Pegasus Racing wins the 2001 Transpac

Transpac 2001

Philippe Kahn and Pegasus Racing sailing Pegasus 77 win Transpac 2001. Team includes key sailors from Alinghi, OneWorld, and Team New Zealand. Photos by Sharon Green.

Class: Division 1 Make and Type: Reichel-Pugh 75 Sail number: 50008 Rig: Sloop LOA (ft.): 77 Draft (ft): 12.5 Beam (ft): 15 Hull color: White / Blue Yacht Club: Waikiki Yacht Club Hailing port: Honolulu, HI, Waikiki Yacht Club Designer: Reichel Pugh Builder: McConaghy Where built: Sydney, Australia Year launched: 2001 Racing Class or Division:…

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Epilogue

Team Pegasus won long hard battle on the great Pacific Ocean. There are a few remarks that I thought pertinent as I am sitting here in Honolulu looking at beautiful Diamond Head. Race tactics and strategy: On Pegasus 77, we were determined to match race Pyewacket for 2250 nautical Miles. Our understanding is that Pyewacket…

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Light and Hot

For the last 5 hours its been light and hot. Real light. And that is nerve racking because we’re all thinking: “If the Pyewacket guys have 5 knots more wind than we do, we could see our lead evaporate”. There is not much that we can do but to rest the team, sail fast and…

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The morning after the squalls

Date 07/08/01 Lat 24 21 North Lon 152 03 West Course over ground: 220 Degrees Speed over ground: 12.5 knots Wind speed: 18 knots Wind direction: 079 degrees Team Pegasus battled squalls all night, making endless spinnaker, jib-top, stay sail changes. After seven days of hard racing this was a heroic effort. When we lost…

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Haleakala in sight!

Date 07/09/01 Lat 21 58 North Lon 156 27 West Course over ground: 264 Degrees Speed over ground: 14 knots Wind speed: 19 knots Wind direction: 096 degrees Towering at 10,000 ft the Haleakala volcano situated on Maui is the first majestic landmark that we sight. You can see and accumulation of clouds with the…

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Betting on ETAs

500 Miles out as customary on-board Pegasus we started a betting pool for ETAs. We started it, but Shark seems to have taken ownership of all the process. He’s on the ship’s computers looking at routing software trying to figure out the “best educated guess”.   Each bet is $10 and we’re all allowed to…

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Squalls everywhere!

The night is full of squalls. Now anything can happen in this race. We lost touch with Pyewacket in the heavy rain. We were becalmed for a while. They may have passed us. Now we are on the front end of another squall with winds gusting to 30 knots shifted 35 degrees to the right.…

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Drag race to Honolulu

Date 07/07/01 Lat 26 23 North Lon 148 20West Course over ground: 264 Degrees Speed over ground: 18 knots Wind speed: 27 knots Wind direction: 062 degrees The position report this morning showed Pegasus ahead of Chance and Pyewacket. Chance is farther north and behind us probably betting on a very large and sudden right…

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