sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Transpac 2011 - Meet me at the Molokai Channel

Transpac 2011 - Meet me at the Molokai Channel

'Bella Mente bombing toward the Molokai Channel'    Transpac

Transpac 2011.

In this corner, approaching from the south, Magnitude 80. And in this corner, approaching from the north, Bella Mente. They shook hands back on the mainland, and they came out fighting on July 8. Now it's decision time.


There's plenty of breeze, and both Bella Mente and Magnitude 80 are making speeds in the teens.

The Transpac press officer landed in Honolulu about noon, lit up a phone on the taxiway and read this email exchange between Dan Nowlan, US Sailing Offshore Director, and Transpacific Yacht Club Commodore Bill Lee.

Dan: 'At 2200 HST both boats were equidistant from the finish. However, Bella Mente was on port pole on the lay line to the Molokai Channel. Magnitude still had a couple of gybes to come, which means she has to sail farther.'

Bill: 'That long port-pole approach from well north was how Merlin beat Drifter by 17 minutes in 1977.'

(And set the record that Bill Lee held for twenty years.)

Some time in the night, either Bella Mente or Magnitude will cross the 100-miles-to-go mark and trigger the Goldbrick transponder readout for the entire fleet to switch from a six-hour delay to real-time reporting. And that will be a jump. Your transponder page will have a new look tomorrow.

Doogie Couvreux checked in with this update from Bella Mente, which we are advised was lengthened by five feet, to become a Reichel-Pugh 74, for this race:

'We're in the final stretch. We hooked up with a nice squall last night that picked up to about 28 knots of wind speed. It was all hands on deck to get the weight moved aft and all the crew weight too. We gybed and have been aiming for Hawaii. It's a very close race with Magnitude right now.

'Everything becomes a little more difficult when we are trying to figure out where they are, with a six hour delay on the tracking. They have been doing a good job to use that delay to their advantage and sneak away from us. The outcome of this race will probably be decided in the next 12 hours, depending on wind direction and strength. The boys are working really hard on the handles and the drivers are taking every wave they can. The boat is settled into a nice groove, and the off watch is trying to get some rest before a big push tonight.'

Compared to Wednesday standings, there is only one fleet where the corrected time leader has changed. That would be Division 6, from the first-wave start on July 4, where Charles-Etienne Devanneaux's Beneteau First 40, Naos Two, working close to the layline, nipped the farther-north Hobie 33, Peregrine. For the day at least.

Estimated arrivals for Bella Mente and the Andrews 80, Magnitude, are ranging from 0600 HST to 0800 HST. Both are too deep to tie up at Transpac Row in Ala Wai Harbor, so they will berth instead at Aloha Tower/Honolulu Harbor. Apparently, size matters.

For the rest, we'll soon load up Transpac Row. You probably can't pick out the speckof Diamond Head that, yes, is in there somewhere . . .

And thanks to contributions from the new Disney Aulani Resort and a lot of elbow grease, The Shack is all spiffed up. This is Transpac headquarters at Ala Wai Harbor, and that's the Ilikai, a Transpac icon, in the background . . .

Around the fleet: They were a little grumpy aboard the 1D35, Alpha Puppy, caught in a light spot. Sherry Smith reports: 'It's tough being on a planing boat with a rating influenced by surfing ability - and not being able to surf. This is a waterline race again.'

Less grumpy on the SC70, Deception. Peter Shumar reports: 'What a glorious afternoon. After a light period, we slowly inched the boat toward an oncoming squall and have been riding a never-ending wave of squalls for the last four hours. They all seem to be localized, so we're hoping that our frenemies aren't getting this little alley of breeze, 17-25 knots pushing us where we want to go.'

The good news is what's ahead. The Molokai Channel is pumping, sports fans. Bring it on home.

Transpac race here




by Kimball Livingston

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=85966

5:20 AM Fri 15 Jul 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

22 Jul 2011  Transpac Race 2011 has officially ended
18 Jul 2011  Transpac Rides, Transpac Wins
18 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 - The Grand Illusion
13 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 - Dang, the Weather Guys were right
12 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 - Shifting gears: The next transition
11 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 - First spinnakers
10 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 Outbound, Quickly
08 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 - Take a peek
03 Jul 2011  Transpac 2011 first start set for July 4th
29 Jun 2011  Transpac announces six-Hour Tracking delay - might other races?
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World













Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit














Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead
J/111 World Championships - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   
2014 Detroit Cup - Quarter-finalists determined   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Best Amatuer final ever!   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Last day images by Andrea Francolini   
2014 Newport Bucket Regatta - Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi in top three - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 1   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Tricky conditions on day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT