|Vessel Name:||California Condor|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Antrim Class 40|
|Hailing Port:||Richmond, CA, USA|
|Crew:||The PacCup team: Buzz Blackett, David Blackett, Jim Antrim, Todd Hedin, Liz Baylis, Tom Paulling|
Yes! We finished at about 2130 HST. Over 100 other sailors and other well-wishers came out to greet us when we got to the dock. The good will and wishes for us for palpable. These sailors are a pretty wonderful group. After a few mai tais and sushi we collapsed around 2:30 a.m.
Land Ho! We sighted Oahu at 1728 HST. Our finish ETA is 2052 HST.
We made good progress during the night and the rudder seems to be sturdy (after some real stress tests in squalls during the last two nights). So we have decided to finish the race and go into Kaneohe for a day and then sail the boat to Honolulu for hauling and shipping. We just completed the 100 mile check-in with the race committee and are hoping to finish by 9:00 p.m. Hawaii time and get to the dock by 11:00 p.m. We'll try to send a final blog this evening.
Pulling the drouge out of the water and steering with a rudder instead made the boat go much faster. Until the wind dies. Which is what has happened to us during the course of the day. We are having to work for our miles, trimming and gybing. The good news is the rudder is holding up just fine. We still hope to arrive Thursday at the latest.