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  • #16
    Thursday July 22 Update: Leaders Inside 500 NM


    The leaders are less than 500nm! Report from the current pack leader, HO'OKOLOHE: "50% cloud cover ,6-8 ft seas, 66 TWD, 17knts, 1019mb. Dinner Menu Steak and Lobster. Wine Pairing: Duckhorn Merlot or Rombauer Chard. Dessert: Ice Cream and semi fresh berries. Movie showing: Old School. Estimated time of Pyewacket passing us: 7:00pm."
    Other updates from the fleet -

    TRIUMPH: Saw a fishing boat with 5 blinking buoys out this morning, about the same
    location identified yesterday by RAPID TRANSIT. Spoke with the captain - deep nets and no issue to us. One Cabo race to go!!!(or 7.4 Ensenadas)

    ROCK N'ROLL: "We passed very close to the North Korean spy ship last night (blinding lights, no AIS, no radio response, etc) at approx 27 25n, 141 18w. Had to heat up to cross their bow as they hunted us steering an erratic course. It was a fishing vessel (trawler) I was able to hail on VHF after passing. I let them know that there were other sleep deprived yachties hurtling towards them at 15 knots even more restricted in our maneuverability than they are and that turning on their AIS may be prudent..."

    OAXACA: "Sailing under the full moon was spectacular and the moonset and sunrise
    equally stunning. Some rain showers after midnight to clean the deck and
    freshen the crew."

    RAPID TRANSIT: While sailing on Strbd gybe in 24 kts true wind noticed strobe so Hit MOB at 11:09 pm. Took down our kites and turned toward strobe. Hailed on CH 16 and 71 to alert other boats of possible MOB. Did not get reply hail. 11:32pm made visual with strobe

    11:44pm identified strobe as a buoy. Cleared MOB on VHF radio at 11:44pm. Hailed on 16 and 71 but did not get return reply


    More Discovery Channel - Less ESPN
    A well known pro-sailor told me he was advising his clients to focus their sailing to “More Discovery Channel and less ESPN.” Sage advice from a multi-World Champion.

    This will be my ninth Transpac start and I find my focus has shifted. It’s good to be back on the water again. I’m thrilled to be sailing with my band of Brothers that went through our 2019 mishap. I told the boys before the race in 2019 my only jobs were. to make certain that they got home safely to their loved ones and at the end of the race we were better friends than when we started. Erik Berzins, Ryan Breymaier, Mat Bryant, Brendan Busch, Randy Smith, John Turpin and Greg Weeger are remarkable shipmates and friends. It’s good to be sailing with them again. Chuck Clay is sailing on board good energy and we are cheering and watch their progress on the tracker.

    My long time friend and mentor Justin Smart has joined us in this adventure. Justin had more ocean racing miles before he was 18 than most will have in a lifetime. He was the youngest to do the round the world race at the age of 17 with Peter Blake. We met in 1982 when he was the first mate on board Kialoa IV. Justin generously taught me how to crew on a big boat and changed the trajectory of my life forever and I am most grateful.

    My sons Peter and Jack are joining us this race. The boys recently graduated from high school and I am desperately trying to slow the sands in the hourglass and enjoy every moment with them. Our family became overnight Catholics for high school purposes. The Jesuits strive to build men for others, and Sarah and are really proud of these young men.
    We took delivery of the boat six weeks ago. David Happ and his wife donated the boat to the California Maritime Academy. David was in process of a full refit. We aim to complete that task I look forward to

    David and his son Aiden’s return soon. There was no time to make changes to the configurations or even order sails. Covid left the boat with a fair amount of deferred maintenance.Each member of the team has worked tirelessly to prepare the boat for Transpac and I most grateful.
    Saturday brought friends and family for the sendoff. We had a good start and led our group to the west end of Catalina. A few holes in our reaching sail inventory proved costly and G.I. and Pied Piper extended through us.

    This morning’s rollcall had us third in class and 10th overall and fastest in our class making up ground. We crossed the halfway mark early this afternoon.
    We had a special toast salute to our lost friend OEX when we sailed over the location of her sinking.

    Tonight finds us playing shifts and catching squalls as we charge hard to Hawaii. Spirits are high. Everyone’s in agreement it’s a miracle we’re here competing.
    Transpac is a special race. It welcomes Grand Prix sailors and family team members equally. I was fortunate to meet my wife because of the Transpac. The rhythm of the passage, the majesty of God’s handiwork and the lifelong friendships made at sea, set this race apart. If you’re so inclined I encourage you to sign up for next year’s race.
    More Discovery Channel - less ESPN. Sound advice indeed.
    Rock ‘n Roll the Pacific
    " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella" Photo Gallery


    • #17
      Pyewacket 70' Takes Line Honors!

      Roy Disney Jr and crew complete the 2021 Transpac in 5d 52m 20s with an 460 nm VMG 24 hour finish!

      TRACKER is live and Ho'okohe is about 9 hours away!
      " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella" Photo Gallery


      • #18
        Pretty damn fast for a non-foiling, non multihull!

        Which form Volvo 70' was it?


        • #19
          Telefonica originally, then Blackjack in OZ.


          • #20
            Notes From Boats July 23


            Jason's daily report arrived just after midnight and read on to see why: "Just about 500nm to the finish. It has been crazy busy with gybes and sail changes-some planned and others unplanned. We are sailing 4 on and 4 off (ed note: 4 hours on deck, 4 hours below sleeping), but have been woken up mid off watch for these events so haven't slept more than 90 minutes in 2-3 days. We are in the trades not with 18-25 knots and occasional big seas. We have stuffed the bow (ed note: the bow goes underwater while the boat is at high speed-you don't want this to happen), several times and exploded kites (ed note: sails) and ripped the front pulpit off. Lots of excitement." $$$$ Go, Go, Callisto


            July 22, 2021

            The significant event of the last 24 hours of sailing was that blue skies greeted us this morning after an intense 10 minute rainshower at 7am. The crew on deck got a free shower with fresh rainwater! Winds continue from a north/northeasternly direction as we sail along on our code 2 spinnaker, but wind velocities have increased to 20-22 kts with a brief period of 24 kts while we were in the vicinity of the rainstorm.

            Seas are now a bit bigger which is good for HORIZON because frequently it allows the opportunity to surf down a wave, thus increasing our average speed toward the mark. But one side effect of the bigger seas was that when the wind and rain increased, one rogue wave managed to splash over the top of the cabinhouse and into the aft cockpit and down an open cabin hatch. HORIZON is normally quite a "dry" boat, even in rough seas. The unwelcome wave prompted us to move the on deck sail bags (ie BALLAST) furher back to redistribute weight and keep HORIZON's bow further above the attacking waves. We are now 820 miles from the finish line in Diamond Head, Hawaii.

            We continue about 13 miles behind the lead boat which is less than one hours sailing time at current boat speeds. Temperatures are warm but not overly warm except when sitting directly in the sun, which is now shining down on us with great intensity. We have our cooling fans going full force below decks to avert the eastern pacific heat and crew are now walking around without shirts. The sea breezes are still fresh and cooling.

            Last night we ate tortilla chips and a great enchilada dish prepared by Jennifer Bose, Len's wife and everyone enjoyed it immensely. Great taste! And this morning cereal, yougert, coffee and milk were on offer for breakfast.

            Our MVP was again Chris for going up the rig to fix a lower runner detachment to the mast which had shook loose during a jibe.

            All crew are in good spirits, and getting at least some sleep although last nite was pretty demanding sailing for the rotating watch crews on deck!

            July 21, 2021

            As I write this we have completed 5 days of sailing and crossed the halfway point of the race! We are now 1075 miles from the finish!

            We continue sailing under overcast skies and the temperatures have gotten cooler. Wind is from the North/Northeast typically 17 kts but ocasionally gusting to the low 20s. We think we are quite close to regaining the lead in the Santa cruz 50/52 class. It's very intense competition.

            Last evening we ate stir fry vegetables and chicken cooked up in a skillet on our force 10 galley stove, and this morning Chez Pete prepared egg sandwhiches for us consisting of canadian bacon, cheese, english muffin, and of couse scrambled eggs. Both meals tasted really great!

            A couple of the crew took showers on the rear of the boat using the boat's pressurized fresh water system. (We have a 50 gallon fresh water tank onboard). Gentleman sailing conditions compared to some of the other boats on the course.

            Most of the fleets are now sailing slightly upwind of our best routing models, including the big boats, so we are staying with them rather than sailing further south, which might yield a bit more breeze will requiring us to sail further. In essence we are sailing a more direct course to the finish which I guess everyone thinks will be the best strategy given that the winds are holding up where we are situated in the isobars.

            Every one in good spirits and all boat systems are working properly.

            July 20, 2021

            We've completed our 4th day of sailing in the Transpac Race! We are sailing with our Code 2 spinakker in 15kts of north/northeasterly breeze and overcast skies. The temperature is no longer cool but not hot either, just comfortable.

            In the afternoons the sun tries to break thru with bright shafts of sunshine turning the sea a deep purple whenever it hits. There are now more frequent breaks in the stratus layer as we sail a south westernly course about 900 miles southwest of Long Beach.

            The wind is out of the north/northeast and within the last few hours the wind speeds have increased a couple of knots. We are now sailing with a steady 18-20 kts and we are starting to see following seas and a few whitecaps. Winds have recently shifte a little bit left which is good for us since our routing takes us further south in the days ahead.

            Our competitors in the Santa Cruz 50/52 fleet are closeby. Last nite at 1am we jibed left for 1.5 hours to stay on our routing which took us out of the lead temporarily but we think we will regain the lead today and be in a better position to take advantage of the expected stronger breezes, our new A2.5 spinaker at the ready.

            Last night we had chili verde, spanish rice, tortillas, chips, and refried beans obtained from a mexican deli near John's house. The very spicy food was a big hit with the crew after a number of days of only moderately spicy casseroles.

            All crew are in good spirits. Most of the guys brought the personal selection of music to play on deck. Its been a magical mystery tour of everything from reggae to rock to country to classical. Gives the older guys a chance to hear what newer generations are listening to! But the old guys still love their rock! Particulary appeciated by all was a downloaded channel on spotify called boat rock!

            Chez Peter served up a great egg and sausage casserole which was tummy stuffing and tasty, sure it will carry us through dinner tonite.

            July 19, 2021

            This is a report of our 3rd day of sailing in the Transpac race. At 9pm last nite the wind shifted to north/northeast and we were able to put up our Code 2 (thats the big balloon sail that flies in front of the boat). Winds continue at about 15KT in a relatively smooth sea with overcast skies and cool temperatures. Our entire Santa Cruz 50/52 fleet is close to us. We are now 650 miles from long beach and about 1580 miles from the finish line in Hawaii. The sailing, sleeping and walking about the boat is easier now since in this sail mode the boat is relatively flat in the water.

            Introducing Horizon's crew:
            LEN (LENNY BEATS) BOSE, Yacht Broker, Experienced Sailor, 11 prior Transpacs
            PETER (DONT CALL ME DICK) HECHT, Volvo 70 around the world sailor, 3 americas cups, Whitbread sailor, US Sailing team, 18 prior Transpacs
            JAMIE (J-WOW) MALM, All American Intercollegiate Champion, Businessman
            STEVE (SCUBA STEVE) NATVIG, Sailing Director at Cabrillo Yacht Club, Maxi Sailor, Govenors Cup Champion,
            JACOB (MAUI BOY) RICHTER, Hawaii Collegiate Sailor, Race Manager for GP sailing, engineer
            TAYLOR (TPAIN) SCHLUB, J24 Nationals and Worlds,J125 racer
            JOHN (DONT CALL ME FISHBAIT) SHULZE, Owner, Businessman, 3 prior Transpacs
            CHRIS (ROOKIE) VILICICH, Intercollegiate Racer, Kennedy Cup Champion, 1 prior TRANSPAC

            Last evening we ate a green salad and meat and pasta casserole made by Melissa Olsen, Steve's significant other. Thanks so much Melissa for the great dinner! And once again this morning fried egg, canadian bacon, cheese on an english muffin prepared by our navigator Pete.

            Most valuable racer for today was Chris for going up the mast to fix a broken halyard.

            We think we are slowly gaining gauge on our competition, but damn, they are sailing well too! Looking for a bit stronger breeze to allow Horizon to accelerate as we continue down planned routing to Hawaii. Everyone feels good and all boat systems operating normally.


            July 22, 2021

            Saw a fishing boat with 5 blinking buoys out this morning, about the same location identified yesterday by Rapid Transit. Spoke with captain - deep nets and no issue to us. One Cabo race to go (or 7.4 Ensenadas)!

            July 19, 2021

            Good morning Friends & Family of Triumph.

            We have entered the "slot cars" section of the Transpac. We are riding the bottom edge of the weather pattern known as the Pacific High. For the most part, you will see all boats in their lane until the decision to gybe down to Hawaii. The good part is that the boat has flattened out and we can move about without holding on for dear life at 20% of heal - just imagine your house tilted up 20% in a light rain storm with the windows open.

            David, Chris and I saw a whale jump 40-50 feet in the air, twice. We are glad it happened a second time as we were not sure it was real. Chris actually said it looked like something fell out of the sky.

            Not much excitement other than a likely seal failure in the Backstay Ram - this is the device that increases or decreases tension on the backstay which in turn stiffens the forestay and the mast. This might sound trivial but it actually is a critical part and without it we are all but dunfir. This actually is a critical item when sailing upwind and reaching. The hydraulic repair was undertaken by the Navigator, who will remain nameless, for this report. My dad always said stick to what you know but when on board, everyone is an expert at many things 😊. The repair involved bleeding the oil under the backstay ram but rather than capture it, we drained it off the transom and we can't say where it went from there. We carry a quart of spare hydraulic but I was told we should always carry a barrel (i.e., 55 gallons) or fill one of the unused water tanks with it. We adapted and overcame - our on board Olympic hopeful and rigger extraordinaire, David Liebenberg, worked his rope magic and so far she is holding. This kid is a bundle of energy.

            Tonight we have the "Navigators Stew". Jeff (it is ok to use his name in this case). This meal is labeled "Hagis" on the boat menu as a place holder but this meal is reportedly a step above and would make the Scottish blush. The stew contains Pork Shoulder, poblano and jalapeno peppers, garlic with Romano and parmesan cheese and beer. We are eager to report back on this delicacy.

            A few brave soles are taking transom showers today. I am one of those. These sort of things should be mandatory but are not until day 5. The skipper will start adding labels in strategic spots on the boat to encourage this.

            As the YB Tracker shows we are in a dual with Horizon. Nothing we haven't planned for. We have a secret weapon which we will share in the next communique. We also have the legendary Navigator, cook and hydraulic repair man onboard. We will prevail!


            Hula Girl

            July 22, 2021

            Hello from the crew of Hula Girl, mid Pacific in the 2021 Transpac Race. Spirits are high as we roll into the new day given the spectacular 24 hours that preceded. Yesterday the cloud cover broke, and it started looking more like the trade wind sailing we have been waiting for. The water is that shocking shade of blue that only revels itself far from civilization, and I really don't think any paint card or pantone color could ever do it justice. We crossed the halfway point yesterday, more than 1100 miles from any dry land. It is said that this is farther away from land than you can get anywhere on the planet.

            Yes, it's a big ocean out here... but also this year it's been a pretty narrow racetrack. Most boats have maintained pretty similar lines as they headed West, and we have seen a number of boats relatively close by. At one point three of us were sailing within sight of each other. Big ocean, but not alone.

            After a fantastic day and a brief happy-hour halfway celebration, we slipped into an equally (if not more) beautiful night. With only patchy tradewind clouds, the large moon finally got to show off her luminosity making it markedly easier to sail through the night. The moonlight reflecting off the backs of waves as you surf down them shimmers like a huge school of silver fish giving chase. Just an ideal night, and with all the hours of practice the team has been getting, I have to say they really did an excellent job.

            Today we start looking for our opportunity to jibe south. Some of our pack has already taken little bites that direction, but given that we are trying to work back from an early speed deficit, we have opted to take a bit of leverage to see what we can make happen. The Pacific High is supposed to split over the next 48 hours, with the eastern portion moving east and causing a right shift in the wind as we close in on Hawaii, and with a bit of luck we are positioning ourselves to eventually capitalize on that.

            Everyone onboard is doing a fantastic job. We really have a fun bunch and we are all excited for the next portion of the race: days of ocean surfing on our wind powered sled! Bring it on, and let's go catch some of the boats that got away from us when we were getting to know Hula Girl!

            July 20, 2021

            Ah, it's good to be back. The water hissing by the hull, the rhythmic rolling and surfing on the Pacific swells, the groaning of deck hardware as the sails are trimmed. We are off, heading West and South, Hula Girl has a bone in her teeth and couldn't be happier.

            Friday afternoon, our fleet left California in the 2021 Transpac Race to Honolulu. One of the world's most renowned and revered offshore yacht races, it also happens to be one of our favorites. The course has exactly what a great event should: a healthy mix of challenges and rewards. The early upwind days in the colder coastal winds are soon forgotten once you cross the ridge and begin the many miles of surfing blue swells to tropical islands.

            This year, the what the post-pandemic fleet lacks in numbers, it definitely makes up for in sheer competitiveness. The scratch sheet reads a list of some of the hottest racing sailboats on the planet. And the crew lists are virtual who's who of offshore racing. This year, our 14th year of offering racing programs to Hawaii, J/World is fielding two boats in the event, each comprised of three coaches and six clients. It's a crash course in a whole host of fields: yes, sailing mechanics, sail trim, helming, and boat systems of course, but also in team building, cooperation, communication, and and just plain ol' simple courtesy. After a couple of days 'rehearsal' in LA where coaches covered everything form how to 'peel' a spinnaker to where you should hang your foulies, we were excited to get sailing.

            This year has, from our perspective, been remarkable in the fact that it hasn't (yet) been terribly remarkable. If that makes any sense. I mean, the departure from the LA coastal waters was easy and relatively mild. We got into the offshore winds smoothly before the first night. The winds have been idyllic, averaging maybe 18 knots, rarely below 14, and similarly rarely above 22. We spent the initial push away from the coast with our #1 genoa up, reached for a while with our Jib Top, and with the wind shifting around behind us are now sailing with the A3 Spinnaker. Really, conditions have been just superb.

            While the sailing has been smooth, we have been taking some lumps on Hula Girl. Our 'young' team has been paying some speed dues to the seasoned teams out here while our crew learns how to sail this boat. We were a little off the pace the first couple of days, but I have to say I think everyone is getting the hang of things and I expect to start reeling in some of our fleet. Unfortunately, it's a pretty 'narrow' course this year, so there aren't s lot of passing lanes, so we'll have to see what we can do!

            Hula Girl has been fantastic, as always. One exciting mishap: as we neared Catalina Island, the new steering cables must have seated/stretched under the high loads allowing one of them to slip off the steering quadrant in our first tack. So that made an exciting couple of moments, but we were able to quickly get the cable back into place, then tighten them both, and we were back in action.

            Ok, it's a little after 1am out here mid Pacific, so I should sign off. Hah, quick side note, I almost titled this post "Hula Girl - Back in the Saddle" but my sleep deprived mind couldn't shake the image of a hula girl on a horse, so I had to scrap that one.

            Anyhow, we have a super fun group on board this year, and with the spinnakers out and the weather warming, spirits are high!

            Mare (pun intended) soon...

            Wayne Zittel & the Hula Girl Team

            Warrior Won

            July 22, 2021

            We had our belated halfway party last night with a swig each of tequila and lots of laughs, even as we continued to send it. Skipper Sheehan said a few words to acknowledge how hard we've been pushing the boat and how much still had to go in this great ocean race to paradise. We also toasted our friends on Denali to acknowledge all of their work and preparation to sail the Transpac only to be dealt a cruel hand of cards after the start.

            July 19, 2021, 0800

            Yesterday was Skipper Chris Sheehan's birthday. He didn't even know we knew it was his birthday as he didn't mention anything and we all kept quiet. Imagine his shock at the surprise birthday dinner-party we threw him hundreds of miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean. He was super touched by laminated/waterproofed cards from loved ones that we smuggled on board. We each had a single Budweiser, the King of Beers, to toast him, which helped wash down the Freeze-dried Chocolate Pudding with Marshmallows. We all chipped in and got him wanted for his birthday-- the boat in "full send" mode with big numbers. Slingshot Engaged.

            July 17, 2021

            Meet the team:

            Watch Captains Stuart Bannatyne, Hartwell Jordan
            Navigator Christopher Lewis
            Boat Captain Collin Leon
            Trimmers Malcolm Parker, Morgan Gutenkunst
            Grinder Scott Ewing
            Bow Dylan Vogel
            Helm /,Skipper Christopher Sheehan
            Shore Team Dominque Tanton
            " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"

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            • #21


              Pyewacket 70' was the 2021 Barn Door Winner, the turbo'ed former Telefonica completing the LA to Diamond Head
              in the wee hours (07/23/02:53 HST) for a5d 16h 53m 20s run , collecting line honors, and currently 3rd in Division one!

              Ho'okolohe, the Farr 57' was first to finish in daylight, 08:39 HST for and elapsed time 9d 22h 39m 36s, taking Division 8 by bundles
              and is currently 1st in ORR, but that is sure to evaporate as other boats finish.
              Next in line is Lucky, the Judel-Vrolijik 72', currently 1st in Division 1 and 3rd in Line Honors

              LIVE TRACKER

              As mentioned above Lucky is holding on to 1st, and about 1 hour away from the finish, surfing in at 18.4 knots
              The Botin 56' BadPak appears to be in position to keep the 2nd spot.
              Pyewacket 3rd in division

              The Kernan 68' Peligroso is in the drivers seat for Division 2, and 369 nm from finish and trucking at 15.2 knots
              Artemis the Botin 65' currently in 2nd, making 13.7 knots with 444 nm to go
              3rd in division, the Andrews 63' Medicine man, 476 dtf @ 13.6 knots

              The former BadPak PAC 52 Warrior Won is leading div 3 and 2nd in ORR overall with 349 nm to go and making 17.4 knots
              2nd in division and 3rd in ORR is the RP52' Vitesse, 419 nm out
              The other Pac 52 ( formerly Invisible Hand) Callisto in 3rd

              The sleds are enjoying tight racing and still dual match racing!
              SC 70 Grand Illusion hold a 10 mile advantage over 2nd place sister ship, Pied Piper with 503nm to go vs 513nm
              The Nelson Marek 68' Bolt holds onto 3rd with 544nm left to enjoy, vs Andrew 68' Rock n Roll's 548nm

              Well spread out, the fleet in Div5 shows the Rogers 56' Bretwalda in 1st with 354 nm left, sister-ship Lucky Duck in 2nd with
              400 nm 9 (4 hours, 40 minutes corrected) and 3rd place J-125 Nereid just 19 minutes behind, corrected

              The SC 50 fleet is witnessing a very tight fight to the finish, with Triumph holding a 15 minute
              advantage (give of take) with Horizon on 2nd. In 3rd and 2 hours and change in arrears, Oaxaca


              Favonius still in 1st, Riva still in 2nd and Livewire still in 3rd

              The previously mentioned Farr 57' Ho'okolohe takes the division, with the E-37 Spindrift V in 2nd with a 7 hour and change
              advantage over the Beneteau First 47.7 Macondo currently in 3rd, yet anothe E-37, Juno, isjust 2 hours and 20 minutes aft
              " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"

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              • #22
                A Flurry Of Finishers

                Having start dates staggered this year over five days and near-perfect strong breeze over the 2225-mile course has resulted in the first big wave of competitors coming across the finish line at Diamond Head today in the 51st edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac. Since yesterday 10 more teams have finished the race today, with 9 more teams expected in tonight before dawn tomorrow. This makes more half the fleet of 41 entries expected to be in to their berths at Hawaii YC or Waikiki YC before another large wave of 18 finishers are expected tomorrow and tomorrow night.

                One of the first in today’s wave was Chris Sheehan’s Pac 52 team on Warrior Won, who finished at 2:18 AM local time for the second-lowest elapsed time in this race: 6:16:18. This is a remarkable feat, given that many who finished close to her were several feet longer in length. She bested her closest rival in Division 3, Thomas Furlong’s R/P 51 Vitesse, by 11 hours. And in having only manual-powered systems on board, Warrior Won will also win the Merlin Trophy for being the first monohull to finish the race in this category.

                Other division winners in the marina now are Tom Holthus’s Botin 56 BadPak (Division 1), Doug Baker’s Kernan 68 Peligroso (Division 2) and Bob Pethick’s Rogers 46 Bretwalda3 (shown above at speed - Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing), a repeat champion in Division 4. A division crown is also secure for Cecil and Alyson Rossi’s Farr 57 Ho’okolohe, who finished yesterday morning, in Division 8.

                All the teams are telling stories about thrilling high-speed downwind sailing: continuous spray and even entire waves washing over the deck, with some coaxing that water to stay on deck while on others the interior was getting a regular fire hose of water. Some boats handled the ingress with bilge pumps but one team said they had to use buckets.

                (inset photo of the Callisto team at the dock of Hawaii YC - David Livingston)

                Meanwhile out on the race course the team on Steve Schulze’s Santa Cruz 50 Horizon are still locked in a corrected time battle for supremacy of Division 6, the Fabulous Fifties class, with rival Triumph, Steve Sellinger’s Santa Cruz 52. The two are separated by less than 2 hours in corrected time. With only 170 miles left to the finish the Triumph team is pushing hard to close this gap before running out of race course.

                In the meantime their daily reports give us a glimpse of life aboard:

                “It has been a thrilling and exhausting 24 hours for Triumph and her crew, with 11 gybes and 4 sail changes. We are doing what we can to fend off the faster Horizon. We are taking advantage of the wind shifts and cloud formations for greater pressure. Win or lose, we left it all on the race course.

                “Last night had a close crossing - too close for me as I was on watch as Mr. Bill (newly named Rock & Roll) came towards us on Starboard while we were on Port. She had the right of way, although ColRegs applies at night and this means both vessels must avoid regardless. Maneuvering these beasts in the middle of the day is tough - night time with impaired visibility can be impossible. No way can we gybe within 2 miles to avoid. She was not receiving our hails on the VHF Channel 16 Emergency Channel (not sure why) and as we saw their lights approach, she crossed roughly 20 boat lengths astern of us. Likely they may have not had someone below to make the call - we will find out when we talk on land.

                “Not much other news. The crew continues to perform at a high level.”

                " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"

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