Among the record nine foreign boats sailing in Transpac 2003 is the J/145 Jeito of Mexico's Francisco Guzman (waving at left). Some of the other crew members are (from left) Francisco Guzman Jr., the skipper's son; Rafael Ambrosi, Enrique Giraud, Jon Shampain of San Diego and Franco Ambrosi. They'll start in Division 3 Friday.
 

Among the record nine foreign boats sailing in Transpac 2003 is the J/145 Jeito of Mexico's Francisco Guzman (waving at left). Some of the other crew members are (from left) Francisco Guzman Jr., the skipper's son; Rafael Ambrosi, Enrique Giraud, Jon Shampain of San Diego and Franco Ambrosi. They'll start in Division 3 Friday.

The unlikely entry

Rich Roberts looks at the non-US boats taking part in the Transpac

Friday July 4th 2003, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: Transoceanic
The 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii has a record number of foreign entries with nine, but none quite as unlikely as Francisco Guzman's J/145, Jeito, from Acapulco, Mexico.

"This was a crazy idea," said Guzman, who will start with the Division 3 and 4 boats at 1 p.m. Friday, following the Cal 40s, Aloha classes and four Division 5 racers that started Tuesday and preceding the final, fastest dozen on Sunday.

At Thursday's morning roll call, Aloha-A boats were setting the pace, led by Lady Bleu II, Roger and Brenda Kuske's Dynamique 62 that averaged 7.6 knots to sail 211 miles in the previous 24 hours. First-day leader Beautiful Day was three miles back but still first in class on projected corrected handicap time. Stan and Sally Honey's Cal 40, Illusion,
remained first overall and first in class, 33 miles behind Lady Bleu II.

Grant Baldwin reported from the communications vessel Alaska Eagle that "clear skies have given way to general overcast. Temperatures remain cool; foulies continue to be the order of the day. No flying fish yet but many jellyfish. The fleet is approximately 350 miles out. Stomachs have returned to normal."

Guzman, a 44-year-old Mexico City architect, bought his boat only a month ago, a few days after he and some friends had raced his J/120 at Acapulco.

"We were coming [back] to Mexico City when I started thinking about buying the boat, and suddenly a friend of mine said, 'Why don't you buy the boat and do the Transpac?'

"I said, 'That would be my golden dream. When is Transpac?' Suddenly, everything happened. It was a miracle to do a whole Transpac organisation in 35 days. It's a record."

Jeito's crew includes John Bennett of UK Sails, who recruited much of the crew; San Diego veteran Jon Shampain, and three father-son duos, including Guzman's son Francisco Jr. and Acapulco Yacht Club Commodore Ricardo Brockman and son Ricardo Jr.

And, by the way, the boat's name is not the customary Spanish pronunciation, which would be hay-EE-to.

"It's a Portuguese named pronounced 'jetto,' " Guzman said. "I bought the boat in Seattle. It means 'brave with elegance.'"

Another foreign entry with Jeito in Division 3 is James and Jenny Neill's Reichel/Pugh designed Super 30, The Cone of Silence. Rod Skellet's Young 32, Krakatoa, also from Australia, and Bill Allan's Cape Bay Fast 40, from Canada, will start in Division 4 Friday. Barry Ruff's Wylie 39, Axapac, from Vancouver, B.C., is already racing in Aloha-A.

Four boats going in Division 2 Sunday are Karl Kwok's Transpac 52, Beau Geste, Hong Kong; Yoshihiko Murase's Ohashi 52, Bengal II, Japan; W.E. Rawson's Adams 60, Helsal II, Australia, and Dan Sinclair's Andrews 68, Renegade, Vancouver, B.C.

JULY 3 POSITION REPORTS AND START SCHEDULES

(Listed in order of projected corrected handicap time, noting actual miles
to go)

RACING DIVISION

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.
Beau Geste (Transpac 52), Karl Kwok, Hong Kong.
Bengal II (Ohashi 52 ),Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan.
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.
Renegade (Andrews 70), Dan Sinclair, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Vicki (Andrews 68), Al and Vicki Schultz, Long Beach.

Division 3 (start July 4)

Dasher (Santa Cruz 50), Roger Groh, San Francisco.---DH.
Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif.
Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego.
Jeito (J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico.
Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach---DH.
Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego.
On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif.
Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla.
Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore.
The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neil, Newport,
NSW, Australia.

Division 4 (start July 4)

Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif.
Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point, Calif.
Hot Tamale (J/120), Tom and Doug Jorgensen, Glendora, Calif.
Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia.
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.
Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego.
Tera's XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif.
Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu---DH.
Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego.

Division 5 (started July 1)

1. Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del., 1,936 miles to
go.
2. There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach, 1,922.
3. B'Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego, 1,939.
4. Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego, 1,964.

CAL 40 (started July 1)

1. Illusion, Stan and Sally Honey, Palo Alto, 1,932.
2. Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury, Laguna Beach/Eleanor and Davis
Pillsbury,
Snowmass, Colo., 1,938,.
3. Seafire, John T. Harrison, Honolulu, 1,948,
4. California Girl, Don and Betty Lessley, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,944.
5. Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif., 1,938.
6. Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach, 1,948.
7. John B, Greg Boyer, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,951.
8. Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho, 1,951.
9. Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,958.
10. Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif., 1,978.

ALOHA DIVISION (started July 1)

Aloha A

1. Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego, 1,902.
2. Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz., 1,907.
3. Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.,
1,913.
4. Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif., 1,916.
5. Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif., 1,935---DH.
6. Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego, 1,899.
7. Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55 ketch), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif.,
1,940.
8. Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C., 1,969.

Aloha B

1. Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach, 1,974.
2. Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,974.
3. Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey, 2,029.

DH---Doublehanded.

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