Day 4 Ttranspac Race
06 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
We are 1714 miles away from Honolulu after four great days of racing. It was nice to see that we were first in class and first overall this morning during the position report. We know this short lived as the big boats started today. There is a foiling trimaran doing the race this year. If you watched any of the Americas cup races, imagine doing that day and night all the way to Hawaii. Some records will be broken, or rescues at sea.
We have had a great race with Sequoia, the other Cal 40. They restored the boat over the last few years and it is very fast. Hopefully we can do some tactful maneuvers to stay ahead. The weather out here continues to surprise us. Only 3' seas and a steady 10 to 15 knots of wind. This is my fourth time sailing to Hawaii, and definitely the best so far. A Navy destroyer passed us at noon today - they never showed up on our AIS, and came out of nowhere to do a fly-by. Luckily there were no container ships in the area.
Since we are on a 24/7 watch schedule we only have a few opportunities to see everyone at the same time - happy hour and dinner. Dr Vickers has assumed the responsibly of administering the daily rations. We have frozen concentrate of cranberry, orange and pineapple juice, with rum or vodka. Luckily you can mix and match everything to make a unique drink. The only challenge is rationing the ice. We only have one bag of ice to last us 2 weeks at sea. I made the brash assumption that we can only have 2 ice cubes each per night. Luckily Jim took up the challenge to calculate the area of the bag, approximate the size of each cube and determine that we can actually use 4 cubes per night - the crew was overjoyed. We enjoyed Thai Beef over fresh rice for dinner - Thanks Dayna.