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Episode #6: Robb Walker and Jim Quanci on Racing the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s new podcast, Good Jibes! In this podcast, we’re bringing you the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, you’ll hear stories and tips from the West Coast sailing community on cruising, racing, and just plain sailing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 – the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977!

This week’s host, Chris Weaver, is joined by Robb Walker and Jim Quanci right after they finished the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race from San Francisco to Hawaii. The 2,150-mile race took place for the first time in 1978 and has happened every two years since. Hear about the squalls they encountered, the wind holes they got stuck in, their favorite and least favorite parts of the race, the famous belt buckle, and whether they’ll do a race like this one again. This episode covers everything from San Francisco to Hawaii.


Jim and Robb

Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • How was Robb’s race?
  • What time did he finish the race?
  • How many equipment failures did Jim have?
  • What did he break?
  • How did Rob & Jim get through the giant wind holes?
  • What happened to Jim’s main?
  • How long does the Belt Buckle tradition go back?
  • What is the history of the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race?

Nozomi and Green Buffalo

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

Thanks for listening to Robb Walker, Jim Quanci, and Chris Weaver on Good Jibes with Latitude 38. Subscribe here to receive Latitude 38 to your home each month.

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A big "thank you" to Allyn Schafer for sharing this awesome shot, which has now become September's Caption Contest(!).