We are a group of sailors figuring out sailing on our Jeanneau 34. We break a lot of things and rarely win races but we have a lot of fun. We are currently preparing for the Pacific Cup in summer 2022 which is a race from San Francisco to Hawaii. And to the often question - no there are no places to anchor along the way. It's a 24/7 kind of adventure.
There are four crew. The skipper is Ryan - he has done it once before but it was a long time ago. And now he has aged a bit and has two of his children joining. He has been thinking about the race for almost four years now since the race was first canceled in 2020 due to Covid. Sammie and William are the teenage brother and sister duo who have been on boats since they were babies just 15 months apart. They first took to sailing with their cribs mounted in the cockpit of a Nordic 44 plowing the bay. Jay is the latest addition to the team. He has a ton of sailing experience including working towards his RYA Yachtmasters. He probably has sailed more nautical miles than the skipper. And we all met on the dock through friends and club racing.
The latest update to the site was the week before the start. I am amazed we found the time to update the site. Teamwork makes the dream work! We are based out of South Beach Harbor in San Francisco. We proudly represent South Beach Yacht Club.
It's a sailboat. Definitely not a yacht. Not a dingy. Not a race boat. Boat for short. It's a small boat that can kind of do everything - but we are biased.
If you are really interested in the details. It's a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 34. At 34' we are one of the slowest boats in the fleet but there are some others in the race that are sailing 24' boats. Maybe next time.
The boat has a deep draft keel and two rudders which adds a bit of redundancy. We will power the boat mostly using our hydrogenerator that should give us most of the power we need so that we don't have to use the engine to charge the batteries. We are carrying two spinnakers (which we are pros at ripping - so we need to be careful), a code zero, jib, heavy weather jib, storm jib and main. For communication and navigation, we run a PC with Expedition connected to our basic Raymarine instruments and connecting to the internet using an IridiumGo! modem for weather updates, race checkins and hopefully some updates along the way. We don't really have the space or budget for a watermaker so we are carrying it all with us in containers stored in the bilge in addition the permanent tankage.
For updates on our position and conditions and whatever else the crew has in mind