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    I suppose the introduction to professional sailors has prohibited the affordability for owners to engage in such prolonged activities.

    The island racing was epic, such a shame folks spend all that time getting to the islands but can't linger and savor.

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    Nor Cal Has Talent!

    Every two years, the bi-annual march from Point Fermin to Diamond Head takes place and with it, a large contingent of Norcal sailors and boats join the parade.
    2015 is no different and we present a partial list of Norcal talent scattered about the fleet to provide PD readers with a bit of insight of who's on what.

    We have highlighted those we recognize in bold. If you see omissions please note and we shall add to list!


    Division 0
    Lending Club 105' Maxi Tri
    Quin Bisset, Ryan Breymaier*, Stan Delbarre, Boris Herrmann, Roland Jourdain, Renaud Laplanche, Jean Baptiste Le Vaillant, Jan Majer, Skip McCormack

    Phaedo Gunboat 66
    Samuel Bason, DavidDenton, Paul Hand, David McCollough, Chris Robson, Miles Seddon, BrianThompson, Lloyd Thornburg,

    Extreme H2o Gunboat 66
    Tom Addis, Trevor Baylis, Pat Benz, Steve Calder, Eric Chowanski, Hannah Jenner, Kevin Miller, Matt Noble, Malcolm Park, Jac Vincent,

    Chim Chim (Gunboat 62)
    Chris Bailet, Jim Barber, Nils Erickson, Hilton Eymard, III, John Gallagher, Patrick Murray, Jason Owens, Eric Stahl, Javier Ureta



    Div 1
    Ragamuffin 100 ' Super Maxi
    Matt Allen, Tom Clout, Andrew Crowe, Vanessa Dudley, Syd Fischer, John Fisher, Mark Fullerton, Gregory Homann, Matt Humphries, Kenta Inaba, Campbell Knox , Jack Macartney, Craig Malouf, FUKUMOTO MEITATSU,EINOSUKE MORITA, Matt Pearce, Tomo Terakawa, David Witt, Liam Woulfe, KOSAKU YOSHIDA,

    Wild Oats R/P 100' Super Maxi
    Stu Bannatyne, Rodney Daniel, Roy P. Disney, Scott Easom, Nathan Ellis, Robbie Haines, Stan Honey, Seve Jarvin, Chris Links, Paul Magee, Ben Mitchell, Mark Richards, Darren Senogles, Gary Weisman, Josh Whittaker, Tim Wiseman,


    Rio 100' Blawell-White 100'
    Ben Bardwell, Gavin Brady, Chris Branning, Alastair Campbell, Brad Farrand, Morgan Gutenkunst, Mike Howard, William Jenkins, Kieth Kilpatrick, Peter Kinney, Jeff Messano , Manouch Moshayedi, Sebastian Moshayedi, Mike Mottl, Joe Penrod, Mike Pentecost, Mike Van Dyke, Peter Van Niekerk, Tyler Wolk,


    Division 2

    Wizard R/P74
    David Askew, Peter Askew, Arnis Baltins, Matt Beck, Jordi Calafat, Dave Culver, Ted Haaland, Sam Loughborough, Matt Mialik, Dee Smith, Grant Spanhake, Ralf Steitz, Phil Trinter John von Schwarz

    Bad Pak STP 65
    Hogan Beatie, Ryan Castro, Damian Craig, Tom Deere, Jon Gardner, Emmet Holden, Tom Holthus, Charlie Jenkins, Artie Means, Bruce Nelson, Campbell Rivers, Brent Ruhne, Patrick Whitmarsh,

    Zephyrus RP 78
    W. Greg Clark, Andrew Cleveland, Dan Crowley, Damon Guizot, John Jourdane, Roger Kurath, David Leverett, Stuart Palmer, Errol Perling, Tyler Prentice, Tom Priest, Dan Rossen, Dan Schiff, James Smail, Robin Sodaro,

    Peligroso Kernan 68
    Andres Akle Carranza, Alejandro Berho, Diego Berho, Lorenzo Berho, Alex Camet, Chris Doolittle, James Egan, Clark Hardy, sebastian mitre, JORGE XAVIER MURRIETA, Federico Ortiz, Steven Rossi,

    Patches TP 52
    Andres Alvarado, Patricio Baņa, Danel Belausteguigoitia, Yon Belausteguigoitia,Eduardo Cano, Jan Hossfeld, Javier Mollo, Juan Gabriel Moreno, Daniel Porter, Eduardo Porter, Marc Rosenfeld,

    Destroyer TP 52
    Ricardo Aguilar Alvarez , Erik Brockmann, Jeronimo Cervantes, Bruce Cooper, Eusebio Gomez, Guillermo Mejia, David Millet, Parker Mitchell, JIMENA SAENZ, Eduardo Saenz H, EDUARDO SAENZ JR,

    Bolt TP 52
    jeffrey baker, Greg Helias, Christopher Lewis, Zack Maxam, mark peters, Carson Reynolds, Craig Reynolds, Alex Steele, Tedd White,



    Divison 3

    OEX SC70
    Jon Andron, Shawn Bennett, Erik Berzins, Pete Hambrick, Dave Hood, Jib Kelly, Jim MacLeod, John Sangmeister, Randy Smith, Jeff Thorpe, Greg Weeger,

    Pyewacket Andrews 70
    Matt Brown, Peter Burton, Chris Busch, Mark Callahan, Kyle Clark, Andy La Dow, Kelly McKeown, Robert Morton, Chuck Nichols, John Reiter,

    Holua SC 70
    Paul Allen, Adrienne Cahalan, Jay Crum, Brack Duker, Bill Erkelens, John Fuller, Peter Holmberg, Doug McLean, Jonathan Mark Sims,

    Maverick SC 70
    Andy Dippel, Bryce Doon, Curt Johnson, Jorge Morales, Michelle Shanks, Dave Sheesley, Chris Slagerman, John Staff, Brendan Watson,

    Buona Sera SC70
    John Buchanan, Mackenzie Cook, Tim Cordrey, Chris Deaver, Mike Evans, Bret Gripenstraw, Jack Halterman, Dave Hopkins, Edward Marez, Gerry Swinton,

    Grand Illusion SC 70
    Michael Blunt, James McDowell, Patrick O'Brien, Will Paxton, William Petersen, Richard C Reilly, Steve Treoger, Chris Watts, Dylan Watts,


    Division 4
    Crusader 35 Elliott 35 SS
    Nick Bastow, Brett Elliott, James Glidden, Anthony Leighs, Chris Maddock, Josh Tucker,

    Bretwalda 3 Rogers 46
    Wallace Cross,Michael b. Hoey, Charlie Hohmeier, Paul Kerber, Sergei Lie, Robert Pethick, Gary Warner,

    Varuna Rogers 46
    Roland Fournier, Bob Fulmer, Chris Hemans, Dan Milefchik, Mark Reardon, Eric Schlageter, Brad Wheeler,

    Hamachi J 125
    Erik Bentzen, Matthew Gregory, Fritz Johnston, Fritz Lanzinger, Jonathan McKee, Greg Slyngstad,

    Resolute J125
    Tim Fuller, Erik Shampain

    Timeshaver J 125
    Blake Hamilton, Pete Heck, Keith Magnussen, Cody Schlub, Viggo Torbensen, Charlie Underwood,


    Divsion 5

    Bodacious IV SC 52
    John Ayres, Tim Eades, John Hoskins, Tom Hoskins, Jim McLaren, Chris Pike, Phil Pollard, Jeff Urbina, Alan Veenstra,

    Relentless SC52
    Jack Bazz, Dustin Durant, Will Durant, Chadwick Hough, Mike Lowe, Robert Moosmann, Jeff Shew, Benjamin McNeil Wheatley, Richard Whiteley,

    Hula Girl SC 50
    Steve Bonnyman, Bjug Borgundvaag, Patrick Farrell, Sean Henderson, Christopher Jordan, David Mewdell, Bruce Pierce, Brian Rutter, Wayne Zittel,

    Lucky Duck SC52
    Tony Basso, Brendan Bradley, James Clappier, Karl Grunewald, John Hansen, Robin Jeffers, Dave MacEwen, Pete McCormick, Randy Smith,

    Allure SC 50
    Kyle Burch, Mike Burch, Kenny Dair, Doug Grant, Eric Gray, Bruce Hedrick, Gregg Hedrick, Grant Wooden,

    Horizon SC 50
    Len Bose, Daniel Geissmann, Gregory Kent, Tom O'KEEFE, Robert Plant, Jon Shampain, John Shulze, Mel Wills III,

    Adrenaline SC 50
    Andy Bates, John Clark, Gregory Mitchell, Del Olsen, Joseph Shacat, Kirk Twardowski, Jenn Virskus, Gail Yando,

    Paranoia SC 52
    Scott Atwood, Gabe Ferramola, Sam Heck, Christi Kolisnyk von Heydenreich, John Latiolait, Scott Poe, Linus Ralls, David Stotler, Rick von Heydenreich, Bob Zellmer

    Hokahey SC 52
    George Bailey, Elizabeth Bailey, Connor Field, Jefferson Franklin, Scott Klodowski,
    J.T. Schoonover, Sargent Schutt, Gus Van Dender,


    Division 6

    CaZan DK46
    Jake Arcand, Scott Bradley, Michael Fisher, Phillip Katzman, Andrew Meade, Patrick Murphy, Pablo Strona, Jackson Warner,

    Second Wind Swan 651
    John Chamberlain, Jay Davis, Cole Fargo, Dean Fargo, Dave Gould, Steve Harvey, Alex Jacobs, James Kirkpatrick, Roderick Salazar, Zac Schramm, Charles Skewes, Jim Smith, Erica Swensson

    Pipe Dream Davidson 50
    Rick Alvarez, Mike Corzine, John Davis, Jack Johnson, Fraser McClellan, Matthew Rustigian, Todd Wheatley, Warren Wolfe,

    Crescent III S-40
    Akimitsu Hirai, Satoru Itoga, Masaki Kobayashi, Fumihiro Machiyama, Muneo Matsutani, Akira Ohtsubo, Yusuke Taguchi ,

    Division 7

    Celerity SC 37
    Michael Downing, Tom Jenkins, Eric Kownacki, Robert Martin, Thomas Ripard, Harry Zanville,

    Alpha Puppy 1D35
    Vivienne Fagrell, Alex Farell, Randall Landaiche, Justin Spillman

    Picante J 133
    Eric Caris, Doug Jorgensen, Jack Jorgensen, Rob Jorgensen, Tom Jorgensen, Jeff Westbrook, Martin Wilson,

    Precepts II First 40 DK-T
    Drew Belk, Joshua Butler, Gilles Combrisson, Roger Floyd, Lynsi Gibbons, Andrew LaPlant, Jonathan Moyers,

    Patriot J 442
    Richard Loufek, Scott Mason, Geoff Moore, Douglas Rastello, Paul Stemler, Pierce Stemler, Bruce Stuart, Philip Thompson,

    Fortissimo II Feet 30
    Yasuto FUDA, Shouzou HARA, Hariki SASAKI, Mitsuaki TABATA,

    Julian J 120
    Takumi Amano, Shunichiro Hiraoka, Akihisa Iwami, Yasuhide Kobayashi, Kiyotoshi Tanaka, Ryotaro Tokano,

    Kokopelli SC 40
    Gordon Duncan, Bruce Pon, Pat Reynolds, James Rooney, Kevin Rooney, Scott Smith, Michael Weaver, Paul Zingaro,

    Bazinga Hobie 33
    Randy Alcorn, Steve Campo, Christina Cruz, Mike Hopper,

    Creative J 105
    William Beck, Cameron Hurley, Ed Sanford, Andrew Sapien,


    Division 8

    Transformer Beneteau 523
    Larry Adams, Bob Davis, Dan Howard, Samantha Howard, Betsy Linn, Kenneth Linn, Greg Shrodes, Joe Sorosky, Joel Young,

    Avanti Jeanneau 54
    Gary Brockman, Jason Dunster, Gregory Heckmann, Jim LaBarge, Jamie Myer, William Niester, Andrew Powell Bow, John Rushing, William Suto, Scott Tenkel,

    Marjorie Brooklyn 59
    Gardner Baldwin, Norie Baldwin, Alexia Fischer, Eric Fracker, Paul Francis, Bill Guilfoyle,Tracy Obert, Tina Stevahn, Rick Valdes,


    Martha* Schooner
    Anne Aldrich, John Callahan, Mary d'Arcy, Robert d'Arcy, Deb Dominici, Christopher Hanke, Craig Johnsen, Douglas Jones, Sara Katz, Holly Kays, Pat Vinyard

    Andiamo J 46
    IM KEEGAN, DAVE KETTENHOFEN, ROB KIMBERLEY, MIKE NIENBERG, VICKI NIENBERG, Robert Pace, SCOTT PACE, DEREK THOMPSON

    Between The Sheets Jeanneau 52
    Dan Aeling, Gary Davidson, Ryan Davidson, Kerry Deaver, James McJones, Grace Vandervort, Rob Vandervort

    Vivacia Jeanneau 49 SO
    Liesl Capper, Mark Harrison, Lance Schulte, Robert Yearsley

    Exit Strategy Jeanneau 45.2 SO
    Josh Fredricks,Timothy Fredricks, Steven Ginder, Simon Jackson, Bub Morgan, Kevin Ryan, Terry Young

    Westward Lapwoth 50
    Alli Bell, Graham Bell, Sam Bell, Willie Bell, Mara Bell Hoshina, Zack Payton

    Sweet Okole Farr 36
    John Ebken, Chris Gedrose, Paul Kamen, Wan Lim, Dean Treadway

    Sleeper Jeanneau 44 SM
    J A Booker, Merry Cheers, Zack Hanna, Steven Horst, Sheri Hunt, Derek Murphy, Ron Simonson, Beth Winton

    Wind Dancer Catalina 42
    Vance Edwards, Paul Edwards, Walter Flores III, Wyant Lauterman, Tom Lynch, Donald Olson


    * Honorary local status for time spent in Bay Area!
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    That's a lot of work pb.

    Nice job!

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    Alpha Puppy




    The 1st of several previews from Nor Cal Boats and crews participating in the 2015 Transpac:

    Vivianne Fagrell kindly plays Q&A in regards to the 1D35 Alpha Puppy



    PD The Alpha Puppy Crew has been doing the Offshore program for some time now, Can you give us an readers digest condensed version of the offshore adventures?

    VF The offshore stuff has been some of the most fun sailing as well as harrowing at times. It's very different from bay racing in many ways. You get to see conditions that you just don't see in the bay and so this increases your sailing knowledge and skills tenfold. I'd say the biggest 'gift' it gives you is learning to really be master of your universe. You must take care of yourself 100%, be completely self sufficient. That takes a lot of skill, effort, tenacity and wisdom.

    PD Races competed in?

    VF Coastal Cup, OYRA races, HI races (Waikiki Offshore.) We plan on checking out other races if possible like MEXORC and whatever else is of interest and makes sense from a time, logistics and money standpoint of course.

    PD Trips to Hawaii?

    VF Transpac twice, this will be the third.

    PD Regular crew for offshore?

    VF Some, yes. We have international crew from Australia that did this with us last time and will be joining us again. We also have regular crew that has been sailing with us both in the bay and offshore for a while now (>5 years.)

    PD 1D 35, how did the program come together?


    VF It started with the crew from the previous boat owner. Then they slowly migrated to other adventures and so then we started a new crew which had a core group that sailed with us for about 5 years. Then with the Transpac we shuffled some of the players again (it eats up about half, if not the whole season with prep work.) But now we have a new core crew and many new players as well.

    PD Mods to the boat for offshore?


    VF Initially the turboing was not offshore specific but has turned out to make the offshore sailing an absolute gas. The 1D in its original stock config is just a completely different experience offshore. This makes for some spectacular downwind surfing. Last Tpac we plumbed a permananent watermaker onboard. For this Tpac there are more specific mods. We went higher and bigger with the kite and installed some high speed winches. The winches will help with the kite trimming in heavy air, the bigger kite will help with the light stuff.


    PD Decision making and navigation, is that a consensus program?

    VF Not anymore. We have discovered that it is too hard to do it that way. We've learned by trial and error that while we want to be inclusive and hear people's opinions, that sometimes that is just not the best thing to do. Too many cooks in the kitchen when doing a 2000 mile crossing leads to too many complications.


    PD Best memories thus far offshore racing?

    VF Some of the night time sailing has been just epic. I don't think I have ever seen such a big sky and some of those starlight evenings and moonlight evenings were ah-ma-zing. There were some squalls that were a gas as well. The first Tpac when we arrived at the Molokai Channel we were carried in all the way by a 30 kt squall that led to some of the highest and lengthiest speeds runs we have enjoyed. There was a lot of hootin' and hollering and giggling that night as we surfed for hours. Alex loves to tell people how easy the boat was to drive on a continuous plane at 21 kts. The next Tpac we got to see the legendary channel during the day. It is so gorgeous. One of the crew quipped 'Oh I see, you forget about the first 7 days because the last 3 are just amazing, that's what brings you back!' I also love the reception that each boat gets when you arrive, I think that is a fine, fine tradition.

    PD Hopes and intentions for 2015? Are the weather gods smiling?

    VF A little more wind than the last one, and more varied conditions is also desirable. And a better weather window for our start. We have been getting the worst ones so far which don't favor us. I don't know if the weather Gods are smiling, I'd better run off and make a due offering!

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    Extreme H2o With Malcolm Park




    PD The Gunboat 66 Extreme H2o has a sistership in Phaedo and a nieceship in Chim Chim, but Extreme H2o has been kitted
    out nicely with the assist of Morrelli & Melvin. Can you give us some insight on the upgrades?



    MP Sorry for the long answer but there is a bit to cover with this question...

    The owner has always held the vision that that his boat was to be a fast cruising boat. What has changed, since we picked up the boat in South Africa 3 years ago, is how to use advanced design, construction and ergonomics to improve the almost 10 year GB66. The most significant design changes from a stock GB66 are the 4.3m deep "C" foils that provide nearly 4 tons of lift at 20 knots of boat speed, a generous sail plan that allows us to fly a hull in as little as 12 TWS, a rotating mast with a cross beam and longeron all built by Southern Spars that allow us to carry up to 8 tons of luff tension on our furling sails. Some of the ergonomic changes include a proper curved traveler mounted on the aft beam along with tiller steering.

    The owner also wanted a hybrid boat. Without going into all the details, there was not a hybrid system on the market when we started this project that was more than a pipe dream for a boat this size. It was also impossible to envision a system that would weigh any less than two diesels for propulsion plus a generator for AC power. The only way to bring the hybrid system into reality was to make the entire boat run off of the 300 volt / 28.5kwh battery bank. This would mean that all motors for hydraulics, winches and appliances would run on the highest AC voltage available. Using this technique essentially eliminated all other battery systems and reduced the wire weight by about 270kg.

    In the end we ended up with a boat that weighs about 1.5 tons less than Phaedo in Transpac configuration and this includes a great deal of "luxury items" that Phaedo is not carrying on board for the race. Extreme H2O will carry 4 refrigerators, 4 Air Conditioning units, 2 water heater 3 refrigerators, 1 freezer, 3 full heads... I think you get the idea..


    PD How much change in the vectors will see between Phaedo and Extreme H2o?

    MP We have only sailed against Phaedo in the race to Cabo and I am not sure how they might have changed their sail configuration since that time. I would hope we have something on them in less than 10 TWS. But in Vmg running the delta might not be that large.


    PD Top projected sustained speed?

    MP Our running and reaching numbers are similar to a mini-maxi. We are quicker reaching they have better Vmg running. Our peak speed so far is just over 30 knots... we can sustain in the low 20's but it requires a flat sea state.


    PD With 4 boats in class 0 and one of them being Lending Club, what's it gonna take to correct out ahead of a 105' Maxi trimaran?

    MP My focus used to be all about corrected time. The last program that I won Tranpac with was in 2007 with the TP52 "Rosebud". We won the race by about 40 minutes. Twenty of those minutes could be atributed to change we made to our mainsail girth that credited a larger upper girth.

    Now we are 7 days from the start of the race and I still do not know our rating! The good news is that the multi-hull fleet has taken their rating out of the PHRF realm and we will be racing with VPP ratings generated by Harry Dunning using the Transpac wind Matrix. The ratings were generated using scale weights for the boats and supplied weight declarations for the gear that will be on board for the race. This will be the first VPP / TOT racing I have done on a multi - hull and I am optimistic that this will be the future of handicap rating for multi-hulls



    PD The Gunboat affords a lot more protection from the elements, how critical is that in keeping the crew rested and fresh?

    MP Have you been in the forward cockpit of a Gunboat when it is going 20 knots! It is perhaps the wettest place I have been on a boat. We started with 6 drains in that little cockpit and now we are adding 2 more monster drains. On our way to Cabo, I was up there with 2' of water in that cockpit! The good news is that when you come off of watch, you can take a hot shower!

    PD You have the assistance of Matt Noble and Trevor Baylis, two very astute Nor Cal sailors on board, how big is that and how do they compliment the additional 7 members in getting the most out of the boat?

    MP Matt and Trevor are on the boat not just because of their experience sailing but their experience in sailing Multi-hulls. Trevor brings his experience with "Playstation" and "Team Adventure". Matt brings his experience from the MOD70 "Orion" and ORMA 60 "Mighty Merloe". The "other Californians" we have on board are the owner, Pat Benz, Kevin Miller and Eric Chowanski "Chewy". The remainder of the crew are Tom Addis as Navigator who is stepping off of VO65 Vestas Wind, Jac Vincent who you might know from "Hydropere", Steve Caulder from North Sails and Hannah Jenner who is the boat captain.




    PD Thanks Malcolm & good luck!
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    If they can stay upright, they just might win the damn thing.

    Corrected of course!

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    Local sailing legend Skip McCormack cut his sailing teeth via the San Francisco Junior Program and worked his way up the ranks where he now sits at the top of the call list of many major sailing programs, but even at the top level, getting the chance to crew on a maxi trimaran like Lending Club 2, which is on the verge of the sailing in the Transpac is still a rare opportunity. Skip gives us some insight on the program and how the opportunity presented itself!




    PD You must be pinching yourself about now, a full fledged member of a maxi trimaran about to embark on a record hunting expedition on one of the fastest boats on the planet. For the edification of those unaware, can you provide a short synopsis of how this all came to be, your relationship with Ryan and Nicola which led up to this opportunity?

    SM This has been a pretty special opportunity and experience for me. This year has been a bit of a dream come true; from being asked to sail with Howie and Dan Phillips on the skiff for the JJ’s and then getting asked to sail on this program for the Transpac record, I have been humbled and honored to sail with these incredibly talented people.

    Ryan and Nicola stayed with Jody and I while Ryan prepped the original Lending Club, the modified 73 foot trimaran owned by John Sangmeister. We became fast friends and both Jody and I appreciate and enjoy Ryan and Nicola’s friendship. I was in Australia when I heard that Ryan had been asked to manage the LC2 program and I sent an email literally asking to “throw my hat in the ring”. Ryan responded positively and here we are.



    PD You have been sailing on Lending Club 2 for several months now setting a couple records along the way, how has that experience been thus far?

    SM I actually joined LC2 in New York after they broke the N2B record, so I’m not able to say that I have broken a record… yet! But the experience has been amazing. As I’ve said to many of the guests who have come on board, this has been an incredible opportunity for us. It never gets old, no matter how many times we go back and forth, each of us are giddy when we feel the boat accelerate under our feet.

    The part of the project that I’ve participated in has been PR sailing in New York, the delivery from New York to San Francisco, PR sailing in San Francisco, and finally we are gearing up for the Transpac. The delivery through the Canal was wild. 3 Days 20 Hours from New York to Panama and 10 days from Panama to San Francisco. Unreal. I got a chance to make some great friendships with the guys on the boat, even learning some French along the way: “POLLY VIEW EN-GLAYS???” & “BAGUETTE” & “BRIE”… (Okay, google Translate is an incredible application…)





    PD Apparent wind sailing is something you have grown to embrace in recent years, beginning with 49er and then the 18' skiffs and numerous high performance big boats, including Orion, how important is that in understanding the dynamics of sailing a maxi trimaran?

    SM That’s a good question. I think the best way to answer is that I have been blessed to have had opportunities (and the option to take advantage of those opportunities) over the years which have gotten me to a point where I can add value to a program like this. Each and every experience has been invaluable to sailing on LC2.

    As for the dynamics of this boat in particular, it certainly has been wonderful to learn the boat. The experiences of sailing all the other boats only gives you so much. I had to rely on the experiences of others around me like Ryan, Jan Meyer, Stan Del Barre, JB Le Vaillant and the rest of the talented crew to learn the specifics of this boat. Nobody jumps on a machine like this for the first time and instantly understands the dynamics. The loads, the choreography of each maneuver, the feel of the helm; it all takes time to learn.

    The week of sailing in NY was invaluable for being safe offshore during our delivery to SF. I think during the delivery is where I became comfortable with the boat, but still hadn’t felt the boat pushed to its limits. During our photo shoot on Monday where Ryan pushed the boat to fly the central hull I got a chance to feel the limits of the boat and how hard it can be pushed. Now the next steps are to keep the hammer down the entire way to Hawaii.


    PD The ORMA 73(?) Tritium you sailed with Ryan was a different animal, with the canting mast long sprit etc, can you compare the similarities and differences when sailing the two?

    SM The Tritium and the Mod both implement hydraulics to manage the loads and canting rigs to gain additional power. The LC2 doesn’t have either. The idea was to simplify systems and lighten the boat. Can you imagine the size of the rams needed to cant the rig? And the boat certainly does not need the additional power a canting rig could provide. The boat is very simple, very basic and 100% human driven in the handles!


    PD You have been doing back to back to back trips on SF, exposing nearly 1,000 guests to the thrill of sailing on a maxi tri, how rewarding has that been?

    SM It’s been spectacular. All of us on the boat have commented on the progression most of the guests go through from the time they drive up in the rib to the time they get off. A little bit of awe and apprehension of the nets and where to walk. By the time they get off they are smiling and comfortable walking anywhere on the boat. It’s cool to see and hear the excitement they have from the experience.

    A majority of the guests have never been sailing before, so we watch each of them go through a transformation. Ryan is incredible at interacting with people on the boat, making sure the shiest of the group are some the first to drive. As the boat rips around for the first few minutes of each session, people begin to get more comfortable with walking on the nets until they are running around the boat from the bow to stern, downstairs and into the dark caverns of the waterproof bulkheads to see the lavatory and storage space. Rhys started having fun with some of the kids who are on board and telling them when they go downstairs, “Make sure not to splash any water out of the hot tub” or “Don’t jump on the pool table”. Obviously the kids then go running to find the hot tub or the pool table…






    So for us, we know we are participating in something special. Renaud set a fantastic goal of trying to get as many people out to experience this incredible machine and Ryan set the tone of our interaction with the guests with his generous and inclusive character. It’s been a special program.


    PD With all those trips, the crew must be able to sail the boat in their sleep, so getting the boat down the track in the Transpac should be a walk in the park, yet you will still be pushing her harder than you might with guests on board, what's your guess at the top 24 hour run the crew might achieve if conditions allow?


    SM We have been laughing at the thought that in the last two months this crew and the boat have probably at least doubled the amount of maneuvers the boat had done in the previous 10 years of existence. The crew is dialed and ready to rock and keeping fingers crossed for favorable winds. The boat is capable of some incredible distances but it’s going to take some good luck from the wind gods. The N2B record was 23 hours for 635 miles. We did 558 miles at 80% polars during the delivery, so those are really my only frames of reference. I think our whole outlook is to not expect anything, push the boat as hard as we can push it, make smart, informed decisions, and the boat will take care of the rest.


    PD Good luck!

    SM Thanks PB, much appreciated. Looking forward to that Mai Tai (or 6) in Hawaii!
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    Good News, reported by skipper Ken Read:

    It now appears that we have the 100-foot boat the Clarks wanted: The fastest monohull in the world.

    Approximately 1300 miles out of Newport, Rhode Island in the North Atlantic we set up underneath an approaching low pressure. We’ve had a phenomenal stretch of strong wind and reasonably flat sea which has propelled us to what we believe is a new world sailing speed record for the greatest distance covered by a monohull in a single 24 hour period.

    Still to be ratified off the boats tracker by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), we believe the distance will be around 620 nautical miles (note: the race organisers have said it was 618 nm in the period between 0530 UTC Friday and 0530 Saturday, July 10-11).

    After jibing to starboard about midnight EDT on July 9, navigator Stan Honey and I had a long talk about the chance that we had a possible weather and race course window that may give us a run at the 24 hour record. The previous 24-hour monohull distance record was set by Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 race. They covered 596.6 nautical miles during Leg 1 between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa with an average speed of 24.85 knots.

    Our top speeds were into the mid-30s a bunch of times. It is not like you are surfing down a wave, you just go…fast. The boat is amazing! You sail it heeled over and it feels like you are right on the edge, but when you grab the wheel you are in control. The boat is a phenomenal piece of machinery.

    Comanche was built with the ability to sail the boat using only human power, allowing the boat to qualify for record attempts like this. Stan and I decided at that time to sail the boat during the entire time period surrounding any possible 24 hour record in the manual power configuration that the WSSRC requires. Turns out this was probably our best decision of the race so far!

    Bad News, reported by Wild Oats XI Media Manager Rob Mundle:
    Stan Honey, who is to navigate record breaking Australian 100-foot supermaxi Wild Oats XI in the 2225nm Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii when they start on July 18, was apparently knocked unconscious aboard the 100-foot American supermaxi, Comanche, during the Transatlantic Race.

    The extent of his injuries are unknown, however, the Wild Oats XI crew has been contacted and advised to have a replacement navigator on stand-by. At the time of the incident Comanche – which finished second to Wild Oats XI in the most recent Rolex Sydney Hobart race – was averaging better than 25 knots on what was a 24-hour run that exceeded 600 nautical miles.

    “It appears that he had a fall and was knocked out aboard Comanche, something that’s not hard to do when sailing in the conditions they are experiencing,” said Wild Oats XI’s skipper, Mark Richards. All we can do right now is to wait for an update on Stan’s condition and hope he’s OK. In the meantime we will have another navigator ready to go for the Transpac race if required.”
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