Transpac Race: Polynesian Protein Drinks:
Honolulu, HI (July 16, 2017) – A large wave of finishers in the 2017 Transpac have arrived in the Ala Wai last night and in the pre-dawn hours to start to fill up the slip spaces set aside in the Marina for the finishers, known as Transpac Row.
From tallest mast to shortest, most of the race entries are moored here, bedecked with leis and ti leaves as symbols of Aloha hospitality from a culture that recognizes the special nature of having completed a long sea voyage.
After crossing the finish line, all boats are escorted to the narrow (sometimes treacherous) entrance to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, a safe haven from the Pacific swells. Donned in their flowered shirts, the crews …
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Returning to the Scene of the Crime:
Newport, RI (July 16, 2017) – Three and a half decades ago, the 12 Metre Defender left Newport under less than ideal circumstances, having failed in its campaign to represent the New York Yacht Club in the 1983 America’s Cup.
This summer, her return to competition has been an unqualified success. Earlier today, Dennis William’s skippered the restored 12 Metre to a win in the Queen’s Cup, knocking off a fleet of a dozen newer and more nimble raceboats to claim one of the New York Yacht Club’s most prestigious trophies.
“It’s a surprise,” said Williams. “It’s very hard to tell how you’re doing [in handicap racing]. Some…
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