California YC events

Transpac and Cal 40 events in LA

Wednesday January 15th 2003, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: United States
Soon, winter will turn to spring and then to summer and the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii, an evolution reflected in the current pace of shoreside activities.

On Wednesday night, 5 February, the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey will host a Transpac kickoff affair featuring former race veterans, a Hawaiian buffet and segments of the documentary "Transpac: A Century Across the Pacific," produced by Roy E. Disney and Leslie DeMeuse.

Disney, whose current Pyewacket set the Transpac's monohull record of 7 1/2 days in 1999, will offer insights on his next Pyewacket, a maxZ86 'super sled' currently under construction in New Zealand and targeted for the 2005 race. Seth Radow, a CYC member, will show a video and discuss his overall corrected time victory in 2001 with his Sydney 40, Bull.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, including dinner, tax, service and parking. Social hour starts at 6, dinner at 7 and the program at 7:25. Reservations: (310) 823-4567.

Two nights later, on Friday, Feb. 7, at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, 2001 Aloha class winner Wendy Siegal and Dick and Jerry Finnegan will moderate a gathering of other Cal 40 sailors as a primer for the 40th anniversary "revival" of the class that made Transpac history in the 60s.

Many of the Cal 40s that have done the 2,225-nautical mile race from Los Angeles to Honolulu are still active in West Coast racing. Eighteen have expressed interest in sailing in the Transpac this year, and two - Siegal's Willow Wind and Stan Honey's Illusion---have filed entries well ahead of time. That means Honey, a world-renowned navigator, will not be sailing with Disney this time.

Siegal said the Feb. 7 meeting "is an open event for anyone who might be interested in crewing in the race, chartering a boat or participating in another way. For those of us who have already made the decision to go, we can share what we have done in terms of going over the boat and making sure everything works."

Parts of the Transpac video, including a segment on the Cal 40s, also will be shown at that event, which is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be no dinner, but a no-host bar will be open. Details: sailingurus@earthlink.net.

Overall, according to entry chairman Bill Lee, Transpac interest is well ahead of the pace of recent years with more than 100 entry inquiries to date.

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