Another San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race on the books for Mighty Merloe. We finished the race yesterday afternoon in a time of 2d:3h:51m, breaking the course record set by the MOD70 Orion in 2014. We remember that race well, as we finished behind Orion after suffering our first major structural failure on the boat: a broken foil. Luckily owner H.L. Enloe has plenty of experience with complicated engineering and boatbuilding projects after a few decades of owning extreme boats. Over the past four years we've gradually strengthened the boat and the team, so it was a special moment having this benchmark to measure progress.
After my last update, we had a fairly painless crossing through the lee of Baja, with a few hours of light wind but never parking. We knew this would be a crucial transition, so we spent time before the race analyzing previous weather models with Peter Isler and Chris Bedford to come up with some strategy bullet points for getting through. Navigator Artie Means put us in the right spot when the time came, we caught the right shift and building breeze in the gulf, and enjoyed a glorious day of deep reaching all the way to Banderas Bay. We averaged 30 knots for several hours and had some beautiful sustained rips in the mid-30s.
Now the boat and crew have all had a rinse and a few good meals in Puerto Vallarta and are happily awaiting the arrival of our friends on the other boats.
Thanks to the folks from San Diego Yacht Club for hosting a great regatta and meeting us in the customs harbor with burritos.