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    The guys on Gamble are having a hell of a time.

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    Another Box Checked For Team BadPak

    In 2017, Two Pac52's stole the show in their Transpac debut with flying colors, dashing across the Pacific
    in an impressive 7 days and change, while not only taking 1st and 2nd place Division 1 but correcting out to 1st and 2nd
    overall. Tom Holthus and crew on BadPak chased Frank Slootman's Invisible Hand for a week but were 4 hours
    and 13 minutes shy of reeling them in after 2,225 nautical miles.

    While Badpak would be the sole representative from the Pac 52 in 2019, they still had unfinished business. This years division one
    was loaded with 12 top notch talent pack yachts, including both Rio 100 & Comanche, which need no introduction, but the Infiniti 46r Maverick,
    the Botin 65 CARO and Philip Turners RP 66' Alive fresh off her Sydney-Hobart overall win and California Offshore Race Week glory.

    Tom really enjoys his ocean racing time, and his 14 year old Kelly does as well, this being their 2nd Transpac together, it is special in many ways.
    they were joined with regular crew of Ty Reed, Jon Garner, Bruce Nelson, Bill Hardesty, Matt Smith, Artie Means calling the shots
    and the new kid on the bow, Collin Leon of Newport, R.I., which Tom calls super fit and super strong, along with 8 time Volvo competitor Stu Bannatyne as watch captain.

    Division 1, the Sleds and Multi Division 0 all started on Saturday, July 13th and promptly sailed into a giant wind vacuum on the west end of Catalina Island, effectively
    giving the other fleets and addition 18 to 24 hour head start as they drifted in sub 4 knot conditions. "We deployed the R1 for 1st 12 hours then moved to R2 for the next" Tom said on their
    escape from the mammoth hole. "When we finally got to some decent breeze, we know we had our work cut for us. Artie did a great job working us through the light air and to breeze
    and Stu kept the boat moving fast at all times"

    "The Pac52 really starts to shine in 14-15 knots and we had plenty of that this year, steadier wind and having dug south, we got to the trades earlier then last year" Tom adds. By day 3, Badpak had
    moved to their A-2, then the A-2.5. Their path would take them southerly, more so than most of their division, almost mirroring the RP 66 Alive's for the 1st 4 days or about the 1/2 way point.
    They would finally cross the rhumbline simultaneously on the 18th but Alive would have a 190 nm lead. BadPak would continue to keep the pressure on, both on the sails and Alive, Artie Means
    putting them where the wind was but sailing a shorter course where possible all the way to the finish. BadPak would complete the race with a 08:15:37:48 mark corrected, besting Alives 08:17:04:55
    by 1:27:07 to claim Division 1.

    "It was a bit slower start for all of us, which hurt record chances, but the wind seemed steadier than 2017 and there seemed to be a lot less junk in the water" Tom noted "Our last Transpac we hit a few things and spent quite a bit of time clearing things off the keel, which is always slow. Maybe the southerly route helped in that regard". Tom notes that the Pac 52 with the extra free board is ideal for this
    race ratings wise as well as in comfort level and doesn't see any reason to stray from success anytime soon!

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    Hamachi Final Approach

    Here’s Jason’s summary of the grueling last 24 hours of Team Hamachi’s Transpac winning race:

    We did it. But the last 24 hours were really intense.

    We were struggling to cover both Bretwalda 3, which was focused on sailing as fast as possible to Oahu, and Velvet Hammer, who was playing a tactical game. The Hammer was heading for the right corner to establish leverage on us, while we sailed more of a rhumb line to keep our VMG high. Squalls were rolling across the race course creating challenging wind angles and large wind holes. We struggled very early Saturday morning and watched the separation increase with Bretwalda, and our advantage decrease with Velvet Hammer. Hamachi had been atop the ORR overall standings since Wednesday morning, but all of us felt that lead slipping away.

    Around 3am a series of squalls came through that increased pressure and improved wind angles which allowed us to start making gains on the competition. Then just after sunrise we gybed right on a favorable shift to cover Velvet Hammer and rode that for many hours. Sailing was slow in 12-15 kts of wind, even though they were forecast to be 20kts. Around this time we came into contact with Bad Pak (Pac 52) and Peligroso (Kernan 70), top sleds that started the day after us. Seeing these boats less than 200 miles from the finish made us start to comprehend the magnitude of our accomplishments.

    Unfortunately, as we entered the 200nm "Live Zone" our YB tracker battery died. We contacted Race Committee, but they were already aware of the situation and in the process of contacting us. Apparently our tracker went crazy and started pinging the Iridium network constantly, which burned its battery out. They instructed us to give manual updates every four hours, which made for a very stressful day for all you tracker junkies. It was equally stressful for us on board! In actuality, at no time during the last day did we surrender the lead, it just looked that way on Yellow Brick.

    Around noon the wind was forecast to go right, which would allow us to get headed up to Molokai on the opposite board. Instead, the wind continued to clock left and remained light (12-15 kts). While this improved our tactical advantage over Velvet Hammer, it made our odds of catching Bretwalda worse, and all we could do was watch them sail to the finish around 2pm in the afternoon (local Hawaii time).

    Based on the differences in our ratings, Bretwalda owed us approximately 13.5 hours on corrected time. So once they crossed the line a clock started and we had to finish within that time allowance. Unfortunately, we spent most of the afternoon rolling slowly downwind through swells in light breeze, 150 nm from the finish. We felt good about our ability to finish in front of Velvet Hammer, who was 45nm north and directly upwind of us, but were not so optimistic about Bretwalda 3. The team kept pushing and around 4pm the wind increased to 15 kts, and then by 6 pm it was 17 kts. The wind angle was still terrible but we gybed back on to port and headed to Molokai. The boat kicked up on a plane (Hamachi’s boat speed is about 2 kts less than the wind speed) and we started trucking south. The wind continued to increase to 20kts and clock slowly right and the whole team was focused on burning down the miles to the finish. We approached Molokai on a tear at 17-19kts and gybed right towards the infamous Molokai channel. Luckily it was fairly tame that evening and the team threw down six perfect gybes to get around Molokai, across the channel and lined up for Diamond Head. We power reached across the line at 16 kts at 2:21 am Sunday morning to complete the 50th Transpac in 8 days 16 hours and 21 minutes, which gives us a corrected time of 8 day 0 hours and 52 minutes. This time has been, so far, sufficient to put us in first place overall.

    It’s been a hell of an adventure and one that will not be repeated anytime soon. We were fortunate to start on the “right day” and the high pressure materialized in a manner that allowed us to power reach the whole way to Hawaii in winds that averaged between 15-20 kts. We never saw winds above 22 kts except for a few minutes, and always between midnight at 2 am to make it more exciting. We couldn’t have asked for a better crew and having one additional crew member became a clear advantage in the heavier wind versus the other J/125s. It’s going to take several days to catch up on sleep and begin to process the magnitude of this adventure and accomplishment. We have really appreciated all the support from our friends, family and Pacific Northwest sailing community.


    Team Hamachi

    A big shout out to our Waikiki Yacht Club Hosts, Shawn and Marla Kelly, and Matthew and daughter Marrissa McFadden who put together a welcome party for the whole team at 03:00HST.

    Congratulations Team Hamachi!

    FIRST TO FINISH: ARGO, MOD 70, Jason Caroll
    BARN DOOR TROPHY (First monohull): COMANCHE, Verdier/VPLP 100, Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant
    MERLIN TROPHY: RIO100, Bakewell/White 100, Manouch Moshayedi
    STORM TRYSAIL TEAM TROPHY: TBD (Naughty Blue Tequila leader as of 7/22/19)
    1st OVERALL ORR: HAMACHI, J/125, Shawn Doughery & Jason Andrews

    1st DIV 1: BADPAK, Pac52, Tom Holthus
    1st DIV 2: TAXI DANCER, RP70, Yabsley / Compton
    1st DIV 3: HAMACHI, J/125, Shawn Doughery & Jason Andrews
    1st DIV 4: OAXACA, Santa Cruz 50, Michael Moradzadeh
    1st DIV 5: TBD (Good Call current leader)
    1st DIv 6: BLUEFLASH, J/121, Scott Grealish
    1st DIV 7: CHUBASCO, S&S Yawl, Akin / Baker / Carpenter / Durant
    1st DIV 8: SWEET OKOLE, Farr 36, Dean Treadway
    1st DIV 9: NADELOS, Wasa 55, Ian Ferguson
    1st DIV 10: TBD
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    Bring In The Tired, The Weary, The Beaten, The Broken

    Last wave of finishers happy to finish after rough seas and big breezes on final approach in Transpac 50

    HONOLULU, HAWAII - By sunset on Monday, only a handful of yachts were still at sea heading towards the finish in the 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race, organized by the Transpacific YC. This day was overcast and almost dreary compared to the bright tropical sunshine of all the other finish days, and with the final stretch after many days at sea many teams were more than ready to cross the finish at Diamond Head.

    A source of fatigue and frustration for many was the unusual sea state produced by cross-swells, making the smaller and slower boats in particular difficult to sail efficiently. One team sent a message saying "On land, I will miss thrashing about the boat, getting vibrant bruises that connect to form geographic regions all over my body." Kidding aside, for some this was also the source of damage that had serious effects on their race.

    For example, Steve Ashley's Beneteau First 40.7 Onde Amo reported last night the rudder on the boat had "been lost" so they were retiring from the race and proceeding to Honolulu using the emergency rudder. No reports of injuries or damage, they have about 130 miles to go and are proceeding at a pace of about 5-6 knots. No word yet on the cause, but the reports from the course and stories from arrivals have indicated the challenging conditions from choppy and confused seas has been hard on helmsman, trimmers, sails and gear.

    A rolling sea can make it hard to keep the spinnaker filled, and repeated collapsing and filling will not only be slow, but can wear down and even break sails...Russ Johnson's Jeanneau 52.2 Blue Moon has reported they blew up their last spinnaker and are proceeding under headsail.

    Another example is Carlos Brea's and David Chase's Fast 42 Uhambo, who as reported last night suffered breakage to the top of their carbon spar. Yet the ultimate cause may have started with a serious spinnaker wrap a few days earlier that was so severe they were unable to untangle the sail from the spar and headstay, and were forced to sail with the mainsail only for nearly three days.

    "The sea state was really confused on this race," said Chase. "Except for one on our team, we have a crew that is new to Transpac." Chase went on to explain getting the driving in this sea state in sync with the trim was a challenge, and this helped cause the wrap. Eventually they got it unraveled, they reset the spinnaker, and resumed racing at full speed.

    But then sea state and wind strength conspired once again to cause a broach, and in the confusion the after guy was released, the sail loaded and pulled the spar over, breaking at the third spreader set below the hounds. The team then set about fashioning a jury rig with a headstay attached to the top of the spin pole track, and a storm trysail to fly in the new foretriangle.

    "For a while we tried two headsails to go downwind, keeping the main centered, and we could go 5-6 knots," said Brea. But this rig reverted back to the trysail when on the final reach from Koko Head to Diamond Head.

    The team arrived looking exhausted, but got a rousing welcome on arrival in the Ala Wai Harbor and high praise for their valiant efforts and determination. After a few mai tais and some puu puu's at their Aloha Party their spirits revived.

    Another tale of sea state challenge came from Dustin Durant who raced with the large and mostly pro team on Chubasco. He said the cross seas made it tough to drive, trim and maneuver on this 67-foot renovated S&S classic yawl. Being an accomplished match racing skipper from Long Beach, Durant is accustomed to precision boat placement on the race course, but as a helmsman on Chubasco he met his match.

    "Going downwind I've never driven a boat so hard to steer," he said. "Gybing was incredibly difficult in those seas with the enormous spin pole and having to also gybe the huge main and mizzen as well. It took all of our team's skills to make this happen, this boat is simply not set up for trimming and boat handling like a race boat. We had to think through everything to not damage the boat or hurt anyone on it."

    Off watch was no better, with the boat rolling side to side in the sea state in what were cramped cabins for a lot of the crew. The galley is forward on Chubasco, and Durant claimed the motion was such that while cooking "the eggs flipped themselves."

    The first to finish Cal 40 from Division 10 was The Eddy Family's Callisto, who crossed the finish line at Diamond Head buoy at 5:11 PM local time, while the next boat in the class finishing an hour later was Don Jesberg's Viva, followed by Rodney Pimentel's Azure coming in just about an hour after that at sunset. The Cal 40's are an emotional favorite at the Transpac, being for some the pivotal design that bridged the old and new era's of yacht design, and one that in their heyday dominated the top results in this race.

    "This last day the wind was higher than forecast, a good 20-30 knots," said Callisto navigator Kerry Deaver. "No one got any sleep, but you never on the final push in this race." Callisto sailed with only four on board: Deaver, Jim Eddy, Park Eddy and Fred Berg. "We were kept pretty busy," she said. "When you were not sailing you were sleeping, and so we did not have the luxury of plotting tactical moves coming into the finish - we just sailed with what we had and it worked out."

    More on the tactics of the division winners will come in a final analysis report from the Navigator's meeting held after every Transpac.

    In the meantime finishers will continue to fill "Transpac Row" in the Ala Wai harbor, with the rate slowing down considerably from this time yesterday. The "Tail end Charlie" award appears to be reserved for Jason Siebert's Schock 40 Gamble who is now about 300 miles out.
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    Last But Not Least: Gamble's Epic Journey

    Out of Lakewood Yacht Club, in Spring Texas a Shock 40 campaign entered the 2019 Transpac for their 1st time.
    The core crew: Tim Banks, Rod Nichols, Logan Pifer, Jason Seibert and Joseph Waits were entered in Division 1,
    along with a host of heavy hitters, like Rio 100, Comanche, Alive etcetera... The shock 40 rating, 1.0415 was the lowest by a long shot
    as was their chance of winning the damn division. The boat's name Gamble lived up to that, and they took an additional one by
    bringing aboard Justin Edelman as on board reporter, with bundles of gear and little Transpac experience. But what Justin did bring
    was a unique level of reporting, video and still capturing expertise better than any other boat in the fleet. While the have not been burning up
    the miles, they have been burning up the interweb, primarily posting to Team Epic Racing's Facebook Page, that included a bundle of
    video that we can't embed here.

    It's a compelling read, and the Gamble paid off...

    In spades


    July 22

    Night sailing with a chute on a Schock - EP10
    First I want to preface this post by talking about the mood yesterday. Everyone was in a somewhat celebratory state of mind. Hawaii is in ear shot, the conversations were as if things are wrapping up soon. We dug into what was left of our snacks and candy and devoured what little we had. The mood has been light and happy, we even have a pool for when we get in. Because of the excitement we have been pushing the boat pretty hard, wanting to get there as quickly as possible. We threw up our A2 chute yesterday which is the biggest sail we have on the boat. We were hard charging and everything was going very smooth.

    Nightfall hit.

    Sailing at night is both beautiful and challenging. The first shift on watch is essentially working in pitch black, this makes it very difficult to see the waves and ride them as you do during the day. You rely heavily on your on your instruments which are heading, apparent wind and wind speed. Now to spice things up you have a chute on the front of the boat that wants to pull the boat over. There is a minuscule window for error when flying a big kite down the waves with a small displacement boat and a canting keel. To top it off we are on a Schock 40 that has a very speckled history that the entire crew is aware of. Jason the owner and skipper did a lot of work to make sure this boat was safe for the Transpac as well as the Transpac being very stringent with us to ensure our safety.

    A couple nights ago I was on my 3-6am shift with Jason and we broached from a sudden gust of wind. The mast jerked around violently as the sail in the front of the boat flogged in the wind. I was afraid, as I still have the “speckled history” in the back of my mind at all times. The crew cooly and calmly came up, dropped some halyard, recovered the chute and onward we went. At this point in our trip I am a broaching veteran, they don’t phase me one bit and little Gamble has proven herself sturdy and safe.

    Ok now cue the video I posted with this; this will set the mood appropriately.

    The wind was pretty strong last night and the margin of error was finite. We had a pretty big broach on the first watch of the evening so we decided all hands on deck we would rotate sleeping on the back. Tim the Aston Martin driver took over the tiller and we were ripping it. The team was beautifully in sync. Jason was behind Tim calling the numbers on the instruments, Rod was calling the wind gusts, Joey was trimming, Logan and I sat in the back watching this finely tuned machine that took nearly the entire race to get us to this level. It was if we were a rally car team. Logan switched up with Joey on trimming, everything felt as if we were utterly and totally in the groove. The wind was steady at 18knts with gusts over 20. Suddenly a 25knt gust slammed down on us, Logan furiously tried to ease everything he had but something was wrong. The Chute ended up getting wrapped around the forestay and we had to do an emergency take down. After that we put up the A4 at which point we realized why Logan struggled, the running back stay had caught in a block at the aft end of the boat for the jib sheet. We remedied the situation and then continued on with the smaller chute.

    Now a couple days earlier Logan had said to me that I will be a master at handling broaches before I know it, they will become normal. I was pretty startled on the first one but in part because I was worried the boat would come apart.

    I looked at Logan and said to him “that was a pretty intense broach” in which, as if some kind of prophetic response he said “wait till you experience an accidental reverse broach”.

    We continued sailing, the seasoned guys went down below to catch some sleep. Mind you, at this point we are trucking along like a freight train, teetering on the edge of another massive spill. Joey was at the tiller for awhile and Rod offered to take over for a bit. Rod was totally in the groove and the smell of Hawaii was filling our nostrils. Suddenly a massive gust of wind came from nowhere and the instruments went haywire. I was sitting on the back of the boat and watched everything unfold in slow motion as Rod pulled the tiller and then pushed it and within seconds the boom smashed to the other side of the boat and we slammed sideways. The mast was in the water and contrary to any other time in my life I have been on a boat where this has happened the keel did not pull us back upright. The wind had us pinned down. I watched as water was inching towards the main hatch. I was hanging on to the lifelines, frozen, watching in awe as the crew cooly handled the situation. My only thoughts were “we were so close but this is how it will end for Gamble”. While at some level deep down I was terrified, my military training kicked in and I remained calm through out the ordeal. I leapt into action and made sure my shipmates where all accounted for, I leapt forward to assist Logan and Tim with the take down. We were able to get the chute in and shove it below deck, the boat righted itself but left us in irons. Gamble once again held together and so did her crew. The dual rudders make getting out of irons somewhat more difficult because if we get flow over both rudders going backwards she will continue backwards with ease unlike other configurations. Eventually we got her going in the right direction. At this point no one had slept hardly a wink of sleep. We were all on edge, but we survived.

    Today we are beaten down but not defeated. We will persevere and finish this race. Then we will probably all sleep for a week straight. If you see us at the finish, please buy these guys a drink, they deserve it.

    Thanks for reading

    PS I apologize for my terrible grammar and spelling, my brain is operating at about 5%


    Good morning,
    Last night we had a very frightening night. I will do a lengthier post later on what happened but we are all safe and the little Gamble that could is still charging.



    July 21

    The world needs to know how much magic RodJob spews.

    Well, we are now at the point of comfort where everyone is sitting around in our underwear. This may be a little odd being posted with a rainbow photo but you'd be amazed at the things you get comfortable with crammed in a tiny space and at sea for a long time.

    We have passed the point of operating at a normal human capacity. At this point we are essentially on human autopilot. We do our watch, try to get in as much shut eye in between, eat then repeat. During the day we dry out our gear, we sleep on the back and put the pedal to the metal as a team trying to get down this course.

    Last night I came up on deck to try to enjoy some stars. The nights have been fairly overcast and one of the things I love most about being out here is the horizon to horizon stars. I decided even though I was dead tired I should try to soak up as much of the beauty of being out here as possible. It won't be long till we are all back in the rat race of American life and this will have just been another adventure.

    Although this is just another adventure, it will change us and when we go back we will take a little piece of this with us throughout life. At the end of this trip I will post the personal lessons I learned from being out here.

    The Schock 40 has been a very interesting experience. First of all she tacks like a catamaran. Because of the front rudder you need more momentum to swing the bow in a tack. The canting keel really holds us down when we are going over waves. It's an odd sensation not slapping the hull when you think you would and just being glued to the wave as we roll over it. I would love to see a Schock 40 2.0 with all her kinks worked out, a wider transom and a wave piercing bow. Sleeping on this thing is hard but I imagine that is the case with any small boat out in these conditions.

    Im sure this is also the case with many of the boats out there but it's fascinating how different the boat feels between the drivers. I joke around with Tim Banks because when he drives it feels like a gentleman driving an Aston Martin. He is very smooth and deliberate with his driving. Joey Waits is the surfer dude. At times, I feel like he is ripping it down the waves then riding back up them to pump another wave just like a surfer. Jason Seibert is the cowboy, when he gets on gamble it feels like a cowboy taming a wild horse, however this isn't just any wild horse, this is his girl which he has a bond with. That being said she will happily whip him off.

    Just an FYI I sleep the most comfortably with the Aston Martin driver.

    I got to get back to my other duties. Looking forward to sharing more soon when we get some more juice in the bank from Inmersat. The journey is coming to an end with only a couple more days left.



    July 20th

    Hey everyone, aside from reaching the point of sheer exhaustion we are doing pretty well. In fact if you have a moment take a look at our standing on yellow brick tracker, we have had some great runs the last couple days.

    The truth is, this is hard and not for the faint. This is a small boat for 6 people, finding a place to sleep is a challenge in addition to finding the time. Over all though we have got past just trying to make it, to really racing. It's been a real pleasure seeing these guys excited on the good runs and the prospect of making a dent in this race. Racing just lives in certain people's blood and its beautiful to see their thrill.

    What people don't see are the dynamics of the people on these races. Every person adds something to the boat and the journey. Leadership is paramount for an undertaking like this but the glue that keeps it all together is the camaraderie. It's very easy to form life long relationships with the people you conquer a race like this with.

    We live in a world where a sherpa can carry you up Everest, sailing a small vessel like this is like climbing Everest on your own. I have sailed on the VOR65, and an orma 60 (Mighty Merloe) which are incredible machines raced by the most elite sailors in the world but this little Schock 40 represents the little guys who still do this for the absolute joy of the sport. We all got on this boat knowing it's speckled history, some of my closest friends told me not to get on this boat. Against all my better judgment I decided to take a gamble and boy am I glad I did.

    Sailing is hard and often I feel bi polar; in one moment I can't stop thinking about how much I want off this boat and in the next I'm dancing to music with my comrads in the most beautiful ocean with the sun glaring and the boat smoothly surfing down waves. I feel the rewards outweigh the tribulations.

    Lastly I think as human beings it's important that we push ourselves to these limits, each time you do, you learn so much about yourself and what makes us human. In order to be great you must test the fringes of what makes you the person you are.

    Thank you Transpac for putting on a great race. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the finish.

    That's all for now


    July 19th

    Its official we have crossed the line... the halfway mark! To commemorate our crossing we are creating an Epic Calendar. Here's a sneak peak of some of the photos you’ll get. You got the all American Logan the Abercrombie Navigator, Rod Job the grinder king, Joey twinkle toes bowman, Jason the Texas cowboy, TIm the the ocean Liberace and Justin the the multi acronym OBR.

    If you are interested in one of these limited edition calendars youll need to pick up some new crypto currency at our sponsor to buy one of these fabulous 2020 calendars. Hurry while supplies last!


    July 18

    Hey all, todays episode is just a bunch of shots of the boat, everyone wasn't in the talking mood for the camera. We start the video with a wipeout.

    Things onboard are still just ok. I think getting regular provisions and being off water rations will make everyone a little happier tomorrow.

    This boat surfs over the waves, it's a lot of fun to drive (not so fun to be editing below deck though).

    Last night was a bit scary. We are going downwind now and the crew really doesn’t have a lot of experience sailing this boat. The first part of the evening we had a few crashes and it was pretty hard to sleep down below. The best way I can describe this boat is squirrely which means a lot of jerky moving around.

    When I got to my 3-6am watch with Jason, I was pretty exhausted. I looked up and noticed the take down line on the A1 was dragging in the water. I pointed it out to Jason which not long after he instructed me to wake up our bowman Joey. He retrieved the take down line and shortly after a small squall started rolling in. Joey took over trimming for me (I'm not that experienced). The wind picked up from about 15kts to 20kts and suddenly the tack line popped. The entire crew leapt from their slumber and were on the deck in just seconds. Luckily the take down line was there and they got it down in no time at all. It was very impressive to see everyone spring to action so quickly and precisely.

    The water making process now involves sitting by the water maker and filling a one gallon jug at a time which takes about 45 minutes each gallon. This is now an added OBR job so I guess now I am a OBRCWC Onboard reporter, crew, water maker and cook. Im not complaining though I love taking care of the crew. These guys are a great bunch.

    I know we are dead last still but I think it's important to remember that while this is a race, thats not what it's all about. For us its the challenge of crossing an ocean, its the challenge of getting a group of people who have never worked together or even met and coming together as a team to survive out here. Don't get me wrong, I was hoping that we would do better in this race and who knows, maybe we still will.

    Doing these edits is also a very difficult challenge. I only get one battery charge a day which means I have to download all the photos and videos, then edit them, then try to upload at speeds similar to the dial up days.

    Thanks for following our journey.


    July 17

    Last night I got to drive the boat from 3am to 7am. Its those very moments that make it worthwhile being away from everything with no sleep, small food portions and now water rations.

    Rod pulled double shifts last night screaming at Logan "Lets rally for the boys" he is a trooper and gave the rest of us some much needed down time. Joey our bowman got drenched yesterday and last night woke up freezing cold. He ended up pulling an emergency blanket from our survival kit to warm up. Aside from being a little tired today he is in good spirits and has been pushing Gamble to her limits as a driver.

    We sleep when we can, where we can. The options are; the floor with sails on it, starboard bunk (which is really more of a half bunk) and then aft of that bunk which is the most desirable spot on the boat. Today I found myself sleeping on the aft deck on one of sails back there. It was actually some of the best sleep I have had in the last few days.

    Gamble is so fun to surf down the waves. We are mostly downwind sailing now. As of right now the sun came out and we are pushing this baby as fast as we can. DFL or not we plan on doing our very best.

    JUly 17

    We are doing ok out here! The first two Drone shots are from today. Tim wanted me to say "this is for you Barbara" as he drove the boat across the waves in what he calls "champagne sailing".

    Everything is currently OK aboard Gamble. We have had some issues with our water maker but we are sorting them out. The port that the water comes into from outside is not able to pull water in when we are going fast. Currently the skipper has been carrying five gallon buckets of salt water through the boat to the watermaker and manually making us fresh water. we get about 1/4 gallon of water per 5 gallons of salt.

    We know our standing in the race and it's a hard pill to swallow but we are making the most out of it. The team has really come together now. At this point we want to finish the race in some kind of good time. Its not over though and as you know by our name, we like to take a gamble.


    July 15th

    Life onboard is starting to find a rhythm. We have had a few minor issues with the boat like leaks and what not that we worked on and seemed to be able to repair. We know our standing in the race but that hasn't deterred us from fighting the good fight and making the most out of being out here. There are so many beautiful moments in between the complete havoc.

    This morning I went from questioning why I was here to being completely immersed in the moment.

    I can’t speak for everyone but I can tell you why I do this. I love being a tiny human out on this immense ocean. I enjoy the bonding and the camaraderie with complete strangers and a reminder that us humans while intricate, complicated, volatile have an innate ability to work as a team. I love being disconnected from my phone and being able to look out on the seas and ponder for hours on end.

    The other side to that is, each of us missing our significant others back at home. We all talk fondly of them. Our skipper Jason found a card from his wife hidden in his bag, our loved ones send us constant reminders of them intentionally or unintentionally. Sending our love to them.

    Side note - we hope that the crew of OEX made it home safely and are deeply saddened to hear the news. Thank you Pyewacket for ending your race to rescue our fellow racers.



    July 14

    Moral aboard Gamble is good. This is a team of people from all over the country and we really haven’t all sailed together. As of posting this video, the wind has picked up, which is a huge relief. The boat that I flew out to was Caro which is only a couple miles away. We asked permission to buzz them, so dont get your panties in a bunch.

    It’s a very special experience to get together with a group of people for a race. You sleep where you can, eat out of a freeze dried bag of food, tell stupid jokes and dance for the wind to come. At the end of the day its us 6 guys, in this big vast ocean, just trying to make our way to Hawaii faster than the rest of the people crazy enough to do this race.

    Beware this contains language NSFW and a flatulent

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    He should have some interesting video to share when he gets ashore.

    Shock 40 should probably been in div 3.

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    Canting keels can be their own biggest handicap

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    Hamachi 2019 Transpac Overall Winner Video

    Team Hamachi had a magical run to Hawaii. We power reached across the line at 16 kts at 2:21 am Sunday (7/21) morning to complete the 50th Transpac in 8 days 16 hours and 21 minutes, which gives us a corrected time of 8 day 0 hours and 52 minutes.

    It’s been a hell of an adventure and one that will not be repeated anytime soon. We were fortunate to start on the “right day” and the high pressure materialized in a manner that allowed us to power reach the whole way to Hawaii in winds that averaged between 15-20 kts. We never saw winds above 22 kts except for a few minutes, and always between midnight at 2 am to make it more exciting. We couldn’t have asked for a better crew and having one additional crew member became a clear advantage in the heavier wind versus the other J/125s. It’s going to take several days to catch up on sleep and begin to process the magnitude of this adventure and accomplishment. We have really appreciated all the support from our friends, family and Pacific Northwest sailing community.

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    They won AND brought the drone along as well?

    Nicely done!

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    Oaxaca Walks Off With The SC 50/52 Bling

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    If there was one seriously competitive division in the 2019 Transpac, the Santa Cruz 50/52 fleet would take the nod, hands down. 11 boats strong at the start, it was easily the biggest one design in these years 75th Anniversary Edition and the largest one design in the race’s history, eclipsing last years 10 boat fleet by one.

    The boats vintage ranges from 1980 to 2001, with Dave MacEwen’s Lucky Duck being the newest, a 2001 model and Michael Moradzadeh’s Oaxaca being the eldest, emerging from the coop in 1980. While the 52’s are longer on the deck by near 3 feet, the waterline for both is right at 46.5’ for stock models. The 52’s made their debut in 1992, offering a tad more comfort and luxury than their earlier counterparts. They weigh more and have more sail area but the ORR rating is very similar across the board, and most every boat has seen some modification of one sort or another, yet they all live within the confines of class rules after near 4 decades.

    If you were looking for a comfortable racer cruiser, with a steady curriculum of offshore events on the west coast, the SC 50/52 is hard to beat. This year’s fleet was comprised of numerous veteran boats, with wile veteran crews that have passed tens of thousands of miles of ocean under their keels. The current top dogs in the fleet would be John Shultze’s Horizon, which inherited a lengthy victory record in offshore events dating back to 2007, Dave MacEwen’s constantly improving, ever evolving Lucky Duck, and the Deardorff/Guilfoyle Prevail, out of SBYC. But this year, another team was awaiting it’s turn on the podium.

    Michael Moradzadeh's purchased his 1980 built SC 50 in 2014 and has been campaigning her locally in San Francisco since then. Local point to point races and ocean events has been her specialty. She has undergone quality time in the yard, and had her rigging redone by Easom Racing, a new quiver of sails has replaced the well-used ones and a new custom Water Rat rudder installed. She is one of the lightest boats in the fleet and her smaller sail configuration means better performance and easier manageability in advance sea state and breezier conditions.

    The crew “Are dedicated, great people” Michael notes, The consist of Brett Dewire, Patrick Lewis , Molly Noble, Tom Paulling, David Ritchie, Harry Spedding, Elizabeth Baylis and Dee Caffari. The crew got a good head start on the Transpac, winning the ORR B division title in the 2019 California Offshore Race Week, netting a 1st in division in the Spinnaker Cup, 2nd in Coastal Cup and 1st in SoCal 300. The new kids were ready to rumble.

    The fleet go off to a brisk start with near ideal winds for the Friday start, Liz Baylis guiding them on the most southerly of routes of the fleet, aside from Trouble which retired in the wee hours of Saturday morning with rudder bearing problems. The fleet would enjoy superb winds and close proximity as the continued on the their 240 degree march to the trade winds, with Lucky Duck taking early lead the 1st 48 hours. By Monday the boats began squaring back and spreading slightly, Prevail to the north, had sailed the shortest route, but were already in slightly lighter winds while Lucky Duck, Horizon and Oaxaca to the far south enjoyed a bit more pressure. The westward march was generally in the mid to high 9’s with some 10’s until things freshened up even more on the 17th, the southerly boats now in the 12.5 knot range, with Horizon now assuming the lead.

    By the 18th,the fleet began crossing the rhumbline, while Oaxaca, Triumph now the furthest south and the best breeze, Horizon takes note and dives south to cover and maintain lead. Later that day Lucky Duck would lead to the north, riding a 275 degree route, while remained south on a 227 degree path.

    More changes in store as the fleet gybes on the 19th, with lead changes every couple hours. A week of sailing and it’s still neck and neck. And about this time, the tracker starts acting up, and what was true 10 minutes ago is now invalid. Every squall, every wave train matters now. “We blew up a kite and had it replace in 6 minutes” Michael recalls. “And the moonbow was absolutely amazing”

    By the 20th The fleet was sniffing the barn, with Lucky Duck the closest physically to the finish, Horizon just to the south and Oaxaca drafting just aft. The 3 boats bear off south, and exchange gybes for next 24 hours, staying south of rhumbline as they make their final approach. Lucky Duck in the lead takes a direct line towards Molokai Channel while Horizon is followed closely by Oaxaca towards the Pailolo Channel. The Duck makes tracks to the finish while Horizon and Oaxaca get a pressure boost off Molokai . Triumph meanwhile, has injected themselves between Horizon and Oaxaca. It’s down to mere minutes between the boats….

    Lucky Duck would finish 09:03:59:17 but owe the 3 boats barreling down on her wake, Horizon would be next across the line at 09:06:39:03 followed by Triumph at 09:07:01:3 and Oaxaca at 09:07:43:13…. And as the crews made their way to Ali Wai Marina, the corrected results were still a mystery… Flyingfiche was still in the equation and 2,225 nm of ocean later, mai-tai’s reuniting with friends and family trumped math.

    “We went to bed Sunday night not having a clue,” Michael elaborates “But we were in full celebration mode regardless, it was a wonderful trip with some very special sailors, and we always try to have a good time, so it wasn’t a priority. But when we woke up the next day and the numbers were there, it was a great surprise! Just 11 minutes corrected between us and Horizon!”
    The final corrected numbers:

    Oaxaca: 08:14:22:55
    Horizon: 08:14:34::32
    Lucky Duck: 08:14:47:20
    Triumph” 08:17:15:58
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