Alumni from the 2007 Transpac Morning Light crew are sprinkled throughout the 51-boat Transpac 09 fleet. Two of them, Kate Theisen and Graham Brant-Zawadski are up for another once-in-a-lifetime experience during this Transpac. They have joined the Lynx crew. America’s Privateer, Lynx, a 122-foot square topsail schooner, travels 7,000 nautical miles each year to ports along the West Coast and Hawaii, serving as a living history museum and classroom for the study of early maritime history and its role in establishing America’s freedom, as well as earth, life and physical science.
Lynx and several of her 14-member crew are veterans of the Southern California-Hawaii crossing, but for Theisen and Brant-Zawadski, Transpac 09 will be their first Transpac race. As alternates to the Morning Light squad that sailed the Transpac, they trained for eight months with the team, were on hand for the 2007 Transpac start, and then flew to Hawaii to greet their team when it passed the Diamond Head Light.
Theisen, whose university studies have taken a front seat to her sailing, has been a desert dweller since the last Transpac and has not seen the rest of the crew since the Morning Light premier last fall. “It’s going to be a huge reunion,” she said. “We trained so hard. Hawaii became our home. It will be as if I am sailing home. Sailing home to Hawaii on the Lynx will be extra special.”
One of Theisen’s crewmates is Lloyd Sellinger of Newport Beach, CA. Sellinger spent 18 months preparing his Cal 40, Bubala, for the 2005 Transpac. One of his biggest challenges was putting together a compatible and knowledgeable six- member crew, all of whom were over 65 years old. This time, the 76-year old Sellinger is up for the adventure of sailing on a tall ship. As he puts it, “Its a way to ‘be in the action’. At 76 you must keep ‘doing’ or you end up ‘waiting’.”
The Lynx and her crew will have a very active schedule in advance of and following the Transpac Race. The public will have a chance to tour and sail aboard this magnificent sailing vessel June 18 - 28, when she is docked at the Pine Avenue Pier in Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach prior to the start of the 2009 Transpac Race. On June 20-21, touring hours are from 1000 to 1300 and adventure sails are scheduled from 1400 to 1700. Once she arrives in Ala Wai Harbor on Oahu, Lynx will keep the same touring and adventure sail schedule from July 15th through July 31st, although she will be closed on Mondays. Then she'll move to Ko Olina for more tours and sailing before her departure for San Diego on August 18th. Bookings for adventure sails and the return trip from Hawaii to San Diego can be made online.
Lynx will be specially featured on Sunday, June 28th in Rainbow Harbor. Not only will there be a special Tall Ship lecture at 1600, earlier in the afternoon Lynx and her crew will take Special Olympics athletes out for a sail around Long Beach Harbor.
The Lynx Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America's struggle to preserve its independence. For donation information, please contact the Lynx Educational Foundation 1-866-446-5969 509 29th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663.
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