• Denali^3 Denied

    Sometimes things do not go quite as planned.

    Case in point, Case in point, William McKinley's beautiful Ker 46' Denali^3
    Had hardly gotten off the starting line when the mast broke between the 1'st and 2nd spreader.
    The crew quickly unloaded the sails and returned back to Long Beach to assess the damage.

    2,218 miles short of their planned destination, the crew drowned their sorrows in some adult beverages
    and made the best of a sad situation. The crew from Harbor Springs, Michigan had worked long and hard
    to partake in this edition of the Transpac, yet it was not meant to be.

    They were in the talent stacked, 7 boat Division 5, with Bretwalda, Lucky Duck and Rufless included.
    Fortunately the rig buckled close to port, instead of days into the race, so the have that going for them!

    Bill McKinley and his Denali3 team are accustomed to fast boats, first on his Nelson/Marek 70 Denali, then his HPR Carkeek 40 Denali2, and since 2018 on his new Denali3, a Ker 46+. Being from Grosse Pointe, MI, the team is best known for pursuing their racing prowess on fresh water: they are perennial competitors in the annual Bayview-Mackinac and Chicago-Mackinac Races.

    In 2007, however, McKinley did come west to compete in his first Transpac Race on the Nelson/Marek 70, and now is back for 2021 to race to paradise once again. The race left an impression.

    “Without a doubt the 2007 Transpac Race was the most enjoyable race any of us have ever sailed,” said McKinley. “When I built Denali3, running the Transpac Race was always on our "bucket list.” With our 2020 sailing season short-circuited due to Covid (we planned to do the 2020 Newport to Bermuda Race), we made the decision to pull up our timing and focus on something incredibly exciting.”

    The Denali team has been tight over the years, and McKinley can already name the 8 crew to accompany him on the race: Norm Berge, Nick Diephouse, Nick Ford, Pat Gardner, Geoff Paine, Jim Offer, Dan Thompson and Randy Singelyn as Navigator.

    The goals for this Midwest team are simple: “Champagne downwind sailing with a group of close friends.”

    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2021 Trans Pacific Yacht Race! started by Photoboy View original post