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SINGLEHANDED TRANSPAC 2006 astern, and Foolish Muse was the only other boat that had a chance at overall honors. So Mark cleared for action and started concentrating on making Alchera go fast. So did Andy on Foolish Muse. Which brings us to the other thing about Olson 30s in this race: they like to break booms. Of those 15 Olsons mentioned earlier, half broke booms. It always happens right where the vang attaches, it always happens on final approach into Hawaii — and 350 miles from Kauai, it happened to Foolish Muse. Andy immediately dropped the main and proceeded under twin jibs. He was amazed to see he was still charging along at 7 or 8 knots, and began wondering if the mainsail is an overrated piece of equipment.

spectacular 6-foot tuna flashing neonblue-silver at the end of it. “That thing could have eaten me!” he laughs — “and I sure didn’t want to try to get it aboard!” Phil waited for it to tire out before pulling it up to the boat. As he was admiring it and wondering what to do next, the tuna jumped out of the water, threw the hook out of its mouth and disappeared. While Phil may have snagged the biggest fish, the tallest fish story belonged to Andy Evans. When changing headsails on Foolish Muse, Andy customarily sits on the bow with his legs over either side. One time while doing this, he looked over and there, not a yard away, "were two very large, gray fish about 8 feet long” — pacing the boat! Andy quickly yanked his legs back aboard and from then on took a good look around before sail changes.

Lou Freeman missed his anniversary and his granddaughter's birthday by just one day.

Singlehanded TransPac Race Committee saw what was happening and announced at the next radio check-in that they were extending the deadline by one week [to July 15] — a first for this race.) As you might imagine, everyone on the back nine welcomed diversions, and fish stories provided some good ones. Chris Humann on Carroll E kicked off the Solo TransPac Fishing Derby on day three by hauling a beautiful 20-pound albacore onto his 24-footer. A few days later, Phil on Sail a Vie went to check his heavy trolling line — and found a

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ogbark sailed across the finish line first, at 11:37 a.m. Hawaii time on July 7, 13 days and change out of San Francisco. It was nowhere near the monohull record of 10 days, 22 hours

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The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.