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Singlehanded TransPac Seminars

The Singlehanded TransPac starts off the CYC race deck along the downtown Tiburon shoreline. This is David King’s Saraband, which won the Westsail 32 division in 2016.

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The Singlehanded Sailing Society has worked with host Corinthian Yacht Club to move the start of the 2018 Singlehanded TransPac, originally scheduled for Friday, June 22, to Saturday, June 23. The Saturday date will be much better for the friends and family who typically pack the club deck to see the skippers off on the grand adventure — a solo sail from San Francisco Bay to Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai.

The youngest sailor in the 2016 Solo TransPac, 27-year-old Jirí Šenkyrík, was also the first to finish on his restored Olson 30 Kato in scenic Hanalei Bay. A native of the Czech Republic, Šenkyrík flew the Czech flag for his arrival.

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To help the adventurers prepare for the 2,120-mile voyage, the Singlehanded Sailing Society has organized a series of free seminars, to be held at Island YC in Alameda at 7:30 p.m. The first will be next week, on Wednesday, November 15. Topics will include Emergency Rudders, and representatives from Scanmar and GC Rigging will be on hand. Plus, SHTP vet Bob Johnston plans to bring all of the required equipment and spread it out for everyone to see. You don’t need to be a SHTP hopeful to attend. Pacific Cup sailors and others interested in a Pacific crossing are invited too.

Future seminars are scheduled for December 13, January 17, February 21, April 18 and May 16. March’s event will be a cruise-in, with details yet to be determined.

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