Transpac 2017

17 July 2017 | Hawaii & Waikiki Yacht Clubs
16 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
15 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
14 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
13 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
12 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
11 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
10 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
09 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
08 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
08 July 2017 | Encinal Yacht Club
07 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
06 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
05 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
22 July 2014
22 July 2014 | Kaneohe Yacht Club
21 July 2014 | At Sea
19 July 2014 | At Sea
18 July 2014 | At Sea

Azure arrives!

17 July 2017 | Hawaii & Waikiki Yacht Clubs
Azure crossed the finish line at 23:39 Hawaii time Sunday night. The crew was exhausted musing about all the spinnaker changes to get to the finish. The navigation decisions and push at the end seems to have paid off b/c Azure is listed as first in Division 7!
There was a fantastic turn out to greet the guys - Joe and crew from Hawaii Yacht Club brought an amazing spread of food and drinks, Dayna, Jen, Wayne, EYCers Hal, Laurie, Charlie, David, Susan w/ her local friends and leis. A special visit by the crew of Medusa was a nice surprise! They heard Azures favorite beer was Lagunitas so they scoured the local stores and were there to thank the guys for the mid ocean fuel exchange.
The celebration lasted until 3:00 am. More insights posted later from Rodney and crew. I think it's going to be a lazy day

Day 14 Transapc 2014

16 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Land Ho!. We are 44 miles away from our gibe mark in the Molokai channel, and then a quick 8 mile to the finish. We celebrated our landfall with curry chicken and last happy hour with vodka and OJ with our last four ice cubes. Did I ever tell you Jim was good at math!

We are in a close battle for first in class with a Cubaneren, from Norway. We have all been pushing the boat as hard as we can., and all are very tired. I am looking forward to a long hot shower and bed that says in one place. We are also looking forward to seeing our friends and family (especially my Jane) on the dock. We should arrive in the marina by 1am local time, which is very late for a party, even by EYC standards.

Aloha, Rodney

Day 13 Transpac 2017

15 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
We are 226 miles away from Honolulu and looking forward to our arrival. We made the final gibe toward Hawaii last night and are doing everything we can to keep the boat moving fast.

We are supposed to arrive by early Monday morning, but it is difficult to judge arrival times from so far away. We are firmly in squall territory. You can see them coming over the horizon one after another. Today we had a 38 knot gust next to one, and just got our spinnaker down in time. We have our light spinnaker back up and and are pushing hard.

I looked in the fridge tonight and noticed we only have enough ice for one more happy hour, so we must be close to Hawaii. Capt Ron would be proud. We had our last chili tonight with vodka cranberry.

Day 12 Transpac 2017

14 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
We are 423 miles away from Honolulu and it is Hot Hot Hot. We are about to make our last gibe for Hawaii and are excited to be on the home stretch. We have unfortunately dropped to second place, but we are hoping our hotter angle will close the gap.

Did I say it was Hot! When we are not on deck sailing, we are down in the cabin with the fans going. Since we are under four days from Hawaii, and we have four days of water in our last water tank, It is shower Day! Not only showers, we did laudry too. Since I have been wearing the same sun pants for 11, and shirt for six days, I figured laundry was a good idea. Tony has his on the lifeline also, and I am sure Ted and Jim will follow. We were four stinky boys.

The sea life is getting pretty amazing. We have seen turtles, whales, dolphins, lots of sea birds, and Tony's favorite albatross. Every morning we sweep the decks of flying fish and squid. I was on watch last night when all of a sudden I heard a thud right next to me on the cabin top. There was a little unfortunate flying fish lying there. I wonder what it is like to get hit by one of those torpedoes?

We celebrated Ted's last day of work and retirement today. He requested turkey Tetrazzini with orange juice and rum for his special day. Amazing - he does not seem like he has been working over the last few weeks. All of us are envious.

Day 11 Transpac 2017

13 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
We are 542 miles away from Honolulu and trying to make some southerly. Our routing software keeps telling us to go west. It is very hard to keep going in the wrong direction with the anticipation of favorable winds, but alas we are pushing west. We have second guessed our software 3 times now, and each time we were spanked.

At 4:00 am I went over the optimal route with Ted at the beginning of his shift. The software was telling us to gibe around this area in front of us, but we could not understand why, so we just decided to keep going straight. Ted woke me up at 4:00 am, with a concerned look on his face - we gotta go! That means gibe in sailing lingo. I came up on deck and looked forward to see a big black cloud as far and you can see with bolts of lightning hitting all around the center. "I don't think we should go in there" Ted says. Gibe! Jim drove and Ted and I pulled off one of the fasted two pole jibes on record. We were thankfully paralleling the back of the cloud when the sun came up. Then we saw the most spectacular double rainbow for the entire 180 degrees of the cloud - amazing. At first we thought it was a squall that should travel at about 10 knots but this cloud was not moving. We just skirted the monster and all is good, I kept thinking of the joke Jim would tell about the clown who died in his second rodeo.

Now we are cruising to our last gibe point about 100 miles ahead of us, then we are "all in" for our final approach. If all works out we should have a strong finish. We are getting pretty low on food and beverages but should be in Hawaii on the 17th. I keep looking at that small bag of ice and wonder is there may have been a misscalculation - we will see.

Sail faster damnit!

Day 10 Transpac 2017

12 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
We are 685 miles away from Honolulu and unfortunately we are not making much progress toward out destination. The disturbed area that was predicated between us and Honolulu showed her face today. As soon as the sun came up all we could see and hear was lightning, rain and thunder to the south of us. Our navigational software was telling us to sail around it. but we were so tempted to just sail directly for the islands, it was so irresistible, so we did. We were racing toward the finish slapping our backs saying, this is not so bad. Then slowly there was a little rain, then a lot of rain, then the wind died. Sailing in the rain is bad enough, but sitting in a major down pour with no wind flopping back and forth was the worst. We all think it may of have been pay back for the last day of the Pac Cup in 2014 where we made RJ drive in pouring rain while we all stayed dry inside. Anyway, Tony made the best of it, stripping down to his farmer tan and scrubbing down with baby wipes...I have a picture.

Last night was the first night where the clouds parted and the stars came out I have always been as amazed at the stars in the middle of the ocean. Ted got our his stargazer app on his ipad and starting naming all the constellations and Jim was figuring out which stars would likely host life.

Now that we are back on our original track we need to make a big loop around the tropical disturbance. We are sailing much farther than the rest of the boats in our class. But we are hoping that by sailing faster we can still come out ahead. Our new motto is " Sail faster damn it".
Vessel Name: Azure
Vessel Make/Model: Cal 40
Hailing Port: Alameda
Crew: Transpac crew:Rodney Pimentel, Ted Floyd, Tony Shaffer & Jim Vickers
Azure's Photos - Tahoe
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RJ is 13
iPod time
Jane and Leo
Uncle Jimmy and Aunty Cora came for fun
Homeschool is fun
The house on Wolfgang
Rodney snowboarding in the powder
Uncle Gary shouldn
Megan and Noelani join the boys