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    Quotes From Boats July 17 vol 1

    Hamachi reaches Halfway!
    This crew is sailing all out and crushing the rest of the fleet. They celebrated at the halfway, deservedly so. Here's Jason's report: Well, we don't know if its EXACTLY half way but we have 1250nm to go and it seemed like a good excuse for a party (not that Team Hamachi ever needs an excuse to party). We gathered on the back patio to contemplate the race so far and pass our flask, which quickly devolved into a YMCA dance party with the drone circling the boat, all while doing 15-16 kts. Our objectives going into the race were: 1) be safe, 2) have fun, and3) win. So far we are doing well in all three categories. Taking stock half way, here's some thoughts:
    - Best Moment(s): Sailing away from our closest competition
    - Crew Lowlight(s): Too many body fluids and damp socks in a small cramped cabin
    Things We Have Plenty Of:
    - Food
    - Dude Wipes: Great marketing on someone's part. We can sail fast confident that our "dude parts" will stay clean to the finish.
    - Boat Speed: Of the four J/125's, we are the only one with six crew.
    Despite this extra weight, and all of our frozen food, we seem to have great boat speed.
    - Kudos:
    1) David Rogers has been crushing it as our Lieutenant Huru. It was rough going (literally and figuratively) in the first 24 hours as he was making up for a sick crew member and doing all of the boat data collection and navigating. Over the past few days he's stepped up the game and built tools to track the fleet, our performance and answer everyone's questions.
    2) The Cooks: We are four days in and still eating frozen gourmet food.
    Thank you Janet, Marian and Jason for doing all the cooking!
    Are We There Yet?
    The days are blowing by are we are a little shocked its already half way. Normally its a 10-11 day race for a J/125 but this year we are on track to finish in around 8 days.
    Up Next:
    Sleep. Eat. Sail Fast. Repeat.

    Go Team Hamachi!


    Update #3 from Team Bolt:

    We've had a fairly productive 24hrs! We had the opportunity to put up our Code 0 for a while which led to some more consistent boat speed. Shortly after, we noticed a small rip near the luff of the sail, and had to just hope that it did not get any larger. Luckily conditions promoted a change to our A3 before the tear worsened.

    That night we all were treated to Charlie's Mom's Baked Ziti, a huge hit amongst the crew. We were all speculating on how it could possibly be dairy free. Scott asked me to be sure to thank Mrs. Welsh in the next message, so thank you!

    Morale is pretty high now that we are getting the boat to move and surf down some waves. However, we did have a scary moment when the pin that holds the boom vang to the boom dropped on the deck. Luckily it was quickly recovered before falling in the drink, and we managed to make a temporary fix.

    What started out to be a gloomy day, opened up to be a gorgeous one in the afternoon, with partly cloudy skies and deep blue water. We expect to hit the halfway point in the next day or so... Hawaii here we come!


    Go Bolt!


    For many hours we had to sail on starboard tack, on #MaseratiMulti70's damaged hull. It was impossible to reach an average speed higher than 25 knots. At 12 UTC, we finally gybed and now, on port tack, we're able to fly steadily and reach a higher speed.

    The positions updated at 8 UTC, before the last gybe, show #MaseratiMulti70 782 miles away from the finish line, more than a hundred miles behind PowerPlay, with 655 miles to go, and Argo, with 602 miles ahead of it: the disadvantage is not small, but we are not giving up and we will fight to the end!

    Gio / Maserati Mod 70


    Quester Race Day 8 Updates
    July 17, 2019, 0800

    Things got a little sporty for the Quester yesterday and into the evening. Trades came in with an attitude with a tight wind waves and 22-28kts of wind. This old girl couldn't push the water out of the way fast enough for her 28 tons to rumble down the track. Needless to say 17.2kts of boat speed never felt so frightening. Managed to survive the night and all on board now fully battle tested. Despite the bucking bronco try to throw us and roll thru 30 degrees our awesome chef Lisa served up an other incredible dinner. Getting closer every sked. Aloha, Quester.


    Celestra Race Day 8 Updates
    July 17, 2019, 0800

    Blew the leach line on the emergency spinnaker. Nothing like 3am sail changes. We are sailing under jib and main alone. The crew is having a hard time on the helm which causes the spinnaker to collapse and wipe the boat very hard. We will attempt to fix the leach line latter on today. With the Jib and Main steering is easy and allows the crew to rest.

    Despite all this, everyone is having an amazing time. At least the food has been getting better. Today on the menu, surf and turf.


    Tropic Thunder
    Day 8 Morning Updates
    July 17, 2019, 0730

    Celebrated 1/2 way with Red Velvet Cake under a Blood Thunder Moon (kinda sounds like the title to a porn flick). Exceptionally tasty and well received. Not sure if loading up the crew with sugar at midnight was the best course, but we are making way.

    Absolutely stunning moonrise last night. Sailing is a bit sporty but all the crew agree; there is no place that they would rather be.


    Paradox Race Day 5 Update
    July 17, 2019, 0700

    From 0700hr Pacific time today: We are fully in to the synoptic trade winds here! We had a day of 500 miles in the last 24hrs. Compared to the first day which saw 106 miles! We are rocketing along down wind, averaging 20kts. The driving is pretty lively with the sea state and it's pretty aggressive driving as we work to surf down waves �� but not get sucked in to the bottom of them. The leeward foil is in full action and the helm is heavy with the pressure. There seems to be a bloom of baby jelly fish coating the sea and they wash up on to the deck with the waves and spray. They look like baby Portuguese Man-Of-War but not entirely sure what type they are. We're taking great care to remove them from the lines and rope bags as I'm sure that would be a nasty surprise. We have a full moon that's been keeping us company at night. �� Something occurred this morning that I've never seen where it was a very bright morning just before the sun broke the horizon and the moon was still in the sky and bright. We seemed to have both at the same time… The water is a beautiful deep blue and we scan it as we zoom along, watching carefully for hazards. Head over to the Transpac Race site to see some of the havoc that has been brought upon the fleet including a large yacht which sank yesterday. We don't have many details out here but it appears all have been havoc that has been brought upon the fleet including a large yacht which sank yesterday. We don't have many details out here but it appears all have been rescued and are safely aboard another yacht in the race! Signing off from a fast and furious trimaran! Standing by on 16. Paradox out!


    Katara Race Day 5 Updates
    July 17, 2019, 0600

    KATARA has had a good evening but a tiring one for many of the drivers. There has been a fairly patchy layer of clouds above us and these have often come accompanied by 10, 15, 30 degree wind shifts with as much as 8-10kts of different pressure. Sure keeps the helmsman busy trying to keep our feet under us and the kite filled. Michael, Liam, JA, and Sam were responsible for most of that magic last night. Things have calmed a bit in the early AM here, but Roger's band going on watch right now still has their work cut out for them.

    Speaking of drivers… my record didn't even last as long as my nap after I'd made it! Never to be outdone Liam came oh so close and joined us in the 21kt club posting a 20.9 (SOOO close!). Roger laid down a 21.2, just exactly enough to kick me off the throne, and then Sam didn't even flinch when he slammed down a 21.9 - the new boat and race record. I know everyone else (including me!) is going to be hot after it again as soon as the conditions are right. We know those records are going to fall coming in through Molokai Channel as there is supposed to be some of the best breeze and seas for yacht surfing in the world through there.

    It appears all of the crew is staying reasonably well rested - most are taking to their racks right after their watch and keeping their strength and stamina up. I mention again that Clay aced it with the camping pads he acquired, and all report comfortable rest for the most part. Sam brought a whole box of ear plugs, and those have been a blessing as well.

    Based on the latest weather it looks like we've got another couple of days on this starboard gybe before we start looking closely at where we want to make our attack on Hawaii from. The weather forecasts have been incredibly accurate and stable thus far, which hopefully will aid as I do our work to get set up for that.

    Lastly, most likely on the 1000-1400 watch today we will reach the halfway mark - a serious achievement!

    I know those of us with significant others or family flying over to meet us are looking forward to landfall so we can catch up and tell stories.
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    The 0700 HST Position Tracker ( shows the wild advancement the Mod 70's have made with Argo just 12-13 hours away from the finish
    when adding the 6 hours which have passed since this screen shot was taken. They have been smoking the course with 506 nm consumed in the past 24 hours
    with speed in the very high 20's. Power Play lays about 50 nm behind and Maserati nearly 200 nm behind. Comanche has made her way to the front of monohulls and should break the 500nm
    mark in the next few hours. The fleet has compressed now and the sleds should be caught up with most of the fleet this time tomorrow. Some of the boats are starting to dive south,
    seeing an increased pressure there the next 24-36 hours.

    Jason Carroll's Argo bringing home the bacon has lead from the start....

    In Division 1 Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant's Super Maxi Comanche came all the way from Australia to hopefully set a new record,
    however their 5 Day, 1 Hour, 55 minute and 20 second record established in 2017 will stay put. Manouch Moyashi RIO 100' came seeking
    another Barn Door and, barring any major hiccups, look in fin position to do just that. Meanwhile Tom Holthus's Pac52 BadPak has taken 2nd corrected
    in Div 1, with just less than one hour advantage corrected over Comanche. Phillip Turner / Duncan Hine's RP 66' Alive appears to have a lock on
    Div 1 (2) for 2nd....

    In Division 2, Chip Merlin's Cosmic Bus Merlin is working her magic and pulled up a 344 nm 24hr VMG and is chipping away at the Yabsley / Compton Big Yellow Taxi,
    Taxi Dancer's lead while David Clark's SC 70' Grand Illusion is 1 hour 44 minutes in arrears. Some dubious wind lays ahead for the sleds, and maximizing the
    pressure will be key over the next 24-48 hours. The 1st of the group should arrive next Monday.

    A Split decision is underway in Div 3 with current leader, Shawn Dougherty / Jason Andrews's J125 Hamachi heading up towards the rhumbline,
    following the path of Bob Pethick's Roger's 46 Bretwalda 3 with a 5 hour corrected lead, while the other two J-125's Mark Surber' Snoopy
    and Zachery Anderson / Chris Kramer's Velvet Hammer are diving south seeking better pressure and better angles for the last 1,000 miles...

    The SC 50/52 Division now has John Shulze's SC50' Horizon in the lead with a 1 hour advantage over Robert Zellmer's SC50 Flyingfiche and a 2 hours and change advantage
    over Steve Sellinger's SC 52' Triumph with Dave MacEwen's SC 52 Lucky Duck, Michael Moradzadeh' SC 50 Oaxaca and Scott Deardorff/ Bill Guilfoyle's SC 52 Prevail
    very close behind...

    In Division 5, Patrick Broughton's S&S 73 Kialoa has relinquished some of her lead as Tom Barker's 60' Swan Good Call has had a 35nm better VMG over the past 24 hours,
    while Lowell Potiker's Hylas 70' Runaway maintains her sweep position grasp. 38 minutes corrected separate Don Jesberg's Viva and 2nd place Eddy Family's Callisto in the Cal 40 Division
    and Rodney Pimentel's Azure now in 3rd

    Scott Grealish's J 121 Blue Flash is current leader of Division 6, with Joe Markee, Swede 50 Ohana 1 hours and 12 minute back on corrected while
    Cecil & Alyson Rossi's Farr 57' has been sailing some wild angles and dropped back 7.5 hours off the pace.

    The Chubby Syndicate are really starting to show their stuff in Division 7, extending their lead over Michael Yokell's Oyster 56' Quester by 5 hours and over
    3rd place boat, Paul Stemler's J 44 Patriot by 10 hours. Chubasco is now around 800 nm from the finish.

    Sweet Okole remains leader in Divison 8 with a 3 hour and change advantage over Christopher Lemke / Brad Lawson' Hobie 33' Dark Star and 12 hours
    over David Gorney's J 105 No Compromise. Ian Ferguson's Wasa 55 Nodelos is in a comfortable 10 hour lead corrected over Russ Johnson's Jeaneau 52.2
    Blue Moon and almost 14 hour advantage over the 3rd place Christian Doegl owned Swan 461 Free in division 9
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    Argo Takes Line Honors, PowerPlay 2nd Maserati 3rd

    Argo First to Finish in Transpac 50

    HONOLULU, HAWAII - After a slow initial start on Saturday, Jason Carroll and his team of Chad Corning, Thierry Fouchier, Anderson Reggio, Alister Richardson and Brian Thompson were able to push their MOD 70 trimaran Argo into the lead among two other rival MOD 70's in this year's 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac.

    After several hours into the race and having to fight to get out of a wind hole on the first night, the team found the strong offshore breeze first to take a lead never seriously challenged during the entire race, playing a brilliant tactical game to also deftly stay ahead of their competition on the final approach to the finish.

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    Which was needed: Peter Cunningham's team on PowerPlay, a sistership MOD 70, finished just 29 minutes astern after 2225 miles of racing.

    Argo's official finish time was 20:50:32 HST on Wednesday, July 17th, for an elapsed time of 4 days 11 hours 20 min 32 sec ...a remarkable time considering their first day's slow start and only 5 hours behind the record pace set in 2017 by the ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe of 4 days 6 hours 32 minutes 30 sec.

    This translates to an average speed down the course of 20.7 knots.

    Argonauts: Westy Barlow, Jason Carroll, Chad Corning, Thierry Fouchier, Anderson Reggio, Alister Richardson, Brian Thompson ( Not necessarily in that order)

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    Just shy of the record. Now they all have to come back and do it again!

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    Quotes From Boats July 18th Vol 1

    Aloha from SV OAXACA,

    Wednesday was "Halfway Party Day" and Liz's birthday, so we celebrated all day long. Starting with Liz's "birthday cake" (aka fresh baked scones) in the morning to a fun halfway prank on one of our Transpac rookies to opening Halfway Party packages from our friends and family after our scrumptious "Coconut Chicken Curry" dinner to TWO incredible moonbows. Not a bad way to spend the day. And, oh yes, we sailed hard, too!

    As we were approaching the halfway point, Liz reported that there was a boat ahead of us about 10 miles (and coincidentally that was also the distance to our halfway point (equidistant from the start and the finish). Dee then announced "be on the lookout for a signpost 10 miles ahead". Our Transpac rookie exclaimed "Really, did they radio it in?" Dee and Brett then connived with Liz to make a sign out of a cabbage leaf reading "1/2 WAY". As Dee counted down the last few tenths of a mile and told everyone to be on the lookout, Brett sent the cabbage leaf overboard and our rookie exclaimed "I saw it! Did you see it?" Much to the veterans' amusement and laughter.

    After dinner, we opening our halfway packages which contained sweet treats, savory snacks, and fun toys and had a little fun. Thank you, Eliza, Sadie, Johanna, and Eric. A few of the crew also made phone calls home.

    During one of the overnight watches, there was a "miszling" (mixture of misting and drizzling) of rain which led to TWO fantastic moonbows (nighttime rainbows under the light of the full moon). Absolutely beautiful!

    Tripping over moonbows being followed by a moon shadow. Hmmm, maybe some Cat could right a song about it.

    Okay, enough musing, back to work!


    Team OAXACA


    Transpac is a race within a race within a race. There are four J/125s, an above average collection, who are competing with each other to be the fastest J/125 on the west coast. Each boat has donated to a prize for the first across the line. This was our main focus going into Transpac, as its been a friendly rivalry and a great chance to meet other J/125 owners. All four J/125's are racing within Division 3, which is highly competitive and comprised of 13 boats. It's a great honor to win your class at Transpac, especially in a class this competitive. Finally, there is an overall winner based on corrected time for all 92 boats.

    For Team Hamachi, we have been tracking the other J/125's from the start. After day 2 we started tracking other boats in our Division and were both surprised and excited to see Hamachi climb our Division ladder. Then on Tuesday Hamachi started trending towards the top of the overall standings and now we've held the #1 in ORR (fastest boat
    overall) title for 24 hours. The crew is ecstatic but a little uneasy.
    We like being a pursuit boat, quietly seeking to pass the leader. We are not used to being the boat everyone is watching and trying to take down.

    So needless to say the dance parties have stopped, along with the drone flying. We spend every moment pushing to boat to go as fast as possible. Living below is like driving your VW camper van down a black diamond mogul run. We constantly pull weather and position reports, are are gybing to find the best wind and wind angles. We are 920 miles from the finish and SENDING IT. Our current 24 hours record is 336nm. Top boat speed is 21.8kts (David Rogers).

    Summary: This may be the last at sea update as time is now very short:
    eat, sleep, sail fast, repeat...

    If you haven't done so already, follow us on the tracker. Also, there is usually a Transpac Race Summary on YouTube by Seahorse Magazine - Google or look on the Transpac website. Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement!

    WIN. WIN. WIN.
    Go Team Hamachi!!


    Katara Race Day 6 Updates
    July 18, 2019, Midnight


    I write this as we sail through 999nm to go on our way towards Diamond Head. We're officially members of the triple digits club! I think an excellent insight in to this race and how it warps your sense of time and distance is when I hear Michael Booker just moments ago exclaim “wow, ONLY 1,000 miles to go!”. For reference, that's still a Newport-Bermuda Race PLUS a St. Pete to Havana race, or 1.25 Pineapple Cup Regattas for comparison, but after 1,400 nm it doesn't seem all that daunting.

    I meant to share before, but we've been tracking our best 24 hour runs and it's been interesting to see us learning ways to push the boat harder every day, combined with the conditions we've seen making those an ever increasing (to date) climb:

    Day 1: 209.11nm (8.71 kts)
    Day 2: 224.5nm (9.35 kts)
    Day 3: 225.7nm (9.4 kts)
    Day 4: 259.7nm (10.82)
    Day 5: 263.3nm (10.97)

    Those are the maximum distance covered (over ground) in a given 24 hour period during each of those days at sea.

    Tonight's freeze dried chef's selection was another crew winner; Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Rice. We seem to be leaning towards the spicier meals and those that include rice. That or we've been without properly hydrated foods for so long we no longer have any sense of what is and isn't palatable? Chocolate covered espresso beans and starbursts are crew favorites for dessert.

    It's an absolutely gorgeous evening on deck under a near full moon, a relatively comfortable cool air, and a sea state that has calmed and clocked in such a manner that several drivers have described it as “the best driving experience they've ever had”.

    The wind has stayed slightly forward of where might be “typical” for this portion of the race and, as such, we have delayed our initial southerly attacks towards Honolulu and remain on Stbd Gybe. As JA put it just a few minutes ago “this is almost kind of boring in how straightforward it's been”. I think he's just jaded by the marathon sprint of a race that was the Caribbean 600 earlier this year. To date we have executed 5 headsail changes (J1-J2-J3-A3-A4) and a grand total of TWO tacks (to sneak around the tip of Catalina on day 1). This compares to our 42 headsail changes in 71 hours for the C600.

    For those who have our email address, we're collecting funny news stories. If you have come across any absolutely ludicrous news events in the days since we've been gone send them our way (SHORT and TEXT ONLY please!). The crazier the better.

    Let the Katara train keep on truckin,


    Day 8 Morning Updates
    July 17, 2019, 1430

    About 2300 last night we officially crossed the 1/2 way mark. Our youngest crewmate, Kai, (A.K.A. Baby Driver; exceptional helm) was at the helm and rocked it. The entire crew celebrated it with an absolutely delicious home made red velvet cake complement of our skipper and his secret family recipe.

    Although we have yet to see a proper sunrise or sunset, the moonrise's have been spectacular. We are seeing increasingly numbers of flying fish. It has been fun to see them cross the bow illuminated in the bow lights. Last night one miscalculated and hit me square in the back. We were able to rescue it and returned it to the ocean.

    This little update ends with us sailing once again under the A2 with blue skies and sunshine. Perhaps tonight we will get the sunset we have been waiting for. Life is good.

    v/r Dr. B

    PS the party continues with Tropic of Thunder Lager, Strongbow spritzers,Montelobos Mescal (Don't ask), Red Velvet Cake.


    Merlin Day 5 Race Update
    July 17, 2019


    On half way day we are just starting to see some of the masts from boats in the prior starting divisions as we catch up. It’s times like this we are very grateful for the unsung contributors to the boat and crew especially Romeo from Villareal who prepared our savory cuisine. Luckily for us there is no freeze dried food before Day 9! Our thoughts and discussion among the crew were about Jimmy Slaughter last night but for his injury he would be with us right now and experiencing the fruits of his labor and attention to detail which is paying off. Cheers to Jimmy.

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    Race Day 6 Updates
    July 17, 2019, 1330

    It's amazing how quickly you acclimate to conditions. After sailing a few hours in 20-plus knots of wind with boat speeds regularly in the high teens and above, anything less feels like we're standing still.

    We really kept the boat charging over the last 24 hours, and it was great to see that the 278 miles that we covered led the division.

    Every driver has hit at least 20 or 21 knots of boat speed. When I cracked 24 knots surfing down a wave in a 25-knot gust this morning, I thought I was the inaugural member of the 24 knot club, but it turns out the other watch had more than one guy already break through during the night—and they hadn't even bragged about it! It's easy to drive fast in strong wind, so now that the wind is down a bit, it will be a real test of our abilities.

    The water has warmed up significantly since our brisk showers off the stern yesterday. We're getting close to conditions where we'll see some squalls, so that will add an interesting dimension to the race.

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    Quester Race Day 8 Updates
    July 17, 2019, 0800

    Things got a little sporty for the Quester yesterday and into the evening. Trades came in with an attitude with a tight wind waves and 22-28kts of wind. This old girl couldn't push the water out of the way fast enough for her 28 tons to rumble down the track. Needless to say 17.2kts of boat speed never felt so frightening. Managed to survive the night and all on board now fully battle tested. Despite the bucking bronco try to throw us and roll thru 30 degrees our awesome chef Lisa served up an other incredible dinner. Getting closer every sked. Aloha, Quester.

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    Celestra Race Day 8 Updates
    July 17, 2019, 0800

    Blew the leach line on the emergency spinnaker. Nothing like 3am sail changes. We are sailing under jib and main alone. The crew is having a hard time on the helm which causes the spinnaker to collapse and wipe the boat very hard. We will attempt to fix the leach line latter on today. With the Jib and Main steering is easy and allows the crew to rest.

    Despite all this, everyone is having an amazing time. At least the food has been getting better. Today on the menu, surf and turf.

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    July 18th Update: Mods Done, Comanche Nears 200 nm mark

    Group shot showing Positions 10:00 Hours HST and weather model for next 4 days.
    Comanche is just shy of trippin the 200nm magic wand before we can see her final approach.
    The Mods all finished in the wee hours so we can take them off the books.
    Good wind south of rhumbline for next day or so then a light air patch develops, so boats need to
    be careful not to sail into any holes. Expect some wild lead changes as fleet near the finish

    We will dispense with owner names and boat make at this point, as it has been repeated endlessly for the past week...
    Info in this report 0600 HST

    Division 1 is a nail biter between BadPak and Alive at moment with 3 minutes separating the two.
    Alive with a big 406 nm 24hr vmg since last report.
    Rio can still get the Barn Door AND 3rd in class if she hold her position.

    Div 2:Merlin had best 24hr VMG with 313, trails Taxi Dancer by 2 hours corrected.
    Buona Sera making some noise, may challenge Grand Illusion for 3rd

    Div 3:Hamachi holding on to 2 hour lead over Bretwalda 3 and 2.5 over Velvet Hammer,
    Both of which have had better 24hr VMG's

    Div 4:Lucky Duck closing the gap on Horizon. Flyingfiche fending off Oaxaca by a hair, or 1.5 minutes at this point.

    Div 5: Good Call pouring it on. 239 24hr VMG. Kialoa in danger of slipping into 3rd.
    Div 10: Grey Poupon being passed by Viva and Azure. Callisto bis 208nm VMG
    placement looks suspect.

    Div 6: Fleet spread all over. Blue Flash hold 3,5 hour corrected advantage over Ohana which holds a 3 hour
    lead over Ho okolohe which holds a 3 hour lead over the Baby Giraffe

    Div 7: Another spread out fleet: Chubby just over 600 nm to finish with Quester keeping pace yet 4 hours
    behind on corrected. Patriot's 220nm VMG best of day

    Div 8: Dark Star found a sweet spot and slapped down a 218 nm VMG, 34 better than Sweet Okole
    Div 9: Nadelos with a 196nm VMG now sports a 10 hour advantage over Blue Moon. Free clinging to
    3rd but Traveler making a late charge...
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    Barn Door Afterall For Comanche

    After the same slow start that plagued all Saturday starters this year in the 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac, Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant's VPLP 100 Comanche still managed to sneak out of the light air, get into the offshore breeze, and sail on to be first to finish in Honolulu at 21:14:05 Hawaii time. For being the first monohull to cross the finish line at Diamond Head, the Comanche team will win the coveted First to Finish carved slab of Hawaiian Koa wood known as the Barn Door Trophy. From 2009-2017 this award was given only to yachts with no powered systems, but was re-dedicated this year for monohull yachts of all sizes and types.

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    “This is a fantastic feeling to be here in Hawaii on this great yacht,” said Cooney on finishing his first Transpac. “Four months ago we committed to this race when the rig came out of the boat in Australia to ship to California, and we've been working hard to make this happen ever since.”

    Navigator Stan Honey has been on many Barn Door-winning boats, and says the award is appropriate to represent the boat that is not only fast but also uses the latest in technology to achieve performance.

    “The winners of the Barn Door Trophy represent the progress of technology in the history of offshore sailing,” said Honey. “Like Dorade, Storm Vogel, Windward Passage andMerlin, Comanche very much deserves to be part of this history.”

    Owner Jim Cooney and Navigator Stan Honey give a rundown of the 2,250-mile journey
    onboard the 100 footer they finished in 5 days 11 hours 14 minutes 05 seconds.

    While not matching her record time set in 2017 of 5 days 01:55:26, her time of 5 days 11:14:05 this year was still good for an impressive VMG of nearly 17 knots on the course.
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    Risky Business: Chasing Super Maxi's Offshore

    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....

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    That could have been a career ending whoopsee.


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    Hello friends and family from, well, somewhere in the Pacific. We just
    wrapped up day 6 of the 2019 Transpac aboard the SC52 Westerly. Another
    wonderful day of sailing.

    Yesterday was marked by crossing the halfway point on the race from
    California to Hawaii. Out here, it is said, you are farther from any dry
    land than you can get anywhere else on the planet. It is more that 1000
    miles in any direction until you reach terra firma. And even though we
    know there are a lot of boats out here – we see all 90 of the racers on
    the position reports – the ocean still feels like a very big place and
    sightings of other boats are uncommon… although that is starting to change
    as the three different fleets begin to compress.

    The sailing has been wonderful…. nice breeze without being too crazy.
    Wednesday's run was 265 miles. It’s was lighter yesterday, but still somne
    fantastic conditions. Earlier this afternoon we took our first hitch
    south. We started to see some pretty big right shifts and after a while
    were sticking around. Could this be the shift that we were expecting? It
    was earlier than forecast, but we jybed to the favored angle anyways. By
    evening it was clear that it wasn't what we had hoped, sop we jybed back,
    heading more west than south, but by morning we should be able to point
    direct;y at the islands. The breeze came up in the afternoon too, so just
    before sunset we peeled to the A4, a heavier spinnakers and that’s a good
    thing. We have been ripping along in 25+ knots of breeze for a couple
    hours now. The sky has been dark too, a like a big squall bringing breeze.
    But it's clearing behind us and the moonlight just hit the boat, so maybe
    the sleigh ride is about to tame down...

    Whoops, just got called up on deck to drive for a bit… wait here, I’ll be
    back soon....

    Ok, I’m back. A challenging night… some light squall activity has breeze
    bouncing from 16 to 25 knots and shifting back and forth some 20 degrees
    or more. When it is windy, there is some pretty fun surfing, but when it
    is light, the confused sea state just bounces us around. Ah well, still a
    beautiful night. But now I am a bit bushed and going to hit the rack for
    a bit. But overall, life onboard is great. Everyone is having a blast,
    and they are a fun bunch to sail with… even if they do smell a bit right
    now. Actually, I think we've been pretty good with the showers. The new
    watermaker puts out a healthy dose of fresh water, so there is no need to
    be conservative with the bathing!

    Ok, signing off for tonight. Have a good evening tucked in wherever you
    are, and we'll take the night watch out here…

    Wayne Zittel and Team Westerly


    Kialoa II Race Day 7 Updates
    July 18, 2019

    Played dodge the rain squalls last night. Actually in Kialoa’s case so far it’s go in a straight line and watch the squalls blow by as we seem to be on the same course. Sure, one will go right over the top of us soon enough. Standard procedure so far has been, if we are on the S edge, is to drop the staysails and mizzen to make steering a bit easier when the wind rises and then progressively re-hoist as the shower and its wind effects pass. Rolled through a thousand miles to go early this morning to big smiles. Bo Koh “grandma’s stew” from Grant last night was magnificent. We roll on…

    Kialoa II Race Day 6 Updates
    July 17, 2019

    Sailed into a bit of a wind hole around 9am this morning. Still enough to move at a decent speed but not the speed we were expecting so we are digging south to see if we can recover. Still half the race to do so while a bit of a downer, we are working hard. Grunter has raised spirits with toasted sandwiches for lunch. I’m thinking we are due a bit of luck as all three heads (toilets) malfunctioned this morning. All fixed. The head cook swears it was nothing to do with his minestrone, served last night.



    Race Day 8 Updates
    July 19, 2019, 0900

    First of all, Richard has announced that we are past the halfway mark! uch thanks to Rochelle for the thoughtful care package. We've gotten into a few small rain showers, so the decks are rinsed, and the midday crew appreciated the cooling effects. The first of them came last night, during some hard sailing. There was a solid cloud cover horizon to horizon. The moon was full, but it lit the whole sky evenly—everywhere you looked, it was nothing but the same mottled gray, like the inside of a sensory deprivation tank. Sailing was strictly by instruments. There was a bit of clearing after the first shower, and a moonbow—or lunar rainbow—appeared off the starboard side, under the Big Dipper. Very cool.

    We saw a fishing boat pass a few miles to our north this morning. It's the first boat we've seen since we passed a non-racer also heading to Hawaii about two days ago. We expect to see some of the competition soon as we begin to converge.

    About the beanbag chair: Bob insists he isn't anti-beanbag; he is anti-weight. And once you say yes to a beanbag chair, what's next? It's a fair point. A light boat is a fast boat.

    We're talking about gybing soon! It's been pretty quiet on the foredeck since our last sail change. Was that three days ago? We did send Chris V. aloft for a repair this afternoon, so that's keeping us in ready shape.

    Photo 1: A flying fish landed in the cockpit overnight. We thought about keeping it as a mascot, but inspection revealed that it smelled like a fish.

    Photo 2: “Kenny Bobby” with the official motto of Kenny Bobby Racing: “Fast is Fun!” (tm). The glow-in-the-dark tape means we can read it at night, too.


    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.


    Amazing Grace

    Race Day 7 Updates
    July 18, 2019, 0800

    Another spectacular day and night. When we drop into a wave and start to surf, the interior of the boat hums like we're inside a gigantic trumpet. Above 15 knots the pitch changes suddenly and then it sounds more like the World's Largest Harmonica. Fun times!

    On the down side, we've suffered a minor malfunction in our AC system so we can no longer use our generator to charge the batteries or the reefer. Fortunately we can still charge using the main engine (out of gear of course) and we anticipate being in Honolulu before the food in the fridge gets warm.


    Katara Race Day 8 Updates
    July 19, 2019, 0900

    Down but not out. Overnight we had another two failures in our spinnaker system. This morning the Tylaska clasp holding the head of the kite to the mast failed and the A4 was damaged during the recovery operation. Onboard sailmaker Sam effected the best possible repair but gives chance of a successful launch a 50-50. We down shifted to our smaller A3 reaching kite, though it's not nearly as effective for these angles. We have the lighter air A2 runner left, but are concerned with its longevity in these conditions. The call for now is to make due with the A3 and wait for the forecast reduction in wind pressure later today and in to tomorrow. This severely limits our ability to effectively play the angles we need, but given our current fleet standing Roger has made what all agree is the appropriate and more conservative decision.

    It will take a little while to dial in approach numbers but it now looks like a middle of the night Sunday arrival is most likely. No crew injuries in any of the recoveries, but we're starting to get a lot of sailors running on very little sleep. Otherwise it looks like its setting up to be another beautiful pacific day.


    Onde Amo Race Day 9

    July 18, 2019, 2100

    Well last night turned into the biggest challenge that we have faced during this race. Let me walk you through what happened.

    At about 2200 (10:00 pm for you landlubbers), I was driving with the heavy spinnaker (Thor) up in about 20 knots of breeze. The moon had not come up yet and it was very dark. A wave that I couldn’t see coming in the darkness, knocked me off track and the chute collapsed and then proceeded to wrap itself around the headstay. It managed to gather up the jib halyard, the topping lift and of course, the halyard that the spinnaker is on, in the process. It wrapped from the top down and from the bottom up leaving a section in the middle free to catch air and gyrate from one side to the other. We spent an hour or so trying different techniques to unwrap it from the bottom with no luck. We were still moving pretty good under main alone, but the boat was hard to control in the waves.

    Another rogue wave hit the boat and pushed it so hard that it gybed, but there was a slight wrinkle. The main had a preventer in place, which now had the main on the wrong side of the boat. The boat is literally standing on its side rail with the deck not quite vertical, but damn close. Don was able to get to the preventer and cut it loose, as it had so much pressure on it, he could not release it. The boom slammed across the boat luckily not hitting anyone and the boat was able to resume a somewhat normal position with its deck somewhat horizontal. None of the crew got hurt, nobody fell off and no gear was broken from the violent movement of the boom. We did lose our new spinnaker staysail as It was clipped to the lifelines, and all that stayed behind were the clips. Bummer.

    After all the excitement, we decided to sail with only our main sail and deal with the spinnaker wrap after daybreak. Loryne and I voiced a hope, at least to each other, that maybe the thing would unwrap itself during the night. That didn’t happen. I guess there aren’t any ‘spinnaker elves’ working these parts…

    After daybreak, we spent the next two hours trying to get the chute untangled and down with no progress. Peter went up the mast twice to try and free it. He was able to put line around the section that was still unfurled so that it would not tangle up anything else. If you happen to be in Honolulu, you will get a good look at it, as it will still be there when we get to the dock in Ala Wai Harbor. We have come up with a plan that we believe will work once we get to the dock.

    Since the forestay is wrapped up in the spinnaker, we could not put up a jib of any kind, so we opted for the Code Zero, a spinnaker that is designed to be carried on a tight reach. We have been sailing at a broad reach angle with it since morning and making pretty good time, although it can be a handful at times to drive the boat. Our only other option is the repaired A2 which we are saving for the finish. As I write this, we are a little over 750 nautical miles from the finish and still looking at a Monday afternoon finish. Time will tell.

    Crew is well and still enjoying the food (thanks Risa!). Tonight was Meatloaf for Champions over mashed potatoes – yummy! I saw all the ingredients that were going into making it, and she assured me that WE were the Champions that she was cooking for!! I hope we don’t disappoint her!

    We will not be able to use the hydro generator the rest of the race, as last night’s maneuvers broke one of the mounts. The generator is safe, but we can’t risk putting it down in the water. The solar is still working and producing power during the days. Today was warm and sunny and it looks to be a clear night tonight.

    Honolulu bound – Onde Amo and her fearless band of seven
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