OK, let me make this clear; Rancho Deluxe won our division or said another way, we were 1st in class and 8th in the overall fleet!
I will get some pictures up asap, but right now it's fun to play on the beach and get 10 hours of sleep per night.
I would like to thank all of you who posted comments and or sent e-mails. It has really kept this thing alive for the crew.
We had a great day racing yesterday!
We sailed all day then entered the Molokai Chanel at 11:00pm for a wild ride to the Diamond Head finish. Radio contact is made at 100 miles, 25 miles and 3 miles to go. We listened all night to hear about Tower but they had not reported in yet so we were optimistic.
Had a fun ride through the channel and then made the turn to the finish line, some of the more exciting sailing of the trip as we had 3 gybes with winds in excess of 25 knots.
We fininshed around 3:30 am and were met at the dock by Betty, Laura, JJ, Max, Ava, Eileen and Louise Diepenbrock...the last 2 being a complete surprise!
Once we cleared the technical and safety inspections we were given lei's and mai tais, kisses and more mai tais!
Oh yeah, we won our class.
07/23/2007, 22 40.726n; 154 45.696w
We had a great night with the moon and stars providing stadium lights to see the waves. We had a flawless gybe about 2:00 am Hawaii time and are now pointed at the Molokai Channel with 160 miles to go.
John has been re-named "Big Ease." One of the maneuvers we do is completed with a big ease of the spinnaker sheet. When John is not trimming the spinnaker sheet he has taken to telling the more seasoned crew members when to go for the "big ease." Last night he told Volvo Round-the-World Race veteran Andrew when to go for the big ease...we all stood back in amazement as the final straw broke the camel's back and witnessed the re-branding of Johnnie to "Big Ease."
So now we race to and through the Molokai channel, famous for big winds and high seas...oh yeah and we get to race through it at night. Then round the corner to Diamond Head and finish. We estimate between midnight Monday and 4 am Tuesday. This is going to be a very long day/night.
We are excited to once again have the lead in our class, but this thing is a sh*t fight and not yet over. The next 20 hours will be the race. So now off to the races!