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Saturday, June 14th: 15:00

Well as I was the navigator on this race I figured that we’d keep it simple and instead of using the 4 redundant laptops, we’d just use one. Normally these laptops are networked, but unfortunately I tried to simplify the system. So now we are without our navigation program, Deckman for Windows, because by accident…

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Saturday, June 14th: 14:20

By 2 PM we had passed Pyewacket to Leeward, sailing lower and faster in general. I think that we anticipated the heading puffs better than they did, making small gains with each puff. Now the wind is up to 25+ knots and both boats are surfing the big North East Pacific waves seeing boat speeds…

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Saturday, June 14th: 14:25

Shark is 13 and is now quite a Melges 24 and 29er skipper as well as a wind surfer. He’s old enough now to be a full member of the team. For a long time this afternoon we sailed with Dolphins. Its always magical to see team playing in our wake. The pass us, they…

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Saturday, June 14th: 14:20

By 2 PM we had passed Pyewacket to Leeward, sailing lower and faster in general. I think that we anticipated the heading puffs better than they did, making small gains with each puff. Now the wind is up to 25+ knots and both boats are surfing the big North East Pacific waves seeing boat speeds…

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Saturday, June 14th: The Start

The start: At 9:55 the warning gun went off. Five minutes to the start. Pegasus circled around and played cat and mouse with Pyewacket. Well we had a perfect start to windward. But that didn’t matter because Pegasus was now the mouse and Pyewacket the cat: They started in much better current to our left.…

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Saturday June 14th:

We have a great team, but we have a new team. Four of our Transpac team members are racing across the Atlantic: Mark Rudiger our navigator, Mickey Joubert, Richard Clark and Juggy. We have great sailors on Pegasus 77 but I am no replacement for Mark Rudiger and with our competition Pyewacket having their full…

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Friday, June 13th

Tomorrow in the morning we will be starting off Baker’s Beach in a dying ebb. Both boats will be racing to be first to the gradient wind which should not be too far offshore. The fog came in around 7 PM but then cleared out by midnight. We will have a full moon for the…

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Friday, June 13th: Crew Dinner

The team and supporters at dinner in the Pacific Room at the St. Francis Yacht Club. The Sprint Sanyo 8100 camera-phone doesn’t have a flash, yet the picture is acceptable given the fact that the dining room has essentially no lighting and the group was large. I was surprised to actually have that “instant memory”…

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Melges 24 Key West 2003

USA 492, Pegasus Racing, flying with Shark Kahn (driving), Brian Lee (bow), Mark Christensen (adult supervision), Richard Clarke (tactics), Brian Hutcherson (trim). Photos by Cheryll Kerr, www.regattaphotos.com