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42nd TRANSPACIFIC YACHT RACE Transpacific Yacht Club
Starts July 1-4-6, 2003 www.transpacificyc.org
July 12, 2003 For Immediate Release
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.
Both averaged 14.5 knots as Pegasus 77 sailed 349 miles and Pyewacket 347 in
the 24 hours preceding Saturday morning’s daily roll call. The record is 353
miles by Doug Baker’s Andrews 70 Magnitude when it finished a close second
to Pyewacket’s record of 7 days 11 hours 41 minutes 27 seconds in 1999.
Though Pegasus 77’s lead is now 60 miles, it still has 636 miles to go in
the 2,225-nautical mile race and would need to finish by 9:41:27 p.m. Sunday
Hawaii time (12:41:27 a.m. official Pacific race time Monday) to beat
“The course record can only be achieved at this point if the trades kicked
up to a steady 25 knots,” Kahn said. “That’s very unlikely.”
Behind them, there’s an intense contest between two Transpac 52s: Bill
Turpin’s Alta Vita, San Francisco, and Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste, Hong Kong.
Beau Geste, with Gavin Brady and other New Zealand stars on board, romped
305 miles on the day to close to within six miles of Alta Vita. Bob Lane’s
oft-modified Andrews 61 Medicine Man, Long Beach, is between them, boat for
At the same time, Alta Vita closed its corrected handicap time gap behind
Stan and Sally Honey’s Cal 40, Illusion, to less than an hour.
Kahn, also charting that contest, noted: “Illusion made a little incursion
north that they seem to have later regretted. They have now gone back south
for more breeze and sailed a few extra miles in the process.”
However, handicaps and head starts aside, the first boat to finish still may
be the Aloha class pacesetter, Lady Bleu II, Roger and Brenda Kuske’s
Dynamique 62 from San Diego, that started July 1, three days ahead of
Divisions 3 and 4 and five ahead of Divisions 1 and 2.
All boats reported Saturday, although Barking Spider, David Kory’s Catalina
38 from Point Richmond, Calif. competing in Aloha B class, has radio
problems and is checking in by e-mail to Honolulu communications officer
Walt Niemczura, who forwards the position report to the communications
vessel Alaska Eagle.
“We’ve been pulling our hair out in worry and frustration,” Kory e-mailed,
“and knowing that someone knows our problem helps a lot.”
Meanwhile, the first Transpac crew reached Hawaii, as Honolulu reporter
Bobbie Jennings told her radio audience.
“That woke a few people up,” she said. “The crew was from The Cone of
Silence, and the Aussies were on their way home (by plane, of course). They
stopped in at the club to thank everyone for their help and support . . .
even though they didn’t finish the race.
“The story goes back to the day they retired. I was sitting at home when the
phone rang. It was a bad connection and it took much repeating before I
heard the word ‘Transpac.’ ‘Oh,’ says I, ‘you must be looking for some
information on the race.’ ‘NO,’ he said—then more static and hissing. I
heard ‘The Cone of Silence’ and recognized the Aussie accent. ‘Oh,’ says I,
‘you are calling from Australia and wanting to know how your boat is doing.’
‘NO!’, he yells. We ARE The Cone of Silence!’
“We finally established our identities and I got the story. They tried to
contact Alaska Eagle or anyone in L.A. without success. They happened to
have the WYC phone number so they tried there. The office staff suggested
they call me.
“I never thought I would hear from them again, much less see them, but by
golly, there they were at our yacht club last night. We hugged and cheered
and shared some mai tais—almost as good a party as they would have
received had their boat arrived at Transpac Row.”
Tracking charts for selected boats or the entire fleet may be viewed by
clicking on the link at the right side of the www.transpacificyc.org home
page. Daily position reports and photos also will be posted until the
completion of the race.
Boats’ handicap ratings may be checked at
Honolulu Press Office: (808) 949-9425
cell phone (310) 766-6547
JULY 12 POSITION REPORTS
(Listed in order of corrected handicap time; actual miles to go noted)
Division 1 (started July 6)
1. Pegasus 77 (Reichel/Pugh 77), Philippe Kahn, Honolulu, 636 miles to go.
2. Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles, 696.
Division 2 (started July 6)
1. Alta Vita (Transpac 52), Bill Turpin, Santa Cruz, Calif., 806.
2. Beau Geste (Transpac 52), Karl Kwok, Hong Kong, 812.
3. Pendragon 4 (Davidson 52), John MacLaurin, Marina del Rey, Calif., 919.
4. Grand Illusion (Santa Cruz 70), James McDowell, Lahaina, H.I., 900.
5. Medicine Man (Andrews 61), Bob Lane, Long Beach, Calif., 808.
6. Icon (Perry 65), Richard Robbins/Jim Roser, Seattle, 896.
7. Bengal II (Ohashi 52 ),Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan, 994.
8. Vicki (Andrews 68), Al and Vicki Schultz, Long Beach, 951.
9. Helsal II (Adams 60), W.E. Rawson, Melbourne, Australia, 1,062.
WD—Renegade (Andrews 70), Dan Sinclair, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Division 3 (started July 4)
1. Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego, 607.
2. Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore., 623.
3. Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego, 655.
4. Jeito (J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico, 634.
5. Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla., 719.
6. Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif., 734.
7. On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif., 848.
WD—The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neill,
Newport, NSW, Australia.
WD—Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach (DH).
Division 4 (started July 4)
1. Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego, 745.
2. Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego, 784.
3. Hot Tamale (J/120), Tom and Doug Jorgensen, Glendora, Calif., 816.
4. Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point, Calif., 837.
5. Tera’s XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif., 765.
6. Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu, 817 (DH).
7. Paddy Wagon (Ross 40), Richard Mainland, Marina del Rey, Calif., 789.
8. Swept Away (J/120), Louis Bianco, Seattle, 865.
9. Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia, 893.
10. Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif., 872.
11. Lawndart (Cape Bay Fast 40), Bill Allan, Nanaimo, B.C., 927.
Division 5 (started July 1)
1. Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del., 430.
2. There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach, 346.
3. Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego, 450.
4. B’Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego, 464.
CAL 40 (started July 1)
1. Illusion, Stan and Sally Honey, Palo Alto, 407.
3. Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif., 506.
3. Seafire, John T. Harrison, Honolulu, 507.
4. Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury, Laguna Beach/Eleanor and Davis
Pillsbury, Snowmass, Colo., 505.
5. John B, Greg Boyer, Newport Beach, Calif., 531.
6. Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach, 529.
7. Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif., 545.
8. California Girl, Don and Betty Lessley, Point Richmond, Calif., 525.
9. Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif., 537.
10. Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho, 623.
ALOHA DIVISION (started July 1)
1. Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.,
2. Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55 ketch), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif., 409.
3. Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif., 363.
4. Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego, 355.
5. Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C., 454.
6. Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz., 396.
7. Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego, 274.
8. Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif., 544 (DH).
1. Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif., 590.
2. Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey, 757.
3. Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach, 798.