Licking our wounds, getting some sleep, and still trying to make headway. We’ve made several sail changes along the way to a giant Code 3 that is flying from our bowsprit. It’s a beautiful sail, with 8 knots of wind we’re doing 9 knots of boatspeed. The waves are still significant. The barometer made a giant leap up. We are entering the ridge of high pressure. The axis is South East. I’m downloading satellite imagery to help us make a few key decisions.
This boat is awesome. Our Team is doing a stellar job. Everything is PERFECT! And it needed to be… Last night we saw over 40 in the puffs with very fast side waves breaking… Very dangerous. I would have been worried in any other boat with only two team members! Now it’s moderated down to 20-25, we’re sitting on 15-17 of boat speed, full main, genoa and staysail.
At 5am PST we are right where that little box says ‘gale’…. No wonder the waves are like buildings and the boat is acting like a submarine. It’s so rough that typing is just about impossible. Just two of us is a challenge; no sleep, all sailing, all survival. Pegasus is flying and swimming deep. We are clipped in and hanging on as we ride the Pacific extreme roller coaster.
This is definitely a cold, wet, windy, wild, extreme night. The wind is gusting at 37 knots and we’re showing 23-25 knots of boat speed. The waves are very fast and feel like buildings are crashing on us. What are two perfectly reasonable human beings doing here…? Feeling alive at the edge.
Gale warnings are up still with very big fast waves. There are puffs over 35 knots. The south bar may be breaking and we need sea-room. This is when double handed racing becomes a challenge. It would be nice to be fully crewed tonight! This boat is a handful! Fly Pegasus Fly!
Pacific Cup 2008
Double-Handed San Francisco to Hawaii record attempt
Here is our first weather chart. It’s going to be a wild, wet, and fast ride for the first 48 hours. We have a gale warning for our start and a dissipating tropical storm to the South, in between lots of wind and big waves. The challenge is going to be keeping the boat together in one piece during the first 48 hours, keeping both Richard and I safe and onboard.
Rudi, Mark Rudiger, passed away today. We sailed over 10,000 miles together. Rudi always knows the best and fastest way to sail “all the way”. Many of us learned most of what we know, from Rudi. I learned celestial navigation, current, waves from Rudi and just the simple magic of being out there, offshore. Rudi, I know that you are safe and fast wherever you’re sailing. Until we meet again, surfing down a wave, or riding down the snow, I’ll be missing you. This Pacific Cup ride is for you Rudi, Lori and Zayle. Be in peace. Sail fast.
The final finishing touches before the great race:
David Giles, Bruce Mahoney, Joe Dolister, Faye Lin
Onshore Pegasus Racing team:
Zan Dredjes, Mark Golsh, Jana Madrigali, Paul Allen, Seth Larkin
Communications: Caleb Dolister, Arthur Kinsolving
Sailor’s food: Bonnie Willis