Philippe Kahn, Pegasus Racing, Pacific Cup 2008

July 23, 23:10 PST, Night Busters rolling again

Never, ever give up. It took 11 tries and then we were able to get free of this mess. We’re wet, yet warm from the pulling, pushing, grinding, cutting, name-calling, yanking, hosting, winching, towing, moving and finally succeeding. Almost, but not quite. We feel that we have a piece of the kite wrapped at the…

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July 23, 22:30 PST, More unfortunate events but……

It’s now pitch dark and the moon hasn’t risen yet. We were lucky that that huge net didn’t rip our keel off. Or we’d be in the life-raft right now. We’re still trying to sort this out. We may end-up with a piece of the spinnaker around the keel. At night we can’t see well…

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July 23, 20:00 PST, A series of unfortunate events…

25 knots, we’re heaving to in big waves… We ran over a net, it wrapped around the keel at high speed, Wooosh……. In stopping the boat and trying to back down, the kite went in the water and wrapped around the keel. Now we are trying to get things figured out. With just two on…

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July 23, 15:03 PST, Half Way Across The Pacific

We are now half way. The GPS range reads 999 Nautical Miles, and we are happy. Almost all of our systems are back to working normally after the first wild and wet 36 hours and it seems that the open ocean makes wounds and bruises heal faster. So on-board the good ship Pegasus, despite chronic…

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July 23, 07:38 PST, 825 Nautical Miles from Honolulu

We limped along all night. That piece of kite still wrapped around the top of the keel interferes with the carefully architected flow of the water under the hull. You can feel it at the helm and at high speeds it’s unstable making it even tougher to control our high speed ride. Richard took the…

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July 22, 14:30 PST, Lat 29°09’N, Lon 135°36’W

Squall, after squall, after hole, after squall, after….. And every time there is pretty much a gybe. Now we feel like two silly humans gybing this 50 foot powerful machine, just the two of us. No crew. 20+ knots and trying to get the performance of a fully crewed boat. They have us racing fully…

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July 22, 09:50 PST, Lat 29°55’N, Lon 134°40’W

This has been a wild night. Our dice are cast and we are betting on a Northerly route, close to our rumbline. For the next couple of days we will make losses and then our bet is that we will get both a big right shift, and more wind than the Southerly competitors. The night…

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July 21, 14:00 PST, Lat 31°33’N, Lon 131°13’W

Kite is up and wind is down! We’re both catching up on sleep. After roll call this morning (the mandatory HF Radio check-in with the race committee), Richard told me that I fell asleep with the mike in my hand, only to wake up 2 hours later. That felt great. We’ve accumulated total sleep deficit…

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