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Pacific Cup 2016 – By the Numbers

It always fun to look back at the details of the race. Here are few stats to help summarize the race: 11 days, 8 hours, 25 minutes – a full 2 days faster than 2014. We averaged just over 8 knots for the entire race. That’s 192 nm/day on average. …

Pacific Cup Day 11 – Aloha!

We made it!  11 days, 8 hours, and 25 minutes.  A full 2 days faster than 2014 on a boat that should have been 1 day slower. The last day wasn’t, of course, without a little drama.  We started by putting up the A0 and the storm jib as a …

Pacific Cup Day 10 – Brochure Sailing

Day 10 was rather different than the previous days.  The sun came out, the winds eased off to 15-20 and the waves turned into long Pacific Tradewind rollers.  Just like the brochure said it would be.  We put up the A4 and spent the entire day rocketing along in relatively …

Pacific Cup Day 8 – Wind

Did anyone imagine it could be this windy for this long on the way to Hawaii. Since leaving San Francisco we have not seen less than 10 knots of wind and have only seen less than 15 for maybe 30 minutes in total. Today has been the windiest so far. …

Pacific Cup Day 8 – Waves – Friend or Foe?

It’s been all about the waves. Today we had a bit of everything. I screamed obscenities at the waves, I loved the waves. We had the A4 up in 25 knots doing steady 10-11’s with long surfs up to 15, but couldn’t fly a spinnaker in 20 knots earlier because …

Pacific Cup Day 7 – Halfway Means Halftime

It’s been a rough 24 hours. There’s more wind than we want, bigger seas than we want, and a few items at home that we wished we brought (notably, our little whisker pole for poling out headsails. We tried valiantly to keep the A4 going, and we could for a …

Pacific Cup Day 5 – Feast & Famine

I thought was going to talk about waves today, but that will have to wait. So many things happended in the last 24 hours. First, yesterday afternoon we put up the A4 spinnaker, a slightly small heavier kite that we love. It signalled the beginning of the downwind conditions for …