30 years ocean experience including Transpac 99, 01, 03, 05 and 09
Previous sailing experience:raced dinghies in college. Grew up cruising New England and the Caribbean and the Pacific NW.Why SHTP? Been on my bucket list for years. Plus, it sounds like a lot of fun!
Love the challenge, the solitude, the ocean, the sailing, Hawaii, and the competition!
And, I wish to make my son proud!
Brendan Huffman / Siren
Ocean experience, 2 Transpacs, 4 PacCups(1 DH), 10 Mexico races.
Reason for doing SHTP, seeking a new sailing challenge.
Goals, Arrive safely in Kauai, Have fun, Learn.
Fun fact: my uncle (Jerry Huffman) did 4 SHTPs in 1980s and 90s, 2 on his Cal 34 and 2 on his Wilderness 40
Will Lee / Sea Wisdom
San Francisco, Ca
Sailing for 21 years, 3 on ocean.
Why SHTP? I always wanted to cross a major ocean passage solo.
Sea Wisdom is my third boat. This Hinckley is the most classic and traditional boat that I’ve ever owned. I would like to learn from the race the key features of a sailing yacht that I want to have when I do a circumnavigation … eventually.Goals, Cross the finish line safely, Learn from fellow SHTP sailors, Enjoy the stars, Have fun!
Falk Meissner / Shark on Bluegrass
Where you’re from: I grew up in Berlin, Germany, I learned sailing on the lakes around Berlin.
Age, if you like: A gentleman doesn’t age, he matures
Years sailing: 25
Ocean experience: Mostly costal sailing, Farrallone races, Monterey, ORYA, and the Long Pac, but not yet real passage making. This is the first time for that.
Reason for doing the race: When I bought the boat more than 15 years ago I already had the SHTP in mind. Well, it finally made it to the top of the to-do-list.
Goals: arrive in one piece, have fun, win (in that order)
Shipping or sailing home- Shipping – I am sure there will be a zoom meeting waiting, so no time to sail back …
I am very excited to finally get to this point, so truly looking forward!
Cliff Shaw / Rainbow
I live in Walnut Creek and have been sailing for about 57 years. I enjoy ocean racing and cruising. I’ve done five Hawaii round trips, two of which were SHTP’s 2012 and 2018 and one unofficial PACCUP ’06, plus one Baja HAHA, and one Pacific Puddle Jump ending in New Zealand, several LongPacs, and numerous Drakes Bay, Farallones, Lightbucket and Half Moon Bay races and cruises.
My goals for this race are to have a safe trip, win my division again (easy to do with only one multihull entered!), and spend a some quality time cruising the Islands before returning in late September or early October.
Kyle Vanderspek / Aloha
San Diego, Ca
John Wilkerson / Perplexity
Years sailing – too many
Ocean experience – crewed Oregon-Tahiti on a traditional schooner when I was a kid. Pacific loop 2015-16 (Seattle-Mexico-FP-Hawaii-Seattle).
Reason for doing the race- the motto – ‘buglight for weirdos,’ the opportunity to get into the ocean rythm again, and the surfing
Goals – learn a lot, avoid chinese jibe
Shipping or sailing home- sailing
James Wylly / Northern Star
Ocean experience, 57 years
Why are you doing this?: Sailing across an ocean and ocean racing are two long-held dreams and the SHTP is a great way to accomplish both.
Plan for after the race? (delivering/shipping the boat, selling it, continuing on, etc.) I am sailing the boat back to Seattle after the race and have friends joining for a more leisurely pace than the trip over. I’m looking forward to the return sail as much as I am the race itself.