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Transpac “Fever”

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Aloha Celerity!

Another Transpac has come and gone….it will remain in the spirits of those who participated in the race, volunteered, or had it touch them in some way; if they are a sailor or water-lover of life here in these islands.

For those of you who aren’t sailors, here is a brief history of Transpac, which is the longest running sailboat race in the world. The former King David Kalakaua, of the Hawaiian monarchy, had conceived of the idea of a sailboat race to the islands. Sadly, the king passed away before the race ever became a reality but the idea had inspired some local sailors, who kept the idea alive. It wasn’t until, 1906 when the first race actually occurred. It starts near Long Beach, CA with the finish off the Diamond Head lighthouse & buoy; establishing a distance of 2,225 nautical miles; being held in odd numbered years.

This Transpac, I only had the opportunity to greet a  finishing boat once, due to work obligations. That was on Friday morning the 24th of July.

The morning of the 24th was a gorgeous Hawaiian day, plus it was Aloha Friday.  The Santa Cruz 37, “Celerity”, had come in 1st in Division 7 & 1st overall.  Way to go, Celerity!  It was time to get to the harbor to greet her and her crew. I had been following the race via the “Yellow Brick Road” app on my iPad (thank you Roy Disney and friends) and I could see “Celerity” was due in anytime at the Diamond Head buoy. It was just after 4:30 AM (normally I’m not awake this early but an escrow needed some serious attention too).  I packed up my backpack and off I went to Hawaii Yacht Club, where the welcoming party was awaiting her arrival.

Skipper/Owner Harry Zanville (center)

I arrived after “Celerity” had already pulled up to the Aloha Dock at HYC.  The festivities were in full swing. The camera crew from KHON-TV was on the scene, the families of the crew members were too, and an assorted group of sailors from Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht club as well. Of course, the committee people from Transpac Yacht Club wouldn’t miss this arrival either. We were all on hand to do what we do when a boat finishes Transpac—share the Aloha Spirit. What a great way to start Aloha Friday!

Female Crewmember

I feel why Transpac is such a special race, to the racers and us local sailors, is best summed up in the words of the winning Skipper/Owner—Harry Zanville, “I don’t race my boat on the mainland, I only race it here to Hawaii”. Needless to say, his excitement at their accomplishment was infectious. The crew’s camaraderie and sheer joy, at having achieved such a milestone was evident.

I think that sums it up for us local sailors here too. Why we get “Transpac Fever” as it is called, because we want to share the Aloha Spirit when they arrive. At whatever time they arrive, day or night. Anyone who has ever sailed past Diamond Head, seen that beautiful lighthouse, then crossed the Diamond Head buoy, into the blue waters off Waikiki. We become fast friends in the Spirit of Aloha and Transpac.


Ala Wai Harbor & Diamond Head

As the words to a very well known local song go, “Home in the islands…in the middle of the sea.” Pollyroger, signing off for now.

Pondering possibilities…

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Aloha Amigos!!  Such a great week gone by, which ended with celebrating Leo family & Leo friends…

In the spirit of a very well known Hawaiian singer fondly called “Brother Iz” I want to share this picture taken on a Friday night sail last weekend,  I call it “Over the Rainbow”…… 

Where I’ve chosen to live there are rainbows in abundance, but we still do not take them for granted.  It speaks to people around the world of something sort of magical coming down from the heavens, sending us blessings, putting smiles on faces that see it. 

With that said, I wish you all a wonderful week ahead–even if you don’t see a beautiful rainbow like this one I’ve shared with you…know there are blessings in abundance all around you.  Just take a minute to think about it and you’ll find your very own rainbow right where you are.

Have a fantastic week friends & FUN!!

The Continuing Adventures of Polly and her Pals…

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land a creature was stirring her toes in the sand…

The flags were flying off the rigging with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon might be there… 

Punta del Este Polly

Punta del Este Polly

Friends were nestled all snug in their hostel beds, while visions of mate danced in their heads.
When out on the beach there arose such a clatter–she sprang from her bunk to see what was the matter.
Away to the bow she flew like a flash,
Hauled up the anchor and took off so fast…
She looked back and saw in the summer solstice glow–not eight tiny reindeer but instead….
A sailor, a surfer, a pirate or two.
But best of all the friends I’ve come to know in you.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night–take your cares or your worries on the road and you’ll find, it’s all a wonderful journey….sleep tight! =)
Mele Kalikimaka y Feliz Fiestas!

Mele Kalikimaka y Feliz Fiestas!

Polly Pondering…

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Hello friends!  My apologies for not writing anything in so long.  I’ve received some photos but instead I’m going to share some recent pictures taken with the greatest little boat on the planet “White Cap”.  She has brought great fun to this sailor and to the many friends that have sailed with her.  We will soon be saying farewell to one another so the next chapter in this sailor’s life can begin.   So it is with mixed feelings I will be saying aloha to her, but new adventures await…and Iwill sum it up with this quote from none other than Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”

A Polly’s Pop writes us…

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Comments: Aloha Pollys!

This is from Polly’s Pop! aka, Cate’s dad, who is by the way a Pensacola Polly’s Pop…whose last boat, a Catalina 27, succombed to the ravages of Hurrican Ivan, and has never been found. Presumably Pensacola Polly’s Pop’s precious plaything was deep-sixed by a thirty foot tidal wave that came ashore right where she was anchored.

I am stuned that Cate hasn’t posted one of our family fun travel spots on Polly’s playground…an awesome sail down and back up the coast of Florida and several weeks of joyous live-aboard experience in Key West. And too…Cate’s so adventurous she’s played in places like Tonga, the Marshall Islands, and Palau… so please party on Polly and ply your pals with plenty of powerful punch…like Mai Tais!

Mahalo for indulging this poet wannabe on your PollyRoger website!

Keoki…aka, George

Full Moon Sailing with Plenty Pollys!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Polly’s spirit came to life on a full moon sail not that long ago. Here is a great shot of some wonderful women (wahine) sailors going out for a full moon sail off of Waikiki last week.

Welcome to Polly’s Pals!

Friday, May 16th, 2008

By land or sea, Polly Roger is devoted to travel and cultural exchange. She’s crossed oceans and continents, and is always ready for her next adventure!

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