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My former family doctor (now deceased) did twenty some Transpacs from the mid 40s onward. He was the navigator on many prominent yachts of the day, and while mentoring me from the age of 11 or so on sailing and navigating up to my first Transpac, he mentioned the methodologies of the pre electronic and weather routing aids to navigating.

One of which was to stay below a particular isobar as not to get sucked into the Pacific High and benefit from the most available trade winds in that area. So yes, this methodology was utilized for many such races and ocean crossing long before the current electronic and computer based applications of today.
 
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