Robb Walker on his Cal 40 Nazomi check in…
We are five days out of Hanalei Bay this morning on the delivery home and have just tacked to port at 35 38n by 157 50w under the southern edge of the high (no going over the top this year!) Motorsailing east at about 5.5kts in 6-8 kts breeze from about 060M. Reach north was generally fairly windy and rough so we are looking forward to a few days of "R&R" as we move east.
Our first doublehanded Pacific Cup was successful and we are completely satisfied with our result (3rd DH1 class). We held 2nd for the entire race including our last roll call, but the youngsters sailing the Santa Cruz 27 were able to do it a little harder and for a little longer than we were and got us by a couple of hours in the final 24 hrs of the race. They are terrific sailors and great kids. As you wrote about some of your competitors in the last Singlehanded Transpac, "these guys are hard-core!" We really felt honored to race competitively against them.
It was a really challenging race for us in many ways, but very rewarding. We have many thoughts, reflections and lessons learned after the race. Perhaps a follow-up article when we get home?