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September 7, 1989 | Rich Roberts
Frustrated time and again in his dream to set a sailing record from Los Angeles to his native Hawaii, Rudy Choy figured he was jinxed--until he finally identified the jinx. He concluded that it must have been his old friend Bud Tretter, who not only helped him to prepare the Aikane X-5 catamaran for several attempts but sailed along as navigator. Tretter, who runs the Marina Shipyard in Long Beach, is an excellent sailor, but something always seemed to be going wrong.
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September 7, 1989 | Rich Roberts
Frustrated time and again in his dream to set a sailing record from Los Angeles to his native Hawaii, Rudy Choy figured he was jinxed--until he finally identified the jinx. He concluded that it must have been his old friend Bud Tretter, who not only helped him to prepare the Aikane X-5 catamaran for several attempts but sailed along as navigator. Tretter, who runs the Marina Shipyard in Long Beach, is an excellent sailor, but something always seemed to be going wrong.
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August 25, 1989 | ALMON LOCKABEY, Special to the Times
Rudy Choy of Honolulu set an elapsed-time sailing record from Los Angeles to Honolulu Thursday in his 65-foot catamaran Aikane X-5. The record of 6 days 22 hours 41 minutes 12 seconds was recorded when Aikane crossed the finish line off Diamond Head at 8:41:12 a.m. Honolulu time Thursday. The Long Beach Yacht Club gave Aikane a start at 1 p.m. (PDT) Aug. 17.
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August 25, 1989 | ALMON LOCKABEY, Special to the Times
Rudy Choy of Honolulu set an elapsed-time sailing record from Los Angeles to Honolulu Thursday in his 65-foot catamaran Aikane X-5. The record of 6 days 22 hours 41 minutes 12 seconds was recorded when Aikane crossed the finish line off Diamond Head at 8:41:12 a.m. Honolulu time Thursday. The Long Beach Yacht Club gave Aikane a start at 1 p.m. (PDT) Aug. 17.
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April 26, 1987 | ALMON LOCKABEY, Special To The Times
Rudy Choy of Waikiki, Hawaii, took a trip down memory lane in the 40th Newport-to-Ensenada yacht race when he sailed his 65-foot catamaran Aikane X-5 across the finish line at 2:15 a.m. Saturday to become the first-to-finish in the 125-mile race. His elapsed time was 12 hours 15 minutes.
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April 28, 1989
Clear skies and fair winds were forecast for the 549 yachts scheduled to start at noon today in the 42nd Newport-to-Ensenada race, the largest international yacht race in the world. Of top interest will be the duel for first to finish--and possibly an elapsed time record--between Dennis Conner's 60-foot soft-sail catamaran Stars & Stripes and Rudy Choy's 65-foot catamaran Aikane X-5, winner of the last two Ensenada races. The elapsed time record is 10 hours 22 minutes, set by the 65-foot catamaran Double Bullet in 1983.
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July 12, 1995 | From Associated Press
Hal Ward's Cheval '95 finished the 38th biennial Transpacific Yacht Race with a broken mast Tuesday but held its lead to claim the Barn Door trophy as the monohull with the fastest elapsed time--nine days, one hour, 32 minutes and 20 seconds. The Andrews 70, sailing its maiden race, started the day with a 46-mile lead over Rich DeVos' 74-foot Windquest and broke its mast while running in strong winds only 25 miles from the finish.
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July 5, 1985 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Hal Day sailed the 68-foot Winterhawk into an early lead Thursday as the 65 yachts in the 2,225-mile Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu ran into light winds five miles off Catalina Island after a 1 p.m. start off Pt. Fermin. At about 6 p.m., Day, of Newport Beach, was the first to round the west end of Catalina. Doug Baker of Long Beach moved Saga into second place, followed by Ragtime, skippered by Dick Deaver of Los Angeles.
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July 11, 1987 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Steve Shidler's 48-foot catamaran, Wind Warrior, swooped down out of the north to cross the finish line off Diamond Head Friday, 3 hours 26 minutes ahead of Rudy Choy's 62-foot Aikane in the Multihull Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Wind Warrior finished at 7:07 a.m. HST for an elapsed time of 7 days 20 hours 7 minutes, which was 12 hours 37 minutes behind the record set by Double Bullet in 1983.
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April 29, 1989 | ALMON LOCKABEY, Special to The Times
Forget about any records in the 42nd Newport-to-Ensenada yacht race. Mother Nature took care of that Friday night. The race started in a light five-to-seven knot southerly breezes that dwindled to near zero off the Coronados Islands south of South Diego. Dennis Conner, in Stars & Stripes, was spotted off Rosarito Beach, about 75 miles from Ensenada, with no wind. He called the committee boat about 9 p.m. and said he was still sitting off Rosarito Beach with no wind. Doug Wall, Newport Ocean Sailing Assn.
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April 26, 1987 | ALMON LOCKABEY, Special To The Times
Rudy Choy of Waikiki, Hawaii, took a trip down memory lane in the 40th Newport-to-Ensenada yacht race when he sailed his 65-foot catamaran Aikane X-5 across the finish line at 2:15 a.m. Saturday to become the first-to-finish in the 125-mile race. His elapsed time was 12 hours 15 minutes.
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April 30, 1989 | ALMON LOCKABEY, Special to the Times
Even Dennis Conner's 60-foot catamaran Stars & Stripes can't sail fast in almost no wind--especially if the zephyrs are on the nose. The two-time America's Cup winner steered his soft sail catamaran across the finish here at 4:15 a.m. Saturday for an elapsed time of 16 hours 15 minutes, about 5 hours 59 minutes short of the record of 10:22 set by the catamaran Double Bullet in 1983. Even so, Stars & Stripes was the first yacht to finish, about 5 hours 16 minutes ahead of John DeLaura's ULDB 70-rater Silver Bullet, California Yacht Club.
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April 24, 1988 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Erratic winds with occasional rain squalls Saturday made it a relative slow passage for the 500 boats in the Newport-to-Ensenada yacht race. By 5 p.m., about 250 boats had finished, but freshening breezes in Todos Santos Bay were bringing the rest of the boats to the finish line in droves. Slightly before 5 p.m., the race committee reported 36 boats finished in 24 seconds, with many more on the horizon.
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