Position at: 21 Jul 2018 22:00 PDT: 23° 51.99 N, 153° 13.38 W, 289.2 NM to finish
Distance (last 24hrs): 138 NM
Eliana is currently projected to cross the finish line around 2230 on Monday night. We assume that is HST since that is the official time zone of the race finish, but clarification is tough to come by.
In fact, about 99% of the race is held in the Pacific Standard time zone, no matter what longitude the boats are in. The only time they switch time zones is when they cross the finish line. That is always recorded in Hawaiian time. It makes for some complicated calculations to find total elapsed time. Otherwise, the boats cross longitudes slowly enough that the changes in sunrise and sunset are not too noticeable. After a few days, you might have a vague memory that your shift used to start in full daylight, but now starts just before sunrise.
Today we had our first significant failure. The spinnaker halyard bail at the masthead broke, turning our spinnaker into a sea anchor. Fortunately, a few days before the start, we ran a second halyard. (thank you for helping with that, dad) Within about 20 minutes we had the spinnaker out of the water, back up, and we were racing again.
Fair winds, Eliana. We are implanted at the finish line, doing quality checks on Mai Tais for you.