Thursday, July 12, 2007

Pegasus Open 50 Transpac Log

July 11th Log:
In full prep mode. These boats are complex with canting keels, dagger boards, water ballast. Everything has to work perfectly because at the five minute gun, it’s just Richard and I for 10 days. Our start is with more than 25 fully crewed boats. And big boats too. “Starboard-Leeward is our friend”.

Photos and Image Plippe Kahn

July 12th Log:

The Open 50 is in Long Beach getting provisioned and pampered. I'm in Santa Cruz, working with the Fullpower team and getting our portable weather systems to work and help with the routing. This year is going to be pretty tricky. This is my 10th time across and I think that the weather systems may be more complex than they have ever been. Check out the following analysis: The track today goes right through the high. So that high will move and some routes want you to even go North where some others want you to sail minimum distance and follow the great circle route closely. Usually that option leads to challenging light conditions. However this year, anything is possible. WIll this be the year of the rumb-line?