Veronica Brown

Next stop for Team Hamachi: Rolex Big Boat Series

Greg Slyngstad and team Hamachi win Class at Pacific Cup
After just over nine days of racing in the Pacific Cup from San Francisco, CA to Kaneohe Bay off Hawaii's island of Oahu, Greg Slyngstad and his team onboard his J/125 Hamachi won their class (Sonnen BMW Division D) and took 3rd overall in ORR. Racing with a brand-new North Sails inventory and a top-notch crew, Slyngstad was thrilled with his team's results.

This was Slyngstad's second time racing in the Pacific Cup, with his first entry in 2008 onboard his former J/125, Roxanne. "We had fun in 2008 but our results weren't great," said Slyngstad. "We wanted to try it again because there's a lot of downhill racing in this event which is perfect for a J/125," he said shortly after loading Hamachi on a trailer to be shipped back to Oakland, CA where his team will race next in the Rolex Big Boat Series in September. "We had a little bit of a slow start in some unusually light air for the first couple of days so we headed south at first. But once we got into the breeze, we turned back to the north and our routing worked very well." Slyngstad and team Hamachi finished the race in 9 days, 1 hour and 40 minutes.

In addition to working closely with North's Jack Christiansen in Seattle, WA where Slyngstad is based, he also used North Sails Design Services (led by sail designer Chris Williams for this project) to optimize a new sail inventory for Hamachi specifically for offshore racing. “The North sails were great,” stated Slyngstad. “We did more reaching on this race than typical Pacific Cups but we were set up with a good inventory of reaching sails so it worked well for us. We ended up using the “BRO” (Blast Reacher Zero), sailing a higher angle during the 12-14 hours when the winds were heavier,” explained Slyngstad. And then Hamachi’s Code Zero came into play. “We spent 1.5 days with the Code Zero up which was invaluable in this race. We used it a lot more than we expected until the wind finally lifted us enough to use our spinnakers which took us the rest of the way to the finish.”

Hamachi’s team (currently: Slyngstad, Jonathan McKee, Fritz Langinger, Trevor Baylis, Fritz Johnston and Mike Leslie) had success earlier this year in the San Diego-Puerto Vallarta Race where they finished 2nd in class and 2nd overall. Immediately following the PV Race, team Hamachi won their class at the MEXORC 2014. “We typically sail with the same four crew members and this year Jonathan and Trevor joined our team for the Mexico races. They've both been great and have helped us raise our game to the next level," said Slyngstad. After Big Boat, the boat will be shipped to Florida so the team can race in Key West Race Week followed by the Pineapple Cup in Jamaica and the Les Voiles de St Barth’s.

“I am very excited for Greg and his team who have sailed very well so far this year,” said Jack Christiansen who has worked with Slyngstad on his sails for more than 20 years. “He started sailing with a J/24 and has had several boats in between and I am impressed to see what a fantastic sailor Greg has become,” continued Christiansen. “It’s a true pleasure working with Greg. I wish them much luck in Big Boat in September,” he said.

“The sails were great, they worked exactly as he (Chris Williams) intended and they were perfect for the conditions we had including two full days of reaching,” concluded Slyngstad. “I am happy with our team’s performance and very happy with North’s products and Design Services.”

A chart of proposed sail areas for Hamachi prepared by North Sails Design Services' Chris Williams

North Sails would also like to congratulate the following customers who also finished in the top 3 in their respective classes:

Sonnen BMW Division D
1. Hamachi
2. Reinrag 2
3. Swazik

Latitude 38 Division E
2. Pyewacket

Alaska Airlines Division A
1. Azure*

Weems & Plath Division B
1. Free Bowl of Soup*

*-indicates majority North Sails inventory

For more information on the Pacific Cup including full results, visit www.pacificcup.org