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    Published on 07-24-2017 09:35 AM
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    Rowan Fennell, and his crew of Uncle Justis, Brother Nathaniel, and Wife Vikki took the top honors of the Moore 24 fleet at Huntington Lake over the weekend to win its first ever High Sierra Regatta. Team Fennell outpaced Stephen Bourdow & Dave Josselyn’s Moorgasm, and Bart Hackworth & Simon Winer’s Gruntled, in the 13 boat fleet.

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    Published on 07-21-2017 09:22 AM
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    The results of the 2017 Transpac are final and awards is tonight, an appropo time to provide some
    insight into the success of the PAC 52's in their 1st Transpac!






    PAC 52'S March To Front Of Offshore Yachting On West Coast!

    With Invisible Hand and BadPak taking the top two spots in Division 1 and overall corrected mono hull in this years Transpacific Yacht Race and Invisible Hand cleaning up in this years So Cal 300, any question on the class's pedigree has evaporated faster than a mai tai at the end of the Transpac.

    An enthusiastic Frank Slootman was ecstatic with results after reaching Diamond Head following a 2,225 nm full on charge across the Pacific from Pt Fermin in Los Angeles. " I think we have officially served notice that these boats are all we thought they would be" Frank gleamed. But these ...
    Published on 07-19-2017 11:31 AM
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    Kai Lenny and John John Florence making Molokai Channel their newest playground!

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    Published on 07-16-2017 06:39 PM
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    Saturdays 27 nm jaunt from the edge of the Berkeley Flats, up to Alcatraz and then south past
    the Bay Bridge and all the way to Sequoia Yacht Club was a case study in Bay Area micro climates!

    71 boats answered the call for the annual summer micro Transpac, with the uphill cold beat followed
    by cracking off in fresh conditions followed by warmer and warmer temps, a wide open race track and then
    the finishing stretch requiring smart navigation and precise boat handling at ...
    Published on 07-16-2017 05:36 PM
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    A mad rush of boats rushed through the Molokai Strait Saturday including the entire
    SC 50-52 fleet if you include Oaxaca and Medusa which came in before sunrise Sunday.
    The 1st in group John Shultze's optimized 52' Horizon, which pulled a horizon job on an otherwise
    very competitive fleet that finished within hours of each other.



    all images © Lauren Easley




    In the mix was Hula Girl, which filed their final report below:



    Ok, we are on the home-stretch of the 2017 Transpac. We are aiming straight at Molokai about 10 miles out, with Oahu just in sight. It feels good. And boy it's been a tough couple days. Really shifty out here, with light breezes that require a lot of concentration to keep the boat moving... and moving in the right direction. We knew this was a fierce fleet from the outset. And it is panning out to be a hotly contested event.
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    Published on 07-13-2017 05:31 PM
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    Beau Geste, the PAC 52 that was BEFORE the PAC 52's, has arrived at KKMI in Richmond.

    Beau will be competing in the PAC 52 division ...
    Published on 07-13-2017 02:14 PM
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    Invisible Hand 2.3 nm to finish doing 13.3 knots

    On to Division 1 corrected victory and overall ORR victory!!!



    More superb imagery from Lauren Easley!

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    Published on 07-13-2017 10:07 AM
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    Lauren (johnny on the spot) Easley gets up early to wander down to the Ali Wai to greet the
    crew of RIO 100! Apparently, despite rumours to the contrary, RIO100 DID have an emergency rudder!

    And now they have another Barn Door!

    Congrats guys!

    The pics keep coming thanks to Lolo:

    http://www.leialohacreative.com/









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    Published on 07-12-2017 05:54 PM
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    TRACKER



    The big picture as seen here with the entire remaining fleet as of 13:00 HST Wednesday July 12

    The lead remaining boats are descending upon Hula Town USA and the awaiting Lei jokes and oversized fruity cocktails.

    The estimated time for RIO is in the wee hours tomorrow. No glorious Molokai Channel sweet light helo shots this trip. Sorry guys

    But the Barn Door is still in grasp, so keep the rudder you have left clean and intact. You are gonna need it!



    "Awarded each race for the Fastest Monohull Elapsed Time in the race. Originally the "First to Finish" Trophy. Since 2009 restricted to manual power only sailing yachts."





    In a magic ending moment, the script writers would build the suspense down to the final seconds with the underdog battling his bigger foe, with lots
    of back and forth drama that would keep the audience on pins and needles. The reality is, with 241 nm to go RIO 100 has a 90 nm DTF lead and a 48 nm ...
    Published on 07-12-2017 04:27 PM
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    Oh man, we have a race on out here! We are one week into the 2017 Transpac aboard J/World's Hula Girl, and this is fantastic sailing.




    TRACKER



    Our fleet is phenomenally tight as ...
    Published on 07-12-2017 08:45 AM
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    A pause in the action for the crews working the Transpac finish line after back to back
    record setting days by the Orma 60 Mighty Merloe and Maxi canter Comanche. The action
    should resume Thursday with a flurry of finishes that should run fast and furious through the
    weekend! ...
    Published on 07-11-2017 03:05 PM
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    Jim Clark's 100' Maxi passed the Diamond Head Buoy today at 11:55:26 HST, July 11th

    5 Days, 1 hour, 55 minutes and 26 seconds from Pt Fermin to Diamond Head,
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    Published on 07-11-2017 10:15 AM
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    The last miles...


    With Howard Enloe's ORMA 60' Mighty Merloe already tied to the dock at Ali Wai Harbor, the two MOD 70's,
    Phaedo3 and Maserati were still working their way to the Diamond Head Finish Line. But you might ask, how does an old
    rehabilitated trimaran beat two more modern boats in a dash across the Pacific?



    According to Zan Drejes, who has sailed with and against Howard and knows the subtle differences, it's a combination
    of wind speed, sea state and the guys aboard. " The Orma is lighter, ...
    Published on 07-10-2017 08:42 PM
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    The Transpacific Multihull Race Record was just smashed by Mighty Merloe, which
    crossed the Diamond Head Finish Line at 17:03:30 provisional.

    The previous record was set by Loick's brother 20 years ago! ...
    Published on 07-10-2017 07:05 PM
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    Mighty Merloe About To Go LIVE

    https://yb.tl/transpac2017# ...
    Published on 07-10-2017 09:36 AM
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    As predicted earlier, the lead boats are splitting the rhumbline towards the finish, seeking a sweet spot to give them
    the best vmg and pressure for the final approach. The fleet are all tightly group south of rhumbline with an apparent
    gravitation to the north.




    Mighty Merloe still holds the Div 0 corrected numero uno slot, while, surprise, surprise, Chim Chim, has
    moved quietly into 2nd on corrected. All eyes are on the line honors title, and new Transpac Race Record which Mighty Merloe maintains
    at the moment, but it's still very much ...
    Published on 07-09-2017 04:08 PM
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    Maserati Slowed by Broken*Right Rudder After Collision with an Unidentified Floating Object*
    July 9, 2017, 1200
    MaseratiMulti70, the Italian high performance offshore flying multihull ...
    Published on 07-09-2017 12:51 PM
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    Racoon, Sally Clapper's Cal 20' suffered some structural damage during Saturday's Lipton Cup,
    hosted by Sausalito Yacht Club. During the start sequence, Can O' Whoopass ...
    Published on 07-09-2017 11:42 AM
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    Update from onboard navigator Simon Fisher

    "…. I have had a couple of hours of decent sleep, woken up, cleaned my teeth and had a coffee and now I'm looking ...
    Published on 07-09-2017 10:29 AM
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    Rio 100 hit an unidentified piece of wood/flotsam and lost the port rudder. After an exciting couple of hours of repairs Rio is ...