Pegasus-MotionX, with Philippe Kahn and Mark Christensen smash double handed Transpacific record by more than 2 days

The record for double-handing the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu has been broken. At 4:38:35 am HST today, Philippe Kahn and Mark “Crusty” Christensen, crossed the Diamond Head finish line in the Open 50, Pegasus 50, in a record time of 7 days, 19 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds. They shaved over two and a half days off of the previous record set by Howard Gordon and Jay Crum in 2001 also with an Open 50, Etranger in the most enduring and greatest ocean race in the world covering 2,225 nautical miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

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Pegasus Sets New Double-Handed San Francisco to Hawaii Record

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HONOLULU, HI–(Marketwire – July 30, 2008) – The Waikiki Yacht Club announced today that Skipper Philippe Kahn, with co-skipper Richard Clarke of Canada, set a new record for the 2008 Pacific Cup race of 7 days, 15 hours, 17 minutes and 50 seconds. The prior record was set by Volvo Ocean Race winner Stan Honey in 1992.

Commenting on the record, Honey said, “Congratulations on beating my DH record from 1992, of 8 days, 20 hours, 47min set on the Santa Cruz 70 Mongoose. Nicely done!”

Crossing the finish line just before sunrise, the Pegasus Open 50 had the fastest elapsed time of all 61 boats, including fully crewed racing machines that ranged from 45 feet to 73 feet in length.

“Just the two of us, it’s so rewarding and real,” said Kahn. “We had a great side bet and competition with Dave Ullman and Adrienne Cahalan on Holua, a fully crewed SC-70. This is some of the best sailing that I have ever done. Richard is an awesome teammate!”

A Fast, Wild Ride

The start Saturday was a picture-perfect afternoon, windy with a strong ebb tide. A powerful North Pacific gale hit the fleet during the first 36 hours of the race. There were breakages and injuries. “This is what sailing is all about — endurance, survival, strength and intelligence. With gusts more than 40 knots, this race was a test for every crew. Richard and I are a great team. We really complement each other, and sailing double-handed is an amazing intense experience. You are on twenty-four by seven,” stated Kahn.

Squall after squall and hole after hole, the skippers wondered if they made the right navigational decisions, especially just after sundown on July 23, when the Pegasus flying at 25 knots ran over a large fishing net, bringing the boat to a stop and putting the kite in the water, which ultimately wrapped around the keel. “Up until this point we’d been pretty lucky, but now we were in for trouble,” Kahn said. “It was dark and we needed to get that sail off the keel. Because of the darkness, we couldn’t dive in the ocean to free the boat, especially double-handed, so we did what we could from above, pulling, pushing, grinding, cutting, yanking and winching.” Exhausted, but determined to not give up, the duo finally succeeded after 11 tries. The Pegasus continued charging toward Honolulu.

The Sailboat and Crew

The Pegasus 50 is an Owen Clarke designed Open 50 acquired by Pegasus Racing in 2007. After an extensive refit, it was christened as Pegasus and launched in San Francisco. To train for the double-handed race, Kahn and Clarke developed all the skill-sets usually covered by a full racing crew. Ultimately they competed successfully against full racing crews in the Pacific Cup.

Kahn, a well-known technology visionary and most recently creator of MotionX applications for the Apple iPhone 3G, said, “The race isn’t about technical equipment; it is about good old-fashioned navigation skills, which includes tracking the clouds and squalls. You must find the balance between sailing minimal distances and extending south to find more breeze. I’ve been in these high mid-Pacific ridges nine times before, but it is different every time. Luckily, I learned navigation skills from the best, Mark ‘Rudi’ Rudiger, one of the most sought-after ocean racing navigators in the world. Rudi passed away earlier this month; this race and record are dedicated to Rudi and his family.”

About the Pacific Cup

Started in 1980, the Pacific Cup race has attracted sailors of all stripes, from the hard-core ocean racer to the family ready and prepared for a true adventure. Stan Honey, Philippe Kahn and other luminaries in the sport have taken home Pacific Cup trophies, as have many family enterprises. The 2008 race was one of the most heavily attended in recent years, with 61 entries from 24 to 73 feet competing for a range of trophies including the Pacific Cup itself for best corrected time over the 2070-mile course from San Francisco to Honolulu. For more information, visit www.pacificcup.org.

About Pegasus Racing

Pegasus Racing is a world-class one-design sailboat racing team made up of some of the finest sailors in the sport. Led by Philippe Kahn, successes range from winning the Melges 24 Worlds twice (2003 and 2007), to winning the Transpac (2001 and 2003) and setting the Pacific Cup double handed record (2008). For more information on Pegasus Racing visit www.pegasus.com

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Pegasus Wins 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship

Pegasus Racing Wins the 2007 Fullpoer Melges 24 World Championship in Santa Cruz, California!

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Race Results

2007 Melges 24 World Championship Regatta
Santa Cruz Yacht Club, California, USA, May 05 – 12 2007

2007 Fullpower Melges 24 Worlds Race Results
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1
Pegasus 505 USA David Ullman
2
Full Throttle USA Brian Porter
3
EFG/GroupPartouche FRA Benjamin Cohen
4
Joe Fly ITA Giovanni Maspero
5
Bete Bossini ITA Amadori Ezio
6
Team Barbarians GBR Stuart Simpson
7
Pegasus 575 USA Mark Christensen
8
Altea ITA Andrea Racchelli
9
Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
10
West Marine Rigging USA Scott Holmgren
11
Pegasus 492 USA Shark Kahn
12
Excellent GBR John Pollard
13
Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
14
Courage X GER Edwin Eich
15
Jam Jam GBR Michelle Brachet
16
Giacomel Audi Racing ITA Riccardo Simoneschi
17
Pegasus 678 USA Philippe Kahn
18
Natural Mojo GBR Miles Quinton
19
WTF USA Alan Field
20
Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
21
Rock n Roll USA Argyle Campbell
22
Ego USA Donald Jesberg
23
All or None USA Chris Doubek
24
Team Gill GBR Simon Strauss
25
Airis ITA Cesare Bressan
26
Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
27
Go Dogs Go! USA Tim Hawkins
28
Derivative USA Mark Surber
29
Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
30
Smokin USA Kevin Clark
31
680 USA Douglas Forster
32
Black Seal GBR Richard Thompson
33
Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
34
Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw / Dennis Bassano
35
12HappyThoughts USA David Brede
36
Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
37
Brick House USA Kristen Lane
38
Matilda AUS Richard Leslie
39
Wheres Bob USA Robert Tennant
40
O-Positive USA Orion Pritchard
41
Bacon USA Matt MacGregor
42
Goose n duck USA Paul Bennett
43
Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
44
Gazoo USA Geoffrey Pierini
45
Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
46
Pullen Realty Group USA Jim Granger
47
Cool Beans USA Gary Stuntz
48
Wiggle Room USA Chris Johnson
49
Karma USA George Roland
50
Chillout USA Jim Golden / Brad Jungels
51
Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
52
Nothing Ventured USA Thomas Klenke
53
Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
54
Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
55
BRD USA Paul Clifford
56
Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
57
Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
58
Bones USA Robert Harf
2007 Fullpower Melges 24 Corinthian Worlds Race Results
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1
Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
2
Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
3
Courage X GER Edwin Eich
4
Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
5
Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
6
Derivative USA Mark Surber
7
Smokin USA Kevin Clark
8
Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
9
Black Seal GBR Richard Thompson
10
Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
11
Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw / Dennis Bassano
12
Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
13
Bacon USA Matt MacGregor
14
Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
15
Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
16
Karma USA George Roland
17
Chillout USA Jim Golden / Brad Jungels
18
Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
19
Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
20
Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
21
BRD USA Paul Clifford
22
Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
23
Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
24
Bones USA Robert Harf
Pre-Worlds Race Results
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1 West Marine Rigging USA Scott Holmgren
2 Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
3 Pegasus 492 USA Shark Kahn
4 Pegasus 575 USA Mark Christenses
5 Jam Jam GBR Michelle Brachet
6 Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
7 Excellent GBR John Pollard
8 Full Throttle USA Brian Porter
9 Pegasus 505 USA David Ullman
10 Pegasus 678 USA Philippe Kahn
11 Joe Fly ITA Giovanni Maspero
12 All or None USA Chris Doubek
13 Rock n Roll USA Argyle Campbell
14 680 USA Douglas Forster
15 Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw  / Dennis Bassano
16 12HappyThoughts USA David Brede
17 O-Positive USA Orion Pritchard
18 WTF USA Alan Field
19 Go Dogs Go! USA Tim Hawkins
20 Gazoo USA Geoffrey Pierini
20 Giacomel Audi Racing ITA Riccardo Simoneschi
22 Courage X GER Edwin Eich
23 Team Gill GBR Simon Strauss
24 Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
25 GroupPartoucheCasino FRA Benjamin Cohen
26 Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
27 Cool Beans USA Gary Stuntz
27 Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
29 Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
30 Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
31 Altea ITA Andrea Racchelli
32 TBD USA Matt MacGregor
33 Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
34 Derivative USA Mark Surber
35 Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
36 Brick House USA Kristen Lane
37 Team Barbarians GBR Stuart Simpson
38 Wheres Bob USA Robert Tennant
39 Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
40 Goose n duck USA Paul Bennett
41 Airis USA Cesare Bressan
42 Bete Bossini ITA Amadori Ezio
43 Smokin USA Kevin Clark
44 Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
45 Matilda AUS Richard Leslie
46 Nothing Ventured USA Thomas Klenke
46 Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
48 Black Seal GBR Richard Thompson
49 Mojo GBR Miles Quinton
50 Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
51 Wiggle Room USA Chris Johnson
52 Karma USA George Roland
53 Bones USA Robert Harf
54 Ego USA Donald Jesberg
54 Chillout USA Jim Golden  / Brad Jungels
54 Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
54 BRD USA Paul Clifford
54 Pullen Realty Group USA Jim Granger
Final Series Results – Corinthian Division
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1 Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
2 Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
3 Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw  / Dennis Bassano
4 Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
5 Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
6 Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
7 Courage X GER Edwin Eich
8 TBD USA Matt MacGregor
8 Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
10 Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
10 Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
12 Derivative USA Mark Surber
13 Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
14 Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
15 Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
16 Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
17 Smokin USA Kevin Clark
18 Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
19 Karma USA George Roland
20 Bones USA Robert Harf
21 Chillout USA Jim Golden / Brad Jungels
21 Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
21 BRD USA Paul Clifford
21 Pullen Realty Group USA Jim Granger

Countdown to Fullpower Melges 24 Worlds

The countdown to the start of world championship racing in the International Melges 24 Class next spring has started at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club with a significant note: make it the Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship for 2007.

Fullpower Technologies, a new wireless nanotechnology biotech company based in Santa Cruz, is fully onboard as title sponsor for the competition scheduled May 3-12 and can even offer up its founder and CEO, Philippe Kahn, as a hometown favorite — or his son Samuel (a.k.a. Shark), 17, who won this crown on San Francisco Bay in 2003 when he was only 13. Nicola Celon of Italy also is expected to defend the title he won in a fleet of 119 boats at Hyeres, France last summer.

Santa Cruz YC Commodore Skip Ely said, ‘As a part of our charter, the Santa Cruz Yacht Club is dedicated to hosting world class sailing events. In the past few years the SCYC has hosted the 2004 Lightsurf 505 World Championships, the 2006 Melges 24 North American Championships and the 2006 Moore 24 National Championships, all to much acclaim.

‘The entire club is looking forward to the opportunity to host the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship. We are very fortunate to have been able to partner with Fullpower, an innovative and local company, as the title sponsor of this world class event.

‘The SCYC mission for this regatta is to provide an on-the-water racing experience second to none. In May the Monterey Bay off Santa Cruz should provide an exceptional and challenging ocean racing experience for the large fleet we expect. We are proud of the pristine waters of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary in which we race, and welcome the opportunity to show them off to the host of international world class yachtsmen and women who will participate.’

Even on his home waters, against the best in the world, Philippe Kahn has no illusions, despite his successes for himself and his Pegasus Racing team in several other classes, including two personal Barn Door victories in the Transpacific Yacht Race.

‘The Melges 24 class is the pinnacle of sailing for non-Olympic classes,’ Kahn said. ‘It’s an honor and privilege to drive a boat and race against the best in the world. The journey is the reward. I’d rather play with the best and learn.’

Kahn also is the inventor of the camera cell phone whose ramifications have surpassed imagination.

‘The Fullpower technology is not aimed at the sailing community,’ Kahn said. ‘When we invented the camera-phone in 1997 the focus was everyone, so now it’s fun when you see coaches using their camera-phones to take pictures and videos and share them instantly.’

There are few better inshore ocean racing venues than Monterey Bay south of San Francisco on the edge of the high tech heartland known as Silicon Valley.

‘Santa Cruz is a fantastic place for sailing,’ Kahn said. ‘It’s an ideal tourist destination for sailors and families. You’re out in the open ocean in three minutes and the wind is consistent and predictable with nice rolling waves. It’s easy to just go out for an hour or two and yet have a complete day at work and spend time with the family.’

His daughter Sophie, 9, also sails. ‘She sails her Opti four days a week out of the harbor, so we all go out on the water. Many times these days she’s in the Opti and I’m in the Finn.’

Kahn has competed with his son Shark in several classes, but more as competitors than father and son. Once, when they were running 1-2 in a race late in the Mumm 30 Worlds at Toronto in 2004, son fouled dad at the weather mark—and dad protested, opting not to play favorites with blood kin.

Especially with blood kin. It knocked Shark out of first place in the regatta. ‘Shark is a great sailor,’ Kahn said. ‘He doesn’t give an inch. He’s a teenager finishing high school, so he is very busy this year and sailing is less on his mind than getting into a good college. He makes me proud.’

For people who wonder how someone can find time to invent the camera-phone, raise a family, run a succession of high tech companies and manage to sail at all, Kahn says, ‘I sleep only four hours at night but take a 35-minute catnap every day. I learned that from single-handed sailing.’

The event starts with registration on May 3. Four pre-Worlds races will be run on May 5 and 6, and five days of championship racing, with two races a day, are scheduled May 8-12.

Full information, including Notice of Race, entry form and media info and registration, will be available at www.melges24worlds2007.com . Further information about the International Melges 24 Class is available from www.melges24.com.

Information on Melges 24 events in the U.S., including the weekend’s U.S. Nationals, is available at http://www.usmelges24.com/.

by Rich Roberts

Hamlin wins 18ft skiffs in San Francisco

The 18′ Skiff International Regatta wasn’t quite a changing of the guard, Howard Hamlin, 53, was the winning skipper for the third time in five years -but if runner-up Samuel (Shark) Kahn, 17, is the wave if the future, that’s fine with Howie.

‘It’s great to see Shark doing so well,’ Hamlin said after wrapping up the title with first and second places Saturday. ‘Maybe it will draw other young kids into the class.’

Kahn passed former winner John Winning, 54, for second place on the last day, and the Australian indicated that he, too, would welcome an influx of youth, although he will continue to campaign around the world ‘if the body’s up to it.’

Saturday saw the lightest winds of the five-day regatta—15 knots over the middle of the course and 19 at the leeward mark—but it was still a test of skills and equipment.

At the start of the day Winning’s Yandoo was the only boat that hadn’t flipped all week, but that distinction vanished midway of the second three-lap race around the 1 ½-mile windward leeward course. While attempting a jibe one of his crew accidentally knocked the tiller out of his hand and over Yandoo went. Winning read that incident as a signal to call it a regatta and head for the beach.

That left the race to Kahn, with Hamlin finding himself second in a race he didn’t even have to sail.

‘We were just trying to stay out of everybody’s way [in fourth place],’ Hamlin said, ‘and then we got a puff downwind and there we were.’

Kahn fell back to third after finishing fourth in Saturday’s first race, but recovered with a purpose to improve on his third place of last year.

‘Second place is awesome,’ Kahn said. ‘The first race we were a little nervous and stressed. The second race we realized we had to sail really hard to put a boat between us [and Yandoo]. We were just kind of lucky. I didn’t know what happened to John.’

Hamlin ended the week winning five of the last seven races, and the victory sustained his spectacular roll sailing a variety of skiffs this summer. He already had won the European 18 Skiff title on Italy’s Lake Garda, finished a close second in the 505 worlds in Great Britain and won the International 14 Nationals at Long Beach—all with different but exceptionally strong crews. This week it was Mike Martin of Newport Beach, Calif. and Trent Barnabas of Australia.

Next month Hamlin will compete in the I-14 Worlds in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif.

‘This was a great series against Yandoo and Shark,’ he said. ‘It was really tight all the time and it was windy all week, which is what we live for.’

The class leaves town for another year with its legend of camaraderie intact. As usual, there were no protests—is there ever?—and during the week even teams that had dropped out of races with broken boats were back down on the beach at Crissy Field helping more fortunate opponents carry their craft up through the sand onto the grass staging area.

Saturday morning Great Britain’s Peter Barton and crew Martin Borrett returned the bowsprit and dagger board they had borrowed from rival Pegasus Racing’s arsenal of equipment, not to mention the boat Hamlin loaned them but by week’s end was too damaged to continue.

Hamlin won his two JJ Giltinan world championships in that boat but figures it’s still repairable as a loaner, if it means putting another competitor on the water.

Barton plans to return.

‘Sailing a skiff on San Francisco Bay is like hiking on the slopes of Mount Everest,’ he said. ‘Sailing upwind and downwind is achievable, but across the wind is the death zone. You can survive there momentarily but you can’t live there.’

Winning had a warning for potential new campaigners: ‘In many classes you can read a book and go out and do it. They’ve made sailing too easy. The difference makes this class special.’

This is one of the class’s three major events each year, along with the JJ Giltinan World Trophy Championship in Sydney and the European champion held last June on Lake Garda in Italy.

FINAL STANDINGS (10 races; two discards):

1. Pegasus White, Howard Hamlin/Mike Martin/Trent Barnabas, Long Beach, Calif., Newport Harbor YC, (2)-(3)-2-1-1-2-1-1-1-2, 11 points.

2. Pegasus Black, Samuel (Shark) Kahn/Cameron MacDonald/Paul Allen, Honolulu, Waikiki YC, 1-2-3-(5)-3-1-2-2-(4)-1, 15.

3. Yandoo, John Winning/Andrew Hay/’Geoff Bauchop, Sydney, Aust., Australian 18 Footers League, (3)-1-1-2-2-3-3-3-2-(DNF/8), 17.

4. DeLonghi, Grant Rollerson/Simon Nearn/Dan Wilsdon, Sydney, Australian 18 Footers League, (DNF/8)-(DNS/8)-4-3-4-DNF/8-5-6-3-3, 36.

5. Vodka Cruiser, Patrick Whitmarsh/Mark Breen/Ben Glass, Alameda, Calif., Monterey Peninsula YC, (DNF/8)-(DNS/8)-7-DNF/8-5-4-7-4-5-4, 44.

6. West Marine, Peter Barton/Martin Borrett/Ian Turnbull, United Kingdom, Royal Lymington YC, (DNF/8)-(DNS/8)-5-4-6-DNF/8-4-DNF/8-DNS/8-DNS/8, 51.

7. Skiff Sailing Foundation White, Chad Freitas/Dan Malpas/Matt Noble, San Francisco, St. Francis YC, (DNF/8)-4-6-(DNF/8)-7-DNF/8-6-5-DNF/8-DNF/8, 52.

Complete results and photos: www.stfyc.com (click successively on Regatta Information … 2006 Racing Calendar … August)

by Rich Roberts

18′ Skiff International Regatta – The Greatest Show on H20

St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco
Aug. 21, 2006
Bring on the big breeze for the 18 skiffs on the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO—Last year’s top three finishers have returned to San Francisco Bay for the fifth windy, wet and wild 18′ Skiff International Regatta Tuesday through Saturday.

Skippers of those three-man crews range in age from 2005 winner Howard Hamlin, 53, of Long Beach, Calif. and runner-up John Winning, 54, of Australia to Samuel (Shark) Kahn, 17, the latter a clear exception in the tightly knit class dominated by veterans.

This is one of the class’s three major events each year, along with the JJ Giltinan World Trophy Championship in Sydney and the European champion held last June on Lake Garda in Italy. Hamlin, with crew Mike Martin and Trent Barnabas, dominated the latter event with first place in 8 of 11 races and didn’t need to sail the next two. They were fifth in the Giltinan in February.

They’ll be challenged by Winning, Kahn and four other entries, including a team from the United Kingdom’s Royal Lymington Yacht Club led by Peter Burton, with Martin Borrett and Ian Turnbull as crew. Only Borrett has sailed here before, in International 14 regattas in 1989 and 1997.

“It’s spectacular,” he said. “We had a little taste of it [in practice] yesterday but it was only 15 knots.”

Twenty-plus is likely and the reason why the 18s—in any breeze the fastest monohulls on the planet—have given up using their taller masts here.

“We don’t need the big rig here,” said Hamlin. “Everyone’s used it once—and got smashed.”

Martin said, “At Garda we used only the big rigs. At Sydney we use the big rigs about 5 out of 7 days.”

Borrett said, “When we talked yesterday at breakfast I told Pete that we’re tying the big rig to the trailer and it’s not moving this week.”

Nevertheless, they’re here sailing 18s because, Borrett said, “we’re addicted to speed.”

The schedule calls for 10 races over five days starting at 1 p.m., twice around a 1 ½-mile windward-leeward course set for ideal spectator viewing from just inside the Golden Gate Bridge past the Crissy Field staging area and the host St. Francis Yacht Club. The exception will be a later start Friday followed by the annual Bridge to Bridge race when the 18s will mix it up with kite boards and windsurfers.

The British trio has borrowed Hamlin’s extra boat but has been sailing 18s for three years. Barton, 38, won the European Grand Prix series in 2005 and finished fifth in the European Championships won by Hamlin’s team this summer.

Hamlin and Martin also are on individual rolls. Sailing with other crew, Hamlin was second in the 505 Worlds last month and won the International 14 U.S. Nationals at Long Beach a week ago.

Martin won the 505 North Americans in 20-25 knots here last week with seven wins in 11 races.

ENTRIES (10 races, 2 discards):

DeLonghi, Grant Rollerson/Simon Nearn/Dan Wilsdon, Sydney, Australian 18 Footers League.

Pegasus Black, Samuel (Shark) Kahn/Cameron MacDonald/Paul Allen, Honolulu, Waikiki YC.

Pegasus White, Howard Hamlin/Mike Martin/Trent Barnabas, Long Beach, Calif., Newport Harbor YC.

Skiff Sailing Foundation Blue, Patrick Whitmarsh/Kevin Richards/Ben Glass, Alameda, Calif., Monterey Peninsula YC.

Skiff Sailing Foundation White, Chad Freitas/Dan Malpas/Matt Noble, San Francisco, St. Francis YC.

West Marine, Peter Barton/Martin Barrett/Ian Turnbull, United Kingdom, Royal Lymington YC.

Yandoo, John Winning/Andrew Hay/’Geoff Bauchop, Sydney, Aust., Australian 18 Footers League.

Complete results and photos: www.stfyc.com (click successively on Regatta Information … 2005 Racing Calendar … August)

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Pegasus Wins St. Francis Perpetual Trophy

– St. Francis Yacht Club

There were 103 boats racing in four IRC and five one-design classes at the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay, and they got what they came for. Although much of the regatta was sailed in wind of under 20 knots, it was full breeze-on for the two races on Saturday when the anemometers kicked into the 30 knot range. Philippe Kahn’s new Transpac 52 Pegasus 52 won five of the seven races in the nine boat IRC-A Class to score a nine point win over the Gavin Brady-driven R/P 72 Beecom,owned by Isao Mita. Pegasus was awarded the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy.

The J/105s had the biggest class in the regatta with 33 boats. Scott Sellers’ Donkey Jack won three of the seven races and logged all single digit finishes to score a five point win over Tim Russell’s Aquavit. Sellers won the Commodore’s Cup perpetual trophy for his victory, plus one of the specially engraved Rolex timepieces that was awarded to each of the six perpetual trophy winners:

– City of San Francisco Trophy, Robert Youngjohns, IRC B, DK46 Zephyra
– Richard Rheem Perpetual, John Siegel. IRC C, Wylie 42 Scorpio
– Keefe-Kilborn Memorial Trophy, Gary Mozer, IRC D, J/109 Current Obsession
– Atlantic Perpetual Trophy, Steve Madeira, J/120 Mr. Magoo

Complete results: http://www.stfyc.com/
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