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Anyone else following this race?

The lead boat an Olson 30, has been ripping down the course, only to come to a near stop this morning.

https://www.jibeset.net/gpswatch.php?FA=JACKY_T00254104_1_1013718015

 

Edit: Never mind, must have been a weird blip in the tracker, now showing moving well again, although at a speed in the mid teens which seems a but optimistic! 

Wilderness 30 is hanging in well in second place boat for boat.

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Have been following, but not closely.  More out of interest to understand strategy/offshore weather, for an eventual sail to Hawaii.  Latitude 38, for example, wrote yesterday:

”On Thursday, the fleet moved out of the windy reach and into their ‘slot cars’ phase, where the wind backs and softens along the edge of the Eastern Pacific High pressure zone.”

Which I don’t really understand, not knowing enough about offshore weather.  Interesting for me to read about the race and try to grasp what’s going on, based on these write ups.

 

 

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There is a strong tendency to head up, N, for speed and to perhaps induce catching more boost from the following seas. A boat making that mistake, even a little, gets sucked into the high. They then must suffer the ridiculous losing gybe angle to get S to the hula music.

Speed in the mid teens? Does the tracker report instantaneous speed or speed over the previous report period? The erroneous report would cause that false speed.

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The Race Committee Notes is a good way to see issues with the tracker

Added: 2018-06-30 09:27:35 
RC notes Double Espresso track anomalies. text inquiries indicate all is well
aboard.

Added: 2018-06-29 12:31:17 
FUGU reset his tracker and is now reporting correctly to the track page

Added: 2018-06-29 08:22:49 
FUGU has temporarily stopped updating data to the tracker. The RC has received
updated manual check in report from Lat 32.755072 Lon -136.569264 at 2334 PST on
06.28.18

And there's a way to select displayed speeds in the ETA table https://www.jibeset.net/gpssummary.php?FA=JACKY_T00254104_1_1013718015

Speed made good (SMG) over:  6 hours   12 hours   18 hours   24 hours  

Interesting possibilities in this tracker put together by jibeset.net. Google maps, Windy layers, and some unusual number crunching options.

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Stan Honey talks about the "slotcars" part of the race:

https://pacificcup.org/racetips/sh_wx.html

https://pacificcup.org/sites/default/files/kbfiles/Pacific Cup Weather and Tactics.pdf

I've been following "KYNNTANA" in this year's SHTP, because she's been active in another sailing forum that I frequent.  She doesn't carry a spinnaker or other deep-downwind sails, and has been taking the classic "spin out into the High" route, with jibes to the south as she tries to keep her sails filled.  She started out the furthest south, and is currently the furthest north of the fleet.  Not the route I would choose, but she's out there doing it and I'm at home sitting at the computer.

There are some interesting low-pressure systems moving in.  That bigger one is expected to hit hurricane-strength fairly soon.  Unlikely to hit the fleet, but the remnants can still cause trouble (48-hour forecast, see https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac for details):

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My buddy John is doing well on Iris.  Jibe south looked well timed and in a good southerly position today.

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Crazy how good an Olson 30 is for this race.  Phillippe on Double Espresso purchased the boat 1.5 years ago and his sailing experience was that he knew how to sail.  Zero racing, singlehanding, or offshore experience.  And now he is rolling along at the pointy end, pushing 200nm days, like a pro.  

Have to wonder if this isn't the slowest average rating for an SHTP ever.  Fastest rating is 99 for the Olson 30's.  Crazy.  

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I wonder...  Is this the first year there isn't a past winner in the fleet?  

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Have to wonder if this isn't the slowest average rating for an SHTP ever.  Fastest rating is 99 for the Olson 30's.  Crazy.  

There haven't been many fast boats the last few rounds and it will likely be an Olson 30 FTF.   When I went they were mid-pack.

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On 6/30/2018 at 9:39 PM, valis said:

Stan Honey talks about the "slotcars" part of the race:

https://pacificcup.org/racetips/sh_wx.html

https://pacificcup.org/sites/default/files/kbfiles/Pacific Cup Weather and Tactics.pdf

I've been following "KYNNTANA" in this year's SHTP, because she's been active in another sailing forum that I frequent.  She doesn't carry a spinnaker or other deep-downwind sails, and has been taking the classic "spin out into the High" route, with jibes to the south as she tries to keep her sails filled.  She started out the furthest south, and is currently the furthest north of the fleet.  Not the route I would choose, but she's out there doing it and I'm at home sitting at the computer.

There are some interesting low-pressure systems moving in.  That bigger one is expected to hit hurricane-strength fairly soon.  Unlikely to hit the fleet, but the remnants can still cause trouble (48-hour forecast, see https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac for details):

6-30_c.jpg

BTW, where does one find such a chart/map (and, can you “assemble” one from available data on the web?)

I see the SHTP tracker here: https://www.jibeset.net/gpswatch.php?FA=JACKY_T00254104_1_1013718015  (Oddly though, the chart/map has no lat/long on it!!)

And I see, for example, NOAA’s Eastern Pacific hurricane tracking page here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac  (which shows Cat 1 hurricane Fabio at roughly N15 and W115).

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

BTW, where does one find such a chart/map (and, can you “assemble” one from available data on the web?)

I see the SHTP tracker here: https://www.jibeset.net/gpswatch.php?FA=JACKY_T00254104_1_1013718015  (Oddly though, the chart/map has no lat/long on it!!)

In the jibeset tracker, there's an option to turn on "Wind Display". That gets the Windy wind data, and many more weather layers and forecast models can be activated, like the "Pressure" isolines. Not sure where the lat/lon option is, as forss' trackers do have that option https://tracker.ee

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