I’m really excited to be participating in the 2016 Pacific Cup. It’s a sailboat race from San Francisco to Hawaii that takes place every 2 years and is on many racer’s bucket lists of races they might like to do someday. I am very fortunate to have found a skipper (Shawn Ivie) and boat (Limitless) that I really like, and also to feel like I can contribute meaningfully to the program. The owner of the boat (an Express 37) has been working overtime to get everything ready. I got to help deliver the boat from southern California to the Bay Area, which was a lot of fun. I’ve also been helping do the social media and website for the boat. You can follow our adventures here: http://e37limitless.com — we’re hoping to blog at least once a day using the satellite phone we’ll also be using to do our official check-ins. You can track our progress vs. the rest of the competition here: 2016 Pacific Cup Tracker and check out the Daily Standings here.
We are in Alaska Airlines Division C and our start is at 11:25 am on July 12 in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Doug Johnstone, our navigator, is estimating it will take right around 11 days to finish. The weather will play a huge part in how long it actually takes us to arrive in Kaneohe Bay. So excited for this opportunity!
Hold Fast: Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence… Over the course of two winters, four members of the Anarchist Yacht Clubb rescued a derelict boat from the inhospitable waters of Ft. Lauderdale, named it the S/V Pestilence, and sailed south to Haiti. Hold Fast describes what drew these friends to the ocean, and tells the story of what they discovered in the sea. It paints a picture of the S/V Pestilence in the context of all the sailing maniacs who have come before them, and ultimately attempts to suggest that the secret is always to begin.
Blue Anarchy Website http://www.blueanarchy.org/holdfast/
Director Moxie Marlinspike
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This was my first time doing the Three Bridge Fiasco race — a single or double-handed race around 3 marks in the Bay: Blackaller Buoy near the Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island (Bay Bridge) and Red Rock (Richmond Bridge). Jason and I did the race on his Cal 29 “TNT” and it was outstanding. We went clockwise around the course, going from the start line to Red Rock to Treasure Island to Blackaller to finish. Our official finish time was 14:13:14.
Video of the start of the race from Jason’s GoPro:
Results: We finished 20th out of the 44 boats in our division, and #174 out of the total of 357 boats (monohull and multihull) registered for the race. 252 boats actually completed the race this year, scoring us in the 73rd percentile of finishers. If we include the boats that didn’t start or finish the race, we scored in the 51st percentile. Not too bad for our first double-handed race, the first race TNT had done, and both of our first Three Bridge Fiasco race experience.
We won the race on Day 2 of the Corinthian Yacht Club Season Closer regatta sailing on Bodacious+, a RP 1D 48 that takes a crew of 14 to sail well. It was a very fun day. 3/4 of the way through the video you can see the extra penalty turn we ended up doing due to overstanding the mark, and we still won! 🙂
The video was taken by a guest crewmember from Australia, Greg Wilkins, who did an excellent job on runners and didn’t let the rig fall down.