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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!!

Transpac Life

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Where to begin?  What an amazing week of excitement in these islands for the sailing and boating community.  It all began on Friday the 15th(just one short week ago) with the first boat to finish, Bella Mente in the wee morning hours while it was still dark out.  She was then followed by Magnitude 80 in the beautiful morning sunshine you see here from the view by Diamond Head Lighthouse.  What a fantastic start to a wonderful week!

Magnitude 80 arriving Hawaii

The boats all began arriving in a pack over the next 48-72 hours.  Something like 40 vessels finished within 24 hours. Talk about some high energy at the harbor front down at the Ala Wai… 

Communications, pier operations, escort vessels–you name it everything was in full swing.  Maitais were waiting for each and every boat as they arrived into their designated dock, regardless if it was 2 p.m. or 2 a.m, that is the aloha spirit the vessels look forward to meeting them on their arrival.  The folks from all the various yacht clubs on all the different committees were pitching in to make this one huge welcome party, as the tradition has been for over a 100 years. 

Pollyroger was in her most favorite mode of all—FUN!! =)

And so we write this with our regular Friday night races going tonight, while all the crews from all the different vessels that made the passage to our island paradise; gather down at the Waikiki Shell for their awards ceremony.  Tonight WYC & HYC will both be brimming with friends new and old, celebrating one more time before the visiting crews head on back to the mainland.

We wanted to share this video with you Polly Pal’s, of the wonderful folks that make it all happen, right here each and every Transpac year, the volunteers… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6GByYlw_QU

Mahalo nui loa!  Ahoy & aloha…….

Polly Pondering…

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Ahoy all you Polly Pals!  Polly is currently traveling about Eastern Europe…  Rumor has it she’s been spotted down on The Danube and also in Croatia.  Her “mom” is trying to shake a little cold today, so she’s using the R&R to ponder some possibilities.

Polly wants to make her site more FUN, while also attracting more like-minded individuals such as yourselves.  So we thought what better way than to ask her FRIENDS & PALS, such important information.  Please POST your comments to POLLYROGER, so she can make the rest of the year’s journey & ADVENTURES, more interactive and most of all FUN for everyone!! =)

Play on Polly Pals!  Till the next POST…..aloha oe’

Tel Aviv Pollyroger

Useful links to last post:

Sailboat charters: www.sailor.co.il

Yoga: www.anujaffa.com

Artists: www.victorphotos.com

Accomodations:  www.telaviv-hostel.co  (especially The Old Jaffa Hostel!) =)

And of course always here:  www.pollyroger.com

A hui ho!!

Tel Aviv-Jaffa Pollyroger!

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Pollyroger has been spotted off the coast of Israel, via the oldest port in the world, Jaffa.  Yes, Jaffa or Yafo as she is called by the Israelies is an older port than Alexandria, Egypt, site of the former ancient wonder of the world, The Lighthouse of Alexandria. 

Pollyroger was taken out for a sunset sail and the skipper, Amit, decided she needed to remain sailing off the shores of Tel Aviv.  From the looks of these happy faces–I think Pollyroger is smiling on Israel’s Mediterranean seas.

Pollyroger has other planetary places to share of time spent on the water and adventure of many kinds, but the day awaits her and she must go out and PLAY!!  So stay tuned for more updates–they will be coming your way soon.  Ahoy & aloha.

Jaffa Harbor View

Tel Aviv Pollyroger

Paraty Pirate Polly

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Polly has been having quite the adventure in Brazil.  She has found waters and vessels, islands and waterfalls to play in, not wanting to leave this country for many reasons but knows that there are even more wonderful adventures ahead.  She has been enchanted, with this country on many levels, that she was uncertain about.  It just goes to show that you never know what lies ahead on the road of adventure and possiblities…

Here she is posing with a pirate pal she found in the town of Paraty, Brazil.  It is a little colonial town on the water’s edge with gorgeous islands scattered around it’s bay that you can go to by the vessel of your choice.  Of course her first choice was via sailboat and she was not disappointed.Paraty Pirate Polly

Her next outing was to explore the mountain streams that feed into the bay of Paraty with gorgeous waterfalls that once were along the “Gold Trail” to Minas Gerais.  The town of Paraty was such an important port of exporting the gold that many forts were built to protect her from these said pirate-types.  The canons still line the little harbor in this town.  But the boom time was short for Paraty with the construction of a road directly to the mines and her port lost it’s importance…

But the Portuguese people who settled this area remained and with them their wonderful heritage, their lust for life, and their love of the sea  among many more things to give this beautiful little town a special place in Brazil’s history.

So today is Polly’s last day in Paraty.  She’s explored the islands on a schooner, a sailboat and finally she must say her farewells.  She knows there is still so much more to discover here but onward she shall go.  What lies ahead on the path?  Let’s see where the road she takes will lead her next…

Sailboat day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another type of Brazilian vessel (2)

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.”

Polly in Patagonia & Argentina!! =)

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Polly made some wonderful pals playing in Patagonia and all around Argentina…from the funny and sweet Josefina in Palermo, to the wonderful Herminia on the road on Route 40 (aka Motorcycle Diaries trek) to Fernando (best guide you could wish for) & Roberto (sailor extrodinare!) in Bariloche, to Leonardo and the crew on Lago Argentino with the awesome Perito Moreno Glacier! There are more names to share but just not enough room for them all in this little box…Argentina touched Polly’s soul for certain. Enjoy this collage of the friends and FUN had along the way!!

Polly arrives in Buenos Aires & finds the YCA (Yacht Club Argentino) & more!Polly playing on Perito Moreno Glacier, awesome trekking guides and the excellent crew with Leonardo on Lago Argentina.Polly on Route 40, trekking north from El Calefate to Bariloche. Pals Kristen and the wonderful Herminia...a true amiga.Amazing Iguazu Falls & the lovely Daisy & Josefina in Palermo, Buenos AiresBariloche Pals & Bariloche friends, Fernando & Mariana and Roberto & AliciaMore Polly Pals & where to next?!

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.

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