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Monday, July 15, 2019

Day 3...

Day 2 was a bit of a challenge and the weather was not in our favor, but last night the moon came out next to Jupiter and the big kite was pulling. Today we are into the slot cars part of the race.. and R2 is picking up speed and drying out. All smiles on deck as we surf the blue waves in azure skies. -Data


Reinrag East said...

Time to turn it up to 11!

Cinda said...
It’s wild out there. Hope you guys are aware. If not here an article.

Cinda said...


Posted July 15, 2019
On the 50th edition of the Transpacific YC's 2225-mile race from LA to Honolulu, at 0200 Pacific Daylight Time this morning the YB tracking system had activated an emergency signal from John Sangmeister's Santa Cruz 70 OEX, followed one hour later by a message from Roy Disney's Andrews 68 Pyewacket contacting the Transpacific YC's race headquarters that they had picked up the crew of OEX and all were safe.

Email communications indicate the trouble experienced by OEX and their cause to abandon ship was due to water ingress due to damage to their rudder post.

“At this stage we're not certain about the cause of that damage,” said TPYC Race Chairman Tom Trujillo. “Pyewacket reported the position of OEX at the time of the rescue, which at 0300 was at the position 031° 38.652N, 121° 52.644W, and this was reported to the US Coast Guard. We have subsequently learned that OEX has sunk.”

Fortunately there are no reports of injuries, and all 9 crewmembers from OEX and 10 on Pyewacket are about 200 miles out and are proceeding back to port at about 10-11 knots of speed, and are expected to be arriving into Marina del Rey some time early tomorrow morning.

Also overnight there were reports of damage to Giovanni Soldini's MOD 70 multihull Maserati, who was well north of the normal race track taken by most of the fleet heading west from their search for wind just south of the Channel Islands near Santa Barbara.

While sailing at 23-24 knots, at 2130 PDT last night the big trimaran collided with “a big floating object” that damaged the left side hull's bow and the rudder's wing.

Soldini explained: “We couldn't understand what it was, but it was very big, at least one meter high out of the water. It hit the left side hull with great force, severely damaging it, then it glided along the hull and hit the rudder. The fuse system worked, but the object was so big that we lost the outer half of the wing. We had to stop for one hour: we took off the wing completely so we could use the rudder's blade. Now we're sailing with the bow out of the water using the foil.”

Team members on the veteran all-pro team were shaken by the incident, sharing their views on the video: “We suddenly stopped during the night, it was quite scary. If we had hit the object one meter to the right, quite tall and heavy, we would've wrecked the whole engine.”

As of now, Maserati is proceeding at 21.7 knots on a heading of 260° and about 100 miles behind their division leader Argo, Jason Carroll's MOD 70, who is charging west at 26 knots. The damage is impeding their progress, but the team is continuing undaunted.

Besides OEX, three of the other six boats that have retired are back in port - Nalu V, Aloha and Trouble - while Mayhem, Macando and Live Wire are still on their way back to the coast.