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Hanalei Bay looked overcast and damp this morning. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
Singlehanded TransPac Update
July 15, 2012
Once we hit the two-week mark in the Singlehanded TransPac race from Tiburon to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, the finishes began stacking up. Here's a breakdown by division, as of the 0900 PDT report this morning:
Thirty Somethings: Five out of six boats have finished with Dave Morris's Wylie 31 Moonshadow finishing as we write, and Ken 'The General' Roper on Finn Flyer 31 Harrier 200 miles out in his 12th (and last, he says) SHTP.
Big and Comfy: Only two out of six boats are in so far with Steve Hodges' Islander 36 Frolic getting very close, 17 miles out, and the others spread out from 150 to 300 miles away.
Fast and Fun: Four out of six boat have finished with Ronnie Simpson's Moore 24 Hope for the Warriors (aka US101) looking good at the top of the division. Only sistership Rushmoore and George Lythcott on the Express 27 Taz!! are left, and Ruben Gabriel on Rushmoore is only 30 miles out.
Plastic Classics: All three in this division are still at least 250 miles out with the Triton Darwind starring Tom Watson leading the pack.
The one boat in the Spare Hull division, Cliff Shaw's Crowther 10m Rainbow just finished this morning.
The only entry in the Sled division, Alex Mehran's Open 50 Truth finished first by a long shot, on July 9, shaving two and a half days off the SHTP record, and setting a new bar of 8 days, 12 hours, 21 minutes, and 5 seconds. First overall, unofficially at this point, is Jim Quanci on the Cal 40 Green Buffalo, a Big and Comfy entry, who finished on Friday the 13th.
To see who finished when, see http://singlehandedtranspac.com/race-viewer and click on the Leaderboard tab on the left side of the map. Reports from the racers are available here: singlehandedtranspac.com/updates.
You can check out Hanalei Bay and maybe watch the finishes with this steerable webcam: www.balihai.com/Blog/kauai-hd-webcam.