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Lending Club Just Misses TransPac Record

July 19, 2013 – Honolulu, Hawaii


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Tritium Lending Club missed the TransPac record by 2.5 hours, but it wasn't for lack of trying. © 2017 Christophe Favreau / www.christophefavreau.com

There have been some close finishes in the Los Angeles-to-Hawaii TransPac. In 1973, for example, the Spencer 65 Ragtime beat the Guerney 72 Windward Passage for elapsed time honors by a mere 4m, 31s.

That was nothing compared to eight years later, when for days the Nick Frazee-chartered Lee 67 Merlin looked like a sure thing to break Merlin's 1977 elapsed-time record. But the wind fizzled on the last day, and Frazee missed the record by less than one minute.

This year's elapsed time close call wasn't as close as either of those years, but it was still close as John Sangmeister's Long Beach-based ORMA 73 trimaran Tritium Lending Club came up 2.5 hours short of besting the record established by Bruno Peyron with the 80-ft catamaran Commodore Explorer in 1997. Sangmeister and his outstanding crew were thwarted by lighter-than-hoped-for winds, having to sail a greater than normal number of extra miles to keep their speed up, plus they had no less than six collisions — two of them significant —with debris from the Japanese tsunami. One required pulling the daggerboard out for lengthy repairs, then reversing it in its case. To be fair, the entire fleet has had to deal with lighter-than-hoped-for wind and a tremendous amount of tsunami debris.

This has been an interesting TransPac, with lots more racing to go. Perhaps the most delicious aspect is that Matt Brooks' St. Francis YC S&S 52 Dorade, which won the TransPac in 1936 — that's no typo — is once again the corrected time leader in fleet. As of today's standings, she was a little more than three hours ahead of Division 8 compratriot Sleeper, and six hours ahead of Westward, another Division 8 woody. At the time of that posting, Dorade was 270 miles out of Honolulu and moving along reasonably well.


Dorade is at the top of the leaderboard. © 2017 Christophe Launay

We don't claim to be TransPac corrected-time analysts, but it seems to us the boats with the best chance to overtake Dorade for corrected time honors are Beecom, Isao Mita's Yokohama-based TransPac 52, which is 8.5 corrected-time-hours behind Dorade, and Roy Patrick Disney's Andrews 70 Pyewacket, which is 13 corrected-time-hours behind. What gives these two boats a chance is that they still have nearly 800 miles of course to sail, both can surf like mad, and both have all-star teams — Beecom's is half Japanese and half Kiwi. These three things give them a shot at overtaking the old woody's lead. But if the wind goes soft at all, they're toast.

In any event, it looks likely that either an ancient woody or a Japanese entry will correct out in the 34th TransPac. We would welcome either. The one sure bet is that it's going to be fun to follow the rest of the race, but not as fun as being on the Ala Wai docks in Honolulu this weekend. Party on!

- latitude / richard

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AYSF Receives Hanson Rescue Medal

July 19, 2013 – Portsmouth, RI

While the men on the American Youth Sailing Force, San Francisco's 'home team' for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, undoubtedly want to win the event's trophy so bad they can taste it, the award six of its team members received this week proves more about who they are as people than any sports trophy ever could.


Six members of the American Youth Sailing Force have been awarded the Hanson Rescue Medal for their attempts to save the driver of a sinking minivan. © 2017 Kim Paternoster

On Wednesday, US Sailing announced that the six sailors — Ian Andrewes, David Liebenberg, Tommy Pastalka, Evan Sjostedt, Mikey Radziekowski and Nick Andrewes — will be awarded the Hanson Rescue Medal for their attempt to save a woman who'd driven her minivan into San Francisco Bay on June 21. Sadly, they weren't able to break out the minivan's rear window in time to save the driver, 60-year-old Debra Crenshaw, but the team's instantaneous response to the accident and unrelenting attempts to free her proved their selflessness and earned them the award, as bittersweet as it may be.

Congratulations to the team for the well-earned honor.

- latitude / ladonna

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July 19, 2013 – San Francisco, CA

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Weekend Racing Preview

July 19, 2013 – North America

Prada vs. ETNZ
ETNZ won July 13's match against Luna Rossa by more than five minutes. © 2017 Abner Kingman / ACEA

Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 3 wraps up this weekend. Luna Rossa sails solo on Saturday and duels with ETNZ on Sunday. The races start at 12:15 and won't last an hour. See www.americascup.com for everything you need to know, and check out Latitude's AC34 page.

El Toro sailors are stuffing the herd into a container in Oakland tomorrow for shipment to Hawaii and their Nationals at Kaneohe YC on August 6-9. Those mavericks still loose on the mainland are welcome to race in Fremont Sailing Club's Summer race on July 28, along with FJs and Lido 14s. See www.eltoroyra.org and www.fremontsailingclub.org.

Farr 30 Worlds
California-based Groovederci (left) walks away from the competition on Day 2 of the Farr 30 Worlds. © 2017 Meredith Block / Farr 30 Worlds

The Farr 30 Worlds are underway in Newport, RI, with reigning champion Deneen Demourkas of Santa Barbara climbing the ranks to first place with Groovederci in super-light air during a heat wave. The regatta continues through Sunday.

The Optimist World Championships continue through July 26 in Lake Garda, Italy. Among five competitors from the U.S., 14-year-old Marinite Romain Screve is in 34th place among 259 entries after 6 races. For more, see www.fragliavelariva.it and take the opportunity to work on your Italian.

The Laser North American Championships will be held at CORK in Kingston, ON, on July 24-28. Among the 246 entries are many from California. You can find them and track their progress at http://2013laserna.cork.org.

The Windjammers Race from San Francisco to Santa Cruz kicks off Labor Day Weekend, this time on Saturday, August 31, not on Friday as in past years. They're offering a shorthanded division, and if they get enough demand they'll split it into doublehanded and singlehanded. August 21 is the early entry deadline, and entries close at 5:00 on August 29. See www.scyc.org for the NOR and entry form. Entries must comply with NorCalORC recommendations. Sailors are invited to stick around on Sunday for the Day on Monterey Bay Regatta which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.

Or, you could go the opposite direction on Labor Day Weekend and head inland for 26 miles to Benicia. Entries are also open for the Jazz Cup, a challenge between South Beach YC and Benicia YC that also welcomes everyone else. The deadline to enter without a late fee is August 25, and registration closes at noon on August 30. See www.southbeachyc.org.

Goose
Perennial Jazz Cup winner Goose, the Kastrop family's SBYC-based Catalina 30, was the first monohull under the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in last year's Jazz Cup. © 2017 / www.norcalsailing.com

We still have a lot of summer to get through before we arrive at Labor Day. Here's a quickie list of some local races this weekend:

  • Sausalito YC will be busy all weekend, hosting their Twin Island Race on Saturday, and a J/105 regatta on both days.
  • SFYC will host a Summer Classic for WBRA fleets and Alerion 28s.
  • Encinal YC will host BAYS #3 for junior sailors this weekend. EYC's Summer Small Boat Summer #1 is on Saturday.
  • Sequoia YC will host PICYA's CHISPA (for Laser sailors of all ages) and Youth Regatta on Saturday. They'll also run their Summer #4.
  • But wait – there's more! See our Calendar.

- latitude / chris

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