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Old 11-07-2016, 09:17   #1
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Singlehanded Transpac

The Singlehanded Transpac (SHTP) started on July 2nd.

The race is sailed by singlehanders from San Francisco to Hawaii. Looks like some of the boats are passed the half way point.

There are four Westsail 32's among them....they are toward the back but probably looking good as far was PHRF Handicap

There are also two Cal 40's. One of the Cal 40's , Seazed Asset, is doing really well

Singlehanded Transpac 2016 – San Francisco to Hanalei – The 20th Edition
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Yes, been following it closely. The website has been amazing this year with reports from the racers on how they've been dealing with stuff. They might also have to dodge some tropical storms/hurricanes churning up their way.
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Yes, been following it closely. The website has been amazing this year with reports from the racers on how they've been dealing with stuff. They might also have to dodge some tropical storms/hurricanes churning up their way.
Did you friend on the Freedom 30 get his rudder problem fixed?

Looks like he is still sailing.....
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David in Domino is (well, was...) my neighbour at the marina. Go, David, go!
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Did you friend on the Freedom 30 get his rudder problem fixed?

Looks like he is still sailing.....
Thanks for asking. He added some grease to the bearing and it seems to be doing OK. Not sure what the final analysis was or what he might find when he arrives, but he is doing well now. I've been getting some updates and he should be at the half way point tomorrow noon. Everyone is keeping an eye on Hurricane Celia now...

I posted the following last Friday for Mike on the Freedom Yachts Forum:

Hi all, the SFBaySSS SHTP adventure aboard jacqueline began on saturday 2 july.

Had a great sail out the golden gate and to the Farallon Islands but got stuck with some of my fellow racers in low wind conditions. A good chunk of the fleet made it through but i lost about 12 hours at this point. The importance of these hours is now showing up as we plod through low winds further offshore. Those that got past the farallons got out here sooner and were rewarded by better wind conditions. Hanging in there though, there are 1500 miles to go, much can happen.

Encountered typical nw winds once 100 miles offshore but things got hairy with 26 kts TWS and 8 to 10 foot seas with some breaking. The issue is you have to reach across this seaway and it places your beam in the way of breaking seas. I managed for awhile but learned an important lesson during the qualifier. Safe the boat and do not exhaust yourself. So i dropped the main at about sunset and spent the night forereaching on the jib while i buttoned up below and got some zzs. Lost a few more hours here.

By morning the wind had moderated to 20 kts tws and we got back on course.

Subsequent days have been moderate to light air and pretty frustrating overall. I had the rudder excitement as you are aware. That looks to be resolved by greasing the bearings. Thanks for everyone's thoughts on this issue. It is good to know team Freedom has my back.

By the way, the darn boom vang bale snapped in two the other night. I dealt with that by rigging a strap around the boom to hang the vang block on. Another benefit of the open footed main. If i have issues with main sheet bales i have a fix in my box of tricks.

Right now i am on my way to 134 west and will give you another update in a few days.
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David in Domino is (well, was...) my neighbour at the marina. Go, David, go!
David on Domino also supported the racers by helping get the crate packed and for their dinghies and outboards and such (and the massive trophies!!) for when they arrive in Hanalei. Not only was he working issues with his boat, working full-time, too, but he was pulling his weight to help the group as a whole. It wasn't just him either. George on TAZ! was the main inspector of the boats. David on Temerity made sure the website was set up to be most available for family and friends to follow. Michael on Mouton Noir is keeping the fleet communication line open, and Randy on Tortuga stood by as Mike on Jacqueline dove his rudder. These are not elite, dainty racers. They are hugely helpful, and supportive of their fellow racers not just during the SHTP, but also when racing single and short-hand on San Francisco Bay. I can't say enough good about this group of sailors
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Looks like two boats are in. The first one to cover the 2,120 miles was Kato an Olson 30.

http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=944

Then Nina an Olson 29.

OLSON 29 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com


The race is still on:

http://sfbaysss.org/shtp2016/
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That tropical system is going for them allright. Good news it is not blowing too hard now nor forecast to accelerate. (status midnight 15th/16th)

I hope all will arrive safe and sound.

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Seriously, four Westsails singlehanding to Hawaii. They even got their own start. How crazy is that?!
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Unfortunately the Westsails got caught in that hole at the beginning and have been following the pack ever since. The always well sailed Saraband is ahead of all the others but doubt that the rating will get him on the podium. Better luck next race.
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Unfortunately the Westsails got caught in that hole at the beginning and have been following the pack ever since. The always well sailed Saraband is ahead of all the others but doubt that the rating will get him on the podium. Better luck next race.
"The podium" is not the point for probably half or more of these racers. There's just a small number of people in this world who can say they own The Belt Buckle
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