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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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Pegasus, Pye Even: Shanakee II a Winner in its Own Way

Shanakee II became the first boat to finish the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii early Saturday morning, but because of a head start on other classes it won’t win the Barn Door trophy for fastest elapsed time.

Tactical changes

Date 07/06/01 Lat 28 53 North Lon 141 35 West Course over ground: 264 Degrees Speed over ground: 16 knots Wind speed: 22 knots Wind direction: 051 degrees This morning when we all reported our positions Team Pegasus was silently waiting for the news: Was our gambit paying off? The news was mixed: In some…

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Hawaii’s Doyle Living Big Dream in Smallest Boat

Dan Doyle is almost halfway home and having the time of his life on the smallest boat in the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii. He could almost smell the islands as his 30-foot sloop Two Guys On the Edge soared southwest in the trade winds Friday.

A lesson in patience and composure

Date 07/05/01 Lat 26 27 North Lon 135 49 West Course over ground: 256 Degrees Speed over ground: 12 knots Wind speed: 15.5 knots Wind direction: 040 degrees A lesson in patience and composure: It’s hard to win every position report! At this morning’s position reports Chance and Pyewacket were ahead on distance to Hawaii!…

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Pegasus: A Bold Move Under a Full Moon

Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus slipped from first place to third in Division 1 of the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race, position reports showed Thursday, after making a tactical move south in a tight battle among the three fastest boats.

Tactics that worked and strange weather

Date 07/04/01 Lat 28 06 North Lon 130 49 West Course over ground: 216 Degrees Speed over ground: 11.5 knots Wind speed: 14 knots Wind direction: 008 degrees For most of the night the wind was oscillating between 345 and 015 degrees magnetic, with header puffs gusting to 20 knots and lulls down to 10…

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Japanese Boat SHowing the (New) Way

For Bengal II, the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race is just a way of island-hopping home. The Japanese entry sailed all the way across the Pacific to start the race and now is leading the way back along a risky route that has brought it nearer Hawaii than any of the other 24 boats in the four racing divisions

So where do we want to sail tomorrow?

Since yesterday, Pegasus gained slightly on the our three competitors: Pyewacket, Chance and Merlin. Pegasus continues to lead our class in the standings. However, we are all in close proximity to one another and any of the boats could end-up winning this race. It’s of course nice to be in the lead, but this is…

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Fast, windy, cold and wet night #2

Date 07/03/01 Lat 30 05 North Lon 125 14 West Course over ground: 240 Degrees Speed over ground: 14 knots Wind speed: 17 knots Wind direction: 350 degrees A beautiful night of sailing, but a wet, windy and cold one. Just what night #2 of Transpac is supposed to be: Full foul weather gear and…

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