For a few days there, it seemed as if most of the 14 remaining members of the Solo TransPac fleet had reached the Trades and were finally on their way to Hanalei. But just as they were settling in for the fun half of the race course, the winds lightened up again, causing more frustration.
"Sigh. I have sailed a lot of miles in this ocean looking for reliable wind, and I thought now that I am in the trade wind zone I would have it to the finish, but no!" Jeff Lebesch on the Hammerhead 54 trimaran Hecla wrote yesterday. "Today is a drifter, squeezing what I can out of a five-knot, barely perceptible breeze."
But Passage Weather is predicting better winds coming in the next 24-48 hours, so it’s just a waiting game . . . which is decidedly more pleasant for some than for others.
Racing Editor Rob Grant will give a rundown of the mainland’s inshore racing in Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude.