Recent Sailing News:

T-Shirt Wednesday
Wed, 25th May 2016
Wednesday June 1st is Ullman Sails night at the CRA Beer Can Series.  The Ullman Sails Team members will be out photographing and the pictures will be posted here immediately after the ra
More..
Oregon Offshore 2016
Tue, 17th May 2016
The 2016 Oregon Offshore from Astoria Oregon to Victoria BC is an annual event that has seen some growth in the last few years.  This year it was a great event with wind from the start and lot
More..
Rodrigo Cuellar Dipp to Manage Ullman Sails PV
Fri, 13th May 2016
Ullman Sails excitedly announces the opening of Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta.  The full service loft on Mexico’s west coast offers new sails, canvas and sail service to the local sailing
More..
Bryan Pain Joins Ullman Sails
Thu, 12th May 2016
One Design expert and accomplished sailor and Miami native, Bryan Paine joined the Ullman Sails San Diego team this May. With over 15 years of international&
More..
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2015
Mon, 4th Jan 2016
With a record 9 TP 52’s and a collection of 100’ plus racing machines one boat came out on top in this year’s Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.  Balance the TP 52 from New S
More..

Transpac 2009

A 2225 Mile Journey

Tue, 21st Jul 2009
By Chuck Skewes

Transpac 2009 A 2225 Mile Journey
From the top of Alchemy's Mast

The 2009 Transpac has come and gone and Ullman Sails had great success as predicted.  With a record setting year it was a tight battle across the Pacific Ocean with an 8 boat 70 footer class. An exciting start with one boat over early and the impressive 100 foot Alpha Romeo on the line the 70 footer left for Hawaii. The fist night brought the usual big winds and big waves while the fleet pounded to weather. 

Late on Day 2 most of the boats set spinnakers and the wind settled down to around 20 knots and the positioning started.  Some boats headed south looking for more wind and a few stayed high to the north banking on good wind and sailing a shorter distance. As the days went by it showed that the group that were more to the north were pulling on the boats to the south.  In the last few days OEX went even further north and benefited the most with the best breeze over the last few days to take the 70 footer class.  Peter Tong’s OEX used it’s Ullman Sails A-2 for a majority of the crossing with great results.  Alchemy had a full inventory of Ullman Sails and being the only Andrews 70 came in 4th amongst the 70 footers.

The Santa Cruz 50 Horizon did just that as they added Transpac 2009 to their list of victories over the last few years.  Jack Taylor and his crew have been a 100% Ullman Sails boat for years and have been the most successful Santa Cruz 50 as well.  There are not many West Coast sailing races that they have not won.

There was very little damage and most boats finished this years Transpac with the help of the Molikai Channel being much tamer than average.  The usual 35 knots plus was replaced by 18 to 20 knots to the disappointment of some and the relief of others.

For complete results go to Transpacrace.org


This article was posted on Tue, 21st Jul 2009