Since we haven’t heard from anyone ON the boat yet, I thought I would chime in with a quick post. Looks like today was the day to get away from Newport. Wind looks to lighten tomorrow by the start, according to the forecast, but today’s starters should stay in fresh breeze in the low 20s tonight and into tomorrow, as high pressure gets pushed south. This is based on my very quick look at the weather!
Saturday starters face, according to NOAA:
MODERATE ONSHORE FLOW WILL WEAKEN INTO SAT…THEN BUILD FROM THE S THROUGH SUN NIGHT
At 5PM, Hula Girl was about 25 miles S of San Diego, some 3 miles behind Horizon. (and about 15 miles NW of Ensenada)
Most of the boats you see on the tracker – especially those in front – have done this race and races like it many times and often with the same, experienced crews. As our participants get used to sailing a turboed boat like Hula Girl, we can hope for them to close the gap and perhaps do even better than that!