Monday, June 28, 2010

Friends of Cirrus - Save the King !

The nicest award to Cirrus in the Pacific Cup 2008 was the statue of King Kamehameha, 3 foot high, carved in wood, given to the fastest (in corrected time) Hawaiian boat. Too bad this is a challenge trophy, which needs to be defended again this year.

So let's see who our Hawaiian competitors are this year ... Oh no!

There are only two Hawaiian boats sailing this year, one is Cirrus, and the other is - Pegasus! She will probably be the fastest sailboat on the Pacific, this summer. Sure, we are being rated on corrected time, but Philipp Kahn and his crew are highly seasoned sailors!

Is there still a chance for us? How did we fare in the past against Pegasus? My Cirrugator database has only two races with data on both boats, the Pacific Cup 2008, and the transpac 2007. Graph (13) from Cirrugator compares the runs in the two races on corrected time. As can be seen, in 2007 Pegasus beat Cirrus by a good margin, but in 2008 Cirrus actually beat Pegasus! And in more detail, the first starters in the transpac, like Cirrus, but to some degree even the late starters, like Pegasus, experienced poor to very poor wind conditions at the start (the curves go right, and Cirrus' curve goes way to the right) but later on, the curves are basically parallel. Actually, within both sets the curves are pretty much parallel apart from the beginning, and being parallel here indicates that on a corrected basis, the two boats eventually performed comparably.

I can't help but present this little treat: In 2007 Cirrus had beaten Pegasus on ABSOLUTE time! Yes, no denying, we the slow boat were faster than the turbo! Ok, let's not study the details too much, but it sure felt good at least on this single day ;-).

Conclusion: we are the underdog, but after all, we do have a chance!

But we will need all the help we can get, and a generous serving of good luck! We therefore call upon all Friends of Cirrus for their support during the race. Save the King, as the King undoubtedly belongs into the hands of Cirrus!

Therefore, line the cyberspace waves along our route, and let's hear your cheers to make us sail better than ever! See the flyers below? Download them and forward by eamil, or print them out, and hand them to your friends and neighbors, your newspaper editor, and radio station, and TV station,  and, and, and, ... well, you get the picture. Whatever may come out, I am sure it will be exciting,


Flyer in English
Left-click for large version, Right-click to download
Flugblatt auf Deutsch / Flyer in German
Links-Klick für Grossbild, Rechts-Klick zum Download


  1. Rick and Maria LuciaJune 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Excellent initiative Ulli.

  2. Wish you the best
    Alicia Alarcon - cousin of Maria Lucia and Ricki

  3. Psa 65:5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.

  4. I thought Pegasus was out of Santa Cruz? Have they changed their hailing port in an attempt to snake you out of the trophy?? Good Luck to you!

  5. well, the PCup lists them with hailing port Honolulu, and with a crew of 4, so no double handed.


  6. Go for it!!! The KING wants to stay with Cirrus.
    Your flyer has been well distributed in the Embassy. It is posted outside the cashier window, so it can´t be missed. And our colleague Guga also has a print, which is much better than putting an add in the newspaper. But I just found out that we can read your blog in the office but the comments that we send do not go thru. So, I am sending it from home on behalf of many of us. Now that Portugal is out of the World Soccer Cup, you have all our attention. We feel that we already know all of you. Big hugs, and wish you all the best. Anabela O. and the gang of the (g)old girls!!!

  7. I have enjoyed following your daily events from the land bound state of Montana. Congrats on your trip across ...Wishing you a successful return trip with fair winds! Happy Sailing to all.

  8. Rick and Maria LuciaJune 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Greetings to our former colleagues at the US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal!!! It is wonderful reading your messages and thank you for your enthusiastic support :) We arrived today, Wednesday, in San Francisco. We will have a mini family reunion as Rick's brother and his wife arrive tomorrow and Maria Lucia's cousin and her daughter arrive on July 4th. And on Tuesday, July 6 at 1215, California time the gun will go off and Cirrus starts its race to Hawaii. Beijinhos e abracos Rick e Maria Lucia