Transpac 2017

The YBTracking update a few minutes ago, shows Mighty Merloe ahead at 1000h HST/ 1300 DST. That's my team!  Allez, skipper Loïck Peyron !
 

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GauchoGreg

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^ Maserati is 18mi ahead of Mighty Merlot, and is carrying a 3knt speed advantage.  Seems the wind and seas is working for the foiling tri, at this point.  Impressive what the former IMOCA is doing to Phaedo at this point.  I did not know Loick was on it.  Very cool.

 

GauchoGreg

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By the way, Merlin, Pyewacket, and Runaway have all been within sight of eachother all day.  Couple of SC70s very close, too.

Comanche was probably within sight of some of the next group when she blazed through, today, too, going twice the speed of almost all other monos (except Rio).  Would have been a highlight of the passage for those boats.

 

~HHN92~

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It appears the lane to the final approach is going to be critical as there are soft spots in there. Has this southerly approach ever been a fast one? I always thought the rhumb line or north of it is the common course.

 
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Wash

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Maserati diving south - interesting. Comanche just truckin' along. Modern speeds of these boats just amazing in comparison to everyone else. 

 

GauchoGreg

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Interesting splits/maneuvers between the three big tris.  Maserati still holding a speed edge and a 26 mile advantage over Phaedo, but now behind in DTF to Mighty Merloe.  VERY cool race developing between those two.

Pyewacket starting to develop a small lead over Merlin, my favorite race, right now.  GO MERLIN!!!

 

~HHN92~

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Interesting splits/maneuvers between the three big tris.  Maserati still holding a speed edge and a 26 mile advantage over Phaedo, but now behind in DTF to Mighty Merloe.  VERY cool race developing between those two.

Pyewacket starting to develop a small lead over Merlin, my favorite race, right now.  GO MERLIN!!!
Yeah, the ol' girl can still run with the best of them. Cool to be able to see Merlin in Santa Cruz when out visiting the bro. Stood on the dock where the pic of Bill Lee was taken for the TP page article.

 

GauchoGreg

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Yeah, the ol' girl can still run with the best of them. Cool to be able to see Merlin in Santa Cruz when out visiting the bro. Stood on the dock where the pic of Bill Lee was taken for the TP page article.
Yeah, I went by and saw her back in April while visiting SC, too.  Wish she was still white and had the old cabin, though.  I don't think my wife and kids really understood why I thought she was a big deal.

 
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~HHN92~

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Yeah, I went by and saw her back in April while visiting SC, too.  Wish she was still white and had the old cabin, though.  I don't think my wife and kids really understood why I thought she was a big deal.
Yeah, my mom, who was along for the ride to see the sights of California, was a bit mystified also. Having lived and saw the TP boats while we were in Hawaii understood to a certain degree. If it had been Windward Passage she might have taken a look herself.

 

GauchoGreg

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Maserati's split is getting bigger and bigger.  Now at a a 29mi deficit to Mighty Merloe, and a slight lead over Phaedo, but the split will likely make the difference, one way or the other.  Have to believe they were very concerned about light air ahead in the northern route hurting them with the foils, as they had the speed advantage over both MM and Phaedo over the past day, so why otherwise not "cover"?  Looking at Windytv, certainly looks like the south has  significant amount more wind.  Will be interesting to watch.  Comanche, behind the big tris, appears to be kind of splitting the difference between Maserati and the other two tris, and I trust Stan Honey's analysis.

Will be interesting to watch this develop tomorrow.

 
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Wash

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What's up with Rio 100?  Tracker has her down to 10 knots for awhile now. Was heading due south as well. Now back to a port tack heading but still slow. 

 

semelis

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I thought that the 2 MOD 70 on steroids would left the ORMA 60 in their wake, but either Loïck Peyron is really making a difference or Mighty Merloe is indeed mighty !

 
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