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Transpac 2019

19 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
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Day 10 It's my Birthday!

19 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
Rodney
We are 580 miles from Hawaii and making good progress. We tried to dive under Callisto last night so we are in a good position. Viva is right next to us, keeping us on our toes. The squalls were not too bad last night, just a few 30 knot gusts and some rain. Jim had the best surf and tied Tony's record of 14.8 knots.

Besides being my birthday today, it is also our friend Charles birthday and Tony and Michelle's wedding anniversary. I always get my hopes up for the Bday cake - but I will settle for double rations.

Racing 24/7 has its challenges, but we are getting into a rhythm. We are on for 4 hours and sleep for 4 hours. Two of those hours are spent driving and 2 are crewing. It is good that all of us can drive at night, because it is difficult to steer by the compass. I get on shift at 12am and drive to 2am, Jim is crewing for me during that time, then Tony takes over driving at 2am, while Jim sleeps, then Ted gets up at 4am and starts driving. The cycle continues day and night.

We are getting our hopes up for a daytime arrival. Most of our finishes have been at night. Right now we are trending toward a 7/22 afternoon finish. Since we are three days out, everything can change.

Cheers, Capt Rod

Day 9 Sail Faster Dam it!

18 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
Rodney
We are 770 miles from Honolulu. We had our first squalls last night with lots of wind and rain. Squalls normally occur below 27 degrees latitude. So far we have only seen about 30 knots of wind, but that may change. Tony has the surfing record so far with 14.8 knots. Viva crossed our bow yesterday and we have been jousting with them ever since. We wish we knew where Tommy Trojan was hiding. It is unfortunate their transponder is not working.

We use navigational software to plan our routes for the race. They call the Transpac a "Navigators race" because huge gains can be made by choosing the shortest course with the most wind given the fastest your boat can sail. Each boat has a polar diagram that shows how fast the boat should perform given the various wind conditions. Jim and I were looking at the data the program produces to see how we can improve our polars. Jim said "if I only had Python I could capture the data, sort and create a better diagram" So he check the computer and said, "hey you have Python on this computer"�...Thanks RJ. So in a matter of a few hours Dr Vicker wrote 100 lines of code to create the most perfect polar diagram for our boat...... Sail Faster Dam it.

We had movie night and listened to Capt Ron over the speakers. Favorite Capt Ron quotes from happy hour: Jim: When we left California we had just enough food and booz, so we must be close to Hawaii. Ted: Mom and Dad we're engaged! Tony: You're parents are just playing hide the salami Rodney: If its going to happen, it's going to happen out there

Cheers, Capt Rod

Day 8 Flying Fish and Poops

17 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
Rodney
We are 970 miles from Hawaii. We had very strong winds last night and made just over 200 miles in 24 hours. Now we are getting ready to make our final approach to the Molokai channel and the timing of our gybes. All the Cal 40's are coming together at the finish so it will be exciting on 7/23.

We have been starting to see flying fish and more sea birds. One actually hit the side of the boat during my driving shift. That was startling, and probably not much fun for the fish.

It is starting to get very warm in the boat so we are really enjoying our fans. The sun is getting intense, so we are spending more time in the shade and down below. We still get hit by the occasional rogue wave. Somehow all the big waves(Poops) have found Ted first. Some have filled the entire cockpit. Tony had the misfortune of sitting between Ted and a big wave last night. Cheers, Capt Rod

Day 7 Half Way

16 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
Rodney
Sometime today we will be crossing the halfway point. We always celebrate with a magnum of Champaign and some party favors. We also initiate any new members of the crew into the Transpac club. Jim was initiated last year. He did a very poor hula wearing a grass skirt and coconut bra. This year we will just toast King Neptune for a safe passage. It looks like we are all in our lanes for the gybe mark. Unfortunately the Race Committee is having a difficult time reporting our positions, so we are not sure where we stand - only you guys know. There will be lots of place changes in the last 600 miles as we gybe back and forth through squall country.

A major improvement to this year's race were butt cushions. Cushions are a luxury on a race boat and much too heavy to carry to Hawaii. The last few Hawaii trips the cushions were left at home, and by day 7 you were really feeling the pain. This year Jim surprised us with two small light weight cushions that are a crew favorite. Things still hurt though, just not as bad.

We are starting to get pretty punchy and humor is going into the gutter. We often discuss school and how Jim loved chemistry and Jenn hated it, and how Jenn loved Shakespere, and Jim hated it. Then we would try to name the elements in the Periodic Table in order. Thanks to Tony we made it to 25.

Today as the first day we took showers, after six days of sweat and sun it was welcome. Unfortunately we left our regular solar shower at home, so we bought one at big five before we left, - not nearly as good. We hang the bag from the spinnaker pole and then flash our crew members while quoting one of our favorite Seinfeld episodes. Cheers, Capt Rod

Day 6 Poles back

15 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
Rodney
We are in full downwind mode right now. We have Viva to the north and Callisto/ Psyche to the south. We are all separated by a few hours, so it is a drag race at this point. Tomorrow will be a special day since we will be half way!

It is really sad to hear that the Santa Cruz 70 OEX sank this morning. They must of hit something, all our greatest fears, but all are ok. Our boat is doing great, except for the rest of the chili behind the stove. I need to get some more motivation to scrape that off at some point.

We have been eating really well on this trip. Most sailors lose weight, but we are in the other boat - ahr ahr ahr. We always start the day with fresh coffee and delicious breakfast burritos, or sandwiches - thanks Michelle. Jim is in charge of lunch, and will only shop at whole foods, or other delis. His sandwiches are amazing with fresh roast beef, pastrami, or turkey, with spinach, tomato, and cheese. The condiments are also gourmet. Tonight we will have tai beef over a bed of fresh rice for dinner - isn't sailing fun? Cheers, Capt Rod

Day 5 Tommy Trojan

14 July 2019 | Pacific Ocean
Rodney
Day 5 was full of strategy, battles and drudgery. First of all diving south seemed to have paid off and gave us leverage against the rest of our class. Our navigation software was telling us to stay north, but getting under your fleet gives you lots of options. We were very surprised to see Callisto converging on us first thing in the morning. They were 7 miles ahead of us, and on a faster line, but gave it up to match us.

So here is Callisto aiming right for us and then they hoist a new spinnaker - Tommy Trojan. Now there is only one school I dislike more than USC. Tommy reminded us of the womper, it was huge, and seemed to violate NCAA rules. I suddenly realized regretfully giving my Cal spinnaker to my brother right before the race - mistake. So the battle was on, they crossed our bow, we crossed under they came up, we came up more. Tommy with his big shoulders was no match for Azure. In the end Blue and Gold prevailed. Now let's see what happens on November 16th.

My worst nightmare was realized mid morning. Dr Vickers was spending way too long in the bathroom. Then he popped his head out with that look on his face. I thought I knew everything about Jim - more now. So we have full bowl and no way to get things out. So this is the tricky part, reaching under the head to disassemble the thru hull valve. There is nothing more exciting than opening a hole in a perfectly good boat in 3000' of water. So I pull the valve, hand it to Ted - wearing gloves of course, and then hold my hand over the hole as water shoots to the ceiling. All is good now. The Capt gets double rations tonight. Cheers, Capt Rod
Vessel Name: Azure
Vessel Make/Model: Cal 40
Hailing Port: Alameda
Crew: Transpac crew:Rodney Pimentel, Ted Floyd, Tony Shaffer & Jim Vickers
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