I'd never been envious of Tom Perkins' giant sailboat, the Maltese Falcon, until it received a deployable submarine in its belly. The sub, called the Deep Flight Super Falcon, is a 21-foot electric vehicle, bringing aerodynamic principles to the sea.
The Finish: The Pegasus Open 50 sailboat just set the Transpac record of 7 days, 19 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds for a double handed monohull ship. Previous Record: 10 days, 4 hours and 4 minutes.
July 12, 5:15 AM PST Sailing along fast. Found faulty regulator and alternator. Good start.
July 11, 9:20 PM PST Lost all ways to recharge batteries, down to emergency battery. Just like an airplane.
The wind is picking up, and at the same time, the boat has to Jibe to port to adjust its path towards Hawaii.
Scientists believe that bubbles are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Or maybe they don't, but I do. These are called Zubbles, and they are the world's first stainless color bubbles. Summer blowin' on the beach, here I come.
July 9, 5:30 PM PST Today we are living within the realm of Squalls. Squalls in the the Northeast sub-tropical Pacific are different. They are small, concentrated and powerful. The rain lasts ~20 minutes under them if you're stationary.
July 8, 9:00 PM PST This is what a sunset looks like in the middle of the ocean, from a sailboat racing from California to Hawaii.
All food on the sailboat is heated on a pivoting stove that self rights to true down, no matter how much it's rocking. It's also the sink, which spits fresh or salt water. All food is vacuum bag sealed.
July 8, 3:30 PM PST Pegasus has been chewing up the miles and we are very lucky for that. Our last two days were 305 and 295 nautical miles respectfully.
July 8, 0:30 AM PST We are clearly entering the realm of the tradewinds. The natural path to Hawaii and it's rich seafarer's culture.
The Open 50 raceboat's cabin has three satellite phones, a kevlar roof to pass wireless signals through and even Ethernet. The tour continues here.
Here's a clip, uploaded moments ago from the Pegasus Open 50 sailboat underway in the Transpac race, using an iPhone 3G S, Wi-Fi and Satellite uplink.
July 7, 4:50 AM PST A quiet and relatively slow night. Around 10 PM it became clear that the wind was backing off and that we were entering the "Pacific High doldrums ridging zone".
For those interested in how sailboats work, Bruce Mahoney of Pegasus Racing continues his tour of the tech inside the Open 50 Raceboat. Here he starts into the cabin, where weather and navigation are handled (dryly, I might add).
July 6, 6:00 PM PST After we licked our wounds, we made sail changes all day. With just the two of us and a lot of sail area, each change is a major project.
What's this sailing race about? The Transpac isn't the biggest sailboat race, but it's the longest of the two oldest. The first Transpac happened in 1906, less than a month after the great SF earthquake, forcing it to start from LA.
July 5th, 2:40PM PST, 2009, Catalina Islands: Right before the start, one hour on our way, our hydraulics failed. That's the system that helps cant the keel. It's a must have.