Transpac: Locals take on first big ocean race since COVID

Unsurprisingly due to a year of uncertainty and pandemic impact, this year’s Transpacific Yacht Race entries are down to some 40 boats following a record high of 85 in the race’s 50th anniversary edition in 2019.

But that is not stopping five of seven crew racing on the Dehler 46 Favonius, including owner Greg Dorn, setting sail this week on their first Transpac race. The crew is competing in the 51st edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (aka Transpac), a biennial ocean race organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club.

Sailor behind wheel offshore
Favonius owner and skipper Greg Dorn during the 2021 Newport to Cabo International Yacht Race. Photo – Greg Dorn

Race starts run in a delayed sequence from July 13-17, with the start line off Point Fermin in Long Beach and finish off Diamond Head in Honolulu. Greg Dorn, the owner of Favonius, has been optimising the boat for inshore and offshore racing since he received delivery of her in May 2019, assisted by boat captain Ashley Perrin (San Rafael), a Transpac veteran.

“Favonius is a great boat with a very big rig and a relatively low SAD – sail area displacement ratio – so in essence, she’s very powered up,” Dorn, a Tiburon resident, explained. “We’ve really had to learn how to handle the boat – learning how to drive it, keep it balanced, and going fast.”

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