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    2017 Transpac: Go South Young Man

    The 2017 Transpac 1st starters are in the gate with 1st guns for divisions 5, 6, 7, and a 42' Catamaran named Kastor Pollux
    is Monday off Pt Fermin... Boats in the 33' to 47' range, the smallest, a Hobie 33' from Alberta Canada named Dark Star, the largest, a 49'
    Jeanneau named Between The Sheets from Newport Beach. Of local interest, Rodney Pimentel's Cal 40' Azure representing the Encinal YC.

    Monday's noon time weather model courtesy

    Tuesdays noon grib. No new starts.

    Wednesday sees the fleet of 10 SC 50s and 52's off in division 4 and in division 3, the Fast 40's,
    6 boats ranging from the Andrews 40' Fast Exit, the former R/P 45' Criminal Mischief
    now a Japanese contender renamed Lady Kannon VI. Of local interest in the 50's, Michael Moradzadeh's
    SC 50 Oaxaca with Dee Caffari and Liz Baylis aboard. Also Mark Dowdy with the recently gussied up
    SC 50 Hana Ho, Bill Helvestine's SC 50' Deception and Paul Cayard's former SC 50' Hula Girl
    now in the capable hands of Wayne Zittel and the J-World crew.

    Thursday's main course action looks to have more promising winds and will feature potential record setters in the form of Mod 70's
    Phadeo3 and Maserati , now in foiling configuration. And the Big Fella's in Division 1, with the now Spithill-less Comanche
    going head to head with RIO 100' both stacked to the gills with offshore talent. Scattered about in other boats, you will find Skip McCormack
    trimming stay sails on the former Invisible Hand, now Azhou. The Pac 52's have local talent with Brent Ruhne and Bill Erkelens on BadPak
    and Frank Slootmans' new Invisible Hand crewed with Ruben Gabriel, Dan Morris, Timothy Lidgard and Christopher Lewis throwing darts at grib maps....

    Buona Sera the SC 70 is loaded with solid Santa Cruz sailors as is there sparring partners aboard Merlin. John Buchanan, Tim Cordrey,
    Jay Crum, Joseph Crum, Chris Deaver, Mike Evans, Bret Gripenstraw, Edward Marez, Thomas Ripard, Gerry Swinton on BS and on the Mighty Merlin:
    Carl Buchan, Mackenzie Cook, Jack Halterman, Keahi Ho, Mike Holt, Morgan Larson, Bill Lee, Chris Watts, Rob Woelfel! Hogan Beatie is aboard the former
    Pyewacket, now Catapult, Brendan Busch, David Liebenberg and Will Paxton will be lending hands on Grand Illusion Scott Easom has his fid
    at the ready aboard the current Pyewacket. IN the multis, it would appear Paul Allen is the lone rep, doing some heavy lifting and climbing rigs on Phaedo 3...

    Friday is looking good for a southerly dig and positioning for the modest trades.

    By Saturday the boats will be in the tradewinds groove, with nothing on the horizon nasty like last years Pac Cup
    as far as hurricanes and such... We'll look into winds a week from now in a few days when the tea leaves settle a bit...
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    Record run by the 100 footers?

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    Don't forget Morgan on RIO.

    He's seems to be out of town more than around, but still gets mail delivered to the Bay Area!

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    Was just informed Zachary Anderson is aboard the SC 52 Medusa.

    Cree Partridge is sailing on the Cal 40' Sequoia...

    I'm sure there are others, please add if you are aware of others...
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    Divisions 5-7 Get Started

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Seventeen yachts in three divisions set off yesterday in the first wave of three starts to the 49th edition of the 2017 biennial Transpac Race. Under sunny skies and light winds the fleet left the start area promptly at the start signal of 1:00 PM local time to head west towards the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2225 miles away.

    This was both an end and a beginning for these teams: an end of months and even years of preparation and planning, and likely a welcome relief after this arduous task, especially those doing the race for the first time. Finally setting out to sea will be a break from all the endless checklists that go along with planning a race of this length and endurance.

    And of course the race is also the beginning of an adventure of many days and even weeks of sailing ahead, where crew camaraderie, seamanship, navigation and strategy and other skills will be tested. The best in each division will be rewarded with trophies and prizes at the end of the race, but even those who do not fare well will be rewarded with the satisfaction of having completed one of the world's oldest and greatest ocean races.


    The weather at the start featured a pleasant westerly sea breeze and enough sun to reduce the chill of the coastal water, which for the teams will get colder as they head west into the first few nights of the race. The long-term forecast for this fleet is for the typical northwest coastal winds to start out to be moderate in strength, and as the fleet moves south and west it will bend more towards the northeast and become the famous downwind slide to Hawaii, and while the wind speeds in the current forecast do not show to be very strong, the pattern does look more typical and normal to this time of year than that experienced in the unusual El Nino conditions experienced in the last race in 2015.

    Each entry in the Transpac has a YB GPS tracker, allowing their position to be shown with a four-hour delay built in so that this information cannot be used for tactical advantage on the race course. The first several hours shows the fleet clear of the West End of Catalina Island, with some teams - like John Sandrolini's Beneteau 47.7 La Sirena - diving south right away, while others - like Hiroshige Ikeda's XP 44 t Draconis - are being conservative and staying closer to the rhumb line course to Hawaii.

    This position for the Japanese team is giving them an early lead in the race, but this may change: this race has always been a trade-off between sailing a shorter distance close to the rhumb line but risking light winds versus heading south for more wind but longer sailing distance. With help from the trackers, in the next several days we will see which strategy appears to be paying off.

    The next start for Divisions 3 and 4 will be tomorrow, July 5th at 1:00 PM, also at Point Fermin.

    The YB tracking can be found at

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    July 11 Update

    Steady as she goes for Mondays 16 boat fleet with most averaging vmg in the 6 plus knot range.
    Division's 3 and 4 have departed the docks and are headed to the start area. The SC-50-52 plus the 40's.
    Forecast is for increased pressure Thursday afternoon through Friday, slingshotting the late starters well
    down the track and getting them into the tradewind highway soon!


    Division 5 shows tight racing between the 4 boats in the fleet with a slight edge for the Japanese entry t.Draconis

    Division 6 has the 4 boat fleet 300 nm plus down the track with Creative holding a slight advantage on corrected time.

    Division 7 with 8 boats shows the two Cal 40's Azure and Sequoia 1st and 2nd in standings!

    Report from the boat – Tuesday, 7/4:

    All is good onboard! Team is happy with our current position in our fleet. Wind is on the light side at Noon, @ 6 knots and we are sailing with our J1 jib. We had a great day yesterday with a favored boat end start. Although a little late at the start, it worked out perfectly and we were quickly on top of our fleet. We did one short tack to port, tacked back and laid Catalina and we would say first to Catalina. The Japan boat, XP-44, was right with us and above us. We jib reached through the afternoon in 10-12 knots of wind. The night came and we had some awesome sailing with 14-16 knots in the moonlight. Morning came and we had some fun with getting some kelp off the rudder. Wind went far enough right to hang the code zero and we ran with that for most of the morning. Also, some head issues with it not fully working so that sounds like it is typical!

    Praying for more wind! Mahalo!!

    Team Loco-motive

    Just over 24 hours since the start of the race, and we are making tracks. Wind has been better than forecast until daybreak when we caught up to the forecast. I think the sailing is great, but Paul thinks its really slow. Starting to see shifts in the wind relative to our course, so we put up the spinny for a bit, and then took it down again - at least it let us work out the fouls in the line, even if it cost us some time.

    We also experienced our first two repairs. First, no nuts on one of the winches, made for an interesting awakening to see the port aft winch lifted off the comming. it was curious that i had just the right number and size of nuts in our spares for repair - hmmm.

    Second repair was a shot washer on the kitchen sink that was presenting a leak that Erik discovered. After emptying 7.5 gallons of water from the bilge, we hope that stems the issue. So much for not filling the second 50gal tank to save on weight. Thank god we packed 60 gal of water in bottles. But if we run out of water for washing, there will be some interesting smells coming from Alicante. Lesson learned, get three opinions on inspections - both were avoidable but neither discovered despite the armies of people working on the boat - boo.

    Despite a no alcohol policy on the boat, we smuggled about four beers to go with the dogs we enjoyed for lunch today to celebrate the fourth. That was a nice treat and seemed to perk everyone up. Check out the pict of Rob noshing at the helm.

    Not much else to report here. So as the dad that learned to text from his son once wrote LOL (which he thought meant Lots of Love)

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    Looks like the big boats are getting a higher power assist tomorrow!

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    July 5th UPDATES

    Day 2 – 7/5 report from Locomotive
    July 5, 2017
    Sorry that we never said Happy 4th!! We almost forgot but Mickey reminded us by wearing his American flag shorts!

    All good on boat. Weather is cloudy and we had some misty showers last night. Wind has been in the 8 – 14 knots last night and today. We ran the Code 0 last night and switched to the A3 this morning. Trying to keep at least 8 knots of boat speed. We found some kelp on the sail drive yesterday with Sean’s custom scope and Clement nailed it with the first try of the kelp stick. We got the head fully working with a bit of a jury rig from Clement but that certainly makes things easier and nicer!!

    Had major wear with the halyard for the Code 0 so Clement did his rigging magic so we should now all be good with that halyard.

    Saw lots of phosphorus jelly fish glowing last night but apart from that, not much wild life.

    Food has been good with our pre-made dinners and breakfast burritos in the morning. We are starting to talk about Mai Tais in hopefully 8-10 more days.


    Team Locomotive


    Yesterday we were given a great send-off from Rainbow Harbour, Long Beach with announcements of our departure being broadcast and canons being fired. As the only British entry since anyone can remember, there were plenty of accolades given for the fact that Zephyr had travelled 10,000 nm to get to the start line. And the crew felt pretty good about that also! More of that later.

    The start off Point Fermin was under very light airs, but we were well placed and in the hunt from the off. The prime consideration at this stage was to judge when to tack to clear Catalina Island to port. Local knowlege was paramount as we were told to expect a lift as we approached the Island. Happily the breeze built to a respectable Force 4 and by the time we reached Catalina we were up in the leading pack. From there we were able to crack off a few degrees in order to position ourselves south of the rhumb line to Hawaii as the breeze continued to build and allow Zephyr to reach over 9 knots of boat speed. In all a cracking good start to our race.

    As is typical, the wind decided to die as we went into our first night at sea and by midnight we barely were able to keep Zephyr moving. Not good for morale! But with the dawn the wind freed enough for us to raise our Code One spinnaker and put the boat speed back up to 7 knots. Now utmost concentration is key as the wind remains up & down so we divide the helming into half hour slots.

    So all is well. We have just picked up the daily forecast which will allow us to ease a little more south whilst maintaining good boat speed. Happily we also have a favourable current of almost one knot.

    And the more of that later? Well we wish to thank all those who made their own contribution to assisting us achieve the delivery from Lymington to the starting line. We will not be naming you, but we know who you are. Thank you so much!

    Chris C

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    Transpac – Race day 2 – Ups and downs
    22 hours ago
    - Transpac
    This morning started of in a great way. We’ve sailed fast through the night and celebrated with a mix of choco pops, corn flakes and white party (see picture) for breakfast that Cubaneren finally was picking up speed and was about to leave our competitors in the wake.

    And yes – we know you’e thinking the position report is nothing much to celebrate, but taking into consideration the fact that we’ve spent most of the race ’till now with our self-tacking jib doing about 70-90 degrees TWA, it’s not bad at all being able to keep the genoa boats behind physically at this point.

    For today the above actually summarises the last 18 hours of sailing. Occasionally we’re able to fly our A5 genakker, but since we’ve decided to race for Hawaii and not Galapagos, the current wind angles most of the time limits us to the jib on our way to our secret 5 days away waypoint..

    About the fun part that doesn’t involve sailing the crew today observed another whale. Boring. Seen it before. Also we’ve seen a bird that looks like a mix of a penguin and the light wind foils of America Cup Team ETNZ catamaran. For now we’ve named it Rosenbird until someone is able to confirm it’s actual existence. Most shocking though is the weather. We signed up for the Transpac and the race for the promised land of Hawaii because of great downwind sailing in shorts and ultimate tanning conditions. So far it’s only getting colder and colder and we’ve put on all the clothes we carry onboard as well as running the heater. No sun, no downwind, no tanning, no heat. Let’s hope Hawaii actually exists somewhere far, far, far out there.!?

    As this is getting posted we’re just about to finish the discussion of why the Pacific Ocean is named the Pacific Ocean, Mar de la Pacifico or0 Stillehavet. So if someone can drop us a message through the website that would be nice!

    And hey! Look at that giant turtle! Or is it a shark???

    Note to Milde: There’s actually be NO sunset tonight. Too cloudy.

    Wasa 44



    LA SIRENA - 7/5/17 REPORT
    Posted July 05, 2017
    Sailing Vessel La Sirena, Beneteau 47.7 First
    Sailing Crew: John "Tony" Sandrolini, Fraser McClellan, Barbara and Michael Lawler, Carl Gustafsun, Sean Derby, and Troy McEwan

    Day 2 of Transpac 2017 was largely uneventful. We reached in fair winds and gentle seas under cloudy skies throughout the day. Sailboats Dark Star and Onde Amo appeared on the horizon periodically; otherwise no race vessels were sighted.

    The significant event of the day was the repairing of the steering cable. Both the slackness in the cable and the troubling binding and thumping emanating from the vicinty of the rudder post convinced us of the need to act. Multiple options for controlling the boat during the repair were considered, included heaving to, utilizing the manual tiller, and activating the autopilot (which almost certainly would have carried a penalty from the race committee). In the end, we struck the jib and slipped the manual tiller onto the rudder fitting. Fraser drove the boat while Carl and I reaffixed the slack cable onto its drum and cranked down the cable fittings on the steering quadrant down in "the hole". Seas were fair and winds were light during the 30 minute repair, making the task relatively easy. We surrended some time during this activity, but all hands were very pleased with the behavior and integrity of the rudder assembly afterward.

    Yesterday was, of course, Independence Day. No fireworks were discharged, but Michael and Barbara prepared a beautiful feast of ravioli, fresh vegetables and rack of lamb with mint jelly. Anyone who knows the Lawlers will not be surprised by this extravagence, which was very well received by the entire ship's complement.

    During the evening we dueled with Dark Star a bit in close quarters before passing to the north. This brought a little excitement to the evening, but is definitely to their advantage as they are both in a different division and in posession of a lower rating. In our own division, we remain the lowest boat but trail the fleet slightly. We hope to convert the more favorable winds anticipated down here on a run toward Diamond Head as the race progresses.

    Other than some difficulty transmitting on our satphone (we can hear the R/C, however) all is well aboard ship.

    Love and best wishes to all,
    The crew of La Sirena


    Transpac – Race day 1
    1 day ago
    - Transpac
    Message is delayed – sorry. New update will follow soon!

    And we’re off! Leaving Shorline Yachtclub and Rainbow Marina with a great Aloha we steamed north to the staring area close to Point Fermin. Boats in division 5, 6 & 7 were sent off in light breeze around 5 knots of speed straight on the nose. Cubaneren and it’s self tacking jib was not to happy about the conditions and though great efforts were made we were 40 sec late across the line. Error noted.

    To make up for the slightly disappointing performance we did a port tack and headed for the spectator fleet and coastal route off the starting area. Less current was good, but we tacked onto starboard just a little to late to fully benefit from the forecasted (yes – we know…) wind shift that allowed most of the fleet also further west of us to reach north of Saint Catalina (a mandatory waypoint) and into the Pacific.
    Right now – in complete darkness and cloudy weather – we’re racing within sight of our main competitors with a heading around 230 degrees in winds that exceed the forecast (10-14 kn) – highly preferred by our cuban cigar who is still limited to carrying the small jib in true wind angles around 60-70 degrees.

    And for those of you who doesn’t care about the sailing – here’s the news for you! Yes – it only took two hours before we did our first whale spotting. Nice! We’ve had chicken teryaki and chilli con carne for lunch and dinner – both rating 4 on the crews food scale. Interior damage is already in place due to missing sea legs in upwind conditions. And it turns out our compass works the best with the spray hood in place. And @mariusmilde – the sunset was just okay. Nothing special.

    And to our American fans – Happy 4th of July!

    Wasa 44



    Rodneys Transpac Blog Day 1 & Day 2
    05 July 2017
    Well - we haven't done this blog for a while. Testing this out! Here is Day 1 & 2 from Rodney.

    Day 1 was fun! We had a great race with our class and all rounded the end of Catalina about the same time. Luckily the wind is holding out tonight. The last time we did the Transpac in 2005 we had to wait all night for the wind to come up next to Catalina. Right now it is 3:30 am and Tony and I are on watch. We had a great meal tonight, home made lasagna - it was delicious. We precook all our our dinners ahead of time and freeze them, so they are fantastic. We can see the lights of Sequoia, the other Cal 40 and Alacante, a saber 38. We are hoping to put up a spinnaker tomorrow morning - that will give us an advantage.

    Day 2 Oceans blue! We are 2080 miles away from Honolulu. The winds are starting to build from the north so we are hoping to start flying a spinnaker soon. We tried to fly one for a short time yesterday morning, but the winds did not cooperate. There is normally a strong high pressure system that is located in the middle of the pacific that we sail around, but this year there are two small ones, so navigating is difficult. Looks like it will take us 13 more days of sailing, so we should arrive in the 18th. We started our day with Michelle's famous breakfast burritos, and ended with Jim's Tajin.

    Unfortunately we lost Lisa #3 our hula girl figurine yesterday. She was firmly mounted to the pulpit but must of been knocked off by a sail . Oh well out of the four times we have sailed to Hawaii, she has made it twice. We saw dolphins and a sunfish today. All the other boats we started with have now spread out so far we can no longer see each other.

    CAL 40



    Transpac 2017 day two
    04 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
    Robb Daer
    Everyone is getting settled into our routine and watch system on day two. We are celebrating Roark's birthday today. we are headed south, way south which is what all the models told us yesterday. We've seen winds from 3 to 17 today and had our first rain. Our Code Zero has saved us today; As we dig deeper south the wind is becoming much more steady.

    Happy 4th of July from the crew of Mirthmaker

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    July 6th Update


    5 Divisions are now on course with the addition on Divisions 3 and 4 yesterday, the official report :

    LOS ANGELES, CA - The second wave of three starts to the 49th edition of the 2017 biennial Transpac Race left Pt Fermin today in a pleasant 8-10 knot Southern California seabreeze, en route to a finish line awaiting them 2225 miles away at Diamond Head in Honolulu. The group of 16 boats in Divisions 3 and 4 were today faster and more lively than the cruiser/racers crossing the line on Monday's first start, with plenty of action and even one boat over the start line at the gun.

    With a slight pin end favor to the line set perpendicular to the course, John Schulze's SC 50 Horizon timed it perfectly to win the pin with speed and jump out to an early lead. Horizon is one of the perennial favorites among the competitive Fast 50's in this race, having earned herself top prize in this class except for last year when Eric Grey's Allure beat her by less than 3 minutes after nearly a week of racing.

    Steve Sellinger's SC 52 Triumph set up early on the line, luffing her headsail to modulate her speed, but got caught when the fleet converged and kept her above the line at the gun. So PRO Tom Trujillo and his team raised the X flag and called her back, a small hiccup for a race lasting several days ahead.

    Another early leader in the pack was Naomichi Ando's R/P 45 Lady Kanon VI, powered up, heeled over and going fast even in the light breeze.

    The next generation of Transpac racers was well-represented in the fleet this year, with numerous young sailors on board boats headed west.

    For example, today Chris Hemans's Rogers 46 Varuna had his daughter Gray Hemans on board, listed as Spinnaker Trimmer on their crew list, and on Monday's start Ross Pearlman's Between the Sheets had Rob Vandervort's son Will Vandervort also on board. Both Gray and Bill are active 14 year olds in the junior sailing scene in Newport Beach.

    "We're really fortunate to have strong interest from our members in passing on their love of this race and offshore sailing to young sailors," says TPYC Commodore Bo Wheeler. "I expect to see a lot of interest this in the next cycle for the 50th anniversary edition in 2019."

    The remaining 22 fast monohulls and multihulls in Divisions 0, 1 and 2 are having their last night ashore tonight before its their turn to start tomorrow, July 6th at 1:00 PM, also at Point Fermin. Among these are potential race record-breaking entries in both the monohull and multihull divisions, so follow them on the Transpac YB tracking page at
    As of 0530 AM PDST the breakdown looks thusly:

    Div 3: John Raymont's Andrew 40Fast Exit has the corrected time lead and is the northern most boat but well south of rhumbline.
    The two J-125's Resolute and Raisin Cane are just below yet physically ahead and clicking off the miles. All boats in the Fast 40'
    division are making over 7 knots VMG

    The well populated SC 50-52 Division aka Div 4 are all sailing as a nice tight cluster with Steve Sellinger's SC 52 Triumph holding a slight corrected time lead over
    William Guilfoyles SC 52 Prevail and William Helvestine's Deception

    Larry Andrew's Summit 40 Locomotive is holding a slight corrected lead over Hiroshige Ikeda's XP 44' t.Draconis in Division 5,
    both well ahead of the other two boats in division. They are already feeling wind on the aft quarter at this time.

    A two boat match race has developed in Divison 6 with Ed Sanford's J-105 Creative covering Stephen Ashley's Beneteau First 40.7 Onde Amo

    Encinal's flagship boat, the Cal 40' Azure has begun to pull away from rest of fleet and is northernmost boat in group, with Fred Cook's
    Cal 40 Sequoia in second on corrected time.
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