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Trader Sailing announces mixed military veteran and female sailor campaign for Transpac 2021

by Trader Sailing 12 Feb 12:31 PST 17 July 2021
Trader Sailing finishing the Transpac 2019 © Ryzone Media

Trader Sailing, a military veteran outreach sailing program based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, has announced their campaign to race in the 51st edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac).

Skipper and retired U.S. Marine Doug Pasnik has compiled a national team of military veterans and rising female offshore racers from all corners of the United States, including Hawaii, California, Utah, Texas, Florida, and Connecticut.

Of the team, Pasnik says: "I am driven in this race to build a winning team, synergizing military veteran leaders with up-and-coming young female sailors to compete in this bluewater challenge and celebrate in the camaraderie of adventure."

The 11-member race team consists of Pasnik and his core military crew, Ryan Brown (U.S. Marine Corps, veteran), Fred Jameson (U.S. Marine Corps, retired) and Kenneth Williams (U.S. Air Force, retired). They are joined by Neil Stewart (Royal Air Force, retired) and team medical responder Fred Grimmer. Representing the next generation of American offshore racers are Lindsay Gimple, Annie Longo, Megan Gimple, and Sarah Wilkinson of international sailing organization The Magenta Project and the youth offshore racing team MudRatz, Inc. Rounding out the crew is professional on-board reporter Justin Edelman (U.S. Navy, veteran) of Nobleman Productions.

The team plans to train in Hawaii this spring before delivering the boat to California prior to the race. Edelman will be documenting the road-to-race effort as well as the approximately 8 to 10 day competition to share the Transpac experience with a wider audience. Trader is scheduled to start the Transpac on July 17th, 2021.

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