Why a boat? Because the Pegasus Open 50, is laden with mechanical and material technology. And the captain is the inventor of the camphone and founder of Borland, Philippe Kahn. He’s liveblogging a race from California to Hawaii via Satellite.
They’re sailing the Transpac, a classic race a little over 2000 miles from the coast of California to Hawaii.
Over the last century, sailors have been using tech and smarts to reduce the travel time from 12 days to 6. Philippe and his teammate Mark Christensen set the double handed record for a single hulled ship last year; this year, they’ll be blogging live from the boat on Gizmodo.
Here’s what we’ve posted so far. The race is underway, so updates will be coming shortly.
• Pegasus Open 50, The Official Transpac Raceboat of Gizmodo
• The Pegasus Open 50 Sailing Log: Weather
• The Pegasus Open 50 Sailboat Log: Lucky Sextant and Heading for the Starting Line
The Boat Tour
• Part 1: The Hull and Foresails
• Part 2: The Carbon fibre Mast, Rigging and Sails
• Part 3: Turning, Emergency Hatches, Ballast and the Hydraulic Keel
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 Mark Christensen 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]