Q and A time With Pegasus’s Philippe Kahn,
Published on 07-09-2011 06:18 AM
Earlier this year we got a glimpse of the past playing with the future when Philippe Kahn’s freshly remodified Alan Andrew’s 70′ came out of the shed from Southern California’s Dencho Marineand dubbed the “Waikiki 70”. The Pegasus program has had a virtual armada of boats which have competed in the Transpac or Pacific Cup Races, ranging from the 77′ “Super Sled”, a turboed 70′, a TP 52 and most recently an Open 50 which Philippe doublehanded across the Pacific.
We were able to catch Philippe working at his nav station just after the start of the low raters in the Point Fermin to Diamond Head Race and get some keener insights into this latest edition of the Pegasus Fleet.
What spurned the idea of the Waikiki 70?
PK- “Surfing to Honolulu. Sailing down the waves as opposed to reaching fast across them.”
There are 7 “Sleds” in division 3 of this years Transpac (If you include Cheetah) ranging in rating from 82.221 to 93.873,
What would be the ideal target range for the Waikiki-70’s?
PK- I’m really not sure. I’m used to sailing dinghies, skiffs and one-design keel boats. We focused on getting the boat close to the original specs while using contemporary deck and interior layouts.
How much in terms of modifications were involved in bringing Pegasus Motion X into the “Box” ? (Reduction in Mast, boom, scoops or overhangs, keel mods etc?)
PK- Chopped the mast, spinnaker pole, got rid of the bow sprit, shortened the keel. Everything to get close to an original sled.
Are there some established tolerences and guidelines existing, and if so what would they be?
PK- The Southern California fleet has been using ORR with success. That works.
Of the top of your head how many “70”ish sleds were originally produced, and later modified or turboed, any educated estimates of how many boats are still out there which could be demodified or deturboed and fit into the fleet? (Including Great Lakes and Seattle Area Boats)
PK- There are more than 20 I believe.
Any other owners potentially getting onboard so to speak?
PK We hear that they are. The great racing on this Transpac will help.
Rumour has it Pegasus has self leveling (rotating port to starboard) nav station, can you give us details on that?
PK sorry to disappoint, the boat is very simple and practical. No high tech moving parts.
Any other upgrades during the modification process that makes her unique?
PK We focused on making her a beautiful classic. The classical surfing sled.
Are plans/hopes for the fleet to compete in additional down hill events, ie Spinnaker Cup, Coastal Cup, Mexican Races?
PK- All good possibilities.
You’ll be racing with 11 on this boat after several years in Transpac and Pac Cup just double handed, how do you compare the difference, and are the long distance double handed events a thing of the past?
PK I like change. We established two good double handed Transpacific records. We thought that it would be fun to surf to Honolulu with 10 friends. I love double- handed racing. There will be more
Thanks Philippe, good luck and happy surfing!