2005 - 68 Entries And A Barn Door Blast: 'Glory
18, 2005 - LONG
BEACH, Calif.---With the starts still four months
away, the official entry list for the Centennial
Transpacific Yacht Race has soared to 68 boats---the
most in a quarter century---and brought prospects
of a blistering Barn Door battle between sailing
superstars for the record.
Plattner's Morning Glory, with three-time America's
Cup winning skipper Russell Coutts on board, is
among the latest to sign in. The German industrial
software magnate will line up against Roy Disney's
Pyewacket in a duel of Reichel/Pugh maxZ86s. They'll
try to beat the fastest elapsed time by a monohull
set by Disney's previous Pyewacket in 1999---7
days 11 hours 41 minutes 27 seconds---or at least
claim the 3 1/2x4-foot slab of carved koa wood
known as the Barn Door that goes to the fastest
Kahn's Pegasus boats won it in 2001 and 2003,
Disney's Pyewackets the previous two races.
Coutts, Morning Glory's crew will include world
505 champion Morgan Larson as a watch captain
and all-round world-class competitor Peter Isler
as navigator. Larson sailed on the two Pegasus
regulars include Olympic gold medalist Robbie
Haines and record-setting navigator Stan Honey.
also are 14 Cal 40s---the 40-year revival seems
boundless---and, in all, boats from six countries
and four continents.
Jamie and Jenny O'Neill have re-entered The Cone
of Silence, their radical Super 30 that broke
down early two years ago and returned to Long
Beach. They noted that they had completed their
required 160-mile offshore passage: "500
miles out and back in Transpac 2003."
Murase's Ohashi 52, Bengal 2, from Japan is back
after a seventh-place Division 2 finish in 2003
when it gracefully accepted the "northernmost"
award for defying conventional Transpac navigational
Transpac historians believe this race will have
the first doublehanded women's entry: Patricia
Garfield and Diane Murray of San Francisco, sailing
a Catalina 470, Charmed Life.
of the Aloha class winners are returning: Ross
Pearlman's Jeanneau 52, Between the Sheets, in
Class A, and David Kory in Class B, although his
current Barking Spider 3 is a MacGregor 65, a
step up from the 38-foot sloop he sailed last
close on June 3. Measurement is also required
by that date.
was the first woman skipper to win her class?
Seminar May 1 at Alamitos Bay YC
has scheduled a seminar for all participants Sunday,
May 1, at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach,
from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
will include communication, weather information,
provisioning, rigging, ratings, insurance, return
boat delivery and ratings.
event is free and will be hosted by Commodore
Jerry Montgomery. Experts in various fields are
expected to appear. Lunch will be available.
interested are asked to contact Montgomery at
America Announces the 2005 Crew
America, a team of disabled sailors returning
from its historic 2003 Transpac debut, has announced
its 2005 team selected from 44 original candidates
with disabilities living throughout the United
States and Canada, Mexico, Europe and South Africa.
The crew members are (above from left): Kevin
Wixom, leg amputee, San Diego; Ryan Baker, paraplegic,
San Diego; Joshua Ross, able-bodied, skipper,
San Diego (behind Baker); "B" team member
Linda Woodbury, totally blind, San Diego; Jeff
Reinhold, quadriplegic, Seattle; Urban Miyares,
totally blind, hearing impaired, organ transplant
recipient and diabetes, San Diego; Miyares' guide
dog, Duchess; Jim Halverson, leg amputee and cancer
survivor, San Juan Capistrano,
sail the same Tripp 40, B'Quest, that the original
team sailed in Racing Division 5 two years ago,
finishing in a respectable 13-plus days. Woodbury
is first alternate.
talents will not be needed. "GPS has taken
her place," Ross said.
America, based in San Diego, was founded in the
late 1970s by disabled veterans desiring to further
their own rehabilitation. In 1991 they expressed
the intention of racing Transpac. After two failed
attempts due to funding shortfall, the goal became
a reality in 2003 when two of the original founders---Bob
Hettiger, paraplegic, and Miyares, both disabled
veterans---realized their dream with three other
sailors with disabilities, plus Ross, the able-bodied
Waves Productions will film the campaign for an
independent documentary. Progress may be followed
reports on www.YachtRacing.com starting July 11.
1959, socialite sailor Sally Blair Ames took the
76-foot schooner Constellation to first place
overall in Class A on corrected handicap time.
(Andrews 53), Louis Bianco, Seattle.
(Tripp 73 ketch), Richard Hedreen), Seattle.
(Cal 40), Rodney Pimentel, Alameda, Calif.
(Swan 441), Samuel Beckey, San Diego.
Spider 3 (MacGregor 65), David Kory, Concord,
2 (Ohashi 52), Yoshihiko Murase, Nagoya, Japan
the Sheets (Jeanneau 52), Ross Pearlman, Marina
del Rey, Calif.
(J/160), Ken and /Cheryl Sears, Nashville, Tenn.
(Nelson/Marek 55), Craig Reynolds, Newport Beach,
(Tripp 40), Challenged America, San Diego.
(Transpac 52), Charles Burnet, Seattle.
Wing (catamaran), John Walton, Jackson, Wyo.
(Cal 40), Lloyd Sellinger, Newport Beach.
Girl (Cal 40), Don and Betty Lessley, Richmond,
(Cal 40), Jim Eddy, Glendale, Calif.
(Stewart 42), James Read, San Francisco.
Life (Catalina 470), Patricia Garfield, San Francisco.
(Andrews 56), Bob & Rob Barton, San Francisco.
Mer (S/C 50), Gib Black, Honolulu.
(N/M 68), Rob and Suzanne Fleming, Seattle.
Bear (Cal 40), Mark Schrader, Sitka, Alaska.
(S/C 50), Roger Groh, Sausalito, Calif.
(J/35), Reed Barnard, Anacortes, Wash.
Far (Cal 40), Don Grind, Naples, Fla.
(Beneteau First 40.7), Marcos Rodriguez, Acapulco,
(Cal 40), Sally Honey, Palo Alto, Calif.
(Swan 53), Rick Gorman, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Merriment (J/160), Myron Lyon, San Diego.
(J/35), Jeff Young/Rich Blackman, San Diego.
(J/145), Francisco Guzman, Acapulco, Mexico.
(Andrews 43), Kerry Deaver/Bob Williamson, Newport
(Andrews 45), Doug McLean/Melinda Lincoln, Long
80 (Andrews 80), Doug Baker, Long Beach.
Man (Andrews 61), Bob Lane, Long Beach.
(Lee 68), Patricia Steele, Maui, H.I.
(Santa Cruz 70), Bradley Thorson, Bellevue, Wash.
Glory (R/P maxZ86), Hasso Plattner, Kiel, Germany.
(58' yawl), Audrey Steele Burnand, Long Beach.
Dream (CF 37), John Davis, Long Beach.
B (Peterson 48), David Johnson, Long Beach.
(Cal 40), Steve Calhoun, Los Angeles.
(Custom 48), Norman and Rosemary Dawley, Solomons,
(R/P maxZ86), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles.
(Cal 40), Fin Beven, Pasadena, Calif.
(Spencer 66), Peterson/Richards/Welsh/Zimmer,
(Cal 40), Taylor and Davis Pillsbury, Woody Creek,
(J/125), Tom Garnier, Portland, Ore.
(Andrews 70), Dan Sinclair, Vancouver, B.C.
(Transpac 52), Roger Sturgeon, San Francisco.
Spirit (R/P 77), Bill Turpin, Newport Beach, Calif.
(Cal 40), John Harrison, Honolulu.
Chance (Express 37), Steve Brown, Crystal Cove,
(1D35), Gary Fanger, San Francisco.
(T1150), David Kuettel, Bel Marin, Calif.
(Cal 40), Steve Waterloo, Alameda, Calif.
(IMX 38), Pete Meade/Mike Luna/ Paul McDonald,
Far (Swan 48), Larry Hillman, Chicago.
Opera (Hobie 33), Scott Self/Nigel Brown, Rockwall,
(Cal 40), Lee Rogge, Seattle.
Chicken (Perry 56), Timothy Beatty, Rancho Santa
Gnat (Beneteau First 40.7), Cliff Thompson, San
(1D35), Alamitos Bay Syndicate, Long Beach.
Cone of Silence (Super 30), Jamie and Jenny Neill,
(Olson 40), Robert Bussard, San Diego.
Radish (J/145), Louis Ravenet, Seattle.
Wind (Cal 40), Wendy Siegal, Sunset Beach, Calif.
Dancer (Catalina 42), Paul Edwards, Ventura, Calif.
(R/P maxZ86), Dick & Doug DeVos, Holland,