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    There's another way to race to Hawaii other than the SHTP. This involves bigger, faster boats, professional crews, wet boats, breakages, a ton of money, black sails and black interiors, and finishing at a metropolis of cars, noise, and pollution. It's the other Transpac, known as the Honolulu Race. Here's their 2021 story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzqkvh2RuKE

    Did I mention hiking out over the back of the boat to keep from submerging the bow or being washed off the deck?

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    Jet planes are faster, dryer. and less expensive. and you get a lay on arrival!

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    I think I'll just let this one lei...

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    An interesting article has come to light from the April 18th, 1968, Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper and reveals how close we were 53 years ago to no "Fast is Fun", no MERLIN, and a much reduced Santa Cruz ULDB boat building scene.

    Boat Sinks, Two Local Sailors Saved

    Two local men were rescued Saturday afternoon when their catamaran capsized and broke up off the Harbor. Bill Lee, 25, of Capitola and Dave Garibotti, 25, of Santa Cruz were spotted clinging to the yacht club's starting buoy about 1 p.m.

    They were pulled from the water by Howard Spruit of Santa Cruz, who braved heavy waves to get his own catamaran out of the Santa Cruz harbor. Neither man was injured.

    Garibotti, a passenger in Lee's craft, said they were riding the 21 foot Shark catamaran down a wave in a surfing technique when it turned over and split. One hull of the two-hulled craft sank immediately.

    "We must have hung onto the buoy for quite a while, probably half an hour," Garibotti said. "When Spruit pulled us out, we were pretty tired."

    Ed Twohig of Twohig's Boat Rentals also came from the Santa Cruz Wharf and took Garibotti in, since Spruitt's catamaran was overloaded.

    The Harbor rescue boat could not join the rescue, apparently because of the low tide and the sandbar at the sandbar at the Harbor mouth.


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    Wow! Look what just came out of the shed at Port Townsend after a total restoration. Doc Ricketts probably wouldn't even recognize her.

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    When I first saw WESTERN FLYER sunk in the mud in the Fidalgo Channel, only the top of her mast was visible, and there seemed no hope. She was raised, sank again, and was towed to PT, where she sat for several years, the object of continuing dereliction.

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    Plans for WESTERN FLYER include a cruise down the West Coast to her original home port of Monterey, where she will become an educational research ship.

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    Wow! That is one beautiful stinkpot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntsUiga View Post
    Wheels seem more appropriate.
    Last time I saw blades and sails in action was in Adirondack region.
    Do we get build updates? Ants
    Here's a Howard Spruit update on the building of his Mini-Skeeter dirtboat:

    All but the Okume plywood has arrived. The Okume from Edensaw is in San Jose where it has been stuck for 10 days with no driver for the delivery truck. Howard has completed the lamination of the fir axle:

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    The sail has arrived from sailmakers in Oregon with the label "China." Hmmm.

    Howard is currently building the bow of the Mini-Skeeter on the strongback. The trailer and hitch have also arrived.

    Here is a photo of two Mini-Skeeters sisterships:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    Here's a Howard Spruit update…

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    I have clamp envy. One can never own too many clamps.
    Tom P.

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    OK Sled, I figured how to do it. thank you

    Surf is up!

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    The last of the steamships passed Steamer Lane yesterday.

    Aloha to an old friend, SS MATSONIA, being towed outbound ship breakers in Brownsville, TX, by tug JULIE F. MATSONIA was well known to Hawaii racers and delivery crews, and indeed many Transpac vets, including Capt. Bob, served aboard.

    MATSONIA, at 48 years old, was the oldest survivor of the once proud Ponce class. 6 years ago MATSONIA's ragged sister EL FARO sank in a hurricane with all hands. As a result, MATSONIA underwent 42 CG inspections between 2017-2018. None of the inspections prevented a 2019 hull fracture approximately 15 feet below the waterline adjacent to the starboard fuel tank. The resulting fuel spill in SF Bay doomed the already aged workhorse.

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