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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.

Polly goes “Coastal” in Croatia… =)

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
Pollyroger now flies in Croatia!  She’s been seen sailing the Adriatic waters off the coast of the loveliest island in Croatia, called Brac, with the equally lovely town of Bol.  This island is renown for the beach of Zlatni Rat, which is seen in many a travel poster as the best beach in all of Croatia.  That may be argued by fellow Croatians—but it is indeed a slice of Croatian paradise.

Zlatni Rat Morning

 

Pollyroger had the pleasure of going on a day excursion or two on the motor vessel, “Frane”, who’s home port, is Bol.  She made the acquaintance of Captain Mate (pronounced maw-te like the tea in South America) & his first mate.  Here she is with some Croatian smiles… =)

Captain Mate & Mate... =)

The “M.B. Frane” plies the waters of the Adriatic every day, leaving Bol for a variety of destinations depending on the day of your choosing.  Her various routes are shown here from a brochure of the daily excursions.  Unfortunately no website was to be found in the literature but you can’t miss the “M.B. Frane” as you arrive into Bol.   

So Polly Pals PLAY on with Pollyroger, as she sets sail each day with all the FUN folks, going out for the day from Bol on the island of Brac.  Now the Adriatic is another sea that Pollyroger has set sail upon!! 

 

Got FUN? You betcha… =)

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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