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  1. r.finn

    Panama-Hawaii

    I meant westbound current off of Costa Rica / El Savlador. Sorry about that. There's plenty to ride west on for a few hundred miles. The red part of the yellow track is the transition from downwind to upwind.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Here's a paperback version of the scientific calculator. I've found it to be really quick and perfectly accurate for reducing sites from a small boat. And at only 9 reference pages, it's really "racey" https://www.amazon.com/Celestial-Navigation-Table-Mike-Pepperday/dp/0939837099
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    Panama-Hawaii

    You can do it in one shot pretty easily if you wanted to. Leave Panama with a likely motor/sail all the way to Gulfito, Costa Rica. Refuel there, and motor/sail North along the coast until you get into the Easterly winds with Eastbound current around the NW part of Costa Rica. Ride it offshore toward Isla Clarion and Isla Socorro. It should be mostly downwind and reaching to there with decent breeze. Call it 15, 00' N / 110, 00' W. From there take the header to Hawaii. I've done the route twice between CA and Panama without stops and had wind during all of the offshore parts. Of course there's nearly zero wind near shore. Avoid it unless you are cruising. It would have been an easy course change to Hawaii, rather than the upwind beat from Isla Socorro to San Diego. Here's a screen shot from the Panama to CA trip in May 2014, just to give you an idea. It was 50% downwind and 50% upwind, one tack. We only motored while trying to get away from Gulfito, and then at the end while closing on San Diego. The two trips were during May 2014 and Jan 2016 and had nearly the same 50/50 conditions. To Hawaii it would have been a much easier downwind/reaching/downwind trip. It could be pretty pleasant, but you will need routing software and a sat/data connection to sail the whole way. Hope that helps.
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    holy christ!

    Years ago there was a poster here swearing they held a kite up in 50+ knots on a J/24 during one race in the PNW. He was pretty much laughed out of here. Finally there's a picture showing why. Good times.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    This has been a great thread. I'm excited for it to move to page #14 though.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    Jacko and Jorge, stop it. Things have been great.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    If it's any consolation, using the engine without an electronic autopilot requires hand steering.
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    R2AK 2018

    It was.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Based on footage of the boats sailing and then tracking them, it's going to be much more fun to follow on the map than to watch video highlights. Not as much boat porn than it is watching Methodists dance.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I think a good measure of who's going to be fast is who's the most skilled celestial navigator and shortwave/SSB guy. That plus background is going to make the race. Not sure exactly why, but I'm super pumped about this race. Best part is, it's going to last forever!
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    R2AK 2018

    Wow! Then I assure you it was for the best.
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    R2AK 2018

    Like I said, unless they did the necessary work, it wouldn't have been much of a head to head race.
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    R2AK 2018

    Damn Russell, you crushed that leg! Great work. A great example of efficiency besting horse power. Very proud of you guys. Regarding the proa, I was in Labelle many months ago photographing the boat for the builder/designer who was trying to sell the boat for health reasons. He had only sailed the boat once briefly before succumbing to cancer. Sadly a couple months after I took those pictures he passed away. It would be great to see his boat fulfill his design goals, as he was a really interesting and cool guy. As the boat was setup however, it was far from ready for a long distance race. The standing rigging was undersized SK-75, probably AmSteel, and not really up the job in my opinion. And that was just the most obvious issue. It would take at least 300 miles of testing before I'd say it's ready for a race like R2AK. I hope the guys who have this proa now have done some serious miles on it so the results reflect its potential. Best of luck to all the sailors/rowers/peddlers in this event. And all in for PT Watercraft!
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    Dear Dr. Rules

    Melges 32s have engines in a well mounted in the cockpit. That's why you don't see it.
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    Dear Dr. Rules

    NO! (b) stands for below! Whoever sent this pic to SA should be hired by an ad firm for their click bait skills.