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LADY BLEU II THE TOAST OF WAIKIKI FOR A DAY

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.

WIND AT LAST — DOOR OPENS A CRACK FOR A TRANSPAC RECORD

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.

OUT OF WIND, OUT OF PATIENCE, BUT THERE’S HOPE AHEAD

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.

A FLYING HORSE ON A SLOW TRACK TO HAWAII

Pegasus 77 sailed only 265 miles in the previous 24 hours but that was 31
miles more than Pyewacket, which has endured the added pain of bearing
south away from the rhumb (direct) line in search of stronger breeze.
Pegasus 77 is now headed more directly toward the finish line 1,447 miles
away, eight miles closer than Pyewacket in the 2,225-nautical race.

PYEWACKET’S DAY OF RECKONING IN THE WIND GAME

LOS ANGELES—Pegasus 77 sailed farther and faster Tuesday but Pyewacket
stretched its lead in the marquee match race of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Race to Hawaii, a situation that has often been an anomaly of the race for
the last half-century.

PEGASUS 77 BETS ON THE LONG WAY TO HAWAII

LOS ANGELES—Before Sunday’s last start in the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Race, Roy E. Disney’s Pyewacket was flying two appropriate battle flags: a
cat and a mouse.

PYEWACKET LEADS PEGASUS 77; TWO BOATS DROP OUT

LOS ANGELES— Roy E. Disney’s Pyewacket led Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus 77 past
the West End of Santa Catalina Island and into open ocean as the great match
race of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii unfolded Sunday.

PEGASUS 77 AND PYEWACKET MATCH UP ON SUNDAY

LOS ANGELES—Get ready for match racing, Transpac style. Philippe Kahn’s
defending Barn Door winner, Pegasus 77, and Roy E. Disney’s record holder,
Pyewacket, will be the only boats starting in Division 1 of the 42nd
Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii Sunday, truly in a class by themselves.

PEGASUS 77 – RECORD TUNE-UP FOR TRANSPAC ‘MATCH RACE’

HONOLULU – The rivalry stands at 2-0 after last weekend’s 13th annual Coastal Cup race
when Pegasus 77, a Reichel/Pugh 77, ran away from Pyewacket, an R/P 75, in
the record time of 26 hours 24 minutes 55 seconds for the Encinal Yacht
Club’s 360-nautical mile race from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island.
With early strong winds fading to a drifter, Pyewacket dropped out 25 miles
from the finish 2 1/2 hours after Pegasus 77 had finished.