2007 TRANSPAC PREVIEW
Looking ahead — Most of the race's namesake TP52s have migrated to the far side of the world, but three will race to Hawaii this year, including 'Samba Pa Ti' and 'Lucky', left. Spread: if the TransPac were a beauty pageant, 'Pegasus' would steal the crown. But this is yacht racing, and, in Philippe Kahn's first doublehanded long-distance race, it remains to be seen if he can pull off a victory this time around.
TransPac Entries con't Yacht Type Skipper Fortaleza Santa Cruz 50 Jim Morgan Horizon Santa Cruz 50 Jack Taylor Stags' Leap Winery Santa Cruz 50 Gib Black DIVISION V (starts Thursday, July 12) Rancho Deluxe Swan 45 Michael Diepenbrock Tower Lidgard 45 Doug Grant Paddy Wagon Ross 40 Richard Mainland Tango * J/133 Michael Abraham Narrow Escape * Cape Bay 40 Allen Lehman, Jr. Uncontrollable Urge Columbia 30SY James Gilmore On the Edge of Destiny 1D-35 Sean Doyle Tabasco 1D-35 Gary Fanger Recidivist Schumacher 39 Ken Olcott X-Dream * X-119 Steen Moller ALOHA I (starts Thursday, July 12) Ariadne Ladd 73 Frank Easterbrook Ho'okolohe Farr 58 Cecil Rossi Alsumar S&S 70 John Craig Enchilado Jeanneau 54 DS Cesar de Saracho Windswept Swan 57 M. & P. Phelps Anna Katrina Beneteau 47.7 John Otterson French Kiss Beneteau 50 Bryan Daniels Between the Sheets Jeanneau 52 Ross Pearlman DIVISION VI (starts Monday, July 9) Inspired Environments Beneteau 40.7 Timothy Ballard Peregrine Hobie 33 Simon Garland Brilliant * J/100 Tim Fuller Brown Sugar Express 37 Steve Brown Addiction 2 * J/35 Richard Blackburn California Girl Cal 40 D. & B. Lessley Far Far Cal 40 Don Grind Psyche Cal 40 Steve Calhoun Shaman Cal 40 Steve Waterloo Shanti Olson 911SE Jon Eberly ALOHA II (starts Monday, July 9) Ginny Calkins 50 C.Calkins/N. Reynolds Mystere Swan 42 Jorge Morales Gaviota Cal 2-46 Jim Partridge Traveler Penna 47 Michael Lawler Cirrus Standfast 40 Lindsay Austin Lady Liberty Catalina 36 John Wallner MULTIHULL LoeReal (starts July 15) Jeanneau 60 tri H.L. Enloe Minnow (starts July 12) Catana 52 cat Robert Webster ESCORT (starts Monday, July 9) Alaska Eagle S&S 65 R. Crowe/B. Kfoury Division assignments as of June 22
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Newport, RI Los Angeles Los Angeles Newport Beach Payson, AZ San Diego Honolulu San Francisco Palo Alto San Francisco Newport Beach San Francisco San Diego La Jolla San Diego La Jolla San Francisco Marina del Rey Sausalito San Diego Dana Point Long Beach Honolulu Point Richmond San Francisco Los Angeles Alameda San Francisco San Diego Dana Point Los Angeles Newport Beach Kaneohe Oxnard El Paso, TX Pryor, OK Newport Beach ( * = doublehanded )
sailing worthy of a theatrical release with more promise than Wind, he's the one.) Instead, the 'youngest' honor is expected to go to the ominously named 1D-35 On the Edge of Destiny. Hawaii race vet Dan Doyle has turned over the keys to the car (previously Two Guys on the Edge) to his sons Sean (19) and Justin (18), who will skipper and navigate, respectively. They'll be joined by Tedd White (23), Cameron Biehl (19) and Rosco Fowler (20). That makes their average age just 19.8, nearly three years younger than the current record set by the crew of kids on Jon Andron's Cal 40 Argonaut in 1969. Better bring extra sodas to those dock parties. Oldest crew — Not gonna go there. A woman's place — Sadly, there are no all-women entries this time, despite rumors that at least one highly qualified pair of female ocean racers was contemplating it. There will be an all-women-but-one boat, however: Bill Myers's Standfast 40 Cirrus. Myers has turned the helm over to 22-year-old Lindsay Austin, who has her 100-ton Master's license and comes from a family of mariners, including mom Donna, also on the crew. Myers and the Austins will be joined by Caroline Heinrich, Nancy Piper and Christin Shacat. By the end of July, the younger Austin will be the second youngest female skipper in the history of the race. Birds of feather — In a scene reminiscent of a bygone era, seven 1980s-era sleds will line up for the start, three of them Santa Cruz 70s. Combined with six SC50s and two SC52s, that makes the Wizard himself, Bill Lee, the most-represented designer in the house. Highly appropriate given his long-standing service to the TPYC and the record-breaking impact his boats have had over the years. Foreign invasion — Not quite an invasion, but there are six foreign-flagged boats. Japan and Mexico tie for the most
The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.