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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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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