Racing in the 2016 Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii – Sail #18513
Delivering Limitless to the Bay Area from Southern California
Starting out in her home harbor of San Pedro, California, team Limitless worked together to bring the boat up north to the Bay Area for weighing, measuring and inspection in preparation for the start of the Pacific Cup 2016 race.
Shawn and Bryan delivered her to Santa Barbara, where Gabriel joined the crew after a one-day delay due to needing to check on the engine. From Santa Barbara the next stop was Morro Bay, where Bryan got off the boat in order to make it back home in time for his wife’s birthday. Shawn and Gabriel then set off for the 26 hour trip from Morro Bay to Santa Cruz. After arriving in Santa Cruz and refueling and relaxing for a few hours, they then made the final push from Santa Cruz to Berkeley, leaving at 0430 in the morning, successfully arriving Sunday evening in time for the weigh-in to happen Monday morning.
Winds ranged from 3kt to 30+kt, averaging 20-25kt out of the northwest (i.e. directly on the nose). Seas ranged from 2-3 foot waves to 9-12 foot waves. Typical conditions for a delivery from southern California.
Gabriel making his way to Santa Barbara from Oakland
Meeting up with the boat in Santa Barbara, getting underway to Morro Bay
Next leg of the delivery: double-handing Limitless from Morro Bay to Santa Cruz – 98 nm
With enough fuel to make it to Santa Cruz, we set off from Morro Bay shortly after lunchtime. Building pressure and winds means we don’t have a lot of time to spare before we need to get going again.
Delivering Limitless from Santa Cruz to Berkeley – Monday 6/20
The final leg of the trip was from Santa Cruz to Berkeley. Traditionally this involves getting some rest, then leaving early in the morning (think 0400) to avoid some of the heavy winds and waves that can be found rounding the various points along the way. This was again a wet and boisterous trip leading to spotting the Golden Gate Bridge and passing under on the way to Berkeley. We got kind of emotional about that. 🙂
After all that, arrived successfully in Berkeley to a warm welcome and parked at Berkeley Yacht Club’s guest dock to prepare for weighing and measuring at Berkeley Marine Center the next morning.