Updates from Dark Star sent via satellite phone will be posted here during the race.
On July 3, veteran Calgary sailor Christopher Lemke will be competing in the 49th edition of the prestigious TransPac Yacht Race. Joining Skipper and Navigator Lemke is a multinational crew including Watch Captain Brad Lawson from Denver CO, Alan Carley from Victoria BC and Andrew Nelson from Tacoma, WA.
The TransPac is a classic test of seamanship and teamwork, attracting the top professional crews from around the world. Yachtsmen cross 2300 nautical miles (4140 km) of open ocean from Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI. This year’s entries range from Lemke’s Hobie 33 to the 100’ maxi yacht “Comanche” from the New York Yacht Club who will be aiming to smash the course record.
“We’re proud to represent Calgary and the Glenmore Sailing Club on the international stage”, says Lemke. “Although we’re the smallest boat in the race, if the conditions are right we’re hoping to pull off a strong performance. The boat is made for a downwind race like this. It really takes off when we hoist that big spinnaker and start surfing those beautiful Trade Wind swells.”
Read the news about Dark Star’s campaign and more from the fleet.
Media Release – Dark Star Competing in TransPac
Co-owner and skipper of Dark Star
Cell phone 403-701-7268
Commodore, Glenmore Sailing Club
President, Alberta Sailing Association
Cell phone 403-483-3028
Contact while Chris Lemke and Dark Star are racing between LA and Hawaii
Nollind van Bryce
Class Captain, Fleet 28
Glenmore Sailing Club
Cell Phone 403-560-3532