22 July 2014 | Kaneohe Yacht Club
08 July 2014 | Pac Cup Preparations
07 July 2014 | Pac Cup Preparations
06 July 2014 | Pac Cup Preparations
03 July 2014 | Pac Cup Preparations
20 December 2011 | Canaries to Grenada
19 December 2011 | Canaries to Grenada
Lisa the Hula Girl
22 July 2014
Lisa the hula girl survived the journey on the bow of Azure but has gone missing at the Kaneohe Yacht Club! We'll be posting these flyers today! If you find her let us know!
22 July 2014 | Kaneohe Yacht Club
Aloha! The crew of Azure arrived at the Kaneohe Yacht Club at 4:00 am Monday. They traveled 2060 miles in 13 days 21 hours encountering conditions ranging from squalls to no wind to 37 knots in a tropical storm. They arrived a bit battered but 1st in their division! The three Cal 40s (Azure, California Girl and Green Buffalo) all finished within 45 minutes of each other! Exciting to watch as an armchair sailor. So happy to have the boys back on land :) Now it's time to pack up the boat and ship her home.
Day 13 and 14
21 July 2014 | At Sea
As I type this we are 65 miles away from the finish in Kaneohe. We should be in some time between 2 and 6am so this is our last blog post. Yesterday was my birthday so I was hoping my boat mates would bake me a cake.....oh well. Yesterday and this morning were the worst conditions we have seen. We have sustained gusts of wind up[ to 40 knots for over twenty minutes. The wind started building around dusk and unfortunately there was no moon. So we had a wild ride flying the spinnaker all night and into the morning. Then about 4am the rain started really coming down. Buckets and buckets were dumped on the boat. Tony and I just wore our swimming suits rather than foul weather gear since the water and air were warm. Everything was wet by the end of our shift. And we had worked so hard to get the boat dry.
The good news is that were were still 4 miles ahead of Green Buffalo and California Girl in the morning. We were able to make 190 miles over 24 hours. We are cooking our last dinner tonight - and I mean last dinner. We only provisioned for 14 days knowing that you usually finish in 12! We have almost completely consumed all of our food and water.
The high winds have taken its toll on Azure and the other boats in our fleet. We have blown out two spinnakers and various other items. Three boats in the race have lost rudders and steering. I think we are going to sail conservatively tonight and lick our wounds.
19 July 2014 | At Sea
We are on the final approach to Kaneohe and are looking good to finish by midnight on the 21st. After 1780 miles and twelve days of grinding, pulling, and sweating we are looking pretty raged. So we decided to celebrate and take showers. Based on our calculations we have plenty of water for the last two days, so we splurged and filled up the solar shower. We hung the solar shower on the mast for a fresh water rinse. The shower process involved filling a bucket with salt water to do all your washing and then rinsing in wonderful warm fresh water from the solar shower. We all felt so much better after a shower.
We had a great run over the last 24 hours. We pushed the boat really hard last night and made up time on California Girl. We are also on a lower/ hotter angle and may cross Green Buffalo by tomorrow. All the boats check into the net every morning at 9:30 am to report their position. Everyone revises their calculations and strategy based on the current locations each morning. It is always fun to crowd around the radio at 9:30 am to see how we did.
18 July 2014 | At Sea
We had a good run yesterday and made 175 miles toward Hawaii, Currently 538 miles away from Kaneohe. We lost a bunch of ground on Day Ten because we flew the 1.5oz spinnaker all day when the winds were light. We took a risk to fly the Teddiy Womper (0.6 oz)) all night in order to make up some ground. The risk paid off this morning when we all checked in. California Girl is just eight miles away and leeward of us. It is amazing how you can separate for great distances and come together in the same place day after day. We have been up to 75 miles apart with California Girl throughout the race and are still very close.
RJ suffered a pretty bad rope burn while dropping the spinnaker yesterday. You can see the track on his hand along the same path you would hold a line. It is starting to scab now and looks really cool. He is hoping the scars are permanent for a great souvenir. I can imagine the scruffy old sailor as he reaches for his whiskey and his bar mate gasps at the scar on his hand. Ahrr this here happed on the 14 Pac Cup....
Lisa update: Just before the start of the race we taped a bobble body hula girl on the bow for good luck. Her name is Lisa. We had one on the boat in 2008 but she lost her head by the half way point so we performed a formal burial in 3000' of water during happy hour. This years Lisa is a real trouper. She has been continually pumbled by sails, wind and salt water but is hanging on. Her dances have varied from the hula to the limbo over the last eleven days. RJ has had a blast video taping the various stages of her short life.
17 July 2014 | At Sea
Azure had a very rough passage last night. Azure did 178 miles in rough seas to narrowly stay in first place. The main reason for our poky passage is due to several spinnaker problems. The first encounter happened around 10:00 pm. I was driving when suddenly the spinnaker gye snapped sending the spinnaker pole into the fore stay. We had carefully put up our spinnaker net prior to night fall with the intention off fending off a wrap. before we knew it we had a huge wrap consisting of spinnaker and spinnaker net that seemed impossible to untangle. After 20 minutes we prevailed and were back underway with a jerry rig. At 3:00am we were hit by a series off squalls that caused us to round up several time. We decided to gibe and everything from then on when bad. After rounding up breaking several things we were back on track by loosing very precious time.
The finish will be exiting and we are very excited to make landfall. We are currently 600 miles away from the finish and are about to make our final gibe for finish.