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"It wasn’t a particularly northerly race," Honey said. "Relative to the earlier starters it was, but relative to history it was kind of medium. We crossed 130°W at 28°N and I’ve crossed it as far north as 30°N before." In addition to Honey and Crichton, the Alfa crew was like a who's who of the professional sailing world. In addition to three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, there were a handful of the guys, including Dave Endean and Tony Mutter — with whom Honey had won the Volvo Ocean Race in 2005-2006 aboard ABNAMRO 1 — who had just finished winning this year's Volvo aboard Ericsson 4 before jumping on a plane to make the start. "Compared to a Volvo, the TransPac is a walk in the park," Honey said. "It’s got to be one of the most pleasant races in the world. It’s one of the few races in sailing where you enjoy it during the race, as opposed to most races where you enjoy having done it. It's definitely not a Hobart or a Fastnet, where you’re thinking, 'Why am I here?'" It was the second TransPac for Crichton. His first came in the dreadfully slow 1979 race, when it took his two-tonner Aun I Mara 14 days to make the crossing. This time around, he went to work trying to get some of the other big maxis to come play too. We asked the nowAustralia-based Kiwi — who had previously spent nine years living in Hawaii — if there were any other super maxis interested in the race. “There was interest," he said. "When we originally got them to change the rules to allow the 100-footers with powered sailing systems in the race, Bob Oatley [the Australian who's near-sistership Wild Oats XI, has won four- consecutive

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Tom Holthus' J/145 'Bad Pak' smokin' toward a sunrise finish off Diamond Head.

couple other people’s minds. The circuit for these boats is really in the Med. But it’s one of the great races. We thought we'd like to win it. It looks good on the resume."

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lsewhere in Division 1, Philippe Kahn and Mark Christensen smashed

Kenny Cooper borrows some of John Shampain's hair for a Shampain-like beard. Jack Taylor (red hat) and the rest of 'Horizon' gang won Div. 5; right, Erik Shampain and Tim Fuller won Div. 6.

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the existing doublehanded race record by over 2.5 days. They sailed Kahn's Open 50 Pegasus 50 to Diamond Head

in only 7d, 18h, 38m, 35s. But it wasn't without some serious issues. Just before the start, the electrical system that cants the boat's keel and raises and lowers its daggerboards malfunctioned. In the 50 minutes they had left to go before the start, they were able to get it going again, but that wouldn't be the last they'd hear from it. After six days of fast and wet sailing, their seventh day began with a series of 30-knot squalls and lots of fast and wet sailing. At 5 p.m. on June 12, they lost all electrical power.

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Latitude 38 August 2009  

The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 August 2009  

The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.