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    Denali^3 Denied



    Sometimes things do not go quite as planned.

    Case in point, Case in point, William McKinley's beautiful Ker 46' Denali^3
    Had hardly gotten off the starting line when the mast broke between the 1'st and 2nd spreader.
    The crew quickly unloaded the sails and returned back to Long Beach to assess the damage.

    2,218 miles short of their planned destination, the crew drowned their sorrows in some adult beverages
    and made the best of a sad situation. The crew from Harbor Springs, Michigan had worked long and hard
    to partake in this edition of the Transpac, yet it was not meant to be.

    They were in the talent stacked, 7 boat Division 5, with Bretwalda, Lucky Duck and Rufless included.
    Fortunately the rig buckled close to port, instead of days into the race, so the have that going for them!




    Bill McKinley and his Denali3 team are accustomed to fast boats, first on his Nelson/Marek 70 Denali, then his HPR Carkeek 40 Denali2, and since 2018 on his new Denali3, a Ker 46+. Being from Grosse Pointe, MI, the team is best known for pursuing their racing prowess on fresh water: they are perennial competitors in the annual Bayview-Mackinac and Chicago-Mackinac Races.

    In 2007, however, McKinley did come west to compete in his first Transpac Race on the Nelson/Marek 70, and now is back for 2021 to race to paradise once again. The race left an impression.

    “Without a doubt the 2007 Transpac Race was the most enjoyable race any of us have ever sailed,” said McKinley. “When I built Denali3, running the Transpac Race was always on our "bucket list.” With our 2020 sailing season short-circuited due to Covid (we planned to do the 2020 Newport to Bermuda Race), we made the decision to pull up our timing and focus on something incredibly exciting.”

    The Denali team has been tight over the years, and McKinley can already name the 8 crew to accompany him on the race: Norm Berge, Nick Diephouse, Nick Ford, Pat Gardner, Geoff Paine, Jim Offer, Dan Thompson and Randy Singelyn as Navigator.

    The goals for this Midwest team are simple: “Champagne downwind sailing with a group of close friends.”







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    Quotes From Boats: Nalu V




    July 18, 2021

    It's day 6 and we have the spinnaker up at last! The wind is a bit variable between 12-20 knots - we like 20 better! Now we are starting to move south a bit more to live us up for the to-come trade winds.

    The water maker has been put on hold until tomorrow. We aren't using that much water, so it's not an issue - and we do have a work-around (as well as a manual water maker, too).

    The crew is in good spirits, especially when we look forward to our mile marker treats that Chris Tadock strategically planned. It did take us a while to receive our first 100 mile treat! Now the half way marker treat is really looking promising- sip of rum, klondike bars! (Yes,ice cream is on board). Once again, thank you!



    July 17, 2021, Evening

    Another day of great progress. Although the wind has been a bit up and down, last nights lasagne was fabulous. Apparently, we are more concerned with our stomachs than going fast. Based on our current performance, this may be a healthy area to focus on. Sort of a "don't worry - be happy" strategy.

    Speaking of happy, we know what would make the captain happy - a working water maker! This is the issue du jour. While the machine does work, it's really picky about air bubbles in the sea water intake. Unfortunately, the current installation seems to produce more bubbles than water, so it doesn't work. After 2 long hours of trial and error, we landed on error. Mr. Fixit has a new plan for tomorrow. Not to worry though, this really is an issue in terms of having water to take fresh-water showers, not a safety issue (OK - maybe safety for our noses as the stink builds).

    In terms of sailing, we are itching to get the spinnaker up. To do that we need the wind about 20 degrees more behind us. Per the forecast, the wind should be coming around, so it's just a matter of time.

    Our crew is also starting to get into our at-sea rhythm - including being able to sleep better and getting used to the schedule. Spirits are high overall.

    Once again, thank you and if you have not yet had a chance to donate to ALS research, please take a minute to do so - we would greatly appreciate it (see the link below). As we sail, we are flying our custom "In memory of Mark Buttermann" ALS flag.






    July 17, 2021, Morning

    Well it's day 4 and the wind is here. It's been 15-20 with gusts to 24, so it's starting to get exciting!

    The ghost of Transpac 2019 has reared its ugly head and we have been having the bilge fill up with sea water - just like it did then. Upon examination, Mark determined that the bilge line was actually draining the ocean into our boat - not good. After hours of trying, Mark could not get it quite right so plan B was enacted - plug the bilge pump exit hole. The hole was unusually sized, so the best "plug" was a GoPro handle - and that's how we are sailing right now (thanks Chris for the outside the box thinking). This bilge issue is a factor of our high speeds offshore - not something that happens near LA. We believe it's fixed and crossing our fingers.

    We covered 175 miles in the last 24 hours - a record for us, we believe. With this wind and a gradually improving course (the wind will start to come behind us more), we should continually improve on that over the days ahead.

    The nights have been chilly, windy, sometime rainy and we have occasional wave break over us - everything true sailors dream of. We're dreaming of a few days from now, with trade winds and warmer temperatures.

    Food continues to be great - enchiladas last night and Hugh's famous breakfast burritos this morning were both hits. Once again, thank you!



    July 16, 2021

    It's the beginning of day 3 and things are looking better! After a long day looking at San Nicholas Island yesterday (the military was nervous and was certainly looking at us), the wind finally came up and we were able to get to better wind. Overnight, it was pretty variable but we made some decent time. Currently, the wind is ranging between 7 - 10 knots with it predicted to be 15 later.

    Meals have been the high point so far, with an excellent Teriyaki Chicken last night (thank you Lynn!) and waffles with strawberries and whipped cream as well as bacon for breakfast. No freeze dried food for us!

    The crew is doing well and still settling into our day-to-day routine. Watches are 6 hours starting at 8AM. Mark and Kathy are one team and Hugh and Chris the other. We split the night at 2AM, which we are all getting used to (sort of):-)

    This morning, Mark saw a whale which we hope to be a good omen. There is also a lot of bioluminescence in the water and we have been seeing some unusual glowing blobs (possible alien life - Chris your dad says that you may be interested in these).

    Also, this morning, our cruise director Chris Tadlock (official position being "Cat 3 Cooler Jockey" - really, look it up on Yacht Scoring) surprised us with a 100 mile treat - tasty balls (AKA M&M's). Apparently, there are more treats to come at future milestones.

    We have about 2050 miles to go, so lots of adventures yet to come.vOnce again, thank you for your support!



    July 14, 2021

    News flash: we survived our first night. We had a great start and were first over the line! The wind was better than predicted and in a more favorable direction -- initially. Last night the wind mostly died, although not completely. Lots of weaving around, but some progress made. It was nice in a way that it was calm - the chili went down well - and stayed down!

    In terms of our course, it looks like everyone else went north and we stayed south and right now are just below San Miguel Island. We think this is a better course - better wind (at least it was never 100% dead) and it's shorter - time will tell. It looks like the synoptic wind (consistent offshore northerly wind) is nearby and that will really get us going.

    Spirits are high, meals have been great and we're pushing on. Once again, thank you!

    The Nalu V Crew
    Sailing for our Mark - In memory of Mark Buttermann
    Donate here: https://donate.als.org/team/362851
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    Team Novato !st To Halfway Point



    Cecil & Alyson Rossi's Farr 57' Ho'okolohe ( Hawaiian sex in Hawaiian) Sprinted out to a lead from day 1
    a week ago with the starters in Division 8 and has not looked back. The only boat with 3 Fosters and a Corkett,
    they passed the 1,000 nm DTF mark just a few hours ago and are holding onto line honors position like a fat kid with a
    lollypop... so to speak...

    Ho'okolohe has a nice steady pace, with a 227nm 24 hour VMG in latest update. While its quite possible the likes of Roy Disney's
    turbo'd out Volvo 70 Pyewacket can catch her before Diamond Head, they are just 1/4 of the way as opposed to Ho'okolohe's 1/2 way mark.

    Time will tell!


    TRACKER





    In Div 1, Pyewacket holds the baton, with Bryon Erharts's Judel-Vrolijk 72' Lucky in 2nd and
    Tom Holthus' latest BadPak in 3rd



    Raymond Paul's Botin 65' Artemis is in 1st in Div 2, with Doug Bakers' Kernan 68' Peligroso in 2nd
    and Alan Luber's RP 66 Zvi


    Div 3 has Chris Sheehan's Pac52 Warrior Won in the lead followed by sistership, Callisto owned by Jim and Kate Murray
    with the RP52 Vitesse owned by Thomas Furlong




    In what appears to be a double match race, the Sleds in division 4, have David Clarke's Grand Illusion
    neck and neck with Jack Jenning's Pied Piper while some 20 miles back, Craig Reynold's Bolt
    is in a virtual tie with the Sangmeister/Smart owned Rock n Roll




    Bob Pethick's Rogers 46' BretWalda 3 is current front runner in Div 5, with James Partrige's Antrim 49'
    Rapid Transit occupying 2nd and Dave MacEwen's new to him Lucky Duck, also a Roger 46' now in 3rd




    The 5 boat SC50 fleet shows John Shulze's Horizon blazing the path with Steve Sellinger's Triumph hold onto 2nd and Michael Moradzadeh's
    Oaxaca the 3rd place holder



    The 3 boat div 7 has everyone with a shot at the podium, with Greg Dorn's Dehler 46' Favonius in the lead,
    with Scott Cambell's J 121 Riva in 2nd and Tim Jones's Olson 40 Live Wire in 3rd




    As mentioned at the top of this brilliant piece of journalism, the boat from the new sailing capitol of the West Coast (Novato)
    Ho'okolohe has a commanding lead with Andy Schwenky Dank's E-37 in 2nd and Mike Sudo's Beneteau Fisrt 47.7 Macondo in 3rd
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    Notes From Boats: July 20th

    July 20, 2021, 0800

    The best sailing in the WORLD is about 1,000 nm upwind of Hawaii... which makes the TransPac the best race in the world! Morale is high and the sailing sure is fun! Aloha!
    VITESSE BOAT BLOG
    *****************************

    July 20, 2021

    Ah, it's good to be back. The water hissing by the hull, the rhythmic rolling and surfing on the Pacific swells, the groaning of deck hardware as the sails are trimmed. We are off, heading West and South, Hula Girl has a bone in her teeth and couldn't be happier.

    Friday afternoon, our fleet left California in the 2021 Transpac Race to Honolulu. One of the world's most renowned and revered offshore yacht races, it also happens to be one of our favorites. The course has exactly what a great event should: a healthy mix of challenges and rewards. The early upwind days in the colder coastal winds are soon forgotten once you cross the ridge and begin the many miles of surfing blue swells to tropical islands.

    This year, the what the post-pandemic fleet lacks in numbers, it definitely makes up for in sheer competitiveness. The scratch sheet reads a list of some of the hottest racing sailboats on the planet. And the crew lists are virtual who's who of offshore racing. This year, our 14th year of offering racing programs to Hawaii, J/World is fielding two boats in the event, each comprised of three coaches and six clients. It's a crash course in a whole host of fields: yes, sailing mechanics, sail trim, helming, and boat systems of course, but also in team building, cooperation, communication, and and just plain ol' simple courtesy. After a couple of days 'rehearsal' in LA where coaches covered everything form how to 'peel' a spinnaker to where you should hang your foulies, we were excited to get sailing.

    This year has, from our perspective, been remarkable in the fact that it hasn't (yet) been terribly remarkable. If that makes any sense. I mean, the departure from the LA coastal waters was easy and relatively mild. We got into the offshore winds smoothly before the first night. The winds have been idyllic, averaging maybe 18 knots, rarely below 14, and similarly rarely above 22. We spent the initial push away from the coast with our #1 genoa up, reached for a while with our Jib Top, and with the wind shifting around behind us are now sailing with the A3 Spinnaker. Really, conditions have been just superb.

    While the sailing has been smooth, we have been taking some lumps on Hula Girl. Our 'young' team has been paying some speed dues to the seasoned teams out here while our crew learns how to sail this boat. We were a little off the pace the first couple of days, but I have to say I think everyone is getting the hang of things and I expect to start reeling in some of our fleet. Unfortunately, it's a pretty 'narrow' course this year, so there aren't s lot of passing lanes, so we'll have to see what we can do!

    Hula Girl has been fantastic, as always. One exciting mishap: as we neared Catalina Island, the new steering cables must have seated/stretched under the high loads allowing one of them to slip off the steering quadrant in our first tack. So that made an exciting couple of moments, but we were able to quickly get the cable back into place, then tighten them both, and we were back in action.

    Ok, it's a little after 1am out here mid Pacific, so I should sign off. Hah, quick side note, I almost titled this post "Hula Girl - Back in the Saddle" but my sleep deprived mind couldn't shake the image of a hula girl on a horse, so I had to scrap that one.

    Anyhow, we have a super fun group on board this year, and with the spinnakers out and the weather warming, spirits are high!

    Mare (pun intended) soon...

    Wayne Zittel & the Hula Girl Team

    **************************

    ZVI BOAT BLOG

    Posted July 19, 2021
    July 19, 2021

    After spending the night on the R2, genoa staysail, and a reefed main, we finally put up a soft kite at the 8 a.m watch change. It feels great to have the boat sailing a little flatter. We’re on a new Doyle A2.5, which is a purpose-built offshore spinnaker. We’re eager to see the next round of position reports because we really made some distance down the course. We’re hoping it was in the right direction! Other than the start, we have not seen the sun. We did have a pod of dolphins playing in the wake yesterday. The systems are all working well, and we’ve been making water and eating well.

    July 18, 2021

    With the first night behind us, we can still see most of our fleet, but it’s odd being the small, slow boat! We made a nice exit from the coast with a full main sail and J2. We added the Genoa staysail overnight. We’re on track to our first waypoint, and we will likely be on the R2 by this afternoon. Looking forward to the spinnaker, which will level out the boat. The crew is adjusting nicely.

    July 17, 2021

    Team Zvi is headed for Hawaii! Thank you to all our fans and followers. Track us on the Transpac website and YB Tracking. Special mahalo to sponsors, Samson Rope Technologies, CSR Marine, and Backpacker's Pantry. Video footage of start from Spitfire Film Co. and Mahalynn Koch.

    ****************************
    July 19, 2021

    Well it has been an eventful 24 hours - the best of times and the worst of times (but not too bad, though)! First, on a positive note, the water maker is fixed and showers are back on the itinerary - yea! Bubblemaster Mark figured it out and the tank is filling as we write this. The fix still really works only on starboard tack, which we will be on most of the time. We expect it to be warm enough in a couple of days to wash up.

    Now, on the other end of the spectrum, last night at 11:15, we were steadily sailing along in about 22 knots of wind and suddenly the spinnaker afterguy broke (it broke at the splice to the shackle). For those less acquainted with the spinnaker - it's a triangular sail and you have lines at each corner - it was one of those that broke. We got it fixed pretty quickly, rousing Mark and Kathy from the beds to help. Unfortunately, about 3 hours later, the spinnaker itself ripped nearly in half. Our guess is that it got torn in the afterguy incident, but we didn't notice it. This time, Chris & Hugh got out of bed for the fun. We are sailing on spinnaker #2 (of 4) while seamstress and tape mistress Kathy tries to tape and sew the other (better) spinnaker back together.

    Meals are still great. At Hugh's request, Mark made his fantastic avocado toast for a second day in a row - it's really good and we have lots of ripe avocados to eat. Dinner last night was enchilada pie - also really tasty.

    Donations are doing great - around $22K so far, but we are below our goal of $50K. Please donate if you have not yet done so. Also, please share Mark's story with your friends and other who might be interested in supporting ALS research. We need to help stop this horrendous disease. Once again, thank you!

    The Nalu V Crew
    Sailing for our Mark - In memory of Mark Buttermann

    July 18, 2021

    It's day 6 and we have the spinnaker up at last! The wind is a bit variable between 12-20 knots - we like 20 better! Now we are starting to move south a bit more to live us up for the to-come trade winds.

    The water maker has been put on hold until tomorrow. We aren't using that much water, so it's not an issue - and we do have a work-around (as well as a manual water maker, too).

    The crew is in good spirits, especially when we look forward to our mile marker treats that Chris Tadock strategically planned. It did take us a while to receive our first 100 mile treat! Now the half way marker treat is really looking promising- sip of rum, klondike bars! (Yes,ice cream is on board). Once again, thank you!



    July 17, 2021, Evening

    Another day of great progress. Although the wind has been a bit up and down, last nights lasagne was fabulous. Apparently, we are more concerned with our stomachs than going fast. Based on our current performance, this may be a healthy area to focus on. Sort of a "don't worry - be happy" strategy.

    Speaking of happy, we know what would make the captain happy - a working water maker! This is the issue du jour. While the machine does work, it's really picky about air bubbles in the sea water intake. Unfortunately, the current installation seems to produce more bubbles than water, so it doesn't work. After 2 long hours of trial and error, we landed on error. Mr. Fixit has a new plan for tomorrow. Not to worry though, this really is an issue in terms of having water to take fresh-water showers, not a safety issue (OK - maybe safety for our noses as the stink builds).

    In terms of sailing, we are itching to get the spinnaker up. To do that we need the wind about 20 degrees more behind us. Per the forecast, the wind should be coming around, so it's just a matter of time.

    Our crew is also starting to get into our at-sea rhythm - including being able to sleep better and getting used to the schedule. Spirits are high overall.

    Once again, thank you and if you have not yet had a chance to donate to ALS research, please take a minute to do so - we would greatly appreciate it (see the link below). As we sail, we are flying our custom "In memory of Mark Buttermann" ALS flag.



    July 17, 2021, Morning

    Well it's day 4 and the wind is here. It's been 15-20 with gusts to 24, so it's starting to get exciting!

    The ghost of Transpac 2019 has reared its ugly head and we have been having the bilge fill up with sea water - just like it did then. Upon examination, Mark determined that the bilge line was actually draining the ocean into our boat - not good. After hours of trying, Mark could not get it quite right so plan B was enacted - plug the bilge pump exit hole. The hole was unusually sized, so the best "plug" was a GoPro handle - and that's how we are sailing right now (thanks Chris for the outside the box thinking). This bilge issue is a factor of our high speeds offshore - not something that happens near LA. We believe it's fixed and crossing our fingers.

    We covered 175 miles in the last 24 hours - a record for us, we believe. With this wind and a gradually improving course (the wind will start to come behind us more), we should continually improve on that over the days ahead.

    The nights have been chilly, windy, sometime rainy and we have occasional wave break over us - everything true sailors dream of. We're dreaming of a few days from now, with trade winds and warmer temperatures.

    Food continues to be great - enchiladas last night and Hugh's famous breakfast burritos this morning were both hits. Once again, thank you!



    July 16, 2021

    It's the beginning of day 3 and things are looking better! After a long day looking at San Nicholas Island yesterday (the military was nervous and was certainly looking at us), the wind finally came up and we were able to get to better wind. Overnight, it was pretty variable but we made some decent time. Currently, the wind is ranging between 7 - 10 knots with it predicted to be 15 later.

    Meals have been the high point so far, with an excellent Teriyaki Chicken last night (thank you Lynn!) and waffles with strawberries and whipped cream as well as bacon for breakfast. No freeze dried food for us!

    The crew is doing well and still settling into our day-to-day routine. Watches are 6 hours starting at 8AM. Mark and Kathy are one team and Hugh and Chris the other. We split the night at 2AM, which we are all getting used to (sort of):-)

    This morning, Mark saw a whale which we hope to be a good omen. There is also a lot of bioluminescence in the water and we have been seeing some unusual glowing blobs (possible alien life - Chris your dad says that you may be interested in these).

    Also, this morning, our cruise director Chris Tadlock (official position being "Cat 3 Cooler Jockey" - really, look it up on Yacht Scoring) surprised us with a 100 mile treat - tasty balls (AKA M&M's). Apparently, there are more treats to come at future milestones.

    We have about 2050 miles to go, so lots of adventures yet to come.vOnce again, thank you for your support!

    July 14, 2021
    News flash: we survived our first night. We had a great start and were first over the line! The wind was better than predicted and in a more favorable direction -- initially. Last night the wind mostly died, although not completely. Lots of weaving around, but some progress made. It was nice in a way that it was calm - the chili went down well - and stayed down!

    In terms of our course, it looks like everyone else went north and we stayed south and right now are just below San Miguel Island. We think this is a better course - better wind (at least it was never 100% dead) and it's shorter - time will tell. It looks like the synoptic wind (consistent offshore northerly wind) is nearby and that will really get us going.

    Spirits are high, meals have been great and we're pushing on. Once again, thank you!

    The Nalu V Crew
    Sailing for our Mark - In memory of Mark Buttermann
    Donate here: https://donate.als.org/team/362851

    ********************************

    July 19, 2021

    Good morning Friends & Family of Triumph.

    We have entered the "slot cars" section of the Transpac. We are riding the bottom edge of the weather pattern known as the Pacific High. For the most part, you will see all boats in their lane until the decision to gybe down to Hawaii. The good part is that the boat has flattened out and we can move about without holding on for dear life at 20% of heal - just imagine your house tilted up 20% in a light rain storm with the windows open.

    David, Chris and I saw a whale jump 40-50 feet in the air, twice. We are glad it happened a second time as we were not sure it was real. Chris actually said it looked like something fell out of the sky.

    Not much excitement other than a likely seal failure in the Backstay Ram - this is the device that increases or decreases tension on the backstay which in turn stiffens the forestay and the mast. This might sound trivial but it actually is a critical part and without it we are all but dunfir. This actually is a critical item when sailing upwind and reaching. The hydraulic repair was undertaken by the Navigator, who will remain nameless, for this report. My dad always said stick to what you know but when on board, everyone is an expert at many things 😊. The repair involved bleeding the oil under the backstay ram but rather than capture it, we drained it off the transom and we can't say where it went from there. We carry a quart of spare hydraulic but I was told we should always carry a barrel (i.e., 55 gallons) or fill one of the unused water tanks with it. We adapted and overcame - our on board Olympic hopeful and rigger extraordinnaire, David Leibenberg, worked his rope magic and so far she is holding. This kid is a bundle of energy.

    Tonight we have the "Navigators Stew". Jeff (it is ok to use his name in this case). This meal is labeled "Hagis" on the boat menu as a place holder but this meal is reportedly a step above and would make the Scottish blush. The stew contains Pork Shoulder, poblano and jalapeno peppers, garlic with romano and parmesan cheese and beer. We are eager to report back on this delicacy.

    A few brave soles are taking transom showers today. I am one of those. These sort of things should be mandatory but are not until day 5. The skipper will start adding labels in strategic spots on the boat to encourage this.

    As the YB Tracker shows we are in a dual with Horizon. Nothing we haven't planned for. We have a secret weapon which we will share in the next communique. We also have the legendary Navigator, cook and hydraulic repair man onboard. We will previal!
    **************************

    “All is well onboard BOLT! The sun is out and boat is moving fast. Morale is high and conditions are great. Chef Craig continues to provide a 5-star dining experience as we continue our journey towards Hawaii. Today we leave you with thoughts from the crew....

    "Easier to cook when the boat is flat"
    "The sun is finally out!"
    "Can't believe they let the bow guy drive."
    "Are we there yet?"
    "Finally surfing!"
    "The coffee is working."
    "Dave spoils good dreams."
    "White sails are faster than dark sails"
    "I like going fast!"
    "I'm not grumpy!"

    Meet David B Oborn
    - Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA via Auckland, NZ
    - How many Transpacs: This is my third
    - Position on boat: Foil trimmer/Bar tender
    - Favorite drink: Scotch Whiskey
    - Favorite food: Rum

    Meet Alex Steele
    - Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
    - Number of Transpacs: This is my 4th transpac
    - Position on Bolt: Watch captain
    - Favorite drink: Rum and coke
    - Favorite food: Steak

    July 17, 2021

    Throughout their @transpacrace voyage, we’ll be featuring members of the Bolt crew as we cheer them on from the mainland.

    Meet Craig L. Reynolds
    - Hometown: Newport Beach, California
    - Number of Transpacs: This is my seventh Transpac - one pacific cup trophy
    - Position on Bolt: Owner
    - Favorite drink: Mai tai at finish in Hawaii
    - Favorite food: Breakfast at waffle house
    - Instagram handle: Is that like a handle of rum?
    - “I love this race!!!”

    ******************************
    July 19, 2021, 0800

    Yesterday was Skipper Chris Sheehan's birthday. He didn't even know we knew it was his birthday as he didn't mention anything and we all kept quiet. Imagine his shock at the surprise birthday dinner-party we threw him hundreds of miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean. He was super touched by laminated/waterproofed cards from loved ones that we smuggled on board. We each had a single Budweiser, the King of Beers, to toast him, which helped wash down the Freeze-dried Chocolate Pudding with Marshmallows. We all chipped in and got him wanted for his birthday-- the boat in "full send" mode with big numbers. Slingshot Engaged.

    July 17, 2021

    Meet the team:

    Watch Captains Stuart Bannatyne, Hartwell Jordan
    Navigator Christopher Lewis
    Boat Captain Collin Leon
    Trimmers Malcolm Parker, Morgan Gutenkunst
    Grinder Scott Ewing
    Bow Dylan Vogel
    Helm /,Skipper Christopher Sheehan
    Shore Team Dominque Tanton

    *************************************
    July 18, 2021, 1600

    News Flash! Jason sends an update on the first 24 hours aboard Callisto:

    The first 24 hours have been good. Callisto was able to have a good start despite a large armada of spectator boats. The wind was blowing 8-10 knots and then built up to 14 knots off Catalina Island. The fleet headed north to Santa Barbara Island before making the last tack onto starboard (which is the tack for 80% of the race). Overnight the wind remained in the 8-12 range with a heavy marine layer. The wind built to 15 knots but the crew is still waiting for the wind to shift to the northeast.

    The boat is performing well but there are a few gear gremlins to deal with. Go Go Callisto!

    July 18, 2021, 0400

    Good night of sailing moving out of the Channel Islands past Santa Barbara and San Nicolas Islands in 12 knots of breeze. Nice shot of Catalina Island from the crew last evening. Still heading upwind, Division 2 and 3 boats beginning to spread out.
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    Wednesday July 21st Update



    TRACKER

    Fleet: As of 07:00 HST the fleet has congregated midway through the track and Ho'okolohe the breakaway
    leader. All boats are currently enjoying good pressure , with winds in the low 20's, life is good.
    Some boats are diving a bit south, Fast Exit, Patches, Lucky Duck, Lucky and Juno , apparently seeking a tad more
    breeze from the remnants of a tropical storm.




    Div 1:
    BadPak remains in the lead on corrected time, with Lucky just one hour off the estimated pace,
    Pyewacket has posted a 402nm VMG and is on pace to overtake Ho'okolohe for line honors


    Div2:
    Peligroso leads the division and posted a 354nm VMG over the past 24 hours! All boats sailing in the
    12+knots rang and expected to arrive this weekend!




    Div3:
    The 52's are all humming along quite nicely, Warrior Won is division leader with a 4 hour
    corrected lead over 2nd place Vitesse and 7.5 hour lead over sistership Callisto





    Div 4

    The Sleds are sledding along in the 11 plus knot range, with Pied Piper holding a corrected lead over 2nd place
    Grand Illusion of 1.3 hours!




    Div5
    Things are much tighter in this division, with Bretwalda holding a 4 hour corrected lead over Nereid, which in turn , currently has a
    20 second lead over Rufless which leads Lucky Duck by 40 something minutes!




    Div6
    Triumph is the current crown wearer in the SC50 fleet, possessing a 17 minute corrected advantage over Horizon
    and just shy of 3 hours over Oaxaca. All boats surfing in the 9 plus knot range and are expected in late Sunday and very early Monday!





    Div7
    Favonius remains the lead dog in this 3 boat division, where all boats are still expecting podium slots!
    They have staggered ETA's with boats finishing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!



    Div 8
    Still 1st in division and Line Honor, Team Novato, aka Ho'okolohe, can still pull this one off with good luck and
    navigating for line honors. Expected in sometime Friday with a full moon, it will be a magical ending to a magical voyage!
    Spindrift V is now in second on corrected, but still needs to make up 9 plus hours to overtake!




    Line Honors
    Pyewacket has an estimated finish time of approximately 09:00 Friday with Ho'okolohe's of 19:20 and Lucky's 22:15
    but there are plenty of miles and gybes to go....
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    Thursday July 22 Update: Leaders Inside 500 NM


    TRACKER



    The leaders are less than 500nm! Report from the current pack leader, HO'OKOLOHE: "50% cloud cover ,6-8 ft seas, 66 TWD, 17knts, 1019mb. Dinner Menu Steak and Lobster. Wine Pairing: Duckhorn Merlot or Rombauer Chard. Dessert: Ice Cream and semi fresh berries. Movie showing: Old School. Estimated time of Pyewacket passing us: 7:00pm."
    Other updates from the fleet -





    TRIUMPH: Saw a fishing boat with 5 blinking buoys out this morning, about the same
    location identified yesterday by RAPID TRANSIT. Spoke with the captain - deep nets and no issue to us. One Cabo race to go!!!(or 7.4 Ensenadas)


    ROCK N'ROLL: "We passed very close to the North Korean spy ship last night (blinding lights, no AIS, no radio response, etc) at approx 27 25n, 141 18w. Had to heat up to cross their bow as they hunted us steering an erratic course. It was a fishing vessel (trawler) I was able to hail on VHF after passing. I let them know that there were other sleep deprived yachties hurtling towards them at 15 knots even more restricted in our maneuverability than they are and that turning on their AIS may be prudent..."


    OAXACA: "Sailing under the full moon was spectacular and the moonset and sunrise
    equally stunning. Some rain showers after midnight to clean the deck and
    freshen the crew."

    RAPID TRANSIT: While sailing on Strbd gybe in 24 kts true wind noticed strobe so Hit MOB at 11:09 pm. Took down our kites and turned toward strobe. Hailed on CH 16 and 71 to alert other boats of possible MOB. Did not get reply hail. 11:32pm made visual with strobe

    11:44pm identified strobe as a buoy. Cleared MOB on VHF radio at 11:44pm. Hailed on 16 and 71 but did not get return reply

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    More Discovery Channel - Less ESPN
    A well known pro-sailor told me he was advising his clients to focus their sailing to “More Discovery Channel and less ESPN.” Sage advice from a multi-World Champion.

    This will be my ninth Transpac start and I find my focus has shifted. It’s good to be back on the water again. I’m thrilled to be sailing with my band of Brothers that went through our 2019 mishap. I told the boys before the race in 2019 my only jobs were. to make certain that they got home safely to their loved ones and at the end of the race we were better friends than when we started. Erik Berzins, Ryan Breymaier, Mat Bryant, Brendan Busch, Randy Smith, John Turpin and Greg Weeger are remarkable shipmates and friends. It’s good to be sailing with them again. Chuck Clay is sailing on board good energy and we are cheering and watch their progress on the tracker.

    My long time friend and mentor Justin Smart has joined us in this adventure. Justin had more ocean racing miles before he was 18 than most will have in a lifetime. He was the youngest to do the round the world race at the age of 17 with Peter Blake. We met in 1982 when he was the first mate on board Kialoa IV. Justin generously taught me how to crew on a big boat and changed the trajectory of my life forever and I am most grateful.

    My sons Peter and Jack are joining us this race. The boys recently graduated from high school and I am desperately trying to slow the sands in the hourglass and enjoy every moment with them. Our family became overnight Catholics for high school purposes. The Jesuits strive to build men for others, and Sarah and are really proud of these young men.
    We took delivery of the boat six weeks ago. David Happ and his wife donated the boat to the California Maritime Academy. David was in process of a full refit. We aim to complete that task I look forward to

    David and his son Aiden’s return soon. There was no time to make changes to the configurations or even order sails. Covid left the boat with a fair amount of deferred maintenance.Each member of the team has worked tirelessly to prepare the boat for Transpac and I most grateful.
    Saturday brought friends and family for the sendoff. We had a good start and led our group to the west end of Catalina. A few holes in our reaching sail inventory proved costly and G.I. and Pied Piper extended through us.




    This morning’s rollcall had us third in class and 10th overall and fastest in our class making up ground. We crossed the halfway mark early this afternoon.
    We had a special toast salute to our lost friend OEX when we sailed over the location of her sinking.

    Tonight finds us playing shifts and catching squalls as we charge hard to Hawaii. Spirits are high. Everyone’s in agreement it’s a miracle we’re here competing.
    Transpac is a special race. It welcomes Grand Prix sailors and family team members equally. I was fortunate to meet my wife because of the Transpac. The rhythm of the passage, the majesty of God’s handiwork and the lifelong friendships made at sea, set this race apart. If you’re so inclined I encourage you to sign up for next year’s race.
    More Discovery Channel - less ESPN. Sound advice indeed.
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    Pyewacket 70' Takes Line Honors!



    Roy Disney Jr and crew complete the 2021 Transpac in 5d 52m 20s with an 460 nm VMG 24 hour finish!

    TRACKER is live and Ho'okohe is about 9 hours away!
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    Pretty damn fast for a non-foiling, non multihull!

    Which form Volvo 70' was it?

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    Telefonica originally, then Blackjack in OZ.

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    Notes From Boats July 23

    Callisto

    Jason's daily report arrived just after midnight and read on to see why: "Just about 500nm to the finish. It has been crazy busy with gybes and sail changes-some planned and others unplanned. We are sailing 4 on and 4 off (ed note: 4 hours on deck, 4 hours below sleeping), but have been woken up mid off watch for these events so haven't slept more than 90 minutes in 2-3 days. We are in the trades not with 18-25 knots and occasional big seas. We have stuffed the bow (ed note: the bow goes underwater while the boat is at high speed-you don't want this to happen), several times and exploded kites (ed note: sails) and ripped the front pulpit off. Lots of excitement." $$$$ Go, Go, Callisto


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    Horizon

    July 22, 2021

    The significant event of the last 24 hours of sailing was that blue skies greeted us this morning after an intense 10 minute rainshower at 7am. The crew on deck got a free shower with fresh rainwater! Winds continue from a north/northeasternly direction as we sail along on our code 2 spinnaker, but wind velocities have increased to 20-22 kts with a brief period of 24 kts while we were in the vicinity of the rainstorm.

    Seas are now a bit bigger which is good for HORIZON because frequently it allows the opportunity to surf down a wave, thus increasing our average speed toward the mark. But one side effect of the bigger seas was that when the wind and rain increased, one rogue wave managed to splash over the top of the cabinhouse and into the aft cockpit and down an open cabin hatch. HORIZON is normally quite a "dry" boat, even in rough seas. The unwelcome wave prompted us to move the on deck sail bags (ie BALLAST) furher back to redistribute weight and keep HORIZON's bow further above the attacking waves. We are now 820 miles from the finish line in Diamond Head, Hawaii.

    We continue about 13 miles behind the lead boat which is less than one hours sailing time at current boat speeds. Temperatures are warm but not overly warm except when sitting directly in the sun, which is now shining down on us with great intensity. We have our cooling fans going full force below decks to avert the eastern pacific heat and crew are now walking around without shirts. The sea breezes are still fresh and cooling.

    Last night we ate tortilla chips and a great enchilada dish prepared by Jennifer Bose, Len's wife and everyone enjoyed it immensely. Great taste! And this morning cereal, yougert, coffee and milk were on offer for breakfast.

    Our MVP was again Chris for going up the rig to fix a lower runner detachment to the mast which had shook loose during a jibe.

    All crew are in good spirits, and getting at least some sleep although last nite was pretty demanding sailing for the rotating watch crews on deck!

    July 21, 2021

    As I write this we have completed 5 days of sailing and crossed the halfway point of the race! We are now 1075 miles from the finish!

    We continue sailing under overcast skies and the temperatures have gotten cooler. Wind is from the North/Northeast typically 17 kts but ocasionally gusting to the low 20s. We think we are quite close to regaining the lead in the Santa cruz 50/52 class. It's very intense competition.

    Last evening we ate stir fry vegetables and chicken cooked up in a skillet on our force 10 galley stove, and this morning Chez Pete prepared egg sandwhiches for us consisting of canadian bacon, cheese, english muffin, and of couse scrambled eggs. Both meals tasted really great!

    A couple of the crew took showers on the rear of the boat using the boat's pressurized fresh water system. (We have a 50 gallon fresh water tank onboard). Gentleman sailing conditions compared to some of the other boats on the course.

    Most of the fleets are now sailing slightly upwind of our best routing models, including the big boats, so we are staying with them rather than sailing further south, which might yield a bit more breeze will requiring us to sail further. In essence we are sailing a more direct course to the finish which I guess everyone thinks will be the best strategy given that the winds are holding up where we are situated in the isobars.

    Every one in good spirits and all boat systems are working properly.

    July 20, 2021

    We've completed our 4th day of sailing in the Transpac Race! We are sailing with our Code 2 spinakker in 15kts of north/northeasterly breeze and overcast skies. The temperature is no longer cool but not hot either, just comfortable.

    In the afternoons the sun tries to break thru with bright shafts of sunshine turning the sea a deep purple whenever it hits. There are now more frequent breaks in the stratus layer as we sail a south westernly course about 900 miles southwest of Long Beach.

    The wind is out of the north/northeast and within the last few hours the wind speeds have increased a couple of knots. We are now sailing with a steady 18-20 kts and we are starting to see following seas and a few whitecaps. Winds have recently shifte a little bit left which is good for us since our routing takes us further south in the days ahead.

    Our competitors in the Santa Cruz 50/52 fleet are closeby. Last nite at 1am we jibed left for 1.5 hours to stay on our routing which took us out of the lead temporarily but we think we will regain the lead today and be in a better position to take advantage of the expected stronger breezes, our new A2.5 spinaker at the ready.

    Last night we had chili verde, spanish rice, tortillas, chips, and refried beans obtained from a mexican deli near John's house. The very spicy food was a big hit with the crew after a number of days of only moderately spicy casseroles.

    All crew are in good spirits. Most of the guys brought the personal selection of music to play on deck. Its been a magical mystery tour of everything from reggae to rock to country to classical. Gives the older guys a chance to hear what newer generations are listening to! But the old guys still love their rock! Particulary appeciated by all was a downloaded channel on spotify called boat rock!

    Chez Peter served up a great egg and sausage casserole which was tummy stuffing and tasty, sure it will carry us through dinner tonite.

    July 19, 2021

    This is a report of our 3rd day of sailing in the Transpac race. At 9pm last nite the wind shifted to north/northeast and we were able to put up our Code 2 (thats the big balloon sail that flies in front of the boat). Winds continue at about 15KT in a relatively smooth sea with overcast skies and cool temperatures. Our entire Santa Cruz 50/52 fleet is close to us. We are now 650 miles from long beach and about 1580 miles from the finish line in Hawaii. The sailing, sleeping and walking about the boat is easier now since in this sail mode the boat is relatively flat in the water.

    Introducing Horizon's crew:
    LEN (LENNY BEATS) BOSE, Yacht Broker, Experienced Sailor, 11 prior Transpacs
    PETER (DONT CALL ME DICK) HECHT, Volvo 70 around the world sailor, 3 americas cups, Whitbread sailor, US Sailing team, 18 prior Transpacs
    JAMIE (J-WOW) MALM, All American Intercollegiate Champion, Businessman
    STEVE (SCUBA STEVE) NATVIG, Sailing Director at Cabrillo Yacht Club, Maxi Sailor, Govenors Cup Champion,
    JACOB (MAUI BOY) RICHTER, Hawaii Collegiate Sailor, Race Manager for GP sailing, engineer
    TAYLOR (TPAIN) SCHLUB, J24 Nationals and Worlds,J125 racer
    JOHN (DONT CALL ME FISHBAIT) SHULZE, Owner, Businessman, 3 prior Transpacs
    CHRIS (ROOKIE) VILICICH, Intercollegiate Racer, Kennedy Cup Champion, 1 prior TRANSPAC

    Last evening we ate a green salad and meat and pasta casserole made by Melissa Olsen, Steve's significant other. Thanks so much Melissa for the great dinner! And once again this morning fried egg, canadian bacon, cheese on an english muffin prepared by our navigator Pete.

    Most valuable racer for today was Chris for going up the mast to fix a broken halyard.

    We think we are slowly gaining gauge on our competition, but damn, they are sailing well too! Looking for a bit stronger breeze to allow Horizon to accelerate as we continue down planned routing to Hawaii. Everyone feels good and all boat systems operating normally.

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    Triumph


    July 22, 2021

    Saw a fishing boat with 5 blinking buoys out this morning, about the same location identified yesterday by Rapid Transit. Spoke with captain - deep nets and no issue to us. One Cabo race to go (or 7.4 Ensenadas)!

    July 19, 2021

    Good morning Friends & Family of Triumph.

    We have entered the "slot cars" section of the Transpac. We are riding the bottom edge of the weather pattern known as the Pacific High. For the most part, you will see all boats in their lane until the decision to gybe down to Hawaii. The good part is that the boat has flattened out and we can move about without holding on for dear life at 20% of heal - just imagine your house tilted up 20% in a light rain storm with the windows open.

    David, Chris and I saw a whale jump 40-50 feet in the air, twice. We are glad it happened a second time as we were not sure it was real. Chris actually said it looked like something fell out of the sky.

    Not much excitement other than a likely seal failure in the Backstay Ram - this is the device that increases or decreases tension on the backstay which in turn stiffens the forestay and the mast. This might sound trivial but it actually is a critical part and without it we are all but dunfir. This actually is a critical item when sailing upwind and reaching. The hydraulic repair was undertaken by the Navigator, who will remain nameless, for this report. My dad always said stick to what you know but when on board, everyone is an expert at many things 😊. The repair involved bleeding the oil under the backstay ram but rather than capture it, we drained it off the transom and we can't say where it went from there. We carry a quart of spare hydraulic but I was told we should always carry a barrel (i.e., 55 gallons) or fill one of the unused water tanks with it. We adapted and overcame - our on board Olympic hopeful and rigger extraordinaire, David Liebenberg, worked his rope magic and so far she is holding. This kid is a bundle of energy.

    Tonight we have the "Navigators Stew". Jeff (it is ok to use his name in this case). This meal is labeled "Hagis" on the boat menu as a place holder but this meal is reportedly a step above and would make the Scottish blush. The stew contains Pork Shoulder, poblano and jalapeno peppers, garlic with Romano and parmesan cheese and beer. We are eager to report back on this delicacy.

    A few brave soles are taking transom showers today. I am one of those. These sort of things should be mandatory but are not until day 5. The skipper will start adding labels in strategic spots on the boat to encourage this.

    As the YB Tracker shows we are in a dual with Horizon. Nothing we haven't planned for. We have a secret weapon which we will share in the next communique. We also have the legendary Navigator, cook and hydraulic repair man onboard. We will prevail!

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    Hula Girl

    July 22, 2021

    Hello from the crew of Hula Girl, mid Pacific in the 2021 Transpac Race. Spirits are high as we roll into the new day given the spectacular 24 hours that preceded. Yesterday the cloud cover broke, and it started looking more like the trade wind sailing we have been waiting for. The water is that shocking shade of blue that only revels itself far from civilization, and I really don't think any paint card or pantone color could ever do it justice. We crossed the halfway point yesterday, more than 1100 miles from any dry land. It is said that this is farther away from land than you can get anywhere on the planet.

    Yes, it's a big ocean out here... but also this year it's been a pretty narrow racetrack. Most boats have maintained pretty similar lines as they headed West, and we have seen a number of boats relatively close by. At one point three of us were sailing within sight of each other. Big ocean, but not alone.

    After a fantastic day and a brief happy-hour halfway celebration, we slipped into an equally (if not more) beautiful night. With only patchy tradewind clouds, the large moon finally got to show off her luminosity making it markedly easier to sail through the night. The moonlight reflecting off the backs of waves as you surf down them shimmers like a huge school of silver fish giving chase. Just an ideal night, and with all the hours of practice the team has been getting, I have to say they really did an excellent job.

    Today we start looking for our opportunity to jibe south. Some of our pack has already taken little bites that direction, but given that we are trying to work back from an early speed deficit, we have opted to take a bit of leverage to see what we can make happen. The Pacific High is supposed to split over the next 48 hours, with the eastern portion moving east and causing a right shift in the wind as we close in on Hawaii, and with a bit of luck we are positioning ourselves to eventually capitalize on that.

    Everyone onboard is doing a fantastic job. We really have a fun bunch and we are all excited for the next portion of the race: days of ocean surfing on our wind powered sled! Bring it on, and let's go catch some of the boats that got away from us when we were getting to know Hula Girl!

    July 20, 2021

    Ah, it's good to be back. The water hissing by the hull, the rhythmic rolling and surfing on the Pacific swells, the groaning of deck hardware as the sails are trimmed. We are off, heading West and South, Hula Girl has a bone in her teeth and couldn't be happier.

    Friday afternoon, our fleet left California in the 2021 Transpac Race to Honolulu. One of the world's most renowned and revered offshore yacht races, it also happens to be one of our favorites. The course has exactly what a great event should: a healthy mix of challenges and rewards. The early upwind days in the colder coastal winds are soon forgotten once you cross the ridge and begin the many miles of surfing blue swells to tropical islands.

    This year, the what the post-pandemic fleet lacks in numbers, it definitely makes up for in sheer competitiveness. The scratch sheet reads a list of some of the hottest racing sailboats on the planet. And the crew lists are virtual who's who of offshore racing. This year, our 14th year of offering racing programs to Hawaii, J/World is fielding two boats in the event, each comprised of three coaches and six clients. It's a crash course in a whole host of fields: yes, sailing mechanics, sail trim, helming, and boat systems of course, but also in team building, cooperation, communication, and and just plain ol' simple courtesy. After a couple of days 'rehearsal' in LA where coaches covered everything form how to 'peel' a spinnaker to where you should hang your foulies, we were excited to get sailing.

    This year has, from our perspective, been remarkable in the fact that it hasn't (yet) been terribly remarkable. If that makes any sense. I mean, the departure from the LA coastal waters was easy and relatively mild. We got into the offshore winds smoothly before the first night. The winds have been idyllic, averaging maybe 18 knots, rarely below 14, and similarly rarely above 22. We spent the initial push away from the coast with our #1 genoa up, reached for a while with our Jib Top, and with the wind shifting around behind us are now sailing with the A3 Spinnaker. Really, conditions have been just superb.

    While the sailing has been smooth, we have been taking some lumps on Hula Girl. Our 'young' team has been paying some speed dues to the seasoned teams out here while our crew learns how to sail this boat. We were a little off the pace the first couple of days, but I have to say I think everyone is getting the hang of things and I expect to start reeling in some of our fleet. Unfortunately, it's a pretty 'narrow' course this year, so there aren't s lot of passing lanes, so we'll have to see what we can do!

    Hula Girl has been fantastic, as always. One exciting mishap: as we neared Catalina Island, the new steering cables must have seated/stretched under the high loads allowing one of them to slip off the steering quadrant in our first tack. So that made an exciting couple of moments, but we were able to quickly get the cable back into place, then tighten them both, and we were back in action.

    Ok, it's a little after 1am out here mid Pacific, so I should sign off. Hah, quick side note, I almost titled this post "Hula Girl - Back in the Saddle" but my sleep deprived mind couldn't shake the image of a hula girl on a horse, so I had to scrap that one.

    Anyhow, we have a super fun group on board this year, and with the spinnakers out and the weather warming, spirits are high!

    Mare (pun intended) soon...

    Wayne Zittel & the Hula Girl Team

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    Warrior Won

    July 22, 2021

    We had our belated halfway party last night with a swig each of tequila and lots of laughs, even as we continued to send it. Skipper Sheehan said a few words to acknowledge how hard we've been pushing the boat and how much still had to go in this great ocean race to paradise. We also toasted our friends on Denali to acknowledge all of their work and preparation to sail the Transpac only to be dealt a cruel hand of cards after the start.

    July 19, 2021, 0800

    Yesterday was Skipper Chris Sheehan's birthday. He didn't even know we knew it was his birthday as he didn't mention anything and we all kept quiet. Imagine his shock at the surprise birthday dinner-party we threw him hundreds of miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean. He was super touched by laminated/waterproofed cards from loved ones that we smuggled on board. We each had a single Budweiser, the King of Beers, to toast him, which helped wash down the Freeze-dried Chocolate Pudding with Marshmallows. We all chipped in and got him wanted for his birthday-- the boat in "full send" mode with big numbers. Slingshot Engaged.

    July 17, 2021

    Meet the team:

    Watch Captains Stuart Bannatyne, Hartwell Jordan
    Navigator Christopher Lewis
    Boat Captain Collin Leon
    Trimmers Malcolm Parker, Morgan Gutenkunst
    Grinder Scott Ewing
    Bow Dylan Vogel
    Helm /,Skipper Christopher Sheehan
    Shore Team Dominque Tanton
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