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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…….

Transpac 2011 heading to Hawaii!!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Pollyroger has not forgotten you folks, she’s been pretty busy taking care of a lot of important matters—but one very important one is about to happen…TRANSPAC.

Pals near and far, the longest running sailboat race on the planet is heading back to Hawaii for its 46th biennial race!  What began as an invitation from King David Kalakaua, to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1886, finally started in 1906 from Los Angeles to Honolulu.  It’s been running biennially with a few exceptions since the start of this fantastic tradition.

The harbor front is starting to buzz in anticipation of the racers heading to our islands.  The vessels are more than midway here now and the celebrations are going to be under way soon enough.  Here is a link to the official website so you can have a look at their progress: www.transpacrace.com  There are such a wide variety of committees that it takes to make this event a success, from communications, to escort boats, to the ship stores, each yacht club on island, you name it; everyone that loves sailing wants to help out.

Diamond Head Lighthouse

Pollyroger has chosen to volunteer where she loves best at the Diamond Head Lighthouse Finish Line Committee.  It’s a pretty exciting job, since you are the person actually calling the vessels finish, along with the timer who records the exact second you call out “MARK”!!  One Transpac year she had the good fortune of calling the finish for three vessels within fifteen minutes of each other.  Talk about fun… =) This year’s watch is on a full moon—good timing!  Here she is with her watch partner, Lita Shelton at the lighthouse.  Note the “pvc-style scope” for the finish.  Believe me, that baby is accurate.

Finish Line

Lita & Pollyroger

Pollyroger also had the good fortune to go out on an inaugural sail/ride with Lyle Holden’s new vessel “Loco Moco”, last Friday night for the beer can races.  She made wonderful new friends that evening as you can see here from these photos.  Well pals as we say in the islands, “A hui ho!”… (until we meet again) 

There will be many more posts coming sooner than later with the fantastic fleet of boats sailing their way to the place we call home here in these islands–Hawaii.

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

Polly Sails on the Nile!!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Pollyroger has set sail on The Nile River in Aswan, Egypt no less… =)  There is some very special significance to her latest connection on several levels.  Let’s begin with, she now sails with Abraham on his vessel “The Sea Serpent”, which in fact is Abraham’s father’s boat, Mohammed, I guess you could say her journey has now some “biblical significance”!  Here is Polly in all her glory with Abraham.

Abraham & Pollyroger Sunset Nile Sailing

Pollyroger is in very good hands I believe.  You should have seen how happy Abraham was to have Pollyroger flying from his rigging.  When I later had an opportunity to talk with Abraham’s dad, Mohammed, I shared some pictures with him of Polly’s Pals in Hawaii and also of my family.  Family is very important to the people of Egypt.  Family is such a blessing in so many ways, even with the ups and downs that may come along in the path of life–it’s family that means so much in the end.  With that said, here are a few other pictures of Polly’s latest Pals.  Abraham’s dad Mohammed in the first picture, Abraham’s friend or perhaps a relative I’m not sure, and of course just of Abraham sailing his felucca.  Look at that smile….

The other interesting thing about Pollyroger’s newest sailing destination is the the temple that exists near Aswan, it is known as Philae’s Temple, where the ancient Egyptian god Horace came to life.  Horace is depicted as a hawk in Egyptian writing or heiroglyphics, as it is better known.  What is truly amazing though is this temple to Horace was halfway submerged under the Nile River.  When the High Dam was being built the modern Egyptian engineers, were able to move it to higher ground, stone by stone perfectly.  The temple was constructed originally, so that on the day of Horace’s birth the sun would enter the temple and hit directly on the altar at sunrise–today it still does just one day later!  I may not have recited this 100% acurately, but our guide extordinare, Mayer can comment and let me know what I got wrong… =)  Thanks for EVERYTHING, Mayer!

Philae's Temple

Polly Turns Two in Tennessee and the Thames!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Well howdy there Pals!  Polly’s been having quite an adventure when she went stateside for a spell and if you’ve been keeping track she turned TWO!!  Her birthday was April 1st and did she ever get to celebrate…  Where to begin?

I guess the best place is her first night out on the town in the great town of Nashville, TN where she learned what “honky tonking” is all about….

"We'll Go Honky Tonking..."

"We'll Go Honky Tonking..."

 

She was totally amazed by the great music she heard strolling through downtown Nashville.  A few of her friends came along to join her, Anjeanette, Kevin, Ruthie, Karen, and John.  She first wandered into Brazilian Billy’s Bar and couldn’t believe her ears as she heard a Brazilian belt out some serious country and western music.  But the night was young and on down the road everyone went.  It was hard to decide where to go into next until she heard the thumping on a stand up bass she’d never heard the likes of before and wouldn’t you know it they had just cut a cd with a cover that stole Polly’s heart!! =)

 

 

Polly Turns Two Honky Tonking!Nashvegas at NightPolly's Record Lable Pal

 

Well if that night out on the town wasn’t enough, Polly got to do what she loves the most for her birthday–SAILING!!  Her new friend, Ruthie managed to set up a sail on Percy Priest Lake, talk about some Polly Pride!!  The skipper of the vessel was Casey, a true gentleman and a great captain as well.  He flew Polly proudly from his rigging and was she one happy gal.  It had been some time since Polly had flown and sailed all in the same day–talk about a great birthday week.

Percy Priest Polly Pride!Captain CaseyTenn Vessels & Spring break

 

But wait–the birthday celebrations continued this time on the other side of the Atlantic with her Aunt Britta in London town.  Polly is seen here posing with Millenium Bridge in the background on the River Thames–talk about a TERRIFIC TWO celebration….

pollythames 

Stay tuned, this gal likes to travel for sure…  There have been rumors of her showing up in the Carribean, possibly in Spain, even back in Florida.  She’s one busy gal and she sure has some wonderful pals out there taking her to great adventures and best of all having FUN!!

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 Sails on into 2010!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Polly is definitely beginning to make her way around the planet!  Polly is now proudly flying on the vessel that traverses the Andean lakes each day from Chile to Argentina (weather permitting).   She was introduced to the captain of the vessel, Captain Salim and crew.  They were pleased to know she sails in the Argentine Lake District as well on Lago Argentino next to the Perito Moreno Glacier.  The captain assured us Pollyroger will be proudly sailing on Lagos Todos Los Santos in Chile as well!
Captain Salim & Pollyroger

Captain Salim & Pollyroger

Crew & Captain

Crew & Captain

She was recently asked what her goal was regarding her planetary pursuits and it gave her some pause…  After some reflecting on the question and it’s ultimate meaning to her and her pursuit of friends, FUN, and time spent on the water.   She decided sailing on vessels that encompass the seven seas (or lakes as in this post) would be a good one, but also the traveler in her knows it would take time to see all the amazing beauty in the world in that manner.   So again, it’s the pals she makes along the way who will carry her forward to her planetary destinations. 

So in honor of those wonderful people she met last year here is her first  feature presentation.

(click on the link and you should see the video)  Play on Pals!!

Polly’s First Year in Pictures

 

Vessel on Lago Todos los Santos

Vessel on Lago Todos los Santos

Pal Dana

Pal Dana

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