Irrational Again and Jose Cuervo were flown in by cargo plane. TheÂ owners had received a letter of confirmation that the baots were on their way to Honolulu by cargo boat but in fact, they were on the dock in Oakland (See below for story). Â
A pair of Kenwood Cup bound J105′s – Jose Cuervo and Irrational Again had an excellent adventure. After two boats failed to roll off the container ship in Honolulu last Wednesday (oops! someone left them in a back corner of the Matson yard in Oakland), things look pretty bleak for the two boat’s chances of participating in the already small (30 boats) Kenwood Cup, which began on August 1. After almost a year of planning and wo knows how many dollars, the skippers and crews of both 105s were devasted. The four J105′s remaining in the Kenwood Cup weren’t exactly thrilled either, as they were now faced with losing their one design start.
After a bunch of presumably heated phone calls (and the threat of a rather large lawsuit) Matson – to their everlasting credit – quicly came up with an alternative arrangement. For something like $225,000, they contacted HeavyLift Cargo Airlines and chartered a gigantic Russian-built Antonov AN-124 plane – one of just three in the world – to ”airmail” the two boats to Hawaii. Jose and Irrational were the only cargo, hardly denting the plane’s 120 ton carrying capacity. The only people on board were 16 Russians (9 pilots and 7 crew), an English representative from HeavyLift, and two local J105 sailors (Jose crew Erik Schumann, who was meant to accompany the delinquent sisterships, and a spur of the moment ”stowaway, Karen Rosenbaum).
The story ends happily, with the two boats arriving safely in Hawaii and being resembled in time for the regatta. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the expression ‘planing to Hawaii, doesn’t it?
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