Transpac has always attracted a wide variety of crews and their boats to pursue their dream of sailing to Hawaii. These range from classics to the ultra modern, monohulls to multihulls. Among the multihulls this year, Team Phaedo’s carbon-fiber ultra modern Morrelli & Melvin-designed Gunboat 66 is one to watch, bristling as it does with the latest hardware and software to get to Diamond Head fast…and in style.
A bit about Phaedo: launched at the end of 2010, owner and Captain Lloyd Thornburg went through the boat from stem to stern to seek out, analyze, improve, and invent many new features and technology looking into the past and bringing some of the old Gunboat’s unique features through and adding some new ones that have now become the standard on Gunboats in the future, a big evolutionary step forward.
By a large margin this is the most aggressively built Gunboat ever, chasing the power to weight ratio, with top speed as the goal. The unique black taffeta carbon fusion sails are hoisted on a High Modulus rig, containing carbon battens and supported by PBO rigging.
There is an uber modern, stylish interior with open spaces instead of stuffed furniture, with everything from weight-saving clear coat carbon counter tops instead of Corian to being the world’s fastest cruising cat with a pizza oven. This interior would not be out of place in a hip New York City Central Park apartment.
On board is the largest Mastervolt distributed power system installed to date, cutting edge i-led lighting system designed by www.in3design.com. Dancing to the tunes from Bang & Olufsen's latest BeoSound 5 system nestled in its own unique custom clear coat carbon unit, back-lit by blue LED's, with drinks coming from the Italian Vitrifrigo drawer fridges. All whilst sitting on the raw buffalo hide sofa surrounded by American walnut custom lightweight cored paneled units.
Navigating to Hawaii will be a breeze, as the owner developed an extensive integrated glass bridge system borrowing many ideas from his aviation background where navigation is critical. Built with many unique and innovate back-up systems, Team Phaedo claim they can “go to sea and beyond.”
Here is a report from the team on their preparations for the race:
Since Team Phaedo's race in the RORC Caribbean 600, slicing 8 hours off their old record, the boat had a brief stay in owner Thornburg's home island of St Barth. Complete with the full cruising interior, the cat headed down the Caribbean Sea to the Panama Canal, and after Panama there was a little break in Mexico before setting up their Race HQ in Newport Beach. The boat and rig has been hauled, and the interior re-optimized for racing again.
For this race, Thornburg will again have on board offshore multihull phenom Brian Thompson, as well as his regular crew of captain Paul Hand, and Sam Bason, Brian Sharp, Chris Robson, and Mike Joubert, and for this race he is bringing on board Miles Seddon as navigator. From 2005 to 2013 Miles worked for Brookes & Gatehouse (B&G) looking after the technical and commercial relationships with the leading Grand Prix teams from the Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe and America’s Cup to Superyachts globally. He is seen as one of the world’s leading experts in performance instrument systems, and has recently designed the instrument systems for the one-design Volvo Ocean 65. He has also spent the past 6 years racing professionally as a navigator, mainly in the maxi yacht class and superyachts. Recently he raced against Phaedo in the 2013 RORC Caribbean 600 on-board the largest boat in the fleet the 203ft schooner Athos.
Besides a sailing and boat support team, Phaedo’s promotional team of Rachel Jaspersen and Richard Langdon of Ocean Images have also been hard at work on their web and social media sites. The Team Phaedo site now has a complete archive of all pictures, video, and media available. Check out www.teamphaedo.com and see everything from crew past and present to all race images.