Have you always wanted to race to Hawaii? Do you have trouble finding offshore crew because of your "relaxed" hygiene habits? Does the likelihood of hallucinations due to lack of sleep appeal to your sense of adventure? Then the Singlehanded TransPac may just be the race for you. The race, presented by the Singlehanded Sailing Society, is a 2,100-mile solo jaunt from San Francisco Bay to Kauai that runs in even years. Next summer’s start will be on June 19.
It’s never to early to start getting ready, so to help prospective racers prepare themselves and their boats, the Singlehanded Sailing Society will present free monthly seminars for the next nine months at Bay Area yacht clubs. "Getting Started," which will be held at Oakland YC on Monday — September 21 — from 7:30-10 p.m. (doors open at 7). The talk will cover equipment requirements — from drinking water to liferafts — and several race veterans will share their ideas and experiences, so be ready with questions.
Future seminars will cover emergency steering, communications, sails, electrical, rigging, provisioning, tactics and more. Exact dates and locations for upcoming seminars will be posted on the SSS website, so stay tuned.