I made a vow after sailing to Ireland that I would never do an offshore sail that gets colder every day again. I'll only sail cold to warm.
Right now, there are three races going to Hawaii (Singlehanded Transpac, Pacific Cup, and Victoria to Maui). Hmmm, leaving from cold West Coast to Hawaii in the Summer. Much of it downwind. That sounds like cold to warm.
I'm in no position to make this sail any time soon. My boat would suck at it, I don't have any real spinnaker experience, and I have two young kids at home. Sounds to me like time to make a goal.
As this blog is my testamanent, I vow to sail and/or race to Hawaii by 2012.
There's a thread over on Sailing Anarchy about the best boat under $200K for this race. The original poster dismissed the Cal 40 and yet about every 3 responses says something like "why not the Cal 40?". 9 of them did the Transpac last year, and I believe there are 3 in the Pacific Cup right now. It's a downwind machine with excellent handling characteristics practically built for this voyage. And they're affordable (~$50K + another ~$50K to outfit for the voyage).
Photo Credit: I stole this from a guy on yachtworld who I believe stole it from Sailing World
And that just looks plain old fun. 2010 or 2012 is just around the corner!