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Transpac Kids and Nicknames that Stick

flying_pollitoHonolulu, HI (July 14, 2009) - A special fraternity has developed among the Transpac kids. While the Morning Light kids were in the limelight in 2007, there were also the On the Edge of Destiny kids. Sean Doyle, Justin Doyle, Ted White, Roscoe Fowler and Cameron Biehl comprised the youngest team ever to race the Transpac. Their average age was just under 20 years old.

The kids are back and they are sprinkled throughout the fleet. Owners such as Bill Turpin, Chip Megeath and Roy P. Disney R are happy to share the entire experience of sailing Transpac Race with young blood. The kids can be a little nervous at first, but by the time they hear their names called over Hawaii Yacht Club’s PA system welcoming each and every member of the crew to Ala Wai, they have adjusted. They have made it. It’s a rite of passage that they’ll never forget and a bond that they share instantaneously with the other young sailors wearing the identifiable Hawaiian crew shirts, who are circulating around the Aloha welcome parties at Hawaii Yacht Club, Waikiki Yacht Club and Transpac row.

branningwilmotJesse Fielding, Jeremy Wilmot and Piet Van Os, with their lime green Pyewacket shirts and their necks laden with leis jumped off of the deck of Pyewacket to a waiting crowd. They went right to “Commander Branning” as Bill Turpin and the crew of Akela, the Reichel Pugh 78, which he navigated to Hawaii, had dubbed him.

“I was so excited, I wanted to jump on the boat when you came in,” said Branning to Piet Van Os, Pyewacket’s navigator and Branning’s best friend.

When Branning introduced his girlfriend to Van Os, Van Os extended his hand and introduced himself to her by saying, “Hi, I’m his other half.” The two former Morning Light co-navigators had the same wrist watches on their wrists, one wore it on the left hand and one wore it on the right.”

“I’m so happy for you, Bro,” said Commander Branning to Van Os, who despite losing a personal bet to Van Os about who would beat whom on corrected time, couldn’t wait to exchange stories with his buddy.

Jeremy "Troll" Wilmot and Jesse Fielding were in the circle with Van Os and Branning too. They compared this trip to last trip. “We didn’t starve this trip,” said Wilmot.

“Are you kidding?” said Fielding. “We had steak three nights in a row! And breakfast, Dude, we had omelets, bacon, pancakes, you name it!”

The fast friends who consider themselves as close as brothers, went into the tent for the Pyewacket party and were greeted by Fizz Foster, who, at that point, had recovered and was cleanly shaven. He had arrived the night before on Akela along with Branning.

RauhatukidsA little while later, the younger squad from one of the Mexican boats, Ruahatu, who were still standing after their crew party that is renown for being one of the longest lasting and boisterous, crashed the Pyewacket party. Their ticket to entry was not just their age, it was the status of Flying Pollito. Erick Brockmann, who was too young to qualify for the Morning Light crew and had already had the experience of sailing a Transpac when the team was selected, had been affectionately known as Pollito, for his light colored skin and hair. During the race, he became a Transpac legend, by being one of a very small number of sailors who have gone overboard during their Los Angeles to Hawaii crossing. Once he was brought back onboard and the boat was back on course, one of his crewmates brought belly laughs to everyone when he elevated Ricky’s status to “Flying Pollito”.

Flying Pollito hasn’t quite grown comfortable with his new name. He still is reliving the memory of blowing the spinnaker tack during a gybe and being shot off the boat like a cannon when the loads were released from the spinnaker pole. He was torpedoed off the leeward side of the boat in the daylight and someone quickly threw the boat’s horseshoe life buoy overboard. Pollito, remembers stripping off his sailing gloves, boat shoes and shorts, because they were heavy. He also remembers seeing the boat sail away from him at quite a clip.

He didn’t panic. It was also fortunate that the team was in the middle of a sail change in 12-knot winds during daylight, so all hands were on deck and in their racing positions.

“I was really lucky,” said Flying Pollito. “I was only in the water for four or five minutes,”

Ask him how cold the water was a three-day sail off from the California coast and he’ll say, “I don’t know. I can’t remember, but the horseshoe got caught around the keel and we had to send someone over to get it off. Once he was back on board, he said the water was freezing.”

Flying Pollito won’t retire from being a bowman, but he will wear his harness every time that he goes up to the bow from now on.

Flying Pollito, Jeronimo Mariscal, Andrew Morales “The Sleeping Guy”, Jorge Murrietta, Ricky “The Dectective” Brockmann and Flying Pollito exchanged stories with everyone in the Pyewacket tent, including Robbie Haines, who was eager to get to know the Mexican crew because he is planning on sailing an event in Acapulco.

By the time Flying Pollito’s story of fending off giant killer sharks with the horseshoe buoy had circulated throughout the Pyewacket tent, the famous Ruahatu crew mustered up the stamina to retell the dramatic legend to their Spanish friends from Charisma, who had just arrived on Transpac Row. That’s how the world grows smaller and friendships are built during the world’s most enduring and greatest ocean race.
Ricky "Flying Pollito" Brockmann photo by Lynn Fitzpatrick
Christopher "Commander" Branning and Jeremy "Troll" Wilmot at Pyewacket dock by Lynn Fitzpatrick
The Rauhatu crew from Mexico - Jeronimo Mariscal, Andres "The Sleepy Guy" Morales, Jorge Murrieta, Erick "Flying Pollito" Brockmann and Ricky "The Detective" Brockmann leaving the Pyewacket party on their way to visit the friends on the Spanish boat, Charisma by Lynn Fitzpatrick
  • 2017 Transpac Entries
  • Honolulu 2017 Schedule of Events
1 Andrews 70 PYEWACKET Roy P. Disney Waikiki YC
2 Archambault A35 MIRTHMAKER Kirk Denebeim Marina Del Coma YC
3 Bakewell White 100 RIO100 Manouch Moshayedi St. Francis YC
4 Beneteau First 40 PRECEPTS II Drew Belk San Diego YC
5 Beneteau First 40.7 ONDE AMO Stephen Ashley Shoreline YC
6 Beneteau 46 TROPIC THUNDER John Miller Oceanside YC
7 Cal 40 AZURE Rodney Pimentel Encinal YC
8 Cal 40 PSYCHE Steve Calhoun Los Angeles YC
9 Cal 40 SEQUOIA Fred Cook Alamitos Bay YC
10 Hobie 33 DARK STAR Christopher Lemke & Brad Lawson Glenmore Sailing Club
11 J/125 CAN'T TOUCH THIS Richard Pipkin Encinal YC
12 J/125 RAISIN' CANE! Frank Atkinson Coconut Grove SC
13 J/125 RESOLUTE Tim Fuller San Diego YC
14 J&J 50 ZEPHYR Michael St. Aldwyn Royal Yacht Squadron
15 Jeanneau BETWEEN THE SHEETS Ross Pearlman Balboa YC
16 Lee 68 MERLIN Bill & Lu Lee Santa Cruz YC
17 NPT 41S SHOCKWAVE Gary Grijalva Arizona YC
18 ORMA 60 MIGHTY MERLOE HL Enloe Silvergate YC
19 R/P 63 ASZHOU Steve Meheen San Diego YC
20 Rogers 46 VARUNA Chris Hemens Balboa YC
21 Santa Cruz 50 HANA HO Mark Dowdy San Francisco YC
22 Santa Cruz 50 HORIZON John Shulze Balboa YC
23 Santa Cruz 50 OAXACA Michael Moradzadeh Corinthian YC of SF
24 Santa Cruz 50 Mod J World's Hula Girl Wayne Zittel SDYC / SFYC
25 Santa Cruz 52 MEDUSA Jay Spalding Rush Creek YC  
26 Santa Cruz 52 PREVAIL William Guilfoyle Santa Barbara YC
27 Santa Cruz 52 SIN DUDA! Fritz & Lindsay Duda Chicago YC
28 Santa Cruz 70 GRAND ILLUSION James McDowell Waikiki YC
29 Santa Cruz 72 ANTIPODES Geoffrey Hill Royal Hong Kong YC
30 Sloop MEDICINE MAN Bob Lane Long Beach YC
31 Summit 40 LOCOMOTIVE Larry Andrews Southwestern YC
32 Yawl CHUBASCO John Carpenter, Will Durant Long Beach YC
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Check back often as we will be updating the Transpac 2017 Schedule of Events with new events and updated information as they become available.  For any questions, please contact Transpac Entry Chair, or Race Committee.

Date / Time Event / Location
July, 2016 2017 Notice of Race Published, Entries Opened
January 21-22, 2017 Safety at Sea Seminar, San Diego
March 1, 2017 Last date for Fully Paid Standard Entry
May 30, 2017 Last Date to pay late entry - Last Date to Enter Transpac 2017
May 30, 2017 Deadline to Submit Final Rating Data
June 23, 2017 Deadline to Submit "As Built" Sail Certificates
Two Days Before Start Deadline for Completing 2017 Safety Inspection
Two Days Before Start Deadline to Complete all items in Entry Process
July 1, 2017 Skippers Meeting
July 1, 2017 Aloha Sendoff Party, Long Beach
July 2, 2017 Last Safety at Sea Seminar, Long Beach
July 3, 2017 First Transpac 2017 Start, Pt Fermin
TBD Second Transpac 2017 Start, Pt Fermin
TBD Third Transpac 2017 Start, Pt Fermin
TBD Fast Multihull Start (if needed)
July 21, 2017, 0930 Navigator's Debrief, Waikiki YC
July 21, 2017 Honolulu Awards Ceremony, The Modern Hotel
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