Finish Time: first over the line in the 2018 Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race: Philippe Jamotte on Double Espresso, Olson 30 = with a finish time of 8:38:11 PDT, Elapsed time: 11 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
Hanalei Bay at dawn
Here’s a video of the race committee traipsing around the Princeville Golf Course, hoping to make radio contact with Double Espresso as he approached the finish. Philippe said he heard us on his handheld, but had turned his masthead antenna off. What terrors awaited the RC in the wilds of Princeville? A ten inch centipede (“Don’t touch that!”) and big fat toads sitting in the middle of the muddy path. Said Synthia, “Oh! I think I just kicked a toad!”)
Fancy yacht club decks? Not for the SSS Race Committee! A log will do us just fine, might fine.
As we crossed the road to the little yellow house, stepping through the mud puddles, Philippe’s comment was: “This is a much different welcome than a singlehander would have in France. Not that I’m complaining. That would be so overwhelming.” ;-/