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The upgraded online entry system for the Transpacific Yacht Race is off to a vigorous start with 16 boats from five countries already signed up for the next summer's 2,225-nautical mile race to Hawaii. Those include Ragtime, the Spencer 65 now owned by Chris Welsh of Newport Beach. The two-time Barn Door winner will be extending its record number of Transpacs to 15. The wooden wonder followed its overall victory in this year's Tahiti Race with a homecoming cruise to New Zealand and has enjoyed a Down Under summer of racing to be climaxed by the Sydney-Hobart Race after Christmas.

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DANA POINT, CA Dec. 8, 2008 – Transpacific Yacht Club Director Sue Senescu has her sights set on her fifth Transpac, in 2009 – this time as skipper of a custom-built Class 40 race boat designed by Jim Antrim.

Sue is serving her first two-year term on the TPYC Board of Directors, is Chair of the Trophies Committee, and Staff Commodore of Dana Point Yacht Club. She previously raced in Transpac 1995 and 1997 on all women crews; in 2003 she mixed it up with the guys aboard the SC50 Horizon, and in 2005 on the Cabo Rico 56, Madrina – winning second in class.

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The world beyond sailing is counting down to the Oct. 17 launch of the film documentary Morning Light in 55 theaters from the U.S. east coast to Honolulu, following special premiere benefit and charity screenings in various locations starting Thursday, Oct. 2. List of theater openings

The high-definition film presents a real-life, unscripted account of the year-long recruitment, tryout selection and training of young sailors ages 15 to 23 to sail a high-performance Transpac 52 called Morning Light in last year's Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii. From the 538 who applied, 15 were trained and 11 sailed and placed third overall in Division 2 (second among TP52s) against boats with professional sailors among their crews. Trailer video (2 minutes 20 seconds)

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For Chris Welsh a victory, for Doug Baker a record, and both accomplished what they set out to do in the Transpacific Yacht Club's 13th Tahiti Race.

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Newport Harbor Nautical Museum will host a special screening of Morning Light on October 15th. Proceeds from the event will benefit next years Transpac Exhibit at the Museum. This exclusive screening for the Museum will celebrate the film’s release and underscores our announcement of an unprecedented partnership: The Transpacific Yacht Club and the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum have joined forces to establish an official Transpac home at the Museum. This timely occasion also creates a visible new platform for the Museum - a “coming-out party” as we gear-up to unveil our plans for the future.

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Stan Honey has navigated in twenty-one transpacific races and has won ten times. As navigator, Stan has held the single-handed, double-handed, Pacific Cup, and Transpac passage records for monohulls to Hawaii.

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The Transpacific Yacht Race and sailing everywhere is mourning the losses of Mark Rudiger and Thaddeus Jones, exceptional navigators of past and present eras who died within 24 hours of one another last week.

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Stan Honey has navigated in twenty-one transpacific races and has won ten times. As navigator, Stan has held the single-handed, double-handed, Pacific Cup, and Transpac passage records for monohulls to Hawaii. Read more

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