Pacific Cup Wrap-up
Elusive made it safely into Kane’ohe on Sunday morning, making the crossing from San Francisco in just under ten days. It wasn’t quite the arrival we expected, since it coincided precisely with that of Tropical Storm Darby. We opted out of flying a spinnaker through the finish line, but managed some impressive surfs as the leading edge of the storm hit us just before the finish. The coral reef is only a mile past the finish, so we immediately heated the boat up and started working on getting sails down. This is when things started getting hairy, as our jib had been lashed on to the broken head stay foil, and as we turned into the wind and the sail started to flog, one of the lashings dug into the foil like a cheese slicer and blocked the whole operation. Here we were in a gale with a coral reef to our lee, unable to pull down our sail. We quickly reefed the main and decided to follow the escort boat into the channel and send Ronnie up the rig once we were in the flat waters of the lagoon. After this, we found out that we would sadly have to anchor the boat in the lagoon until the storm passed, which meant that someone would have to stand anchor watch through the night. Adam and Pat took up this duty, and Jim brought them bourbon and pizza for their trouble. Fourteen hours later, Elusive arrived at the dock with three somewhat worse-for-wear sailors and some tales of middle-of-the-night shenanigans.
All in all it was a difficult crossing, but Elusive faired comparatively well, since the rest of the fleet saw quite a few dismastings, a plethora of exploded spinnakers, destroyed engines, broken rigging, and medical emergencies. Now the boat and sailors are clean and dry, and will soon be ready for their trip home.