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Three-Way Sprint to a Possible Sweep

Break out the brooms. The tactical pas de trois among Pegasus, Pyewacket and Chance in the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race has taken off into a headlong sprint to the finish and a possible rare sweep for the winner.

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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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.