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Across The Wide Pacific
Sam Moses
July 04, 1983
The ketch Natoma was a luxury liner among flat-out racing machines in the 1981 Transpac, the classic 2,560-mile run from Los Angeles to Honolulu, but she managed to hold her own at sea and her crew was unbeatable ashore
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July 04, 1983

Across The Wide Pacific

The ketch Natoma was a luxury liner among flat-out racing machines in the 1981 Transpac, the classic 2,560-mile run from Los Angeles to Honolulu, but she managed to hold her own at sea and her crew was unbeatable ashore

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At the victory banquet each boat's skipper was called up to receive a plaque. When the captain left Natoma's table, his crew sneaked down the aisle behind him and crouched at the foot of the stage. When he was introduced they stormed up to the stage and surrounded him and gave a rousing and rowdy cheer to themselves and to all the other Transpac sailors: "N! A! T! O! M! A! Natoma!" They may not have won the race, but they were undefeated at the party.

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