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.
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.
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".
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.