Transpac: Hangin’ in there
Published on July 25th, 2021
(July 25, 2021) – Several intrepid sailors are still on course to Hawaii. Here is an update from Team Favonius…
Conditions have lightened up as the breeze has backed off to 15 to 18 kts; so we are focused on maximal VMG efficient sailing to the Molokai coast. That is when we will jibe to the finish which should occur in the early AM tomorrow (Monday, July 26). We are grinding our way up the overall standings.
Yesterday we were greeted by a pod of large dolphins leaping out of the water to much higher heights than typical on the California coast. It was a wonderful sight.
The sea state is still quite confused as the waves have yet to settle from the spirited conditions of the prior days. The air temp is now in the high 70s and low 80s making for sticky sleeping conditions down below. Everyone is still sleeping well.
The data from our multiple controlled trials of various early morning watch shift alert regimens has yielded the finding that one caffeine brownie and a mocha are most effective in generating the best driving results. Perhaps we will publish a paper. The freeze-dried rations are passable; although most of the crew is probably mildly hypertensive from the sodium load in those servings.
We all await the smell of land.
Here are the eight division leaders (as of 5:15 pm PDT):
Division 1. BadPak – Botin 56 (finished)
Division 2. Peligroso – Kernan 68 (finished)
Division 3. Warrior Won – Pac52 (finished)
Division 4. Pied Piper – Santa Cruz 70
Division 5. Bretwalda3 – Rogers 46 (finished)
Division 6. Horizon – Santa Cruz 50
Division 7. Favonius – Dehler 46
Division 8. Ho’okolohe – Farr 57 (Finished)
Forty-one teams started the 51st Transpac Race which takes the fleet on a 2225 nm course from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to the finish line off Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii.
July 13 start – Division 8
July 16 start – Division 5, 6, 7
July 17 start – Division 1, 2, 3, 4
July 30 – Honolulu Awards Ceremony