Sunday, August 3, 2008

Race Flags and Yacht Club Burgees

Since I started sailing back and forth across the Pacific Ocean I've picked up a few race flags. On my first trip in 1992 the boat I was on "Arianna" did the daily roll call and communications but was not entered in the race. If they got a flag it is probably still with the boat. In 1994 I did the Pacific Cup race on "Sonata". If we got a flag for the Transpac race I did in 1997 on "Ka Ula Lani" it is also probably still with the boat. When I finally did the Pacific Cup race on my own boat "Cirrus" in 1998 I got to keep the flag. The same goes for the 2000 race. We did the race in 2004 but the flag is missing at the moment. We do have the flags for 2006 and 2008. The Transpac 2007 flag is especially nice, not only because it is big, but also because it shows that we were the winner of Division "Aloha B".

Over time we've also accumulated a few yacht club burgees. The one at the top is for Kaneohe YC here in Hawaii, where we are currently senior members. The one below is for Richmond YC in the SF Bay area where we were senior members for quite a while, and are currently listed as non-resident members. The next burgee is for Aloha YC in Pearl Harbor, where I once got an award. After that is the Hawaii Women's Yacht Racing Association burgee where (I think) I'm still an honorary member. The bottom burgee is from Waikiki YC where we were members for a time. The big burgee in the upper right that I skipped over is for the Pacific Cup YC.

By the way, counting some deliveries I've done, this was my 15th time across the Pacific Ocean.


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