Med Viking in the press

From Latitude 38:

Who is going to win each division? For the answer to that question we called on Oahu-based Vietnamese psychic Lan Vo Kailua. Here’s what she ‘sees:”
Holo Holo Cruising Division: “Bernard Debbasch’s Newport Beach-based Beneteau 411 Med Viking is the best horse for the downwind course in this division, plus being the only boat in the race with a registered supercargo — Dianna Kennedy — can’t hurt.” (Traditionally a supercargo is a representative of the ship’s owner aboard a merchant ship responsible for overseeing the cargo and its sale. We don’t know what it means on a Pacific Cup boat.)



The Cruising (Holo Holo) Division started on Sunday morning off the St. Francis YC race deck. Holo Holo is Hawaiian slang for walking around and having fun. First to cross the start line was Med Viking, a Beneteau 411 from SoCal, skippered by Bernard Debbasch. Gregory Newman’s Caliber 40LRC Rapture couldn’t get their diesel engine to shut off and so returned to Berkeley, but has since restarted.



First to cross the start line was Med Viking, a Beneteau 411 from Southern California, skippered by Bernard Debbasch, followed by four San Francisco-based boats. Venture, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49, skippered by Michael Chobotov, was a close second. KnopKierrie a Pacific Seacraft 37 skippered by Monika Majewska was next, followed by Rapture a Caliber 40LRC Sloop-Cutter, skippered by Gregory Newman, and then Koh-Ring, a Tayana 48, skippered by Wolfgang Hausen.

The common theme expressed by the skippers in this division is “we want to sail to Hawaii, and the Pacific Cup has enabled us to do it with wonderful support.” The cruisers can run their engines at any time (although they must log the time), but Med Viking’s skipper says he would be delighted if he never had to put the engine in gear.