Outside Magazine published their "Life List" in the September issue (on newsstands now...). In this version of the ultimate 'bucket list,' they run thru 51 "dream trips, daring quests, essential skills, and exalted states of body and mind..."
... and J/World Sailing made the cut! Become a bush pilot, trek the Himalayas, lasso a steer.... and:
- #37 Sail Across an Ocean - Make it the Pacific. From May to September, it's downwind all the way from California to Hawaii. It'll get warmer every day, phosphorescent plankton will light up the rolling seas at night, and the hula music keeps getting louder on the radio. Before you cash in the house to buy your own boat, go with some pros. Joining a crew isn't easy - it's every sailor's dream trip - but J World Sailing School offers up to six spots a year for either the Transpac (L.A. - Hawaii) or the Pacific Cup (San Francisco - Hawaii) on a Santa Cruz 50, a boat designed for offshore racing. You won't sleep much over the eight to ten days, but isn't that the point?
While we are flattered, we are not entirely surprised... it truly is (in the words of one of our crew in the 2010 Pac Cup that we just wrapped up), "the adventure of a lifetime!" And I personally have done the trip a number of times, and can attest that the magic of the experience never goes away...
If you are wondering, the 2011 Transpac Team has only three berths left...
All the best,
Wayne Zittel and the J World Team