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Transpacific Yacht Club

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For Immediate Release

LONG BEACH, CA (May 20, 2003) -- The final entry deadline for the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race is this Friday, May 23. The first of three starts will be 39 days later.

G'day, mates, and no worries, say three Australian entries already signed up for the 2,225-nautical mile romp from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Uncommitted contestants are urged to contact entries chairman Bill Lee at (831) 464-4872 or by e-mail.

Entries currently total 60, which would be the most since 64 boats sailed in 1985.

The turnout from Down Under features William Rawson's Helsal II, an Adams 60 from Melbourne; Rod Skellet's Krakatoa, a Young 32 from Sydney, and---just in this week---James and Jenny Neill's The Cone of Silence, an Australian Super 30 from Newport, New South Wales. All have extensive ocean racing records, including the Sydney-Hobart race.

"We poor people who sail small boats are always looking for the next challenge," Skellet said. "Doing offshore races in small boats sparks a bit of interest from the yachting media as most of them think we are nuts even contemplating a Hobart or a Transpac."

Not for long. Krakatoa finished the last Sydney-Hobart in 3 days 7 hours---the fastest time ever for a boat less than 10 meters (32 1/2 feet) long.

"We actually came within 15 minutes of breaking the 40-foot record, but the wind god was against us," Skellet said. "It took us two hours to cover the last two miles."

Like Krakatoa, The Cone of Silence also is rated exceptionally fast for its size, without sacrificing speed---a design concept fostered by the tragic 1998 Sydney-Hobart when six sailors were lost.

Skellet said, "The IMS [rating rule] encouraged tender boats with small kites and poles, which is both less seaworthy and slow. I wanted something stiff, strong, seaworthy, fast and safe so my crew could venture out in all but the worst conditions and have a pretty good chance of finishing and have a lot of fun at the same time."

Skellet and the Neills have won several Australian national small boat championships. At the other end of the scale, Rawson will sail Helsal II with a 16-person crew including three women. He has competed in five Sydney-Hobarts, as well as the recent Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro race. Transpac will mark his third participation in the 13 events considered to be the top offshore/ocean races, including three in which size doesn't count.

Skellet said, "I have a tremendous crew of experienced offshore small boat sailors, as compared to experienced offshore big boat sailors, and a preparedness and commitment to give our best on the water, and I am really looking forward to that famous Transpac welcome in Honolulu."


Some Transpac boats, including Roy E. Disney's record-holder, Pyewacket, and Wendy Siegal's 2001 Aloha class winner, the Cal 40 Willow Wind, are expected to compete in the 23rd annual Around Catalina race organized by Cabrillo Beach and Dana Point Yacht Clubs this weekend. The 75-nautical mile course starts near the Los Angeles Harbor entrance lighthouse, leaves Santa Catalina Island 22 miles offshore to port and finishes at the Dana Point Harbor breakwater down the coast. . . .

The 2003 Transpac is scheduled for a half-hour presentation Sept. 8, 10 p.m. Pacific Time, on ESPN2. A re-air is scheduled Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific. Advertising opportunities are available by contacting producer Leslie DeMeuse at (949) 916-7669. . . .

Karl Kwok's new Transpac 52, Beau Geste, is on a ship from New Zealand bound for San Francisco. The crew includes Gavin Brady and several other world-class Kiwi sailors. The Hong Kong businessman plans to sail it in the Coastal Race June 14 from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island as a tune-up. . . .

The last Safety at Sea seminar before Transpac---required of 30 per cent of the crew and both members of a doublehanded crew within the last fiveyears---is scheduled June 28 at the Orange Coast College of Sailing and Seamanship in Newport Beach. The most recent one in March drew a full house of 126 people, most of them Transpac participants, so those interested are urged to sign up by phone at (949) 645-9412, ext. 2.

Brad Avery
(949) 645-9412

Bill Lee
(831) 464-4872

Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526

OFFICIAL ENTRIES (as of May 20, 2003):

(Division assignments provisional)


Division 1 (start July 6)

Pegasus 77 (Reichel/Pugh 77), Philippe Kahn, Honolulu.
Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles.

Division 2 (start July 6)

Alta Vita (Transpac 52), Bill Turpin, Santa Cruz, Calif.
America's Challenge (Volvo 60M), Neil Barth, Los Angeles---DH.
Beau Geste (Transpac 52), Karl Kwok, Hong Kong.
Grand Illusion (Santa Cruz 70), James McDowell, Lahaina, H.I.
Helsal II (Adams 60), W.E. Rawson, Melbourne, Australia.
Icon (Perry 65), Richard Robbins/Jim Roser, Seattle.
Medicine Man (Andrews 61), Bob Lane, Long Beach, Calif.
Pendragon 4 (Davidson 52), John MacLaurin, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Vicki (Andrews 68), Al and Vicki Schultz, Long Beach.

Division 3 (start July 4)

Bengal II (Ohashi 52 ),Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan.
Dasher (Santa Cruz 50), Roger Groh, San Francisco.
Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif.
Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego.
Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego.
Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla.
Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore.

Division 4 (start July 4)

Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif.
B'Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego.
Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point.
Lawndart (Cape Bay Fast 40), Bill Allan, Nanaimo, B.C.
Paddy Wagon (Ross 40), Richard Mainland, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Swept Away (J/120), Louis Bianco, Seattle.
Tera's XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif.
There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach.
Uproarious (Olson 40), Robert Bussard, San Diego.

CAL 40 (start July 1)

California Girl, Don and Betty Lesley, Point Richmond, Calif.
Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach. Illusion, Stan Honey, Palo Alto.
John B, Greg Boyer, Newport Beach, Calif.
Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury/Eleanor and Davis Pillsbury, San Francisco.
Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif.
Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho.
Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Seal Beach, Calif.

Divisions to be determined

Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C.
Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif.---DH.
Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego.
Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia.
Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach---DH.
Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego.
On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif.
Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach.
Starbuck (Black Soo 31), Greg Nelsen, Piedmont, Calif.---DH.
The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neil, Newport, NSW, Australia.
Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego.
Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu---DH.
Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego.


ALOHA DIVISION (start July 1)

Aloha A

Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.
Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif.
Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Just Imagine (49' cutter), Thomas Camp, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego.
Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz.
Windborne (Gulfstar 50), Tom Ryan, Marina del Rey.

Aloha B

Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif.
Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey.
Tango (Beneteau 40), Howard Raphael, Sausalito, Calif.
Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del.

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