TRANSPAC 2009 and he's also sailed it in a Vic-Maui. Somewhere in between he's managed to squeeze in Mexican races, including a division win in this year's Cabo race. From the get-go, Horizon's southerly position put them down in the skeds. "Allure was 60 to 70 miles north of us at the most," Taylor said. "They gained 25 miles on us one day." "It was a little hard coming up to the crew every morning for the first couple days," said navigator John Shampain. "But we did the same thing two years ago, so they were pretty used to it. If you want to see your name in bright lights, you go north to begin with. But history says that if you're winning on day one or two, you don't win the race. I don't know if it's ever worked out for me to go north." "Days four through seven were good days," Shampain added. "If we weren't picking up miles, we were picking up position." As the two boats sailed down the Molokai Channel within spitting distance of each other, they pushed and pushed with Allure finishing just a minute and
Salway, Tom O'Keefe and Scott Taylor, took the division win.
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five seconds ahead. Because the 1,000lb. lighter Allure owed Horizon some two hours on corrected time, Taylor and his crew, which also included Kenny Cooper, John Taylor, Gene Batalia, Clancy
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im Fuller and Erik Shampain — son of Horizon navigator John — won Division 6 in Fuller's 1D 35 Relentless by more than 20 hours — doublehanded — having sailed the farthest south of any boat. The duo sailed as far south as the latitude of La Paz before making a right turn. "We knew we had to be there," Fuller said. "At that point it was just a matter of pushing the boat." "Being quicker than the guys in our class was an advantage," Shampain said. "It let us get south and into the pressure sooner." This was the pair's second doublehanded effort at the race; their first came in 2007 aboard Fuller's old J/100 Brilliant. "Now that we've done this twice, we've got the routine down pretty well," Fuller said, laughing. "I steer the boat and Erik does everything else." "Every maneuver is a sequence of
The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.