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Hawaii Return Options Seminar

As the June 30 start date draws near, the second to last Singlehanded TransPac prep seminar will be tomorrow (Thursday) night at Oakland YC in Alameda with race vets sharing how they got their boats home from Hawaii. Paul Nielsen and Race Chair Rob Tryon will speak about their very different experiences sailing home, while George Lythcott and Bob Johnston will discuss shipping options. Another option for racers to consider is hiring a delivery skipper.

Solo TransPac vet Ronnie Simpson and his return crew Ed McCoy sailed the last 800 miles of their 2010 return trip without a keel. Ronnie doesn’t recommend this to others.

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Doors at OYC open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk starts at 7. As usual, the event is free and open to the public — Pacific Cup racers are especially welcome — and will feature a no-host bar.

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The West Coast sailing community was saddened to learn of the tragic death of longtime cruiser Mark Barger, 64, in a diving accident last week at Isla Espiritu Santo.