Leg 1

Thursday morning at 5:30am the race began.

Tom (the boat’s owner and our incredibly generous sponsor) drove us across the start. You can see us zipping around on these two videos. We we’re about 45 seconds late to the mark… but it’s a 750 mile race. It’ll be ok.

We had a phenomenal first 3 hours. We were able to keep up with just about all the fleet. However, we mis trimmed our giant jib and unfortunately didn’t check it out until we were quite a chunk below the fleet.

Quickly went from 2nd to 12th getting back up to the fleet. Lesson learned.

Once we entered Victoria harbor, we had a mile and a half peddle to get us to the finish line. We managed to catch a boat and walked away from the rest : )

Also, Nico went a bit too much beast mode on the paddles… Huge thanks to T&G for helping us land a replacement!


Colin Angus snapped a few photos of us as we pulled in to the finish.

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Nico Colomb

Born and raised in Northern California, living in Oakland, working at Berkeley Marine Center. Has worked in sailing as an instructor, charter captain, delivery captain, and boat builder. Most recent big race was the 2014 Pac Cup.

Last week he murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. He's so mean, he makes medicine sick.

Matt Sornson

Born in Michigan, living in Oakland, working in tech, sailing in San Francisco Bay. 1st in class 2013 Everglades Challenge on a Hobie 16.

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, some come from behind. But i've bought a big boat. I'm ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.

Josh Lehman

Hailing from Oakland, Josh championed the UC Santa Cruz open water rowing team, where he took 1st place in the 5th National Open Water
Rowing Championships (Aero class).

wrassled with an alligator, tussled with a whale, done handcuffed lightning to throw thunder in jail.