Dancing Bear Transpac Report No. 4: Character Building

It's been a character-building weekend aboard the good ship Dancing Bear, currently holding 11th place in the Cal 40 Class in the 100th-anniversary edition of the Transpac.

Because ocean racing is such an esoteric sport, it would perhaps be instructive to explain our predicament in terms of a real-world scenario. Take rush-hour traffic on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, a piece of road with which your faithful crew has recent experience and one I think we can all agree is among the most heinous stretches of highway ever created in the so-called history of civilization. A veteran Transpac navigator once explained that racing to Hawaii is all about picking your lane and holding your course. On late Friday, DB was holding a lane to the north of her competition. In our 405 example, we were in the right lane and just coming onto the freeway... For the rest of the story, please click here.