14 October 2003 – After two more tough races at the Audi Melges 24 World Championships in San Francisco Harry Melges, helming for Jeff Ecklund, is still hanging onto his overall lead although fourteen year old Shark Kahn is giving him plenty to worry about and is now only 3 points behind him. “It was a good day but we missed a few opportunities and I don’t think we were quite as fast. I think some of the others found some speed today so it was tough.” commented Harry Melges after racing.
13 October 2003 – Harry Melges scored two impressive wins on the opening day of the Audi Melges 24 World Championships in San Francisco. It was a tough day of racing for the sixty nine strong fleet which has gathered from 10 nations for this sixth Melges 24 World Championship.
The outcome of the Pegasus 77-Pyewacket contest was determined early on, not by boat speed but by strategic differences of opinion.
A full moon lighted the way past the Diamond Head finish line for Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus 77 and a second consecutive Barn Door victory in the 2003 Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles early yesterday. Kahn’s arch rival later described the path laid by the lunar reflection on the water as “like sailing down the moon river,” but Roy E. DISNEY and his crew aboard Pyewacket were nearly five hours behind in a match of equally powerful sailing machines.
Boat Deftly Navigates 2,225-mile Crossing From L.A. To Honolulu To Win 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race By Nearly Five Hours
HONOLULU — LightSurf founder and chief executive officer Philippe Kahn won
the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
HONOLULU—Lady Bleu II, an Aloha A class entry, blew into town at mid-day
Sunday to grab its 15 hours or so of fame in the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Race from Los Angeles, as Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus 77 bore down on Diamond
Head with a one-day mileage record in its log and its sights on a rare clean
sweep in the 2,225-nautical mile contest.
LOS ANGELES—Now, this is Transpac. Steady northeast trade winds of 14 to
18 knots have boosted the fleet of 54 boats in the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Race to their top speeds so far, including near-record one-day runs Friday
into Saturday by Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus 77 and Roy E. Disney’s Pyewacket.
LOS ANGELES—There is still a lot of sailing to do, but a scenario is
taking shape for a fairy tale finish to the revival of the Cal 40 class in
the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.
LOS ANGELES—The slowest elapsed time ever in 41 previous Transpacific
Yacht Races since 1906 was five minutes shy of 24 days by William Merry’s
Viking Childe, a 42-foot ketch from Long Beach, Calif., in 1939.