July 11, 9:20 PM PST Lost all ways to recharge batteries, down to emergency battery. Just like an aeroplane.
July 11, 9:42 PM PST
July 11, 10:15 PM PST
Just enough power to send emails. We have not regained anything yet. Lost some more. Dark and squalls with no electrical – Bad. Safe but bad.
July 11, 10:28 PM PST
All down – Down to flashlighs, mechanical compass and add-on batteries for iPhone GPS [They’ve got MotionX GPS apps]and hand held iridium. Trying to fix.
[So they’re looking at finishing the race and getting through the nights with no gps and no autopilot. Just celestial navigation using the sextant (which the navy no longer even teaches sailors in annapolis). Philippe is a bit of a math genius, so using a flashlight and the sextant and some paper, he can get it done. And they’ve got spare charge packs for the iPhone (and its GPS) and the flashlights. But that’s about it.-BL]
From earlier in the day, at 5pm PST, a post about navigating with and without electronics:
Philippe Kahn founded Borland, invented the Camphone, and decodes human motion. He’s also a fellow outdoorsman, splitting time skiing Tahoe and sailing in Santa Cruz. He’ll share his Transpac 2009 sailing race with us live from the Pegasus Open 50. He and Richard Clarke set the race record for a double handed team in 2008 with a time of 7 days, 15 hours, 17 minutes and 50 seconds, besting all boats in overall time for that year.
[Previous Pegasus Sailing posts on Gizmodo, Pegasus]