Honolulu, HI (July 16, 2009) – From the time the Lynx Educational Foundation announced its tall ship entry in Transpac 09, it has had the Southern California and Hawaiian sailing community abuzz. As America’s Privateer Lynx neared the Hawaii, helicopters, boats, film crews and the rest of the extended Transpac family braced for her arrival. It was almost 9:00 pm on Thursday evening when the Lynx’s white mast light and starboard running light was visible to the awaiting crowds at Hawaii Yacht Club.
The Lynx fired its six-pounders off the starboard side and then off the stern to add to the thrill and excitement of the conclusion of her 16-day journey. As the Lynx, a sharp-built tops'l schooner and a recreation of a Baltimore privateer, was snugged alongside the dock and the crew mustered on the aft deck for the final time, Hawaii Yacht Club Commodore, Howie Mendick, beamed. “I never thought it would happen. It is amazing. As a commodore, I am extremely proud to have this tall ship arrive at the Hawaii Yacht Club.”
Mendick, shared the duty and the thrill of being the voice of Transpac with Boolie Whitmore and Al Bento. Using the Hawaii Yacht Club public address system, the trio has extended an Aloha welcome to each and every boat and crew member. Names, nicknames, anecdotes, music and background noise – even the sound of applause from a crowd is part of the welcome no matter what time a boat arrives, day or night. “Being commodore during the Transpac is so exciting. There are so many parties. There is so much energy put into it by the entire membership and there is so much tradition. Sharing the voice of Transpac with Al and Boolie is a good match and one that I hope goes on for a long time. It saved voices and sleep, and we stayed enthusiastic because it was just plain fun.”
Samantha Carlson (64) , who arrived on the Lynx, stood on its rail while cameras flashed like 4th of July fireworks and said, “I am so surprised at this greeting. If for no other reason, I’m glad that I came for this.”
Another Lynx crewmember spotted his wife in the crowd of Mai Tai and Lei bearers and leaned over to give her a hug and a kiss, “There’s my sweethear,” he said.
Kate Theisen, who completed her first Transpac on a much slower boat than the TP52 on which she trained in 2007, said, “It’s amazing. I’m going to do it again. It doesn’t matter if the boat is fast or slow.”
For Lloyd Sellinger, who put together one of the oldest crews in Transpac history and had the responsibility of being the captain and skipper the last time, “Driving the boat was one of the most joyful experiences. Sailing in 20 knots of wind with 100 feet of boat in front of me, how often is someone like me going to get to drive something like this!
The Hawaiian public will get a chance to climb aboard the magnificent sailing vessel now that she has arrived in Ala Wai Harbor . She will be at the Aloha Dock at Hawaii Yacht Club through July 30th and offering dockside tours from 10 am through 1pm and adventure sails from 2 through 5 pm. She will be at the Ko Olina Marina & Resort on August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 and conducting dockside tours from 10 am through 1 pm and Adventure Sails from 2 through 5 pm. For Ko Olina Adventure Sails Only Contact: http://www.koolina.com. Those interested in joining the Lynx for its Pacific Sail Training Voyage from Kauai to San Diego, scheduled for August 18 through September 8, 2009, should contact the Lynx Educational Foundation at www.privateerlynx.org.
Photo of the Lynx Transpac 09 Crew by Phil Uhl.
Photo of the Lynx chasing her final sunset during Transpac 09 by Phil Uhl.