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Celerity Takes Transpac Line Honors

July 24, 2015 – Oahu, Hawaii

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Harry Zanville and his five-man crew give a celebratory toast in the pre-dawn hours this morning, having taken line honors in a very difficult race.

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At 4:12 a.m. local time this morning Harry Zanville’s San Diego-based Santa Cruz 37 Celerity crossed the Transpac finish line off Oahu's Diamond Head buoy, becoming the first to finish what has been an uncommonly slow and challenging L.A.-to-Honolulu race.

Since the first group of starters sailed out of Long Beach nearly eleven days ago, the fleet of 57 boats (only five having retired) has had to overcome light winds, atypical routing, extra-squally conditions and an unprecedented amount of floating debris and rubbish on the way to Honolulu.

In stark contrast to Celerity’s Transpac debut four years ago, when she sailed too far north and finished near the back of the pack, the 37-ft Tim Kernan-designed racer/cruiser has made gains in this year’s race exactly where she lost out four years ago: in routing and navigation. Engaged in a first-to-finish and ORR Overall handicap drag race with Paul Stemler’s J/44 Patriot and Tracy Obert’s custom 59-ft ketch Marjorie, Zanville and his Corinthian crew stayed on a starboard jibe longer than her rivals, anticipating the eventual easterly shift near the islands, and then nailed her port-jibe layline from nearly 500 miles out. With Celerity’s rivals all jibing too early and needing to take a couple of hitches back to starboard, Celerity stayed on port and lit the afterburners to continue making solid VMG to the barn.

Before the race, it was assumed that super-maxis 63 feet longer than the SC37 Celerity would take line honors, but the weather gods had other ideas.

Photo Courtesy Celerity
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With maxi-trimaran Lending Club 2 having officially withdrawn from the race to chase an outright course record and the conditions being less than ideal for the bigger boats that started on both Thursday the 16th and Saturday the 18th respectively, no Transpac race records will fall in 2015, despite the unprecedented caliber of yachts entered. That’s not to say that there aren't thrilling battles going on all over the course, however. The lightweight and long ‘sleds’ of Division 3, which excel in light-to-moderate breeze ‘waterline’ conditions, have begun to work their way up the overall rankings and threaten to claim overall handicap honors, as have the TP52s in Division 2.

Predicted to finish around a day off outright monohull record pace and the fixed-keel Barn Door record pace respectively, both Wild Oats XI and Rio100 have had their hands full with Ragamuffin 100, as the trio of super-maxis have all chosen wildly different routing options through the touch-and-go middle section of the race course, which was defined by a lingering area of high pressure between two dissolved lows. Only recently consolidating well north of the rhumbline and jibing to port for their approach to the islands, Wild Oats XI looks to have cemented their position as the favorite to win Division 1, while the fixed-keel Rio100 should place second in division and claim the coveted Barn Door trophy for fastest elapsed time of a fixed-keel monohull. Current Barn Door record holder, the R/P 74 Wizard, is less than a hundred miles behind and currently correcting out to third in Division 2 behind the TP52s Bolt and Destroyer.

Tim Fuller’s J/125 Resolute continues her match race with Greg Slyngstad’s J/125 Hamachi, with the double-handed entry Resolute sailing brilliantly to hold onto a narrow lead in the intensely competitive Division 4, despite having just two crew on board and competing against five other fully-crewed vessels including two sisterships! The Corinthian crew onboard the Santa Cruz 50 Allure is hanging tough to lead Division 5 against wicked-up Bay Area entry Lucky Duck and Hawaii race stalwart Horizon.

There’s still a whole lot of race track left for much of the fleet, and with the majority of the pack sailing well north of the rhumbline, and in a literal minefield of trash. There have been several reports of minor damage and crews having to go overboard to cut away fishing nets, or back up to dislodge their boats from rubbish. Anything can still happen in this 48th edition of the Transpac. The race will unfold extra quickly as the fleet approaches the finish and the 6-hour delayed trackers go live. Follow the tracker here and see the website for all the latest.

- ronnie simpson

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The New A-Cup Cycle Starts Now

July 24, 2015 – Portsmouth, UK

Real racing in the lead-up to the 2017 America's Cup starts tomorrow in Portsmouth on the south coast of England with the first Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series regatta (yes, the fancy luggage company is continuing their AC sponsorship). The six teams met in competition for the first time today, sailing five-man foiling AC45s in two practice races under heavy rain in light, shifty conditions. The home town hero, Sir Ben Ainslie, took the first race and Glenn Ashby’s Emirates Team New Zealand won the second contest.

AC45s start a practice race in the rain

It was a dreary day in Portsmouth for today's practice races in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series.

© 2018 Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA

Ainslie's Land Rover BAR is the favorite to win this weekend's counting races. Besides ETNZ, the others are Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan, and the defender, Oracle Team USA, sailing under the burgee of San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Racing will start on Saturday afternoon at 1:40 p.m. local time (6:40 a.m. PDT). Two fleet races are scheduled each day. To watch live in the USA, you'll need the AC+ app, which costs $7.99 for ACWS Portsmouth. NBC Sports will show highlights. For more info, see

- latitude / chris

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Weekend Racing Preview

July 24, 2015 – California

Anacapa Island to port

Anacapa Island is a mark on the course of the King Harbor Race (take it to port). (This odd arrangement of two poles on the guy is on the Wyliecat 30 Uno in last year's race.)

Photo Courtesy Uno
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The Santa Barbara to King Harbor race, organized by Santa Barbara and King Harbor Yacht Clubs, starts today. This 42nd edition of the 81-mile offshore race has 59 entries. Another significant race in SoCal, the McNish Classic Wooden Yacht Regatta, will be hosted by Pacific Corinthian YC of Oxnard tomorrow.

Witchcraft in the McNish

A view of Witchcraft, taken from Dauntless, in the 2006 McNish Classic.

© 2018 Ariane Paul

Corinthian YC in Tiburon will host the One-Design Invitational for J/105 and Express 27 classes this weekend. The OYRA racers will head out the Gate tomorrow for the 'Duxship', rounding Duxbury Reef Buoy and the Lightship before returning to the St. Francis YC start-finish line.

The El Toro North Americans are in full swing in Santa Cruz, with 55 boats racing. The Hawaiians currently hold the top two places in both the Senior and Junior divisions. Hosted by SCYC, the NAs wrap up today.

The 49th Annual Governor’s Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship is being held this week at Balboa YC in Corona del Mar. Teams from Australia, the UK, New Caledonia, and New Zealand are competing against teams from California and one from Chicago in Alan Andrews-designed Governor’s Cup 21s. Four SoCal teams have advanced to the quarter finals. Racing continues through Saturday.

The Dinghy Delta Ditch, hosted by Lake Washington Sailing Club on the Sacramento River Deep Water Channel, is coming up on August 1. Sign up now, as the late fee kicks in after tomorrow.

On July 29-August 2, StFYC will host the the second stop of the 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup Tour, with 80 of the world’s fastest foiling kiteboarders assembling in San Francisco.

The Farr 40 Twisted on the run from the Gate

The Farr 40 Twisted smokin' up the course from Point Bonita to Alameda in the 2011 2nd Half Opener.

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Hot on the heels of the YRA's Westpoint Regatta, it's already time to plan for the 2nd Half Opener on August 1-2. Saturday's race will go out the Gate to Point Bonita, then back through the Bay and down the Estuary to finish in front of Encinal YC, where the post-race party will ensue. Sunday's racing will consist of short-course windward/leewards in the South Bay.

A memorial service for Tom Baffico will be held next Friday, July 31 at 1 p.m. at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Tom was a well-liked and respected skipper in the Open 5.70, Express 27, Snipe and El Toro fleets. He passed away on Monday of a brain tumor.

- latitude / chris

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July 24, 2015 – Sausalito, CA

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