Rancho Deluxe Transpac 2007

25 July 2007
25 July 2007 | Honolulu
24 July 2007 | Honolulu!!!
23 July 2007 | 22 40.726n; 154 45.696w
22 July 2007 | 22 27.991n; 148 26.979w
21 July 2007 | 22 14.916n; 146 44.227w
20 July 2007 | 22 08.267n; 142 49.184w
19 July 2007 | 23 12.051n; 139 30.923w
18 July 2007 | 22 42.833n; 137 09.242w
18 July 2007 | 22 36.210n 136 00.012w
18 July 2007 | 23 56.402n:132 48.546w
17 July 2007 | 23 56.402n:132 48.546w
17 July 2007 | 25 44.963n:130 16.878w
16 July 2007 | 25 44.963n:129 46.391w
16 July 2007 | 25 44.963n:130 16.878w
15 July 2007 | 26 14.686n:125 56.667
14 July 2007 | 27 47.590n:122 11.747
13 July 2007
11 July 2007 | Long Beach
10 July 2007 | Long Beach

Southbound Train

14 July 2007 | 27 47.590n:122 11.747
Jim
Good morning!

If you are following our position reports you will notice two things; 1. We are the most Southerly boat in our class and 2. our current class standing is 7th.

The other boats are headed straight to Hawaii and we have driven well South. They are closer to Hawaii than we are, however our strategy is to skirt the Southern edge of the Pacific high in order to have more wind AND be able to sail a faster angle to Diamond Head. We will sail a longer distance, but hopefully way faster!

The weather routing information we have recieved pre-departure and continue to get via satelite makes us optimistic that this will work, but it's been ugly so far. By Sunday morning we will start to see if our strategy will pay dividends.

Last night the sky clouded-over. Without a moon or stars, there was no horizon making driving the boat more like a video game...you watched the instruments and worked hard to not get vertigo while your watch mates ate chocolate bars and the single guys told provacative stories about recent conquests. No-one paid more attention than young John who certainly got an earfull of modern dating wisdom.

Currently we have the A2 spinnaker and staysail flying. Combined with the super-sized mainsail on Rancho Deluxe we are flying more square feet of sail area than a super Wall Mart.

In the meantime, the crew is great, the boat is perfect and we are well fed!

Jim
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Vessel Name: Rancho Deluxe
Vessel Make/Model: Swan 45
Hailing Port: Newport, Rhode Island
Crew: Michael Diepenbrock, John Diepenbrock, Jim Diepenbrock, Seadon Wijsen, Carlos Badell, Andrew Lewis, Ty Pryne, Matt Davis
Home Page: http://sailblogs.com/members/ranchodeluxe/
Rancho Deluxe's Photos - Rancho Deluxe Transpac 2007 (Main)
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Coastal Cup 4: Mike and Carlos during Santa Barbara race
Coastal Cup 7: Just before sunset, Morro Bay style
Coastal Cup 8: Just another sunset tour down the coast
Coastal Cup 3: Early sailing in the Santa Barbara Race...before it got "interesting"
 
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San Francisco to Santa Barabara race
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Created 6 July 2007

Who: Michael Diepenbrock, John Diepenbrock, Jim Diepenbrock, Seadon Wijsen, Carlos Badell, Andrew Lewis, Ty Pryne, Matt Davis
Port: Newport, Rhode Island