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Position Day 3 - Morning

Episode 2: Happy Bastille Day & How to Feed the Fish.

Well we haven’t been hearing much from our intrepid sailors, nor have we received any pictures of the seas they are encountering. But if you checked the Pacific Cup tracker, you’ll see that as of 6:00am PDT, our boys had averaged over 8kts boat speed and have 1,730NM (1,991 miles) to go! What’s that mean? Well that means that Tuesday’s “carrier launch” race start wasn’t just a launch. It looks like Sailing For ALS has traveled another 200NM since we last checked-in with them!

090622-N-7780S-035 GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) Lt. Jim Imlah, from Newport, Ore., launches an F/A-18C Hornet, from the Death Rattlers of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 323, from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise focusing on detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Steckler/Released)

We heard from Charly this morning with the following email:

On this 14th of July, our French Independence Day (Bastille Day), we would much rather be at our friend Marc’s house playing bocce ball and grilling some sausages on the BBQ! Instead of that, guess what? Reaching, more reaching, and a little more reaching sprinkled on top. OK fine, we wanted this, but it’s battering us. Of this three-man crew (our boat, Thirsty, counts as one), only one of us loves it: Thirsty. We’ve been speeding along and keeping our averages up, but it’s nonstop wet and cold. Life on board isn’t great: we live either lying down or on our knees because the waves are so violent that we can’t stand up or maintain our balance. And hell, there’s so much sea water washing up onto the boat, we’ll be able to open our own sea salt shop in Kaneohe. Next time we might consider sailing to Hawaii on board Clapotis, our 40+ft Lagoon catamaran… You know, beds, showers, warmth, dryness, and stability…all these luxuries you guys take for granted on land.

Yesterday was discovery day at the Sailing For ALS boat workshop. To start, we were late for our sail stitch and patch clinic: take the main down, slap a kevlar patch on it, hoist it back up, all while managing 12ft swells…Needless to say, neither Fred or I really enjoyed that class. As a matter of fact, it sucked. And i’ll refrain from commenting on the instructor’s capabilities… Then we had maritime electronics clinic that we were also late for: we switched back to our old electronics package because the new one lasted…oh…all of TWO DAYS! They don’t make’em like they used to, i’ll tell ya. But now we have our autopilot back, albeit compass-based only, we should be in better shape here….hopefully till we arrive in Hawaii…you know…NINE days from NOW! And to cap off the day, we had a cleanliness and maintenance clinic. With all that sea water washing over the deck, Thirsty had accumulated 4 buckets of it in just a few hours time. Speaking of buckets… You guys know how you think we’re well-weathered sailors who can take on the big ocean? Well, Fred and I are still in a head-to-head vomit comet battle. Fredy’s ahead though, because he missed our Home Depot bucket twice now.

Our best friend, currently.

Our best friend, currently.

Anyway, we hope to eat a little more today, dry ourselves off, and maybe even start getting warmer. Not gonna lie, I am dreaming of a searing hot espresso right now… All joking aside, we are trying to keep hydrated and rested as much as conditions allow because we’ve both had moments where we were operating in the red. Performance-wise, we are still in the lead for our division and last night we were No.4 in the entire race, so we’re still in attack mode.

We are thinking of our good friend Iain…we’ll bring you the winner’s cup, buddy, if it means we have to haul it into your hospital bed.

Alright, that’s it for now, we probably have some other damn clinic to attend, this time on deck.


There we have it, friends. They’re fighting wind, waves, cold, sea sickness, and their best friend is a Home Depot bucket. Let’s cheer them on; we’re sure they could use a few encouraging words. Plus, let’s be honest, we don’t want to blog about their Pacific Cup 2018 on board their luxury catamaran…that’s not sporting!

We’ll talk to you tomorrow for our next episode. Stay tuned…




The PanAmerica passes the baton to SailingForALS, consider this a “PanPac”

Welcome to SaliingForALS.IMG_3164

It’s 30 days till Charly and Fred kiss the California shore goodbye for a 13 (hopefully), 14 (possibly), or 15 (hopefully not) day trip from San Francisco to Hawaii.

I should probably tell you a little story of how all of this got started. As one of the crew from last year’s PanAmerica (a.k.a: “little sleep and another 9 million miles to go”, but really just an over-the-top reason to raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter),I’ll admit SailingForALS was born long before the PanAmerica was even conceived.

In 2011, my father decided to take part in a grandiose sailing regatta called the TransPac that would take him from Los Angeles to Honolulu on a 40ft racing sailboat with some of his closest friends. Despite being unofficially labeled the “fastest floating wine cellar to cross the Pacific”, they placed second. Among this crew were two gents, Charles Devanneaux and Frederick Courouble, who continued on the following year to sail the Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii) on an even smaller boat as their own two-man crew. My father planned to be among those to welcome them to Hawaii, however, his disease had progressed more quickly than we could have imagined, and he was unable to travel any longer.

IMG_2692The igniting spark for the PanAmerica was anger towards a a car leasing company. SailingForALS is born from excellent memories between great friends who spent thirteen-and-a-half grueling days at sea trying to get to Hawaii (now you guys know why I wanted to circumnavigate the country in that Panamera in just under 14 days). SailingForALS was Charly’s idea: he wanted to honor his friend and raise money to help combat what seems to be a losing battle against a neurodegenerative disease. Charly doesn’t like to spend days in a car. He likes spending days at sea. So did my dad, and most often it was with him.

So here we are. A year after our road trip concluded, we’ve raised over $18,000 and we promise to get back to writing and distributing the videos to you guys. But first, all of us at the PanAmerica want you to follow two exquisitely fearless friends of ours cross the Pacific on their boat, aptly named “Thirsty”.

The ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter has now added Hawaii to it’s already large area that it serves, so we thought this could be a great way to bridge the Pacific gap. The boat has been plastered with ALS Association logos and the crew is ready to get on the water.

The guys leave on July 8th. We’ll be blogging, facebooking, and instatweeting from now until their arrival in Hawaii.


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-the Thirsty e-Crew



Last night, after the sunset, we decided to retire from the race Long Beach – Around Catalina – Dana Point.

Wind completely dropped to 2 knots. With 65 miles to go, that was making a short week end at home. At Noon on Sunday, even the fastest long racing boat hadn’t crossed the finish line.

But we were happy as we tested all the systems and our ”live aboard”. We need to improve some little items that will make our life easier (in the galley when we are cooking).

All works well on board and we validated the important point we had on the check list.

IMG_2557 IMG_2564 IMG_2565 IMG_2578 IMG_2586 IMG_2618 IMG_2630 IMG_2631 IMG_2635 IMG_2638 IMG_20140523_162337 IMG_20140523_192256 IMG_20140524_112008 IMG_20140524_191605joy the pictures !