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    Just wish there was more of it!

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    Chapter 3 Wraps Up In Long Beach



    3 Regattas in to the inaugural season and the Pac 52's have seen three different winners.
    The latest event in the 5 regatta itinerary, Long Beach Race Week, which saw greater pressure on and off the
    course, and glorious sun and excellent sea conditions. As the season has progressed, the crews and boats have
    gone through a rapid learning curve, with some crew and gear changes, some lucky breaks and some very unlucky ones.

    The Pac 52's were in a 4 boat dog fight by race end on Friday which continued into Saturday Morning. Manouch Mosheyedi
    had enlisted the talents of Chris Larson to call the shots on RIO and was well in the hunt until some unfortunate structural
    issues developed in bow involving the jib lead ring and they were once again force to pull out of competition.

    With just 3 boats on the course, it came down to a shootout between BadPak and Invisible Hand, which was all tied up 10-10 after 6
    races with one race to go. Something had to give...

    Here's a few Q& A's with the owners:




    all photos © Cynthia Sinclair /PAC52 Class Association








    1st up BadPak's Tom Holthus


    PD:3 Different series, 3 different series winners, how do you assess the the season thus far?

    TH: The PAC52 class is very competitive with no one boat controlling. It is exciting to see the change of positions in the regattas as well as individual races.



    PD: It could not have been closer today with with BAD PAK coming into today's sailing 1 point behind Invisible Hand,
    tying things up in race 6 and then winning in the 7th by one point, what did you do today that was better than Saturday?


    TH: We knew going into Sunday racing that we had to beat the Invisible Hand in both races. They were really fast on Saturday and we just could not keep up. Bruce Nelson and the crew put it together today and we had fast upwind legs. There was slightly more breeze today and maybe that gave us an edge.


    PD: Manouch Mosheydi's Rio suffered some structural bulkhead damage in race 3, and missed 4 races more yesterday day and today,
    otherwise things may have been even closer as RIO took the 1st race of this weeks event, any words of encouragement for the RIO crew,
    as we go into the midsummer class break?

    TH: Rio won the first race on Friday and they won in San Diego. There is no question that they will be back and they will be very competitive.

    PD: Bad Pak now moves into offshore mode and in less than 2 weeks, you and crew will be hurtling towards Hawaii, sailing in a very tough
    division one where you will square off against Invisible Hand again, but also Manouch's slightly bigger RIO , Merlin, And Comanche to name a few,
    your thoughts and anticipation at this point?



    TH: We look at our competition as being our sister ship, the Invisible Hand. We know Frank and Gavin Brady will give every last ounce of effort and it will be an eight or nine day battle. If both boats press each other we could have the possibility of correcting out over the bigger boats such as Rio and Comanche.

    PD: The camaraderie and commingling between crews seems to be going strong in the fleet, as a family man, you must be more than happy to see that transpire,
    can you elaborate on your thoughts on the subject?


    TH: All the crews know each other and there is a lot of post race debrief with each other after a day of racing. We were protested by the Fox on Saturday. My kids who are junior sailors thought it was awesome that I was taken to "the room" and wanted to know about every detail of the protest. There are no hard feelings and we are friends even after going through the process. All of us will help each other on the dock but when we get on the water we all want to win.













    PD: Your team sailed very well for the 2nd regatta in a row, but by the thinnest of margins, Tom Holthus and crew were able
    to take the stage victory after tying things up in race 6 today. Can you please give us a bit of insight on how you think they pulled it off?

    FS: We have not closed the gap with them upwind in the higher wind ranges. We made some of that up as you could see from yesterday’s results when we won all three races, but today was breeze on. We will sort through it, all part of the fun! Has to do with rig tuning and sail modes. Kudos to Badpak, they fought very hard, it all came down to the last race, and the last gybe right in front of the finish line, they eked it out by one point, good for them.

    PD: Invisible Hand had switched some sails out since the last regatta, can you give us some insight into that and the changes in tuning that ensued?

    FS: We are quite fine with our off shore sails, but we’ve augmented our inshore class regatta sail program. We ddi not quite exploit all the opportunities allowed within the box rule, and we did not have the tried ’n true shapes for a 52 platform that the speed teams know how to trim to. To some degree you have to settle on known quantities, and not be a completely developmental program. Takes too long to mature and sail well. Besides, the 52 is in a league of it snow in terms of the depth of sail development that has gone on in that class for many years. All the boats are getting faster with each regatta, so the trick is to get fast faster than the competition.


    PD: Manouch had another setback and missed a majority of the event as a result, yet they got a bullet in the 1st race. Any words or encouragement for the RIO crew?

    FS: Rio is a very good boat, they proved that in San Diego. They were also sailing well here in Long Beach before they ran into some issues. They will be back.


    PD: Transpac due up next with a match race vs BadPak and some other heavyweights in DIV 1, what are your thoughts looking at the weather window and anticipation of what lays ahead?

    FS: We are psyched about Transpac, these boats love the reaching and VMG running with breeze on. Having our sister-ship in the race will turn this into 2,500 mile match race! We have done well so far off shore, and we have good speed down wind, so we expect to sail well.

    PD: You assessment of the 3 PAN 52 regattas thus far looking back?

    FS: It’s a very competitive class: we’ve had three class regattas this year, and each was won by a different boat.











    PD: Sorry to hear of the additional trouble RIO is experiencing.We will be posting a report on the 52's at LBRW and would be keen on getting your perspective on how things were going prior to
    the issues and what the current issue is...Disappointing for you I must imagine.


    MM: Thanks for reaching out. We had a very good day on Friday but a bulkhead that our Jib control was attached to broke a few minutes after the starts on Saturday.
    All and all I think LBRW is a great event, LBYC does a great job of hosting the sailors and the courses are great.

    It's also almost guaranteed that the competitors will have at least 10-12 knots of wind.
    We saw some new interest in the class during this event and you'd never know, others might want to join our class next year.


    The PAC 52 Class now take a break from the buoy chasing events, and will reconvene in mid September for the Big Boat Series where Beau Geste will join in for 5 boat
    class with their own division. Gavin Brady will step off Invisible Hand and rejoin his mates and Karl Kwok aboard his old steed and competition should increase along with
    the wind speed. The season wraps up 2 weeks later with the PAC 52 Cup also in San Francisco!

    LBRW Results

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    2018 PAC52 Schedule Released





    The Pac52 Class is pleased to announce our Official Class Schedule for the 2018 Season.
    This comes following two Owners meetings and an e-mail poll among the owners which
    gathered a consensus.


    all images©cynthia sinclair/PAC52 class


    Along with agreeing on the schedule, the Owners have also elected to alter next years racing
    format to include short ‘Coastal Races’ in addition to the Windward/Leeward Buoy Racing. The
    Coastal Races will be featured during the regattas, with one day of each regatta set aside for
    this race. The Coastal Race will have a heavier weighted score and will be counted as part of
    each Regatta.




    The 2018 Pac52 Class Schedule is:

    Yachting Cup, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club
    May 4 - Coastal Race
    May 5 - W/L Buoy Racing
    May 6 - W/L Buoy Racing


    Cal Race Week, hosted by Cal Yacht Club
    June 1 - Coastal Race
    June 2 - W/L Buoy Racing
    June 3 - W/L Buoy Racing





    Long Beach Race Week, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club
    June 22 - Coastal Race
    June 23 - W/L Buoy Racing
    June 24 - W/L Buoy Racing




    Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club
    September 13 - W/L Buoy Racing
    September 14 - W/L Buoy Racing
    September 15 - W/L Buoy Racing
    September 16 - Coastal Race


    Pac52 Cup, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club
    September 28 - Coastal Race
    September 29 - W/L Buoy Racing
    September 30 - W/L Buoy Racing

    For more information please visit the official class website online at www.pac52class.com
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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 of the Big Boat Series and The PAC 52 Class Championship
    on San Francisco Bay in September.

    Things are heating up in Nor Cal!
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    A New Standard For Transpac

    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 results were not without a lot of hard work and preparation. "The SoCal 300 gave us a lot of insight as two what to expect from the boat and some where we could make improvements" He notes. " Most importantly on how we could make seamless transitions during watch changes, getting in and out of bunks, feeding the team and working in harsh conditions while maximizing boat speed!




    all on the water images © Lauren Easley / http://www.leialohacreative.com/


    Under the guidance of Gavin Brady, considered the guru of all things PAC 52, Invisible Hand went on a hardcore efficiency program in the weeks that led up to the Transpac, fine tuning the rig, optimizing sail inventory, crew training and a few changes in personnel. The end result, a focused program and little wasted energy and effort. That effort began to show just hours into the race as the noticed their advance of a fraction of a knot of boat speed every hour. "In a boat like this, it's the little things that add up" Frank explains, " A tweak here, weight shift there, heading adjustment etc, all are critical, and the focus of the drivers is an absolute, and we had that with Gavin and Jonathan Swain as watch captains, their ability to concentrate was outstanding, as well as the crew doing main trim early on and the kite trim further down the track. It's hard to do that 24/7, but it's crucial to getting the most out of these machines."

    It wouldn't be a Transpac without some gear drama, and Invisible Hand had some of their own. While blasting along on an A2, the boat slammed into the back of a wave and blew up. “The blow up tore a big chunk of the clew right off. We had to settle for burial at sea as we could not winch it in at the speeds we were going. There was little time wasted and the crew had a new sail up within minutes" Frank says " We were probably taking the A2 too far out of its range, and we sailed with an A4 for a while until the conditions moderated”

    Another mishap occurred during a gybe in the dark. It looked like a batten had broken, but a top batten had wiggled its way out of the luff fitting, and was protruding from the sail at the mast. They sent the bowman, Benny Allen up to retrieve the batten as the main could not be lowered with the batten in that position. They lowered the main to the deck and new addition, Spencer Loxton whipped out his tool box, started emergency surgery and produce a carbon fiber replacement for the sail fitting in a few hours time! You would expect that during that period, The Hand's VMG would drop like it had a rock tied to it, but that wasn't the case. Sailing with just the kite and staysail, the boat stayed on course, occasionally hitting at 17-18 knots all the while. "It was a bit sloppy, keeping the boat under the kite" Frank recalls, "But to keep up that kind of speed with no main was amazing!"




    The initial 1st couple days was rough for most of the late starters in this years edition, and on the PAC52's, it was no exception. "It's like riding a wild bronco" Frank exclaims "Nobody felt like eating and when down below it could get downright violent. These boats in those conditions are no place for the meek! I'm no spring chicken, but I was expecting a rough start. Having the young bulls on board makes a difference. Sailing the Tanspac in the old boat (R/P 63 Invisible Hand, now Aszhou) was like being on a cruise by comparison."

    When asked about routing, Frank worked closely with Navigator Christopher Lewis studying the hourly scheds boats and weather gribs as they came in. "We mixed and matched the different weather models as we went along, a constant topic of discussion. Lew had done a ton of work in preparation for the race. Our bunk was next to the nav station and we could discuss the information together and make decisions, it worked out really well. Our philosophy was to not try to be smarter than the models, but to take small digs and not make huge leaps"
    When queried on the potential of the PAC52 in the Transpac, Frank is unabashed, " We beat Samba Pa Ti's 2009 record by some 7 hours, and it wasn't a particularly windy race. We feel these boats have a lot of room to go yet. We had only one 380 nm day, if you stitch 3 or 4 of them together, who knows?"


    It should be noted that Frank likes to run his sailing programs much like he runs his businesses." We believe in developing strong clarity of purpose, hiring great people and letting them do their job and that, even when you have become the best, there is no time for complacency, only time to work at getting even better"



    Invisible Hand crew with the spoils: King Kalakaua Trophy Awarded to the First Corrected Overall yacht in the Honolulu Race.

    Ben Allen
    Gavin Brady
    Ruben Gabriel
    Christopher Lewis
    Timothy Lidgard
    Spencer Loxton
    Dan Morris
    Keiran Searle
    Frank Slootman
    Johnathan Swain



    ********************
    We also caught up with Tom Holthus, owner of the PAC52 BadPak for a bit of Q&A on this year Transpac:


    PD: 1st of all, congrats on the 2nd place finish in Division and 2nd Overall corrected!
    When you 1st considered jumping into the PAC52 Class, did you imagine the boats could do so well out of the box?


    TH: Thanks and congratulations to Frank and the Invisible Hand crew. They sailed a fast race and we just could not keep pace. The two Pac52 boats getting 1st and 2nd place corrected overall is awesome for the Pac52 Class. Our hope was that the TP52 hull with some modifications would work well for West Coast sailing. Sometimes what is thought out on paper does not always perform in reality. We think we hit the mark this time.





    PD:Some of the highlights of the ride across the Pacific?

    TH: The first two days were upwind sailing with the J2 and a reef in the main. There was a lot of water on the deck and it was full foulie mode. It wasn’t real comfortable. Later when we put up the kite the ride was much more tolerable. Unfortunately there was a lot of debris in the water. We had to take the kite down and go head-to-wind to do a back-down three different times. Each time we had fisherman's rope caught on an appendage. Otherwise, at 15+ knots of breeze, the boat would barely skim the water and we would match the breeze.


    PD: PadPak and Invisible Hand were built in offshore configuration with
    more freeboard and room down below for crew doing overnight jaunts,
    how did the accommodations work out for you and crew? Any surprises?





    TH: The higher freeboard was worth it as there was plenty of room down below and perhaps a bit drier on the deck. The only surprise was the front hatch seal failed us so we had to constantly bail water. We will fix that for the next offshore race.


    PD: With little creature comforts, you need a hearty crew willing to
    bust ass from start to finish, how does one vett the crew in advance
    to assure that kind of commitment?


    TH: The younger strong guys are certainly good to have on the boat. We used many of the same crew that we use for buoy racing so we had a pretty good idea if the guys could keep up. It seemed everyone had been going to the gym and was ready for the demands of the boat.



    PD: Reports are that you son Kelly was a great addition and did a
    stupendous job and remained focused, that has to make Pops proud.
    Your thoughts on sharing this experience with your son?


    TH:Kelly was fantastic! It was pretty tough going for the first two days and he had a great attitude throughout. The guys were great with Kelly teaching him the ropes all along the way. The race will be something he and I will always remember.


    PD:BadPak is now being shipped to San Diego, then being trucked to SF to
    get ready for the Big Boat Series and the Season Championships,
    How soon will the crew arrive and get familiar with conditions on SF
    Bay? Any additional family members jumping on board for those races?


    TH: We decided to ship the boat rather than sail it to San Francisco just to save wear and tear. Big Boat Series is next and we will get the boat back into inshore mode right away so we will be ready for the big breeze on the Bay. My oldest daughter Brittany lives in San Francisco so I am hopeful she or her husband will join us. Unfortunately school will get in the way for my three younger kids to sail.



    PD:The PAC52's had a pretty ambitious 1st season, what are your
    ambitions or expectations for 2018?

    TH: We are planning on doing the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race in March and then we will get the boat back to inshore mode for SDYC's Yachting Cup and the remainder of the Pac52 schedule of races. Manouch, Victor and Frank have been great working together to form the Class and sail our first year. We have proven that we have the right boat and a group that can work together, now we just wait for others to sign up.





    2017 BadPak Transpac crew:

    Andrew Coates
    Bill Erkelens
    Jon Gardner
    Kelly Holthus
    Tom Holthus
    Bruce Nelson
    Ty Reed
    Matt Reynolds
    Brent Ruhne
    Cody Schlub
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photoboy View Post
    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 results were not without a lot of hard work and preparation. "The SoCal 300 gave us a lot of insight as two what to expect from the boat and some where we could make improvements" He notes. " Most importantly on how we could make seamless transitions during watch changes, getting in and out of bunks, feeding the team and working in harsh conditions while maximizing boat speed!




    all on the water images © Lauren Easley / http://www.leialohacreative.com/


    Under the guidance of Gavin Brady, considered the guru of all things PAC 52, Invisible Hand went on a hardcore efficiency program in the weeks that led up to the Transpac, fine tuning the rig, optimizing sail inventory, crew training and a few changes in personnel. The end result, a focused program and little wasted energy and effort. That effort began to show just hours into the race as the noticed their advance of a fraction of a knot of boat speed every hour. "In a boat like this, it's the little things that add up" Frank explains, " A tweak here, weight shift there, heading adjustment etc, all are critical, and the focus of the drivers is an absolute, and we had that with Gavin and Jonathan Swain as watch captains, their ability to concentrate was outstanding, as well as the crew doing main trim early on and the kite trim further down the track. It's hard to do that 24/7, but it's crucial to getting the most out of these machines."

    It wouldn't be a Transpac without some gear drama, and Invisible Hand had some of their own. While blasting along on an A2, the boat slammed into the back of a wave and blew up. “The blow up tore a big chunk of the clew right off. We had to settle for burial at sea as we could not winch it in at the speeds we were going. There was little time wasted and the crew had a new sail up within minutes" Frank says " We were probably taking the A2 too far out of its range, and we sailed with an A4 for a while until the conditions moderated”

    Another mishap occurred during a gybe in the dark. It looked like a batten had broken, but a top batten had wiggled its way out of the luff fitting, and was protruding from the sail at the mast. They sent the bowman, Benny Allen up to retrieve the batten as the main could not be lowered with the batten in that position. They lowered the main to the deck and new addition, Spencer Loxton whipped out his tool box, started emergency surgery and produce a carbon fiber replacement for the sail fitting in a few hours time! You would expect that during that period, The Hand's VMG would drop like it had a rock tied to it, but that wasn't the case. Sailing with just the kite and staysail, the boat stayed on course, occasionally hitting at 17-18 knots all the while. "It was a bit sloppy, keeping the boat under the kite" Frank recalls, "But to keep up that kind of speed with no main was amazing!"




    The initial 1st couple days was rough for most of the late starters in this years edition, and on the PAC52's, it was no exception. "It's like riding a wild bronco" Frank exclaims "Nobody felt like eating and when down below it could get downright violent. These boats in those conditions are no place for the meek! I'm no spring chicken, but I was expecting a rough start. Having the young bulls on board makes a difference. Sailing the Tanspac in the old boat (R/P 63 Invisible Hand, now Aszhou) was like being on a cruise by comparison."

    When asked about routing, Frank worked closely with Navigator Christopher Lewis studying the hourly scheds boats and weather gribs as they came in. "We mixed and matched the different weather models as we went along, a constant topic of discussion. Lew had done a ton of work in preparation for the race. Our bunk was next to the nav station and we could discuss the information together and make decisions, it worked out really well. Our philosophy was to not try to be smarter than the models, but to take small digs and not make huge leaps"
    When queried on the potential of the PAC52 in the Transpac, Frank is unabashed, " We beat Samba Pa Ti's 2009 record by some 7 hours, and it wasn't a particularly windy race. We feel these boats have a lot of room to go yet. We had only one 380 nm day, if you stitch 3 or 4 of them together, who knows?"


    It should be noted that Frank likes to run his sailing programs much like he runs his businesses." We believe in developing strong clarity of purpose, hiring great people and letting them do their job and that, even when you have become the best, there is no time for complacency, only time to work at getting even better"



    Invisible Hand crew with the spoils: King Kalakaua Trophy Awarded to the First Corrected Overall yacht in the Honolulu Race.

    Ben Allen
    Gavin Brady
    Ruben Gabriel
    Christopher Lewis
    Timothy Lidgard
    Spencer Loxton
    Dan Morris
    Keiran Searle
    Frank Slootman
    Johnathan Swain



    ********************
    We also caught up with Tom Holthus, owner of the PAC52 BadPak for a bit of Q&A on this year Transpac:


    PD: 1st of all, congrats on the 2nd place finish in Division and 2nd Overall corrected!
    When you 1st considered jumping into the PAC52 Class, did you imagine the boats could do so well out of the box?


    TH: Thanks and congratulations to Frank and the Invisible Hand crew. They sailed a fast race and we just could not keep pace. The two Pac52 boats getting 1st and 2nd place corrected overall is awesome for the Pac52 Class. Our hope was that the TP52 hull with some modifications would work well for West Coast sailing. Sometimes what is thought out on paper does not always perform in reality. We think we hit the mark this time.





    PD:Some of the highlights of the ride across the Pacific?

    TH: The first two days were upwind sailing with the J2 and a reef in the main. There was a lot of water on the deck and it was full foulie mode. It wasn’t real comfortable. Later when we put up the kite the ride was much more tolerable. Unfortunately there was a lot of debris in the water. We had to take the kite down and go head-to-wind to do a back-down three different times. Each time we had fisherman's rope caught on an appendage. Otherwise, at 15+ knots of breeze, the boat would barely skim the water and we would match the breeze.


    PD: PadPak and Invisible Hand were built in offshore configuration with
    more freeboard and room down below for crew doing overnight jaunts,
    how did the accommodations work out for you and crew? Any surprises?





    TH: The higher freeboard was worth it as there was plenty of room down below and perhaps a bit drier on the deck. The only surprise was the front hatch seal failed us so we had to constantly bail water. We will fix that for the next offshore race.


    PD: With little creature comforts, you need a hearty crew willing to
    bust ass from start to finish, how does one vett the crew in advance
    to assure that kind of commitment?


    TH: The younger strong guys are certainly good to have on the boat. We used many of the same crew that we use for buoy racing so we had a pretty good idea if the guys could keep up. It seemed everyone had been going to the gym and was ready for the demands of the boat.



    PD: Reports are that you son Kelly was a great addition and did a
    stupendous job and remained focused, that has to make Pops proud.
    Your thoughts on sharing this experience with your son?


    TH:Kelly was fantastic! It was pretty tough going for the first two days and he had a great attitude throughout. The guys were great with Kelly teaching him the ropes all along the way. The race will be something he and I will always remember.


    PD:BadPak is now being shipped to San Diego, then being trucked to SF to
    get ready for the Big Boat Series and the Season Championships,
    How soon will the crew arrive and get familiar with conditions on SF
    Bay? Any additional family members jumping on board for those races?


    TH: We decided to ship the boat rather than sail it to San Francisco just to save wear and tear. Big Boat Series is next and we will get the boat back into inshore mode right away so we will be ready for the big breeze on the Bay. My oldest daughter Brittany lives in San Francisco so I am hopeful she or her husband will join us. Unfortunately school will get in the way for my three younger kids to sail.



    PD:The PAC52's had a pretty ambitious 1st season, what are your
    ambitions or expectations for 2018?

    TH: We are planning on doing the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race in March and then we will get the boat back to inshore mode for SDYC's Yachting Cup and the remainder of the Pac52 schedule of races. Manouch, Victor and Frank have been great working together to form the Class and sail our first year. We have proven that we have the right boat and a group that can work together, now we just wait for others to sign up.





    2017 BadPak Transpac crew:

    Andrew Coates
    Bill Erkelens
    Jon Gardner
    Kelly Holthus
    Tom Holthus
    Bruce Nelson
    Ty Reed
    Matt Reynolds
    Brent Ruhne
    Cody Schlub
    I'm kind of new at this. How does a blown out clew keep you from dousing/recovering a kite? 2500 sq ft of Airex is a great addition to the environment. No bitching about fisherman's abandoned nets if you're not going to clean up your own shit.

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    WOW,

    Somebody has an axe to grind.

  8. #58
    Hater's gotta hate.

    Congrats to the Hand Crew and Bad Pak.

    Notice served.

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    I agree with Nick. There's lots of talk about saving the oceans in sailing circles, but the big bucks guys apparently don't care. I was pretty surprised to read this.

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    Simmer down, gentlemen. To clarify, "Burial at sea" is in reference to the piece of nylon material around the clew only, not the entire A2, as the kite (98.375% of it) was brought down on deck to assess the damage. I don't think it would have been a good idea at 0300 to stop the boat charging along at 20+ knots to turn around for the missing piece.

    Thanks for your concerns about saving the oceans from litter and debris. We did see quite a bit of it along the way and got lucky not to have it wrapped around our foils.

    -Ruben

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