Prevail Santa Cruz 52

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Photos from Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation's post 06/22/2021

Anyone recognize this guy or this truck?



We’re really sad to report this and we would like the community’s help finding our RIB Salty Pup.

Last Saturday, 6/12 at approximately 0500 a man driving a white truck managed to move our 14’ Zodiac Bayrunnner to the SB public launch ramp. He then promptly pulled the boat from the water, placed a blue tarp over the boat, and left the parking lot. We have footage of the incident. The plates on the truck he was driving were wrong/stolen. We will post additional pictures soon.

The boat is a 2013 Zodiac Bayrunner with a Yamaha 50hp outboard. The name “Salty Pup” is written on the side tubes and a SBYSF burgee sticker is displayed on the starboard transom.

The timing of this in very unfortunate for SBYSF as our Summer Sailing Program has just begun and has 8 remaining weeks.

CF #: 5510 RV
HIN #: XDCP421PK213
Engine ID #: 6C1L 1088464

If you have any information, please contact SBYSF Program Director Nick Kaschak, [email protected] 805-965-4603

Photos from Prevail Santa Cruz 52's post 08/16/2020

Prevail is officially in Cruising Configuration. The only coffee grinder on this yacht will actually be used to make coffee.

#Tranpac50 - 2019 Finishers 07/23/2019

Prevail is safely tucked in at Waikiki Yacht Club.

Prevail (Corinthian), Santa Cruz 52, Scott Deardorff/ Bill Guilfoyle
Finish Time: 22/Jul/19 - 02:16:22
Elapsed Time: 9:16:16:22
Corrected Time: 09:00:00:49

Crew: Scott Deardorff, Gus Duncan, Bill Guilfoyle, Phillips Perkins, Kent Pierce, Lucas Pierce, Marcel Tremblay, Matthew Wilson, Jon Ziskind

Photo: Emma Deardorff/ Ultimate Sailing


Just a quick note before getting some sleep to let everyone know we're
doing well. As we're closing in on Hawaii, now only 225 mile from our
current position, the days are getting warming and the winds are
starting to moderate. We've stayed on Pacific Daylight Time throughout
the trip so now that we're in the Hawaii standard time zone the sun sets
late and we have light until after 11:00. We're all looking forward to
or first land sighting tomorrow and our routing tells us we'll arrive at
Diamond Head Buoy finish line a little before 6:00 am on Monday. That
means one more breakfast, lunch and dinner and we'll be there. We're all
excited to see the arrival party and share our many stories from the
trip. The air conditioning and cold drinks are also not far from the top
of our list.

That's all for now ea,t sleep, gybe, repeat for one more day and we'll
see many of you in Hawaii.




Friday Update
After a difficult day yesterday we took the opportunity to get some hot
food, catch up on our sleep and get back into our racing rhythm. .
Everyone woke up ready to go after enjoying another night of beautiful
warm and breezy conditions. Sailing through the night in shorts and tee
shirts we had a chance to match wits with a few squalls and start making
quick progress down the course. The highlight of the day today was
coming on deck to find Phil not only on deck but siting at the coffee
grinder standing his watch. He went on to take his turns driving as well
so its like they hard to keep a good man down.

With another warm and sunny day at hand the crew went about the business
of taking salt water showers using the canvas bucket and trying various
types of soap to freshen up. Jon sold everyone on the virtues of dawn
dish soap for you hair which it turns out is difficult to remove so the
cabin smelled like a set of freshly washed dishes for most of the day.

In a daring move Marcel decided to go solo and drink his one and only
beer from the halfway box. As he sat there waxing poetic about all the
reasons why this moment was the perfect moment to enjoy his Hawaiian
brew he paused with all the timing of a seasoned thespian as if to
emphasize his point and popped open the can. Equally dramatic was the
force that was unleashed as the foaming brew blew directly into his face
which left the on deck crew in tears laughing as he wiped the cold foam
from his face. I suspect great care will be taken in opening the 7
remaining beers.

At this stage in our "quest" as Matt likes to refer to it, attention is
turning to potential arrival times. We've now sailed nearly 1900 miles
for 7 straight days knocking out over 200 miles a day. in fact since the
first day when we covered 210 miles we have averaged 262 miles/day. That
combined with our most recent routing has us arriving at 7:00 am HST on
Monday. If accurate, that will be the fastest time over the 4 Transpac's
we've sailed aboard Prevail reflecting the near perfect conditions and a
great crew.

For the Taxi Dancer fans.... as we speak Taxi is about 35 miles behind
us. We crossed paths with Merlin today and were hoping to see Taxi but
it looks like we may pass in the night. Congratulations to Jim and his
crew on a great run thus far. We look forward to celebrating with you in

Despite a few setbacks, we're having a great time and looking forward to
the final three days before reconnecting with family and friends and
getting that first cold drink out of a pineapple no matter how early we
arrive. Until then we'll keep the updates coming.



seas 8-10 feet, wind 18-20 kts @ 062 degrees, barometric
pressure 1020.2
Thanks to everyone's help I'm pleased to report that our injured crew member is resting comfortably and doing well. I'd like to thankthe race committee for your assistance and Dr Riel at Hoag hospital.
The program set up worked perfectly. Once they heard we were racingTranspac they immediately connected me to Dr Riel. The emergency response by Hoag was incredibly helpful to us in making sure we administered proper treatment.....and a big Mahalo to the crew of Vela
who without hesitation came to our aid. Making a transfer at sea is no small task. The seamanship they demonstrated in making a safe approach and completing the transfer was as good as it gets. Good luck for the remainder of the race. We'll see you guys in Hawaii the Mai Tais are on us!!
(Copied From the 8:00 am position Report on the Transpac web page. Shari)


I want to let everyone know that we had an injury this morning but everyone is fine. In the course of setting a spinnaker one of the crew got the end of his little finger caught in the halyard winch and got pretty banged up. We have him taking some antibiotics and resting so we had to turn our attention away from racing this morning to make sure we got him all patched up. In an abundance of caution I contacted the emergency room at Hoag hospital and had a doctor guiding us through the process to evaluate his injury and administer the proper treatment. We also were able to make contact with another boat in our fleet, Vela, who had an EMT on board and transferred some antibiotics. We can not thank them enough for their assistance and seamamnship in executing the transfer.

We'll keep you all posted as we continue down the course.


Hello from Prevail on day 6 of the 2019 Transpac,

All is well on board as we are well settled into our daily routines and
the spinnaker has been up for several days. We still haven't completely
forgotten the more difficult conditions experienced the first couple of
days but with a bit of sun, surf and our mid-way celebration, it is
almost hard to remember now.

We would like to thank Laura and all of our wives and family for the
mid-way gifts and cards. The treats in the box made our day and the
notes were shared and cherished by all. The hula dancers are proudly
displayed on top of one of our instruments showing us the way! As I
write this note, I can still hear the crew asking 'true or false' from
the book 'True Facts that sound like Bsh*t'.

We've had a bit of a tough 24 to 48 hours in terms of our standings but
we've all been in long races before and we know that this is far from
over and there is a lot of racing still to be done. We had a
particularly difficult evening last night ranging from quite a windy
stretch (where Lucas took over the title for fastest helmsman at 19.4
knots) to very light and fluky conditions making progress toward Hawaii
difficult. As always however, the evening produced many memories and
adds to this amazing adventure with good friends. I wasn't on deck with
Lucas last night on his wild ride but I understand that while surfing
his name into the Prevail record book, all he said to the rest of the
crew was "I'm going straight'.....which is a really good idea when going
19.4 knots!

I would personally like to thank the entire Prevail support team for
helping with the preparations. In addition to a well prepared boat, we
have been spoiled with amazing meals, treats and generally all the
comforts of home you could ever expect 1,000 miles out to sea. A special
shout out to Tara for the spiced mixed nut combination.

Anyway, that's all for today. More tomorrow.

Phil Perkins


Tuesday Update
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem. Boots are appearing with less frequency and some even did their overnight watches in shorts and a light jacket. Salopettes are quickly being stowed away for the duration and board shorts and bare feet are becoming de riguer (sp?).

Sleep deprivation. While the first couple of days were as advertised (i.e. miserable (unless you're Jon Ziskind who is a compulsive optimist)), nobody escaped the sleep deprivation that resulted. The tide turned last night as almost everyone got more sleep than any previous night, resulting in a few late watch arrivals.

Learning. Learning more and more each day. Not just sailing, but also life aboard. Becoming comfortable with how to use the stove, take of personal belongings, manage time, and instinctively where the handholds are while the boat lurches through the seas and glides down the waves.

Comfort. Life onboard is certainly becoming more comfortable, but so is the sailing. Not only because of better conditions, but confidence. Gus was trimming while I was driving and we're having a nice chat while he sips his coffee with the other hand and I'm guiding us down six foot set at 15 kts. Easy.

Tacticians Secrets. As we click off the miles, the question of the halfway party becomes inevitable. "Bill, how do you do the math on the halfway point? Is it when the DTF is half of the course length?" Bill: "Sorry, can't share that with you. Long standing tradition, proprietary secrets, that sort of thing." Scott: "It's Wednesday at 5:00." '

Proud Papa. Before Matty got his drivers license, we would have the occasional drive down to Rincon at daybreak for surf. I have great memories of watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand while he paddled out. This morning was equally as special as Lucas was guiding us down the course at the helm of a 52 foot boat in the middle of the Pacific ocean while I trimmed and watched the sun rise behind him and the Jesus rays peered through the clouds on the horizon. It has been fun to watch him soak everything up learning more each day about driving a big boat, packing kites, and looking over Bill's shoulder as he searches for the fastest way to get us to the barn.

In the Moment. While the whole idea of racing is to get this over with as quickly as possible, Marcel is always there to remind us to enjoy the moment. This isn't something you get to do every day and we are constantly reminding ourselves of how special and unique of an opportunity this really is.

The Dream Team(s). As we rotate through the watch system, each group has apparently named itself the "Dream Team". Since not all watches overlap, those naming rights can happen with consultation of the others. Perhaps each watch can come up with its own moniker; or, perhaps we're all, collectively, the Dream Team. Lucas, Matt and I stand watch together. We're entertaining the name "Dinghy Dorks". Speaking of that particular watch, we're talking about three Transpac newbies with limited big boat experience while everyone else is down below sleeping.

I could keep writing all day, but I've been reminded that we're paying for bandwidth by the byte and that this is supposed to be an daily update, not a novel. So, with that I will sign off. If I had to be stuck on a 52 foot boat with 8 other stinky men, I just might choose these guys. Morale is good.

One last thing. I just finished a breakfast burrito and a chocolate chip cookie. I would kill for a glass of milk.


Team is happy and motivated as Bill Guilfoyle has put us in a great position on the fleet and course. Jon Ziskind is so happy we're worried he's going to explode. Matt Wilson and Gus Duncan are rested up after five sail changes the first night in cold wet challenging conditions. We're settling into A2 conditions and speed driver Phil Perkins is
setting the pace. Father son team Kent and Lucas Pierce are sharing smiles and sunrise watches. Marcel Tremblay is working the sail selection decisions and was wide eyed when he saw the new A2 for the first time. Me?...I'm enjoying all of it and especially playing outside
with my friends. The team is pitching in on all aspects of the quest with gusto. Today is dry out day and maybe bucket showers for the hearty ones. We've been enjoying awesome food from Laura, Leslie, Ann-Marie, Jeanene and Shari.
Mai Tai Dreams...Scott Deardorff


Every day in every way things gets better and better.... that may be the best way to sum up sailing in Transpac. You pay a price before getting to sail 24/7 downwind through blue water. In our case that price was a forced diet for all and a cleanse for some but last night things starting getting better. After agonizing about when to make sail changes and whether putting up a kite would cause us to lose the leverage we paid dearly for the night before (by staying north of the fleet) we split the baby, threw up our
super reachy kite and sailed lower and faster for most of the afternoon. At the point we started seeing a few boats coming our way we decided to head back to a higher angle put up the blast reacher and started debating when we should put the kite back up. This morning we had a full
and complete discussion of which kite we should go with next. After a lot of back and forth we decided to go with the A5 to keep our tight sooner was it up and along with it our boat speed when the debate began anew..... should we put up the A3?? And so it goes after doing a number of these races it always seems the same, to do well never get satisfied or complacent things are changing around us and we need to keep up.
After all our strategizing we looked forward to the morning position reports to confirm our wisdom so you can imagine the disappointment in finding we had moved from 3rd to 4th. Of course, being the positive group we are the discussion pivoted and we rationalized... it's early,
it doesn't mean much this early in the race, we're all very close lots of sailing left to do.....etc,etc,...
Then we learned that this morning report had a few glitches and a new report was issued showing we had moved to second in class and 10th overall for line honors.... good news.... but it's early, it doesn't mean much this early in the race etc, etc... We have boats in sight which is keeping us focused, layers are being stripped off, teeth are being brushed, food is being eaten, we had our first jelly fish land on the deck this is where it starts to get very fun. We enjoyed our first hot meal of breakfast burritos prepared by
Lauren, the last of the croissant sandwiches thanks Shari, and many of Laura's ginger molasses cookies that kept us going through the long rough first night and days. We're looking forward to digging into the rest of the provisions as we enjoy a flatter boat and easier living.
Thanks again to everyone who helped us get here. The crew sends their love more to come....


Our First Report from Prevail
A quick update after a long night. This is the part of Transpac you don't hear too much about. Close reaching in 20 knots of wind with a 4-6 foot swell banging into the side of the boat bringing with it a slap of cold water across the face. The occasional waterfall into the cabin making life down below only marginally better. The unpredictable motion of the boat while down below explains why no one is asking when breakfast will be served. The meat pies before dark and before the winds kicked up are keeping us all content until the wind shifts further north. (Thanks to our Kiwi meat pie Chef Lauren)
In another day or two this will all be a distant memory. For now we're waiting for the first daily position report to see how those boats that peeled off to the south have done. Don't be fooled by the early reports we still have 2000 miles to go. We'll do our best to keep everyone posted. Thanks to everyone who helped get us off the dock. We look forward
to seeing many of you in Hawaii.

Photos from Prevail Santa Cruz 52's post 07/13/2019

A few more photos of Prevail at the start of Transpac 2019. Photo credit Thanks Sharon, Ronnie, Emma, Betsy, & Jared

Photos from Prevail Santa Cruz 52's post 07/12/2019

Prevail off of Catalina. Day 1 of Transpac 2019. Thanks for the sneak peek Sharon Green of Ultimate Sailing.

Transpac 2019 07/12/2019

We’re off today heading to Hawaii one more time. Teaming up with our Commodore Scott Deardorff at the helm and a great group from SBYC and Prevail veterans. I’ll be doing the navigation and it looks a bit tricky this year so stay tuned and wish us luck. You can track the action on YB tracking. Find links at

Transpac 2019 Transpacific Yacht Club

Transpac Race Sets Off In San Pedro 07/10/2019

Transpac story featuring Chubasco, with some footage of Prevail thrown in. Prevail starts Friday. Chubasco starts today. Have a great race Chubasco.

Transpac Race Sets Off In San Pedro A record 93 vessels will set sail from Point Fermin in San Pedro this morning. DeMarco Morgan and Suzanne Marques report.


Another close race for the Santa Cruz 50's & 52's in the SoCal 300. Prevail leading the 52's right now, but it has been back and forth the whole race. Check it out on Yellowbrick.

Timeline photos 05/21/2019


Starting order for the 100 race boats racing the 2,225 mile race :
➡️Wednesday July 10th - (39 Monohulls + 3 Multihulls) Divisions 6, 7, 8, 9, 40's and Multihull Class 0A
➡️ Friday July 12th - (28 boats) Divisions 3, 5 and Santa Cruz 50/52's
➡️Saturday July 13th - (28 monohulls + 3 Multihulls) in Divisions 1 and 2, Multihull Class 0

Santa Cruz 52 'Prevail' Hardway 2013 05/18/2019

The 2019 Prevail Transpac team is doing the Hardway Race today. I thought it would be fun to look back at Rob Grant's awesome video from the 2013 Hardway while they are out racing

Santa Cruz 52 'Prevail' Hardway 2013 2013 Hardway Race aboard the Santa Cruz 52 'Prevail.' A 67-mile blast starting in Santa Barbara, CA, rounding Santa Cruz Island to port, and finishing in Ven...

Timeline photos 04/02/2019

Technically 102 days for us but it will go by fast...time to get busy!!

This is no April Fools joke! Just 100 days until the first start of .

What are you most excited for?

Photos from Transpac's post 10/23/2018
Timeline photos 10/10/2018

It's , a day to highlight what makes the Transpacific Race one of the most unique ⛵️races in the 🌏.

The Transpac features a highly competitive fleet that comes from all over the world.

📸: Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing

2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship sets sail this month 09/07/2018

Looking forward to Joining the 3 Big Dogs team in Marblehead for this regatta in a few weeks. Thanks to Pat, Dale & George for the opportunity.

2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship sets sail this month This year, ninety-eight teams from 19 different nations have qualified to compete in the 2018 West Marine J/70 World Championship.


Prevailing on this, this week ......

2018 SoCal 300 06/05/2018

2018 SoCal 300 one for the ages... 30-35 knots of breeze on the back side for nearly 100 miles to Cortes Bank. Thanks to crew members Marcel Tremblay, Rob Grant, Rick Valdes, Gus Angus Duncan, Willie McBride, Geoff Fargo & Paul Davies sailing to 2nd in class and 4th overall. Many thanks to all those supporting us from shore.

Photo credit Sharon Green

2018 SoCal 300


CORW Spotlight
Featuring Santa Cruz 52 Prevail

Shari & Bill Guilfoyle’s Santa Cruz 52 Prevail, skippered by Jr. Staff Commodore Guilfoyle is the Santa Barbara Yacht club entry in the SoCal300. The crew of SBYC members and friends includes, Gus Duncan, Geoff Fargo, Willie McBride, Rob Grant, Marcel Tremblay, Paul Davies and Rick Valdes. Prevail is part of the 6 boat fleet of Santa Cruz 50’s & 52’s. While not the largest or most modern boats in the race these Bill Lee designed “Fast is Fun“ Santa Cruz built boats were designed with offshore racing in mind. Most of the fleet have competed against each other in numerous Transpac’s, Coastal Cups, & Mexico races. This closely matched fleet, which has produced friendships off the water and close completion on the race course, will be fun to watch at the start and on the tracker throughout the race. As event chairman, Commodore Guilfoyle has had a large part in putting the Series together and keeping the west coast offshore racing scene active and competitive. Be sure and come down to the club to cheer on Prevail!

See this and other boats during the Coastal Cup and So Cal 300 here at SBYC May 29th - May 31st. For more info visit


Facebook just informed me that 399 people who have liked our page haven't heard from me in a how about this be the 400th person to like our page and come sailing with us on a Wednesday night race in June!!


I've enjoyed the honor of sailing with a number of Marines aboard Prevail over the years including two who were part of our Transpac team this past July. To Ronnie, Leland, Kevin and all those who serve our country Happy Veterans Day!


Prevail back in California waters heading to Newport for a quick haul-out and new rudder bearings. Then back to SB to finish out the season.

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