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|Dazzler came out to escort Al Germain Bandicoot out. Dazzler and fellow Wyliecat 30 Nancy will be sailing in the Pacific Cup this July. This is the first time the Wyliecats are doing the Hawaii races. Bandicoot will be sailing with a jib and spinaker as well as the main. ©2010 norcalsailing.com|
Singlehanded TransPac Sets Sail for Kauai
June 19, 2010
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One of the hardest parts of this race is getting all the boat prep and details done. It's nice to see so many boats so well prepared. Ken Roper on Harrier had one problem he couldn't solve in time. His engine wouldn't run for more than ten minutes, so he wouldn't be able to charge his batteries during the race. A call went out and Greg Morris, who'd done the SHTP on his Moore 24 Color Blind, saved the day by finding an old portable generator belonging to Peter Hogg. Peter was on the race deck shooting the gun, and his wife Shama Kota handled the radio check-in. She said, "Our old generator's going to Hawaii again!"
The only boat that didn't start this morning was the Catalina 309 Southernaire. Skipper Sam Burns was having trouble with his SSB and isn't carrying a Sat phone as a backup for check-ins.
Most of the fleet of fourteen will be checking in and chatting with each other via SSB, and many of them will keep logs on the Singlehanded Sailing Society website. We recommend reading along! The first position report is already in this evening. Taz!! is furthest south; Bandicoot is furthest north. They're about 50+ miles out, about twice the distance to the Farallon Islands.
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