knots en route from the north shore of Molokai all the way to the finish in the brisk wind and waves of the famous Molokai Channel.

    "The DSS was amazing, it allowed us to be so fast and so stable, we carried the big A2 spinnaker much further out of its normal range," said Kay. "We did not want to change to the A3 because we really wanted to beat Caro boat-for-boat, and we did."

    Kay, who is from England, reflected on his experience on this, his first Transpac.

    Curved foils give the Figaro 3 added stability in windy conditions - photo Ronnie Simpson/Ultimate Sailing

    "Everyone should do this race, its like no other, today and last night were absolutely perfect," he said. "All the elements are here for a truly fun and challenging oceanic experience. I'm 46 years old and have been racing for decades and only now can I finally reflect on how special this is and the amazing opportunities we have as sailors to have experiences like this. For this I'm truly grateful." Kay then left the Waikiki Yacht Club for the airport to fly to Finland to help commission a new Infinity 53.

    Hmmm...Finland? or Hawaii? It's too bad he's not staying because the rest of the Maverick team will on Friday night be awarded a trophy for Fastest Elapsed Time for yachts under 50 feet.

    Another design with novel appendages that finished today and paced with boats much larger was Charles Devanneaux's Beneteau Figaro 3 A Fond le Girafon ("the baby giraffe"), named for the ungainly-looking but effective foils that protrude from the hull above the water, but curved to be immersed at high heel angles and thereby also provide lift and stability. Devanneaux double-handed this race with Fred Courouble, a French ex-pat naval architect living in Long Beach, who explained their function.

    "The design is very clever. When the boat heels 20-30 degrees, the outer section of the foil is rotated so that its curved section is now at an angle to provide lift. The position of the foil on the boat, the full round bow section, and the leeward rudder which is now vertical all make the boat very stable and hold its tracking, even in high-speed reaching. There boat in these windy downwind conditions is easy to steer and completely under control. In fact, at no time in this race were we concerned about control of this boat, its is very fast and safe," he said. Devanneaux has already sailed this boat to Hawaii in the Pacific Cup and says he has thousands of miles double handing her in races and offshore passages, without problems.

    Besides its immense popularity in France and northern Europe, this boat is also one of many under consideration by World Sailing for approval and inclusion in the next 2024 cycle of the Olympics for the new mixed gender double handed offshore medal.

    Hamachi team celebrates on arrival last night - photo Rachel Rosales/ManaMeans

    And while the French team on the Figaro 3 had a fast race, their Wednesday start put them into a weather pattern that prompted sailing south, thereby adding many miles to their trip. In contrast, few would dispute that for this year's race the best weather was reserved for the Friday starters, and sure enough the top three teams in the corrected time standings are from Division 3. Led by Shawn Dougherty's and Jason Anderson's Hamachi, followed by Zach Anderson and Chris Kramer's Velvet Hammer. These two are both J/125's, but had measurable differences great enough to give Hammer a 2 hour 45 minute corrected time margin with their rival sistership.

    Yet the Pacific Northwest-based Hamachi team rode a wave of strong tradewinds in their final approach to the finish, crossing the line at 2:21:29 local time, a 44-minute corrected time margin to be clear of Hammer, and almost 2 hours clear of Bob Pethwick's Rogers 46 Bretwalda 3, yesterday's first Division 3 finisher.

    So, unless a Cal 40 sprouts wings and flies to the finish, the King Kalakaua trophy looks pretty safe for Hamachi.

    "We would be so excited and proud to have our hard work over the past few months get rewarded with this amazing trophy," said Dougherty. "The team was phenomenal, everyone worked hard but had fun too, and to be given this prestigious award would be quite an honor."

    A vibrant Aloha party on board Taxi Dancer - photo Emma Deardorf/Ultimate Sailing
    There is one more casualty on the course among the several others who have retired with various problems in this race and returned to the coast: David Chase's and Carlos Brea's Fast 42 Uhambo reported about 1700 Hawaii time today they broke their mast, but all aboard were okay. TPYC race managers have been standing by, and the YB tracker indicates their speed at 6.0 knots with 100 miles to go.

    Meanwhile the finishers will keep rolling in, with the "Tail end Charlie" award appearing ready for either Jason Siebert's Schock 40 Gamble or the Hawaii-based Trader, Doug Pasnik's Andrews 70, both about 500 miles out from the finish.

    A continuing steady stream of finishers is expected in the next 24 hours, with the greeting committee on the top deck of the Hawaii Yacht Club bellowing out an enormous "Aaaahhh-looooo-haaaah" for all who enter the Ala Wai Harbor in search of their mooring place, their loved ones, beautiful and fragrant leis, and the coconut mai-tais given every yacht in the race, regardless of their results. This is a taste of the true Polynesian cultural spirit of Aloha that embrace all who visit, especially those who came from the sea.

    To follow the position tracks of the approaching finishers, visit the YB tracker system at

    For colorful tales and photos of life aboard an entry in Transpac 50, visit the dedicated pages to blog posts at

    For more information on Transpac 50 and its history, events and sponsors, visit the main website at

    Last edited by Photoboy; 07-22-2019 at 09:45 AM.
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  9. #69
    Not sure why they decided to highlight the two foil boarding boats that finished off the podium.

    Congrats to Merlin for 1st to finish in division 2 and Oaxaca for their win in Division 4!

  10. #70
    Too many dips in the punchbowl?

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