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2009 Honolulu

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Relentless, the modified Nelson Marek One-Design 35 has crossed the most meridians, but somewhere around 140º west, the Criminal Mischief crew will say “Aloha! See you in Hawaii!” to Tim Fuller and Erik Shampain on Relentless. Alfa Romeo, is flying at 16 knots just north of 26º30’ and has recently passed Bengal 7, the Division 3 leader and the frontrunner among the Japanese Transpac Race entries. Later today, Alfa will storm out ahead of the entire fleet and will probably overtake the communications vessel, Alaska Eagle. 

Transpac Tradition Survives while History is Rewritten
By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Transpac ‘09, the 45th running of the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, will go down in history as the fastest Transpac ever, resulting in the obliteration of course records along with many other major accomplishments.

John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti Team took to the stage seven times during Transpac 09's Awards Ceremony at the Waikiki Shell. Samba Pa Ti had a rare clean sweep and won the Barn Door Trophy, The King Kalakaua Trophy & Governor of Hawaii Trophy among other coveted Transpac trophies. Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr. appear with John Kilroy Jr. and Samba Pa Ti crew.

After the photos were taken on the bow of Medicine Man, Minister Al Bento handed his cell phone to Jared Morford. The caller on the other in end of the line was his good friend, Mike Elias. Morford held his ear to the receiver and hesitated as he replied, “Well, I’m married now. How are you?”

The Transpacific Yacht Race is a life changing event. Jared Morford of Medicine Man will never forget Transpac 09 because he and Sharon Watkins have decided to tie the knot, here in Hawaii. Sharon Watkins and Jared Morford will celebrate their wedding on the bow of Medicine Man, today, Friday, July 17th at 1:00pm. Al Bento, four time past Staff Commodore of Hawaii Yacht Club, who is also licensed as a minister by the State of Hawaii, is an avid angler and has been a tremendous Transpac host, will officiate. A reception will follow at Hawaii Yacht Club. All are invited to attend. Congratulations Sharon and Jared.

From the time the Lynx Educational Foundation announced its tall ship entry in Transpac 09, it has had the Southern California and Hawaiian sailing community abuzz. As America’s Privateer Lynx neared the Hawaii, helicopters, boats, film crews and the rest of the extended Transpac family braced for her arrival. It was almost 9:00 pm on Thursday evening when the Lynx’s white mast light and starboard running light was visible to the awaiting crowds at Hawaii Yacht Club. 

She’s a showstopper! Lindsey Austin knows how to stage her returns to Hawaii. During the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race, Austin returned home to be crowned the youngest division winner in Transpac history. On Wednesday evening, Austin and the Addiction crew swooped into Ala Wai and stoked the flames of the sold out 800-person Mount Gay Rum Party at Hawaii Yacht Club. Addiction, with its battle flag fluttering from the tack to the top of the jib halyard, was finally back in Hawaii following at 16+ day voyage.

Two men with a passion for sailing and competition bantered back and forth over the Internet before the 2007 Transpac Race about who would beat whom across the finish line. Philippe Kahn and his Pegasus team had rigged the Open 50 up enough so that Kahn could doublehand the boat with Richard Clarke, a great sailor well suited to race with Kahn. Dave Ullman was on the Santa Cruz 70 Mirage along with Adrienne Cahalan, who had sailed quite a bit with Kahn as a navigator.

John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti, a modified TP 52, is the big winner of the Transpacific Yacht Race. Kilroy’s Samba team racked up a clean sweep. The team was first to finish in Division I and won the coveted Barn Door for having the fastest elapsed time of all of human powered traditionally designed sailboats. The team also won the King Kalakaua Trophy, for the best corrected time in the entire fleet. Additionally the eight-man team won the Governor of Hawaii Trophy; the W.H. Steward Memorial Trophy; the Harry Uhler Memorial Trophy; and the trophy for the Shortest Elapsed Time Under 73 Feet. For navigating Samba Pa Ti to the First Corrected Time Overall and the Best Division I Corrected Time, navigator, Nick White, collected the Chuck Ullman perpetual Trophy.

A special fraternity has developed among the Transpac kids. While the Morning Light kids were in the limelight in 2007, there were also the On the Edge of Destiny kids. Sean Doyle, Justin Doyle, Ted White, Roscoe Fowler and Cameron Biehl comprised the youngest team ever to race the Transpac. Their average age was just under 20 years old.

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Blogs from the Boats

Piet Van Os, navigator on Morning Light in the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race reported into Roy E. Disney, a man dedicated to sailing in Southern California, the Transpac Race and fostering young talent. After completing his 15th consecutive Transpac in 2005, Roy E. Disney retired from racing, but it hasn’t stopped him from being intimately involved with Pyewacket campaigns and keeping tabs on friends like Robbie Haines, Ben Mitchell and Doug Rostello and family (Roy P. Disney), who crewed for him on many Transpacs, and youngsters, Jeremy Wilmot, Jesse Fielding and Piet Van Os.