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RP 50′ Racer Takes the Overall Win at Long Point Race Week

August 26, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Newport Beach, CA (August 25, 2019) – Congratulations to Alec Oberschmidt and his team for the overall win (and B division win for the third year in a row) at the 2019 Long Point Race Week aboard their Reichel/Pugh-designed 50’ racer Staghound. David Clark’s ULDB 70 Grand Illusion with Reichel/Pugh-designed keel and rudder appendages was 2nd in ORR Division. Grand Illusion won the Transpac overall in 2015.

The annual Long Point Race Week is hosted by Balboa & Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs with three races were run: Newport Beach to Long Point – Catalina, a buoy race at Ship Rock – Catalina, followed by the race back to the Newport Beach Pier.

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Staghound is Reichel/Pugh design 116 with engineering by Gurit, built by Ian Franklin Boatbuilders and launched in 2002.

title photo by Joysailing taken at a 2017 LPRW finish

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Reichel/Pugh Designs Earn Top Results at 50th Transpac (2,225nm)

July 27, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Congratulations to all 2019 Transpac sailors, and to the Hamachi team for their overall win!

Reichel/Pugh designs, and staff, earned top results:

  • Reichel/Pugh Naval Architect and Structural Engineer David Oliver won Division 5 as navigator aboard the 60’ Good Call.
  • Taxi Dancer – R/P Design 39 – 70’ ULDB – Clarence McFarland Trophy for 1st Corrected in Division 2
  • Alive – R/P Design 162 – 66’ CBTF Racer (formerly Black Jack & Stark Raving Mad)
    – 2nd Division 1 and 1st Division 1 Sub-Class 2, the Clark Sweet Trophy for 2nd Place Elapsed Time and Curtis Laukea Trophy for First Foreign Boat on Corrected Time.
    “‘If the boat can’t take it, it is not supposed to be in the race,’ was the answer from one of our drivers on whether we might be pushing it a bit too hard… Six relentless days of 20-25kn winds, a 430nm+ miles 24hr run and plenty of squalls for the final stretch saw us reach Honolulu in the early morning of Saturday. What a driven team that left nothing in the tank.” – Alive Navigator Wouter Verbraak
  • Grand Illusion – R/P Design 73 (Reichel/Pugh-designed keel and rudder appendages) – 4th Division 2
  • Vitesse – R/P Design 199.2 – Southern Cross 52’– 5th Division 1

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Alive Wins Newport to Ensenada Race Following Sydney-Hobart Victory

April 28, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Ensenada, Mexico (April 28, 2019) – Congratulations to all competitors in the 72nd annual Newport to Ensenada (125nm). On the heels of its 2018 Sydney-Hobart victory, the Australian-based Reichel/Pugh 66’ Canting Keel Mini Maxi ALIVE (formerly Black Jack & Stark Raving Mad) earned the NOSA Trophy for overall best elapsed time, the Amigo Trophy awarded to a first-time skipper and the Lahaina Yacht Club Trophy for best elapsed time all PHRF. Congratulations to owner Phillip Turner, skipper Duncan Hine and the entire Alive Yachting team. Read More …

Transpac: Wild Oats XI Has Fastest Elapsed Time | Grand Illusion Is Overall Winner

July 26, 2015 · Posted by kate

Congratulations to all the owners and crews of Reichel/Pugh yachts racing in the 2015 Transpac Race!

Reichel/Pugh designs currently hold the Transpac course records for both fixed and moveable ballast designs, have set new Transpac course records four times since 1999, and have taken elapsed time honors in eight of the last nine Transpacs.

Honolulu, Hawaii (July 26, 2015) – The overall winner is a Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion designed by Bill Lee and featuring Reichel/Pugh-designed the keel and rudder appendages. Grand Illusion has now equaled the record for most overall Transpac wins, joining the 88′ Lurline which won the first two races in 1906 and 1908, and again in 1912. However, Grand Illusion holds the status alone for winning overall three times under the same Owner/Skipper, Ed & James McDowell.

Roy Pat Disney’s and Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI had the fastest elapsed time of 6d 10h 37m 2s to win the 2015 Merlin Trophy and take first in Division 1 at the Transpac’s Diamond Head finish line. Wild Oats XI is a 100-foot custom design famous for its eight elapsed time victories, two overall fleet wins and is the current course record holder in the Sydney-Hobart race. Read More …

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