We will not be using our trusty SPOT tracker for this leg.    You can follow all the boats on the Transpac website    and then go to the “yellowbrick tracking”.     We will try to send updates to our Facebook page, remember, you do not need to be a member to look at our page.   Thank you for all the thoughts, keep them coming.

MARTHA is on the way to the start line off Point Fermin. The crew has worked its magic and we are as ready as we can be!

The division splits are in and the times are posted on the Transpac web site,  in our division we will be head to head, boat for boat with MARJORIE.  A Stephens Waring Design  built by Brookline Boatyard in 2007, one hundred years after MARTHA.

The other boat to keep our eyes on is WESTWARD, a LAPWORTH 50 launched in 1962.  Owned by the Bell family who as been with WESTWARD from the beginning and sails and maintains her very well. How’s that for maritime heritage!  WESTWARD and DORADE battled each other in Transpac 2013 and I suspect they will keep their eyes on the prize.

This year the race handicap is  Time on Time (TOT) rather than Time on Distance (TOD).

MARJORIE owes MARTHA a mere 2 seconds an hour, she fast and able.

MARTHA owes WESTWARD 4 minutes 46 seconds an hour.

This will be an epic race,  as the three classics, two old, one new,  battle their way across the Pacific in Transpac 2015.

Team MARTHA with Transpac plaque

Team MARTHA with Transpac plaque

 

We would like to again thank our friends and supporters who have helped to make all this happen and to mention San Rafael Grass Fed Beef and Catalina Off Shore Products for their gracious donations, the crew will indeed be well fed.

We received a wonderful phone call from Miles McCoy who related a fond Transpac Memory.

I believe he said it was 1947,  he was crew onboard WESTWARD HO and the parents of Jack Helsell, the owner,  sauntered down the dock with a crate of oranges  to give the crew for the crossing.

Transpac history in Rainbow Harbor

Transpac history in Rainbow Harbor

Miles said they lashed the crate on deck and every time they strolled by they would have an orange.  “Man that was great!”     What a great memory to savor for 68 years.   So he bought MARTHA a crate of oranges for our crossing, and we are grateful!  Every time we have an orange we’ll think of Miles back home, and smile.

Wish you were racing with us Miles!

Every one from the community that keeps MARTHA vibrant and active is in our hearts as we embark on this journey.   THANK YOU

Thanks for the oranges Miles

Thanks for the oranges Miles

 

 

 

Gearing up for Transpac / Departure for Long Beach

MARTHA is preparing for a San Francisco departure and the crew have all gathered for a Friday evening dinner at the Saint Francis Yacht Club. Special thanks to the Saint Francis for hosting MARTHA the week before our departure for Longbeach. We find it an interesting fact that as MARTHA and crew prepare,  we are […]

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San Francisco Events and Friends

The Great Schooner Race was quite a hoot  and a wonderful weekend was had by all.    Check out the photos and such on our face book page. Thank you to Ted Pike for making the journey from Port Townsend to visit and sail with us,  it’s good to see friends from Port Townsend.  Edensaw […]

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SFYC and Camp Four Winds/Westward Ho

We continue our adventures in the big Bay and have now found our way back to the San Francisco Yacht Club who has most graciously hosted MARTHA,  their flag-ship.   We will be here for the week, getting ready for the Great San Francisco Schooner Cup and preparing  for the upcoming Trans-Pac ocean passage and […]

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Master Mariners Regatta

The 2015 Master Mariners Regatta proved to be an exciting if not a difficult race.  There was a little of the first and a lot of the second with a strong flood ripping through the gate. MARTHA was fortunate to have a great after guard of local bay talent with our crew member John Callahan, […]

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San Francisco Bay

Where it all began. The crew from the Schooner Martha Foundation has been working for 19 years to get to the point where MARTHA was ready to return to this event.    All of the volunteer work and support from the community is paying off and MARTHA is here! In 1996 when the seeds for […]

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Point Conception to Santa Cruz

MARTHA and crew enjoyed a rare gift from Neptune, San Diego to Santa Barbara in 24 hours. After a two day respite we made an early morning journey to Cojo Anchorage at Pt Conception.   After resting and checking over everything,  we boogied North to Santa Cruz arriving in 26 hours. We had to motor the distance but […]

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Yesteryear Regatta Report

With a great line up of wooden yachts racing the San Diego Bay, the Yesteryear Regatta proved to be a challenging and rewarding event with over 30 boats racing in 7 classes. MARTHA sailed against some very impressive competition including,  CHIMAERA, an S&S sloop,  CIRCE, an S&S yawl, MARJORIE a Stephens/Waring and White design,  built […]

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Santa Barbara, Channel Island to San Diego

MARTHA is tucked snuggly in at the San Diego Yacht Club after a wonderful adventure to Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Catalina Islands.  It was a trip of full days of sailing, hiking, snorkeling and even a night sail.   It was a pleasure introducing MARTHA to new friends and re-newing relationships with past sailors who […]

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