Do you remember reading about the adventures of Pam and Roger and their first Pacific Cup sailing adventure? Well, July 25Th they have the privilege of joining the crew of the Bequia again …here’s what they posted today;
As many of you know, Pam and I are going to be crew delivering the racing yacht Bequia back from Hawaii after the 2010 Pacific Cup Yacht race. The race itself has a staggered start beginning July 5. We should be on the water for the return sometime around July 25. Since this will be our second time making the return trip, I guess we we can’t use the excuse that we’re newbies when something goes wrong on the boat… For those unfamiliar with the race, its run every even-numbered year from San Francisco to the island of Oahu. Thats about 2300 miles straight line. Anywhere from 50 to 70 boats compete in the race. The boats range from 24 to over 70 feet in length and are “handicapped” using a complicated formula to theoretically even-out the field. The event is billed as the “fun race to Hawaii” but don’t think for a minute that the skippers and crews are going to be lax on the sailing. Its not uncommon for each fleet of 5 to 8 boats to battle each other at the start as if the race is just a short distance around the bouys.
The race organization has a terrific website www.pacificcup.org that you can track each of the boats individually or by fleet with background stories, pics and links to many of the participants’ websites. The great thing is that a lot of the boats have the ability to send e-mail during the race that can be accessed on the website. Fortunately, Bequia has e-mail and the race crew will be sending back regular updates (blogs) as the race progresses. Of course, Pam and I will be keeping a regular blog on the return trip also.
Check the Pacific Cup website for the race crew blog.
Roger & Pam