Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TransPac Anonymous



Chris Semper emailed a copy of TPA card, reliving a laugh from many years ago. It all started when Tom Leweck, who had done so many of the Mexican distance races, figured a race to Hawaii couldn't be much different.

When the first couple days of the TransPac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii provided nothing but cold, wet, headsail reaching conditions (very typical of the race), he realized what a big lie he had been told.

A sailor's short memory relives the glorious sun and surf amid the Pacific Ocean tradewinds from the later part of the race, and conveniently forgets the miserable early grind.

Tom founded TPA to help others avoid such pain (note: the phone number is no longer valid).

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