July 9, 2017
New update from RC:
Raisin Cane is charging downwind in a deep, cobalt blue. ocean, her A2 running spinnaker, straining at her sheets, skipping from wave to wave in a sailor’s dance till she reaches the sun baked white beaches of Hawaii. Cane’s crew has settled into their hourly watches and daily routines, focusing all their efforts to race across the Pacific. Sailing has been steady with good winds. The fleet is now in the trade winds for the most part, sailing westerly to the Islands with the winds at their back with a little over 1200 miles to go.
July 7, 2017, 1900
Raisin' Cane had an issue yesterday that affected their speed for a while. Issue appears to be resolved and they have been steadily gaining speed through out today and are doing their best to catch up. Let’s all send them pleasant thoughts for good wind and increased speed. Not sure how close they were or if Raisin' Cane saw them but Comanche, a 100ft competitor, passed by them earlier today.
July 7, 2017, 1300
Raisin' Cane is now 41 hours into the Transpac and doing OK. Typical early passage bugs and deficiencies are being overcome and conditions aboard are improving as we settle in, shake down, and sort out. It also helps that the wind is drawing aft.
We set our first kite 30 minutes ago and, if your typist's (Joe) collected weather forecast data can be relied upon, we expect to be under spinnakers for the foreseeable future. The deck guys are busy flaking and stowing jibs so I can get away with being brief with this message by passing none of their remarks along. This is good because it is "peppy" at the nav station as it is everywhere on board."
July 5, 2017
July 4, 2017
Just over 12 hours before they push away from the dock. Watching July 4th fireworks from the hotel room and San Pedro is not disappointing in that arena and very fitting for the night before they begin their race. Boat and crew are ready and eager to get started. Tune in for updates as I will be posting their progress. Actual start time for their race is 12:55pm PDT and you can track them on the TransPac website at https://2017.transpacyc.com/media/watch. The first group started on Monday, so there is a group of boats already being tracked. Frank has been planning for this race for 6 years so this is the start of an adventure of a lifetime for him. I wish him and his crew a fast and safe sail.