Monday 8 October 2007

A proto-TP 52 excels in the Transpac

by SailRaceWin

The Transpac race in July, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii, had several TP52 entries, two of which, Morning Light and Samba Pa Ti, spent much of their time match racing each other across the Pacific. However, the winning TP52, Samba Pa Ti, was only about 8 minutes ahead of a forerunner to the TP52 class, Pendragon IV, on corrected time.

California-based Kiwi Scott Dickson, youngest brother of Chris, and winner for the umpteenth time this year of the Ficker Cup match racing in California, helped to organise the crew and sailed on Pendragon IV for the Transpac. Pendragon IV is a Laurie Davidson design, without many of the features of modern TP52s, but was a prototype for the box rule class. Pendragon IV finished second in her class on corrected time; a very creditable performance.

Dean Barker was one of the Kiwi and international crew on Disney’s canting keel 94 footer, Pyewacket, which took overall line honours in the 2007 edition of the Transpac. What did he think of the sail on Pyewacket, at up to 28 knots? "I REALLY enjoyed that!", said Dean.

Well done to both teams!

Transpac 2007

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