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    Published on 07-16-2019 03:15 PM
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    Huntington lake really showed off her beauty this year. A big snow year left spectacular views of snow-capped
    mountains set in the backdrop of the Sierra National Forest, with crystal clear cold water only the bravest dared to enjoy.



    images © Paul Dayone and Karl Robrock



    Day one gave ...
    Published on 07-16-2019 12:42 PM
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    The Mod 70's, lead by Jason Carroll's Argo have emerged as new front runners, devouring the 1st half of the course in 2.5 days,
    despite the very light wind at the start. Pressure looks great for the next few days and landfall for Argo and Powerplay are on the 18th,
    With Comanche arriving the 19th and Rio 100 on the 20th before the floodgate opens this weekend when finish-palooza will ensue!





    Rio 100 leads Division 1 by 6 hours ...
    Published on 07-16-2019 09:17 AM



    Upon their return to Marina del Rey, the skippers of the Santa Cruz 70 OEX (John Sangmeister) and the Andrews 70 Pyewacket ...
    Published on 07-15-2019 11:53 AM
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    We have compression and commingling between fleets now as Friday's starters are beginning to
    catch up to the Wednesday starters and some of the Saturday maxi's and Multi's are just blowing right through.
    More attrition as two sled crews are headed back to mainland on Pyewacket, which took on the refugees
    on OEX as you no doubt by now have heard. The wind hole that held most of Saturdays starters off Catalina
    is no just a bad memories and the entire fleet is enjoying water moving under their keels.... ...
    Published on 07-15-2019 09:45 AM

    Just in from Maserati which forwarded images of damages sustained in last nights collision.
    They are apparently continuing toward Hawaii, at a more modest pace.


    MaseratiMulti70’s damaged bow and rudder’s ...
    Published on 07-15-2019 07:11 AM
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    FLASH NEWS – July 15th, 2019



    Maserati Multi 70 collided with a big floating object during the Transpac

    Left side hull’s bow and rudder’s wing are damaged



    Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70, at 4.30 UTC on Monday July 15th, while sailing at 23-24 knots, collided with a big ...
    Published on 07-14-2019 04:41 PM
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    The 50th Anniversary Edition of the Transpac is well underway with all fleet departed and 6 boats retired at this point.
    There is a massive parking lot that has ruined the start for most of Saturdays starters, with the exception of the Multi 70's
    and the two 100' Supermaxi's. We are close to consolidation between the leaders of Fridays starters and the back of Wednesday
    starters. Boats in the front of the fleet are seeing 200nm plus 24 hour vmg and the Mod 70 Argo has seen 270nm vmg in last 24 hours!
    Sadly the majority of Div1 & 2 have barely made ...
    Published on 07-14-2019 08:08 AM
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    All boats away in Transpac 50

    LOS ANGELES, CA - With the breeze shifted far left in overcast skies due to a strong Catalina Eddy, the final wave of 24 monohulls and 4 multihulls in a record fleet of 90 yachts are now headed off the coast in the 50th edition of Transpacific Yacht Race, a biennial race to Honolulu organized by the Transpacific YC. These are the largest and fastest boats in ...
    Published on 07-13-2019 02:29 PM
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    On Saturday 7/13 we have two distinctive masses headed towards the Hawaiian Islands, the Friday starters
    have all reach the windline and are making good speed, 8+ to 11 knots as they dive south well below the rumbline.




    Some 300 nm ahead, give or take, the Wednesday fleet has seen e wind shift aft and the reaching kites begin to appear.
    This fleet is precariously close to a light air bubble that will linger through the weekend before dispersing and spreading then ...
    Published on 07-13-2019 09:45 AM
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    Peter Cunningham's Mod 70 PowerPlay departs today in the final push of yachts headed to Hawaii


    Video interview and all pics by Ronnie Simpson



    PowerPlay's crew Right to Left: Paul Allen, Loick Peyron, Charlie Ogletree, Peter Cunningham, ...
    Published on 07-13-2019 09:13 AM
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    Second wave heads west
    in Transpac 50

    LOS ANGELES, CA - In gray but clearing skies and a light building seabreeze, the second wave of monohull entries has left the start line set by race managers from the Transpacific YC here at Point Fermin to head towards a finish line awaiting them at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2225 miles away in this year's 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race.

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    Published on 07-12-2019 12:15 PM
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    As we near the 48 hours of racing, we look where we currently stand as well as future forecasts.
    The Wednesday starters have benefited from decent winds pushing them towards Mai Tai Landia with the
    exception of 2 Hobie 33's and one Cal 40 which have been forced to retire.

    In Division 6 The Farr 57' Ho okolohe Leads the division AND Line Honors AND Monhull Line Honors at the moment.
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    Published on 07-11-2019 11:55 AM
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    (Note: all info disseminated from the 4 hour delayed chart info provided)





    In Division 6, 11 boats have reached a more consistent breeze, with Cecil and Alyson Rossi's Farr 57' Ho okolohe
    currently leading the mono and overall Line Honors doing 10.4 knots with 137nm under their belts, yet are corrected out by
    Scot Grealish's J-121 Blue Flash, with 122nm sailed. Currently ...
    Published on 07-10-2019 08:25 AM



    Video of Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant's custom VPLP 100 supermaxi racing yacht 'Comanche'
    preparing for the 2019 Transpacific yacht race. Recorded July 2019 in Long Beach, CA.
    Filming and editing ...
    Published on 07-06-2019 01:04 PM
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    This 50th editions of the Transpac is one to behold and with 90 boat in 12 divisions, it certainly will be an entertaining
    one to observe, even if you are not lucky enough to be there in person chugging across the Pacific!
    Here is a preview of what might happen and what little we know....


    Division 6 has 11 boats ranging from the Figaro Beneteau 3 foiler A Fond Le Girafon,
    2 Farr 57's, a Tripp 56' and a few 40' boats in the mix. Drew Belk's Beneteau First 40 Precepts II has previous experience,
    finishing 3rd in division in 2015 and the Bene's are rating happy boats, so we'll pick them to win with the Farr 57'
    Ho'okolohe ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 02:18 PM
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    Transpac Record Setter Relaunched and Ready for 50th Edition

    Los Angeles, California: The world-famous sailing yacht Merlin is set to embark on the 50th
    running of the classic Transpacific Race from California to Hawaii on July 13. Merlin set an
    elapsed time record in 1977 that stood for two decades. The boat has been recently refit and is
    ready for launch out of Southern California in hopes of continuing the yacht’s winning legacy.





    The newly refit Merlin will be on display at the Long Beach Yacht Club on Thursday, July 11,
    from 6-9 p.m. for a Transpac send off party. The Merlin Yacht Racing crew is honored to host
    designer and builder Bill Lee ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 11:16 AM
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    July 5th, 2019



    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini are in California for the Transpacific Yacht Race

    The 50th edition of the race will start from Los Angeles on July 13th

    The Italian trimaran is getting ready to challenge Argo and ...
    Published on 07-04-2019 03:34 PM
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    Things got a little exciting for kids at the Inverness YC's Youth Sailing Program earlier this week as a big ebb mashed up against
    strong winds and created some havoc for the juniors and the instructors alike. But the kids will have some wild stories
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    Published on 06-24-2019 05:55 PM
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    It just doesn't get much better than this....




    When they drew up the original Westpoint Marina Regatta a number of years back, to help promote the newly
    opened Westpoint Marina, the concept was simple. Start the weekend off right with a pre race party in the City the night before,
    then when the wind arrives, at a respectable hour, no earlier than 11:30 start the race when you can almost alway count on wind,
    just north of Treasure Island, send the boats west towards the Golden Gate soe the feel like they earned it, then let them peel off ...
    Published on 06-18-2019 04:08 PM
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    Editor's Note: Karl Robrock produces this epic writeup on his latest Coastal Cup Adventure, this time with Hogin Sail's Steve McCarthy.
    The 2017 Edition was not what Karl had hoped for and was later written up HERE!!!



    Snafu vs. Coastal Cup 2019 /June 17, 2019

    I had some unsettled business with Coastal Cup after making landfall by air instead of water two years ago. Steve and I were ready to take another stab at it. Snafu has been equipped with a bomber Ballenger rig - the Express 27 section rather than Ultimate 20 section this time.

    This year’s Coastal Cup was attended ...