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North Sails NEWS

July 24, 2019

#NSVICTORYLIST: 50th TRANSPAC

Clients Claim Eight Division Wins, Three Podium Sweeps, And Overall Victory

Though the 50th Transpac wasn’t a record-breaker, North Sails clients swept the podium in three divisions, and eight will take home first place trophies from the 50th running of the 2225-mile biennial race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. As the last few finishers trickled into Honolulu, spirits were high—and not only for those collecting hardware; just finishing a race across the largest ocean in the world is a true test of endurance and preparedness.

50th Transpac

Eight Division Wins, Three Podium Sweeps, Overall Victory

ORR Overall

1 st

Congratulations

Hamachi

Division 1

1 st

2 nd *

Congratulations

BadPak

Division 2

1 st

2 nd

3 rd *

Congratulations

TaxiDancer

Division 3

1 st

Congratulations

Hamachi

Division 4 / Santa Cruz 50/52

1 st *

3 rd

Congratulations

Oaxaca

Division 5

1 st

2 nd

Congratulations

Good Call

Division 6

1 st

2 nd

3 rd

Congratulations

BlueFlash

Division 7

2 nd

3 rd

Division 9

2 nd

Cal 40

1 st *

3 rd

Congratulations

Callisto

Multihull

1 st

2 nd

3 rd

Congratulations

Argo

* partial North Sails inventory

 

In division 1, Tom Holthus’ Pac 52 BadPak (with North expert Jon Gardner) beat out Duncan Hine’s Alive* by more than two hours. In division 2, Yabsley/Compton’s RP70 TaxiDancer finished just ahead of Santa Cruz 70 Buona Sera and Bill Lee Custom Merlin (with North expert Brian Malone). In division 3, the J/125 Hamachi owned by Shawn Dougherty and Jason Andrews claimed first, and, once the clock ran out, also the overall Transpac victory. In the Santa Cruz 50/52 division, Oaxaca, Michael Moradzadeh and David Ritchie’s SC50 took the win. Division 5 was won by Tom Barker’s Swan Good Call. In division 6, Corinthian team J/121 BlueFlash skippered by Scott Grealish took the win, followed by Ho’okolohe with two North experts (and father and son) Jim and James Foster. Michael Yokel’s Quester took second in division 7, just ahead of the all-Corinthian J/44 Patriot (Paul Stemler). In the Cal40 division, Callisto with the Eddy family and Kerry Deaver as navigator took first, powered by their North 3A spinnaker. In the multihull division, Jason Carroll’s ARGO was first to finish, ahead of Peter Cunningham on Powerplay and Giovanni Soldini on Maserati. Great job to all!

Read the full interview with Liz Baylis, Navigator on winning Santa Cruz 50, Oaxaca

Here are our favorite photos from the race:

Team Hamachi, based in Seattle, Washington, USA on their J/125, overall winner of the 2019 50th Transpac © Rachel Rosales
RP70 TaxiDancer, winner of Division 2 © Ultimate Sailing
Tom Barker’s Swan Good Call, winners of Division 5 © Ultimate Sailing
Chip Merlin’s Bill Lee Custom “Merlin”, Division 2 third place © Ultimate Sailing
Jason Carroll’s MOD70, first place multihull division © Ultimate Sailing
Cecil & Alyson Rossi’ Farr 57 Ho’okolohe, second place finisher in division 6
Dave MacEwen’s Lucky Duck, Santa Cruz 52, third place