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Santa Cruz-Based TransPac 52s Take Corrected-Time Honors in TransPac

July 27 - Honolulu, HI

Roger Sturgeon's three-year-old TP-52 came from behind to beat Philippe Kahn's brand new TP-52 Pegasus for corrected-time honors in the 43rd TransPac. Kahn owed Sturgeon 3 hours and 50 minutes, but was only able to build a margin of 39 minutes. According to Sturgeon, who also corrected out first in last year's Newport to Bermuda Race, they had no idea they won until they crossed the finish line. They had been too busy surfing down the waves of the Molokai Channel at up to 23 knots. Morning Glory, which took first-to-finish honors, was also first in last year's Newport to Bermuda Race.

Today's TransPac Photos of the Day are of the Lee 66 Merlin crossing the Diamond Head finish line in uncharacteristically sloppy fashion. It happens.

Photos Courtesy Geri Conser

Division By Division Corrected-Time Winners
1) Morning Glory / MaxZ86 / Hasso Plattner / Kiel, Germany
2) Rosebud / TP-52 / Roger Sturgeon / Santa Cruz
3) Reinrag 2 / J/125 / Tom Garnier / Portland
4) Tabasco / ID-35 / Alamitos Bay Syndicate / Alamitos Bay
5) Soap Opera / Hobie 33 / Scott Self / Nigel Brown / Rockwall, TX
6) Ralphie / Cal 40 / Taylor & Davis Pillsbury / Woody Creek, CO
7) Between the Sheets / Jeanneau 52 / Ross Pearlman / Marina del Rey
8) So Far / Swan 48 / Larry Hillman / Chicago, IL

What does it say when five of the eight corrected-time winners, and the first-to-finish boat, are from out of state?

For more details and info, visit www.transpacificyc.org and/or see the August 1 issue of Latitude 38.

Seeking the Surf Queen

July 27 - On the Way to Baja (Ha-Ha)

If this is you, the Surf Queen of the Ha-Ha, riding the point at Bahia Santa Maria, the second stop in the Ha-Ha, could you please contact Richard via email? We've got some Ha-Ha surf questions for you. And yes, we're still sorry for nearly killing you by catching that wave in the dinghy and ending up in the rocks. But that's history, right?

Photos Latitude 38/Richard

Derek Baylis Memorial on Sunday

July 27 - Belvedere

The entire Baylis clan would like all friends to know that there will be a memorial service for sailing innovator Derek Baylis from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, at the San Francisco YC in Belvedere.

Ericsons in the Pacific Northwest, too

July 27 - Port Townsend, WA

"I read the item on the Ericson raft-up in San Francisco Bay," writes Stuart MacKenzie of the Vancouver-based Ericson 31 Fairhaven. "We Ericson owners are as fun-loving up here in the PNW, and had 33 Ericsons and about 100 people for our raft-up at Port Townsend, WA."

Photo Courtesy Stuart MacKenzie

Geronimo to Come to the West Coast

July 27 - Down Under

Olivier de Kersauson, who just set a new around-Australia record with his maxi trimaran Geronimo, has announced he plans to set a new record to Tahiti, after which he plans to go after some unspecified "West Coast records." We'd love to see that!

Kersauson better set all the trimaran records while he can, because Loïck Peyron, brother of Bruno, who holds the biggest multihull records with the maxi cat Orange, is going to have a 38-meter foiler trimaran built to smash all the records. Just one problem. He hasn't raised the money yet.

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