Steve talks about the steps you'll want to take to efficiently and effectively prepare, and includes some valuable advice on specific preparation areas.
The Pacific Cup Offshore Academy, held in July of 2011, is available as a video stream.
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Pacific Cup Offshore Academy - March 2012 - Liz Baylis and Todd Hedin
Mike Priest, 100 ton USCG lic. Captain.
If you are considering having your boat sailed home by a hired captain and crew, here are a few considerations.
I write this from the perspective of a captain, and have seen as many different scenarios as there are boats, owners, captains and locations. There is no set formula or pricing, but rather some guidelines and questions to ask and answer.
2012 Pac Cup Seminar, DIY Return delivery (Do It Yourself)
By Mike Priest, USCG Lic. Captain, offshore racer and delivery captain.
If you intend to deliver your own boat back to the mainland after the Pac Cup, the first most important advice I can give is: THE RACE IS OVER.
There are several steps required to ship your boat home. Different shipping companies will help with different parts of the process, while freight forwarders should be able to handle most of them and negotiate for you. Take a look at Michael Moradzadeh’s article in the Pacific Cup Knowledge Base.
Guidelines to help you Optimize your boat for the trip to Hawaii
This article is intended to help you get the best performance out of your boat during the race to Hawaii. It is not an article on how to game the ratings system. The recommendations contained in this article are based on the experience and judgment of the author. Every skipper should make the final determination of what works for their boat.
Ever wonder how a navigator might prepare for a big race like the Pac Cup? In this navigation systems article, Lew walks us through the tools he might use for crossing the Pacific. The topics covered include grib files, weather forecast charts, navigation software, instruments and more. Best of all, Stan Honey contributed to the article his insight on computer routing around the Pacific High.
Spares and Repairs Underway
If “it” quits working and you don’t have a spare or the ability, materials and tools to repair “it,” you need to be able to live without “it” for the balance of the voyage.
Without question the best approach is to make absolutely certain that all systems are in excellent condition before you leave the dock. This discussion is about Plan B, how to cope when one of your systems fails to function.
By Shea Weston, addendum to Jim and Sue Corenman’s Communication Article
For an ocean racer’s communications needs there are basically two choices; a SSB radio or a satellite phone. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages and the well equipped yacht should consider carrying both for redundancy.