You can stay green on the blue water. Some minor choices can have a major impact
2022 Pac Cup Preparation Timeline - Mary Lovely
Hang this where you will see it - like on your refrigerator or over the nav station!
There are several different things that you can focus on when you seek to optimize a boat to participate in a long distance ocean race: reducing boat weight, making sure rig tune and boat trim is maximized, sail and hardware optimization, increasing crew efficiency, maximizing safety, etc. Where you place the emphasis will depend on your personal preferences – all will lead to a quicker race.
What's it cost?
It depends on your boat, your previous state of preparation, and your goals.
Most folks run from a low of $20,000 to $60,000 or, of course "sky's the limit"
See the attached spreadsheet for some ideas.
Many out-of-area racers have asked where they can keep their boats before the race. As it turns out, there are many options. What's best for you will depend on a number of factors, including length of stay, length of boat, and where, generally you'll want to stay. The discussion below is an expansion of materials provided by Sylvia Seaberg. The list is not exhaustive, and there are options beyond the immediate areas listed, but this may get you started.
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.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Getting ready to race
Now that you’ve decided to do the Pacific Cup, your safety, your enjoyment, and your competitive performance will depend more on your preparation than on your vessel or your crew. For you, the race has already started; you’ll spend more time in preparation than you will sailing. A well prepared boat and crew is safe, fun and fast; good goals for any off-shore passage.
The production of adequate electric power to perform your lighting and communications requirements, as well as any cooling, inside lighting, navigation and other modern conveniences you may require is important to a safe and comfortable passage. Electrical failure is a common, and preventable cause of boats turning back after the start.
Many skippers take their boats "off the grid" for a month or so before the race to reveal any weaknesses in their charging and battery systems.