Four Races and a Crowded Pacific

10 Jul

July 10, 2014
With three sailing races and a rowing race under way to Hawaii, the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay is serving up this snapshot of how the positions looked at one recent moment. Entries in the Singlehanded Transpac started June 28 and are farthest down the track. Pacific Cup racers have been going off in stages, with a final start on Friday for the big guys. The Vic-Maui fleet working down from the north is pretty obvious, and to the south we have the rowers of the
Great Pacific Race.


Yes, there is a Vic-Maui entrant headed to San Francisco instead of Lahaina. That would be the Farr 395, Anduril. Here’s the scoop from Skipper Greg Harms: “Many thanks for offers of assistance, which we decline. We are making 6 knots to SF under storm jib and trysail, 440 miles out. E-tiller is functioning satisfactorily. Steering quadrant turning sheaves broke the mounting box tabbed to the hull, rendering any sort of repair impossible, short of a boatyard. The strong northerly winds we will have to buck are a bummer but there is no emergency. We expect to see you all in Hawaii after making SF and sorting things out.”

I’m also noting John McPhail’s left turn, laterally across and through the fleet with his J/160, Jam, to settle into the most-southern lane. I seem to remember that, in the 14-boat Cal 40 fleet of the 2005 Transpac, Sally Honey and her all-woman crew aboard Illusion did something of the same, and it worked. The Pillsbury family with Ralphie had made a big dive south from the very start, and they were gone. Ralphie was going to win the division unless it broke or sank.

The only race left was for second.

Sally won that one—Kimball

This article was syndicated from BLUE PLANET TIMES


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