I sailed with this former SH Trans-packer this past Saturday. Very friendly guy, excellent sailor, and didn't once quote Camus. Couldn't ask for anything more. I quizzed him a bit about the trip, focusing on the all-important "what should I wear". So he sent me his log from the SHTP that he won (2004) to give an idea about the conditions.
I came across this very-important gem and I think it might be one of the earliest known artifacts of the feud:
Day 14 of race:Hmmm, a lot is said in that little blurb. On the surface, it's a Pac Cup boat going to roughly the same place and he couldn't raise them on the radio. But dig a bit into it and you'll see the real tension:
14:00 Pac cup boat goes zooming by. Couldn’t get them on VHF.
- Pac Cup boats are faster, this bothers SH Trans Packers
- Pac Cup boats are haughty and won't even bother picking up the phone despite the luxury of extra crew
We'll get this sorted out, maybe we need to make a peace offering of our own. Next time we see a SHTPer out there, we'll toss them a beer from our overflowing refrigerator.