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    Cool that we get to hear a little history about Ant's grandfather Joosep! A little more history: iMP, along with MERLIN and WINDWARD PASSAGE, was one of the three iconic and legendary race boats of the second half of the 20th century. I was fortunate to race thousands of miles on all three. Just received this photo from Ireland where iMP lives and is racing in Cork Week 2022 in Ireland, 45 years after we won the 1977 SORC and Fastnet Race. One cool boat.

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    And here are 2 pics of iMP in the Solent in 1977. Note the wire jibsheets.

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    If you wish to read more about iMP, you can page up to 3/28/2019, page 312, post 3116 on this Forum, and/or find a copy of Bill Barton's wonderful story Legend of IMP

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    (2014 Reunion of iMP and IMPROBABLE crews. Most sailed on both boats.)
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    Great stuff, Skip!
    And the earlier post you mention is well worth the [re-]read.
    https://www.sfbaysss.org/forum/showt...2780#post22780
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    Some have asked what was an IOR (International Offshore Rule) design. Here is 39' iMP going strong this summer in Cork, Ireland after being one of the best all around IOR designs ever...a bigger sister, the 49' PEGASUS ("PIGASUS") was one of the worst. Under spinnaker in 20 knots of breeze, with 10 crew hiking over the transom, "PEGGY SUE" would regularly dig a hole, bury the bow, and spin out of control...Some people thought racing an IOR design downwind to Hawaii would be a good idea. It didn't take long for them to see the light.

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    Though I can't vouch for absolute accuracy, there are now or will be 15 Singlehanded Transpac vets in or around the Kaneohe Yacht Club pool. What a stinkin' mess. Except for Margie, and Cliff Shaw who is anchored nearby with RAINBOW and smelling like a plumeria lei.

    Dave M and Bob J, Cliff, Syn, Ronnie, David Garman, Carliane, John Wilkerson, Randy L, Dan Alvarez, Jim Q, Brendan Huffman and Margie, Eric Thomas, Max Ebb.

    Photo Op? Not a snowball's chance. Like herding cats.

    I'm sure there are a thousand trivia stories oozing from this group, many of them true..But here is a standout. Who in this illustrious group listed above holds the land speed record for the world's fastest trailered sailboat at Bonneville Salt Flats? The boat (name please) went on to almost win the SHTP, thereby making the cover of Latitude 38, and becoming famous enough to be carved in butter at the skipper's State Fair (State please). Get both right and you win the Macapuno....
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    Eric Thomas
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    Minnesota?

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd22123 View Post
    Eric Thomas
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    We have a winner! Good one, Todd.

    In early July, 2008, Eric Thomas and a nameless co-driver, trailered Eric's O-30 SNOWBALL in a mad dash from Eric's home in Duluth, MN to Alameda to rig and participate in the 2008 SHTP. Enroute, with Eric asleep in the back of the pickup camper, he awoke to hear the truck engine going really fast. It seems the co-driver, just for yucks, had taken the exit for the Bonneville Salt Flats, paid a fee, and ran their rig of a pickup truck with an Olson-30 on a trailer behind at some rapid rate of speed through the speed traps. How fast? Eric couldn't say and didn't have the piece of paper with their record on it. Not likely triple digits. But close. Wheee!

    On his return to MN, Eric found his singlehanded race had inspired the local press to report on his passage. It seems the SHTP was such a special thing for a sailor from Duluth, MN, that the MN State fair commissioned a 90 pound model of carved butter of SNOWBALL for display, alongside the real boat... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7NZd7una6Q

    In this year's Pac Cup Eric is skippering the Synergy 1000 PEARL. Welcome back Good Buddy!

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    Eric's Olson 30 was named Polar Bear. And who beat him for the overall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Gutoff View Post
    Eric's Olson 30 was named Polar Bear. And who beat him for the overall?
    Skip Allan!

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    "Hmmm. Chris Bertish recently left Half Moon Bay to be the first to wing foil to Hawaii. On Yellow Brick tracker, looks like Chris is headed for CBC instead. We'll feed him some Macapuno and get him underway. No weirdo too weird for the CBC docks."

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    I have a report that our current favorite "WEIRDO" has in fact sailed his wing foil from here to Honolulu in 48 days!!
    AMAZING!! I will buy the Macahuno if he gets back to CBC!

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