July 20, 17:00 PST, Lat 33°30’N, Lon 127°40’W

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.

July 20, 05:00 PST

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.

July 19, San Francisco, CA

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.

July 18, Santa Cruz, CA

Mark Rudiger, Rudi 1000 nm from Honolulu, July 2002

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.

July 16, Santa Cruz, CA

The final finishing touches before the great race:

Project management: 
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