Pegasus Racing and Pegasus 77 Sails To Transpacific Win

HONOLULU — A full moon lighted the way past the Diamond Head finish line for Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus 77 and a second consecutive “Barn Door’ victory in the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles early Monday. Kahn’s arch-rival later described the path laid by the lunar reflection on the water as “like sailing down the moon river,’ but Roy E. Disney and his crew aboard Pyewacket were nearly five hours behind in a match of powerful sailing machines.

The Barn Door is a 3 1/2-by-4- foot slab of carved Hawaiian koa wood that goes to the boat with the fastest elapsed time for the 2,225 nautical miles. Four Aloha boats that started five days earlier finished ahead of Pegasus 77 by as much as 15 hours, but their elapsed times were days slower. Finishing at 3:15 a.m. local time, Pegasus 77’s time was 7 days, 16 hours, 31 minutes, 17 seconds, the fourth-fastest ever for the race but nearly five hours off Pyewacket’s record of 7:11:41:27 in a windy 1999 race. Pyewacket’s time this year was 7:21:18:01.

” Records aren’t something you can control,’ Kahn said. “Either the weather was going to cooperate or not. We did break a record for the daily run, and what was interesting about that is we did it without a lot of wind.’ A day earlier, with no more than 18 knots of breeze, Pegasus 77 completed a 24-hour run of 356 miles, breaking the record of 353 set by Magnitude in 1999.

When the wind increased late in the race, Pegasus 77, then in a commanding position against Pyewacket, seemed to have a shot at the record. At the time, Pegasus 77 still had an outside chance of achieving a rare Transpac sweep: fastest-elapsed time and first in class and fleet on overall corrected handicap time.

But, ironically, a 40-year-old Cal 40 whose crew included Pyewacket’s usual navigator, Stan Honey, finished in time late the same morning to correct out on Pegasus 77 by about half an hour. However, Bill Turpin’s Transpac 52, Alta Vita of San Francisco, has the inside track on the honor with about a two- hour edge and needs to finish before 7:12 a.m. local time Tuesday to clinch it.

Illusion was first overall on handicap time through most of the race but slipped back as the larger, faster boats accelerated in stronger breeze. But, flying a full-blown spinnaker in 30 knots of following wind, they flew down through the finish line, surfing at 16 knots to beat nine other Cal 40s in a revival of the class that dominated the race in the late 60s.

The outcome of the Pegasus 77-Pyewacket contest was determined early on, not by boat speed but by strategic differences of opinion.

” We led them past (Santa) Catalina (Island) by a mile, but then we went right and they went left, and they were right and we were wrong,’ Disney said.

The Pyewacket crew was stunned by the second day’s morning roll call and position report that showed Pegasus 77 100 miles south of them.

” We were surprised how low (south) they went the second day,’ said Peter Isler, who replaced Stan Honey as Pyewacket’s navigator.

Then, when the shift they were expecting failed to produce a lively breeze, they had to eat their mistake and give up a lot of miles to find better wind south. That’s when Pegasus 77 came slightly north to drop into a controlling position directly in front.

Mark Rudiger, Pegasus 77’s navigator, said, “It was (wind strength) pressure versus angle, and I’ve learned the hard way over the years that the first half of this race you have to go for the pressure and the second half you can start working on angle. So I just tell the guys, ‘Send the boat the fastest way it can go.’ Speed rules.’

Rich Roberts
Long Beach Press Telegram

A FLYING HORSE ON A SLOW TRACK TO HAWAII

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A FLYING HORSE ON A SLOW TRACK TO HAWAII

LOS ANGELES—“A big cheer on board the mighty Pegasus.”

That was the word from Pegasus 77 owner/skipper Philippe Kahn after
Wednesday morning’s position reports showed his Reichel/Pugh 77 had taken
the lead from Roy E. Disney’s R/P 75 Pyewacket in their Division 1 match
race of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.

Both boats suffered in winds lighter than usual. Grant Baldwin on the
communications vessel Alaska Eagle reported, “Weather conditions have
deteriorated for the entire fleet. Trade winds are down, boat speeds are
down . . . and fish count is down.”

Pegasus 77 sailed only 265 miles in the previous 24 hours but that was 31
miles more than Pyewacket, which has endured the added pain of bearing
south away from the rhumb (direct) line in search of stronger breeze.
Pegasus 77 is now headed more directly toward the finish line 1,447 miles
away, eight miles closer than Pyewacket in the 2,225-nautical race.

“We invested in the south and our investment is starting to pay off,” Kahn
said. “We are now ahead on all leader boards. But this is a long race and
our competition is tough. We’re not even halfway to Honolulu. This may be a
race where the lead changes a few times more.”

Although Kahn also noted that Pegasus 77’s 24-hour average speed of 11.4
knots was “not bad for light air,” it was far off Pyewacket’s record pace of
12.4 knots over 7 1/2 days in 1999. At the moment Pegasus 77, the 2001 Barn
Door winner, is projected to finish about two hours in front but about half
a day off the record.

The unstable conditions are such that two smaller Transpac 52s sailing in
better wind patterns had better days than Pyewacket. Division 2 leader Beau
Geste, sailed by Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok, logged 235 miles and Bill
Turpin’s Alta Vita from San Francisco was second only to Pegasus 77 with
254.

Perhaps significant is that Stan and Sally Honey’s Cal 40, Illusion,
regained the race’s overall lead on corrected handicap time as it sailed
farther south than any other boat except Andy Sibert’s Enchanted Lady, a
Roberts 55 ketch from Seal Beach, Calif. that had the best day among the
Aloha competitors with 173 miles.

Just slightly ahead of the big boats now after starting two days earlier on
July 4, the smaller Division 3 and 4 boats continued to slog along as best
they can. Earlier, Honolulu’s Dan Doyle, sailing the 1D35 Two Guys On the
Edge with Bruce Burgess, filed surprisingly upbeat e-mail reports via
satellite.

“Now is the part of the race where Two Guys should begin to pick up the pace
on the other boats,” Doyle wrote. “The only case where that will be
difficult is if we spend the entire race in light winds, making this a
displacement/waterline race rather than a planing one. Time will tell.

“We had an interesting day today with electronic problems continuing to
plague the boat. We took on a lot of water right into the nav/electronic
station which has impacted our ability to use our radio effectively and has
generally wreaked havoc throughout the boat. I spent virtually all day with
Bruce driving and me crawling around the bilge trying to diagnose the
problems.

“The wind is blowing right down the rhumb, our fishing line is out and I am
having a nice glass of red wine. All and all, not too bad of a day. For
now, it’s on to the south!”

Australian James Neill’s Super 30, The Cone of Silence, returned to Long
Beach around midnight Tuesday after dropping out last Saturday. He was
welcomed by Marina Shipyard operator Bud Tretter with sandwiches and a case
of beer—not quite the luau welcome customary at Waikiki but a great relief
to family and friends back home who hadn’t heard a word for three days and
were in no mood to appreciate the boat’s appropriate name.

“We are back safe and sound,” Neill reported. “We were unable to get through
to Alaska Eagle on bed check or today’s [roll call] and would be grateful
if you would pass on the message. Thanks for having us in your race. We hope
to give it another try in 2005.

“For the record, the reason we retired is the boat suffered damage to its
jet drive doors due to operator error. In essence, we have a jet drive which
sucks water up through a door and then out through another. Someone
accidentally opened the cleat that holds the doors shut. This went unnoticed
and eventually the water pressure coming in through the half-opening blew
the back door off its hinges.

“It took some time to notice the damage and frankly we couldn’t work out why
we were so slow. We tried to fix it in the water but just couldn’t. It will
take two minutes to fix on the crane.

“Lastly, the radio earth [ground] was attached to the doors, which might
have been the reason we were unable to reach Alaska Eagle today.”

Tracking charts for selected boats or the entire fleet may be viewed by
clicking on the link at the right side of the www.transpacificyc.org home
page. Daily position reports and photos also will be posted until the
completion of the race.

For handicap ratings of the boats, go to:
www.yachtracing.com/regattas03/transpac/03divisions.html

COMMODORE
Brad Avery
(949) 645-9412
brad@occsailing.com

ENTRIES CHAIRMAN
Bill Lee
(831) 464-4782
wizard@fastisfun.com

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526
cell phone (310) 766-6547
richsail@earthlink.net

JULY 9 POSITION REPORTS

(Listed in order of corrected handicap time; actual miles to go noted)

RACING DIVISION

Division 1 (started July 6)

1. Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles, 1,447 miles to go.
2. Pegasus 77 (Reichel/Pugh 77), Philippe Kahn, Honolulu, 1,455.

Division 2 (started July 6)

1. Beau Geste (Transpac 52), Karl Kwok, Hong Kong, 1,523.
2. Grand Illusion (Santa Cruz 70), James McDowell, Lahaina, H.I., 1,561.
3. Alta Vita (Transpac 52), Bill Turpin, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1,566.
4. Pendragon 4 (Davidson 52), John MacLaurin, Marina del Rey, Calif., 1,596.
5. Medicine Man (Andrews 61), Bob Lane, Long Beach, Calif., 1,539.
6. Icon (Perry 65), Richard Robbins/Jim Roser, Seattle, 1,582.
7. Vicki (Andrews 68), Al and Vicki Schultz, Long Beach, 1,558.
8. Bengal II (Ohashi 52 ),Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan, 1,652.
9. Helsal II (Adams 60), W.E. Rawson, Melbourne, Australia, 1,727.
WD—Renegade (Andrews 70), Dan Sinclair, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Division 3 (started July 4)

1. Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego, 1,223.
2. Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego, 1,250.
3. Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla., 1,265.
4. Jeito (J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico, 1,255.
5. Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore., 1,270.
6. Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif., 1,301.
7. On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif., 1,319.
WD—The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neill,
Newport, NSW, Australia.
WD—Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach (DH).

Division 4 (started July 4)

1. Hot Tamale (J/120), Tom and Doug Jorgensen, Glendora, Calif., 1,328.
2. Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego, 1,312.
3. Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego, 1,332.
4. Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif., 1,349.
5. Paddy Wagon (Ross 40), Richard Mainland, Marina del Rey, Calif., 1,326.
6. Swept Away (J/120), Louis Bianco, Seattle, 1,372.
7. Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point, Calif., 1,372.
8. Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia, 1,387.
9. Tera’s XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif., 1,328.
10. Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu, 1,359 (DH).
11. Lawndart (Cape Bay Fast 40), Bill Allan, Nanaimo, B.C., 1,428.

Division 5 (started July 1)

1. Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del., 912.
2. Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego, 939.
3. There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach, 892.
4. B’Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego, 917.

CAL 40 (started July 1)

1. Illusion, Stan and Sally Honey, Palo Alto, 898.
2. Seafire, John T. Harrison, Honolulu, 965.
3. Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif., 975.
4. Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury, Laguna Beach/Eleanor and Davis
Pillsbury, Snowmass, Colo., 967.
5. California Girl, Don and Betty Lessley, Point Richmond, Calif., 962.
7. Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach, 976.
8. Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif., 988.
9. Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho, 1,007.
10. Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,023.

ALOHA DIVISION (started July 1)

Aloha A

1. Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.,
795.
2. Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif., 842.
3. Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz., 827.
4. Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55 ketch), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif., 899.
5. Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego, 834.
6. Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego, 757.
7. Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C., 930.
8. Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif., 990 (DH).

Aloha B

1. Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,028.
2. Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey, 1,167.
3. Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach, 1,122.

DH—Doublehanded.

WD—Withdrawn.

PYEWACKET’S DAY OF RECKONING IN THE WIND GAME

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PYEWACKET’S DAY OF RECKONING IN THE WIND GAME

LOS ANGELES—Pegasus 77 sailed farther and faster Tuesday but Pyewacket
stretched its lead in the marquee match race of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Race to Hawaii, a situation that has often been an anomaly of the race for
the last half-century.

Meanwhile, Renegade, an Andrews 70 sailed by Dan Sinclair of Vancouver,
B.C., dropped out Monday afternoon with a problem described as “failure of
the boat’s steering sheaves.” Renegade started in Division 2 a day earlier
and was 260 miles offshore in Mexican waters. Sinclair, sailing his fourth
Transpac, said the breakdown occurred in 12-foot seas. He said the boat was
in no danger and was returning to San Diego but gave no ETA.

There have been three dropouts since the starts, reducing the fleet to 54
boats. Beau Geste, a Transpac 52 sailed by Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok
with a largely New Zealand crew, now leads Division 2 boat for boat and on
corrected handicap time, second only to Pyewacket in the latter.

Until 1947, logic called for sailing a direct, or “rhumb,” line of 2,225
nautical miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu because sailors didn’t realize
they could avoid a region of light wind by sailing a little farther south.

With improved weather information developed in World War II, two
boats—Chubasco and Westward—tried just that in ’47 and finished first
and third. Then in ’49, when Westward’s navigator, Bob Allan, pulled the
same ploy that delivered the first Barn Door trophy to Richard Rheem’s
Morning Star as first boat to finish, the others were sold on the concept of
the Pacific High—that monstrous, undulating zone of high pressure waddling
over the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Avoiding the high remains conventional wisdom in the 42nd Transpac 54 years
later, but it’s a like a boxing opponent, bobbing and weaving and leaving
everyone on every boat to look to the navigator for guidance. And where does
the navigator look? Often to Nashua, New Hampshire, where George Caras of
Commanders Weather is based.

Studying the positions reported at Tuesday morning’s daily roll call, Caras
said, “North may be favored a little bit [Monday] or [Tuesday], but south
will be favored starting [Thursday]. The goal for a lot of the boats is
going to be to get farther south.”

Those would include Pyewacket, Roy E. Disney’s Reichel/Pugh 75 that holds
the race record of about 7 1/2 days. Sailing a more direct course, Pyewacket
logged 329 miles at 13.7 knots in the first full day at sea and moved into
first place in corrected handicap time for the entire fleet.

Oddly, Philippe Kahn’s R/P 77 Pegasus, taking a more tactical southerly
route, went 338 miles at 14.1 knots but dropped to 27 miles behind.

“[Pyewacket] got a little lead because they found a shade more breeze up
north,” Caras said, “but they’ll come down now to keep up with the wind.
Their wind angle may not be as good coming down and it could tighten the gap
or give Pegasus a little bit of an advantage, but we’ll have to see on
that.”

There also is good news and bad news for everybody, Caras said.

“The high [pressure area] is moving away from the fleet farther out. That’s
going to allow that low to come east-southeast, and that essentially will
weaken the trade winds. High pressure drives the belt of the trades, but
it’ll be so high up that it’ll have less influence.”

That could dampen hopes of a record. The frontrunner, Roger and Brenda
Kuske’s Lady Bleu II, a Dynamique 62 from San Diego that started with the
Aloha class a week earlier, was 884 miles from the finish but sailing into
weaker wind above the rhumb line.

“Their smarter move would be to come a little farther south,” Caras said.

Wendy Siegal, reporting from Willow Wind, the Cal 40 that won the Aloha
class in 2001, confirmed Caras’ assessment.

“The winds were as light as I can remember seeing them in the middle of the
Pacific,” she said. “We got down to 5 knots of wind . . . just trying to
keep the [spinnaker] filled as we slopped along. We’re supposed to be in
15-knot trades.”

Tracking charts for selected boats or the entire fleet may be viewed by
clicking on the link at the right side of the www.transpacificyc.org home
page. Daily position reports and photos also will be posted until the
completion of the race.

For handicap ratings of the boats, go to:
www.yachtracing.com/regattas03/transpac/03divisions.html

COMMODORE
Brad Avery
(949) 645-9412
brad@occsailing.com

ENTRIES CHAIRMAN
Bill Lee
(831) 464-4782
wizard@fastisfun.com

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526
cell phone (310) 766-6547
richsail@earthlink.net

JULY 8 POSITION REPORTS

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

RACING DIVISION

Division 1 (started July 6)

1. Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles, 1,684 miles to go.
2. Pegasus 77 (Reichel/Pugh 77), Philippe Kahn, Honolulu, 1,711.

Division 2 (started July 6)

1. Beau Geste (Transpac 52), Karl Kwok, Hong Kong, 1,758.
2. Grand Illusion (Santa Cruz 70), James McDowell, Lahaina, H.I., 1,772.
3. Vicki (Andrews 68), Al and Vicki Schultz, Long Beach, 1,773.
4. Medicine Man (Andrews 61), Bob Lane, Long Beach, Calif., 1,768.
5. Pendragon 4 (Davidson 52), John MacLaurin, Marina del Rey, Calif., 1,828.
6. Alta Vita (Transpac 52), Bill Turpin, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1,816.
7. Icon (Perry 65), Richard Robbins/Jim Roser, Seattle, 1,818.
8. Bengal II (Ohashi 52 ),Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan, 1,863.
9. Helsal II (Adams 60), W.E. Rawson, Melbourne, Australia, 1,879.
WD—Renegade (Andrews 70), Dan Sinclair, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Division 3 (started July 4)

1. Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego, 1,396.
2. Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla., 1,429.
3. Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego, 1,425.
4. Jeito (J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico, 1,417.
5. Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore., 1,447.
6. Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif., 1,456.
7. On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif., 1,459.
WD—The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neill,
Newport, NSW, Australia.
WD—Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach (DH).

Division 4 (started July 4)

1. Hot Tamale (J/120), Tom and Doug Jorgensen, Glendora, Calif., 1,488. .
2. Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego, 1,477.
3. Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego, 1,489.
4. Swept Away (J/120), Louis Bianco, Seattle, 1,525.
5. Paddy Wagon (Ross 40), Richard Mainland, Marina del Rey, Calif., 1,494.
6. Tera’s XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif., 1,489.
7. Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia, 1,541.
8. Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif., 1,529.
9. Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point, Calif., 1,532. .
10. Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu, 1,521 (DH).
11. Lawndart (Cape Bay Fast 40), Bill Allan, Nanaimo, B.C., 1,564.

Division 5 (started July 1)

1. Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del., 1,068.
2. There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach, 1,033.
3. Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego, 1,100.
4. B’Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego, 1,071.

CAL 40 (started July 1)

1. Illusion, Stan and Sally Honey, Palo Alto, 1,064.
2. Seafire, John T. Harrison, Honolulu, 1,118.
3. Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho, 1,115.
4. California Girl, Don and Betty Lessley, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,105.
5. Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury, Laguna Beach/Eleanor and Davis
Pillsbury, Snowmass, Colo., 1,114.
6. Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif., 1,132.
7. Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach, 1,122.
8. John B, Greg Boyer, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,137.
9. Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif., 1,140.
10. Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,173.

ALOHA DIVISION (started July 1)

Aloha A

1. Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.,
942.
2. Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz., 966.
3. Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego, 968.
4. Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif., 995.
5. Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego, 884.
6. Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55 ketch), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif.,
1,072.
7. Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C., 1,086.
8. Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif., 1,124 (DH).

Aloha B

1. Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,165.
2. Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach, 1,176.
3. Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey, 1,286.

DH—Doublehanded.

WD—Withdrawn.

PEGASUS 77 BETS ON THE LONG WAY TO HAWAII

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PEGASUS 77 BETS ON THE LONG WAY TO HAWAII

LOS ANGELES—Before Sunday’s last start in the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Race, Roy E. Disney’s Pyewacket was flying two appropriate battle flags: a
cat and a mouse.

The rodent connection is obvious, and the boat is named for the mystical
feline in the movie, “Bell, Book and Candle.” But the combination also
heralded what promised to be not just a contest of speed in the
2,225-nautical mile dash to Hawaii but also a game of—right!—cat and
mouse.

Monday morning’s position reports radioed to the Communications vessel
Alaska Eagle placed Pyewacket, a Reichel/Pugh 75, 11 miles closer to the
Diamond Head finish line although, as Philippe Kahn, owner/skipper of the
rival Reichel/Pugh 77, noted that his boat had sailed two more miles than
Pyewacket.

“What does this all mean?” Kahn asked in a report on his Web site. “On all
the race reports Pyewacket will be shown leading in distance to Honolulu
[but] there is more to this. We all know that both boats are going to get
lifted as the winds clock around the [Pacific] high, and in a lift it’s nice
to be the inside boat, which is what Pyewacket is doing.

“However, our weather analysis on Pegasus tells us to expect more wind along
a more southerly route [and that] it’s well worth sailing extra distance to
get south. So Pyewacket is betting on shift, Pegasus is counting on more
pressure. Given a choice, Pegasus wouldn’t trade places with Pyewacket. The
next 24 hours are going to be critical.”

As that battle of wits develops, the 25 boats that started Tuesday, July 1
were at the halfway point experiencing what communications officer Grant
Baldwin described as “stable” weather conditions with north-northeast winds
of 10-17 knots and “seas still smooth with little squall activity.”

That’s not what anyone with records on their minds wanted to see. On the
other hand, Kahn reported: “The tropical depression that is headed for our
projected path has now officially been upgraded to ‘tropical storm’ and they
gave her a beautiful name: Dolores. She apparently carries gusts over 45
knots and is picking up strength. We’ll stay away from that one.”

That could alter his strategy relative to Pyewacket.

Meantime, Maitri, Peter Johnson’s J/160 from San Diego, enjoyed the best
24-hour run in the fleet with 228 miles at an average speed of 9.5 knots to
seize the lead on projected overall handicap time from the week-long leader,
Stan and Sally Honey’s Cal 40, Illusion.

Kahn also replayed the first hours of the race when Pegasus 77 took the lead
from Pyewacket but then lost it before crossing the San Pedro Channel toward
Santa Catalina Island.

“The Pyewacket team lost the start,” Kahn said. “Robbie Haines was driving
the Pyewacket, while I was helming the Pegasus. When I handed the helm to
Morgan [Larson] a good hour into the race we became overconfident and
stretched too much to windward, letting them foot to leeward and gain lots
of gauge to the right.

“Then a massive 40-degree shift happened and we fell into a wind hole. I am
glad that we are learning our lessons early in this race.”

Pegasus 77’s daily logs may be seen at
http://www.pegasusracing.com/log.htm#latest

Daily position reports, charts, news summaries, photos will be posted at
www.transpacificyc.org until the completion of the race.

COMMODORE
Brad Avery
(949) 645-9412
brad@occsailing.com

ENTRIES CHAIRMAN
Bill Lee
(831) 464-4782
wizard@fastisfun.com

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526
cell phone (310) 766-6547
richsail@earthlink.net

JULY 7 POSITION REPORTS AND START SCHEDULES

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

RACING DIVISION

Division 1 (started July 6)

1. Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles, 2,009 miles to go.
2. Pegasus 77 (Reichel/Pugh 77), Philippe Kahn, Honolulu, 2,020.

Division 2 (started July 6)

1. Grand Illusion (Santa Cruz 70), James McDowell, Lahaina, H.I., 2,043.
2. Beau Geste (Transpac 52), Karl Kwok, Hong Kong, 2.043.
3. Medicine Man (Andrews 61), Bob Lane, Long Beach, Calif., 2,039.
4. Vicki (Andrews 68), Al and Vicki Schultz, Long Beach, 2,049.
5. Alta Vita (Transpac 52), Bill Turpin, Santa Cruz, Calif., 2,066.
6. Icon (Perry 65), Richard Robbins/Jim Roser, Seattle, 2,075.
7. Renegade (Andrews 70), Dan Sinclair, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 2,076.
8. Pendragon 4 (Davidson 52), John MacLaurin, Marina del Rey, Calif., 2,087.
9. Bengal II (Ohashi 52 ),Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan, 2,096.
10. Helsal II (Adams 60), W.E. Rawson, Melbourne, Australia, 2,099.

Division 3 (started July 4)

1. Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego, 1,611.
2. Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla., 1,637.
3. Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif., 1,640.
4. Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego, 1,643.
5. Jeito (J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico, 1,641.
6. Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore., 1,654.
7. On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif., 1,671.
WD—The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neill,
Newport, NSW, Australia.
WD—Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach (DH).

Division 4 (started July 4)

1. Hot Tamale (J/120), Tom and Doug Jorgensen, Glendora, Calif., 1,689.
2. Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego, 1,680.
3. Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego, 1,690.
4.Tera’s XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif., 1,675.
5. Swept Away (J/120), Louis Bianco, Seattle, 1,718.
6. Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif., 1,716.
7. Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia, 1,728.
8. Paddy Wagon (Ross 40), Richard Mainland, Marina del Rey, Calif., 1,700.
9. Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point, Calif., 1,724.
10. Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu, 1,720 (DH).
11. Lawndart (Cape Bay Fast 40), Bill Allan, Nanaimo, B.C., 1,753.

Division 5 (started July 1)

1. Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del., 1,234.
2. There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach, 1,202.
3. B’Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego, 1,237.
4. Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego, 1,275.

CAL 40 (started July 1)

1. Illusion, Stan and Sally Honey, Palo Alto, 1,236.
2. Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho, 1,273.
3. Seafire, John T. Harrison, Honolulu, 1,282.
4. Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury, Laguna Beach/Eleanor and Davis
Pillsbury, Snowmass, Colo., 1,275.
5. California Girl, Don and Betty Lessley, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,271.
6. Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach, 1,278.
7. Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif., 1,298.
8. John B, Greg Boyer, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,297.
9. Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif., 1,301.
10. Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,333.

ALOHA DIVISION (started July 1)

Aloha A

1. Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.,
1,125.
2. Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego, 1,133.
3. Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz., 1,141.
4. Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif., 1,165.
5. Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego, 1,074.
6. Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55 ketch), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif.,
1,253.
7. Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C., 1,265.
8. Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif., 1,278 (DH).

Aloha B

1. Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,324.
2. Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach, 1,305.
3. Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey, 1,423.

DH—Doublehanded.

WD—Withdrawn.

PYEWACKET LEADS PEGASUS 77; TWO BOATS DROP OUT

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42nd TRANSPACIFIC YACHT RACE Transpacific Yacht Club
Starts July 1-4-6, 2003 www.transpacificyc.org

July 6, 2003 For Immediate Release

PYEWACKET LEADS PEGASUS 77; TWO BOATS DROP OUT

LOS ANGELES— Roy E. Disney’s Pyewacket led Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus 77 past
the West End of Santa Catalina Island and into open ocean as the great match
race of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii unfolded Sunday.

“We’re about a mile ahead of Pegasus, which is dead astern,” Peter Isler,
Pyewacket’s navigator, reported by phone. “I can’t see anybody else right
now in the haze.”

The two lead boats passed the island 23 miles off the Pacific Coast a bit
more than 2 1/2 hours after the start.

Meanwhile, two smaller boats that started Friday dropped out. Lucky Dog, a
J/125 being sailed doublehanded by Peter Putnam and Len Bose of Newport
Beach, Calif., returned to its home port at noon Sunday because of a leak in
the steering column of its rudder.

The Cone of Silence, a Super 30 from Australia and the smallest boat in the
race at 31 feet, withdrew reporting “structural damage.” Skipper James Neill
said he did not require assistance.

Putnam said, “We got out 150 miles and found Saturday afternoon that the
rudder was letting water into the boat. We thought it would be better to
withdraw. We’re OK but disapppointed.”

Another boat transmitted an automatic distress signal early Sunday
morning—apparently accidentally. A Coast Guard C-130 responded to an EPIRB
(emergency position indicator radio beacon) alarm sent by Nick Martin’s
Schock 40, On Point, from Wilmington, Calif. On Point reported later that it
had taken a wave over the side that activated the alarm but caused no
damage.

The last 12 of 57 boats to start (now numbering 55) were surrounded by a
sun-splashed spectator fleet at the end of the Independence Day holiday
weekend in the U.S. They started in light wind off the cliffs of the Palos
Verdes Peninsula. Their destination is the landmark Diamond Head finish line
2,225 nautical miles away.

Among the final starters, the oddity was that all boats started on port
tack, with the wind at 5 knots from the south and coming over their left
(port) sides. Normally, boats prefer to start on starboard tack, which has
right of way over port tack, but the wind direction was such that everyone
was able to sail straight up the course.

James McDowell’s Grand Illusion, the race’s overall handicap winner in 1999,
was hugging the line headed toward the committee boat as the gun fired, but
the race committee hailed “all clear.” However, at the other end of the
line, Bill Turpin’s Alta Vita appeared to be trying to start on starboard
tack but realized too late that it couldn’t clear the inflatable buoy
marking the “pin” end. As the gun sounded, Alta Vita, a Transpac 52 from San
Francisco, was sailing the wrong way to turn around and start properly.

The best start was claimed by another Transpac 52, Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste
from Hong Kong that has Gavin Brady and other world-class New Zealand
sailors on board—all sailing their first Transpacs. Beau Geste started to
windward of Alta Vita and slightly ahead of John MacLaurin’s fire engine-red
Pendragon 4, the Davidson 52 prototype for the Transpac 52s.

Pyewacket started near the middle of the line directly windward of Pegasus
77, which then played the puffs and zephyrs expertly to sail higher and
faster until Pyewacket was directly behind. That changed in mid-channel, and
Pyewacket seized the lead as a fresh westerly breeze of 9-10 knots arrived,
allowing tacks to starboard for the first time.

“It was pretty fickle,” Isler said. “It kept teasing us halfway across [the
San Pedro Channel]. But we’re easily laying the West End by about four
miles.”

Isler, talking within earshot of Ben Mitchell, also a teammate with Team
Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup team last year, said, “Benny Mitchell used his
vast experience to position us to the right of the enemy. He said the right
side has always paid off in every test we did, and he finally had his chance
to prove it.”

To some observers, it appeared that Grand Illusion had jumped the gun. But a
race committee official said, “They were within two inches of being over. We
started to write down their number but they just got back.”

Among the boats already at sea, Peter Johnson’s Maitri, a J/160 from San
Diego that started Friday, had the best 24-hour run of 246 miles, averaging
10.3 knots, to stretch its lead in Division 3. The frontrunner was still
Roger and Brenda Kuske’s Dynamique 62, Lady Bleu II, from San Diego that
started Tuesday in the Aloha fleet. Lady Bleu II was almost halfway, 1,271
miles from Honolulu.

Grant Baldwin reported from the communications vessel Alaska Eagle that the
wind had gone light during the night and the air was “still cold.”

Daily position reports, charts, news summaries, photos will be posted at
www.transpacificyc.org until the completion of the race.

COMMODORE
Brad Avery
(949) 645-9412
brad@occsailing.com

ENTRIES CHAIRMAN
Bill Lee
(831) 464-4782
wizard@fastisfun.com

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526
cell phone (310) 766-6547
richsail@earthlink.net

JULY 6 POSITION REPORTS AND START SCHEDULES

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

RACING DIVISION

Division 1 (started July 6)

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

Division 2 (started 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 (started July 4)

1. Maitri (J/160), Peter Johnson, San Diego, 1,835 miles to go.
2. Pipe Dream IX (J/160), Scott Piper, Coral Gables, Fla., 1,856.
3. Horizon (Santa Cruz 50), Jack Taylor, Dana Point, Calif., 1,859.
4. Innocent Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego, 1,861.
5. Jeito (J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico, 1,860.
6. On Point (Schock 40), Nick Martin, Wilmington, Calif., 1,871.
7. Reinrag2 (J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore., 1,876.
8. The Cone of Silence (Australian Super 30), James and Jenny Neill,
Newport, NSW, Australia, withdrawn.
9. Lucky Dog (J/125), Peter Putnam, Newport Beach, withdrawn—DH.

Division 4 (started July 4)

1. Hot Tamale (J/120), Tom and Doug Jorgensen, Glendora, Calif., 1,888.
2. Tera’s XL (ILC 40), Antony and Daniel Barran, Northridge, Calif., 1,881.
3. Wild Thing (1D35), Chris and Kara Busch, San Diego, 1,894.
4. Tabasco (1D35), John Wylie, San Diego, 1,897.
5. Krakatoa (Young 32), Rod Skellet, Sydney, Australia, 1,912.
6. Swept Away (J/120), Louis Bianco, Seattle, 1,914.
7. Cool Man Cool2! (Sydney 38), Harrell Jones, Dana Point, Calif., 1,913.
8. Bolt (Olson 40), Craig Reynolds, Balboa, Calif., 1,913.
9. Two Guys On the Edge (1D35M), Dan Doyle, Honolulu, 1,911—DH.
10. Paddy Wagon (Ross 40), Richard Mainland, Marina del Rey, Calif., 1,911.
11. Lawndart (Cape Bay Fast 40), Bill Allan, Nanaimo, B.C., 1,933.

Division 5 (started July 1)

1. Wind Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Wilmington, Del., 1,401.
2. There and Back Again (Tripp 40), Robert Rice, Long Beach, 1,366.
3. B’Quest (Tripp 40), Challenged America/Urban Miyares, San Diego, 1,402.
4. Masquerade (Choate 40), Timothy Coker, San Diego, 1,437.

CAL 40 (started July 1)

1. Illusion, Stan and Sally Honey, Palo Alto, 1,393.
2. Redhead, Andrew Opple, Ketchum, Idaho, 1,421.
3. Flying Cloud, Darrell and Scott Wilson, Long Beach, 1,421.
4. Ralphie, Jill and Taylor Pillsbury, Laguna Beach/Eleanor and Davis
Pillsbury,
Snowmass, Colo., 1,421.
5. California Girl, Don and Betty Lessley, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,420.
6. Seafire, John T. Harrison, Honolulu, 1,437.
7. Ranger, William Partridge, Richmond, Calif., 1,450.
8. John B, Greg Boyer, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,453.
9. Celebrity, Gerald Finnegan, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,468.
10. Willow Wind, Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif., 1,462.

ALOHA DIVISION (started July 1)

Aloha A

1. Between the Sheets (Sun Odyssey 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Calabasas, Calif.,
1,315.
2. Beautiful Day (Beneteau 47.7), William Boyd, San Diego, 1,313.
3. Incredible (Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif., 1,332.
4. Marla R (Beneteau 50), Jon Richards, Mesa, Ariz., 1,328.
5. Lady Bleu II (Dynamique 62), Roger and Brenda Kuske, San Diego, 1,271.
6. Axapac (Wylie 39), Barry Ruff, Vancouver, B.C., 1,415.
7. Enchanted Lady (Roberts 55 ketch), Andy Sibert, Seal Beach, Calif.,
1,424.
8. Beach Music (Tayana 52), Kirby Coryell, Lafayette, Calif., 1,427—DH.

Aloha B

1. Barking Spider (Catalina 38), David Kory, Point Richmond, Calif., 1,472.
2. Pipe Dream (Choate/Feo 37), John Davis, Long Beach, 1,447.
3. Sea Dancer (Ericson 35), Alvin Wheatman, Marina del Rey, 1,547.

DH—Doublehanded.