Position at 7/10/18 1200 - 36 49.44 N, 125 51.50 W. 1,895.2 NM to finish
Warren update as of 7/10 1510
Here are two screen shots showing our positions as of 8am this morning. All of the other boats have now turned off AIS, so we are unable to track them, but get an 8am position report each morning.
The big question, is how high to sail on this long reaching leg. The blue line is the computer generated course for Eliana. It is pretty far north of the shortest path to Hawaii. Eliana is the red target, and the shipwrecks are the other boats in our division. All 4 boats are well below the computer generated course. The question is a gamble between slightly faster sailing on the long course, or the slower short course. The faster Cal 40s have taken a much lower course, which is probably right for them. We are sailing below the computer course gambling that the winds will hold and we will maintain good speed.
I am very pleased with our performance so far. The Morgan is the slowest rated boat in the fleet, so I expect to be behind them. That we are still in visual range of another boat this far out is promising.
According to the YellowBox tracking system, when you apply the handicaps to all competitors (Choose "Pacific Cup" for the Group and "Recent" for VMG), Eliana is in FIRST PLACE! It's a long way to go yet, but the strength of the crew is showing. Fingers are crossed that they can keep up this pace.