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Bella Mente 1st Home in 2011 Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac

Hap Fauth, Ian Moore and Mike Sanderson

Bella Mente 1st home in Transpac with Doyle Sailmakers Mike Sanderson onboard.

Bella Mente, the 74 foot sloop owned and campaigned by Hap Fauth, left Los Angeles on July 8 at 1 p.m. and crossed the finish line off Diamond Head, Honolulu as dawn broke on July 15, winning the 2,225 mile Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac 2011 and collecting the “Barn Door” awarded to the first fixed keel yacht home.

On board, at the office end, were Hap Fauth, Ian Moore and Mike Sanderson from Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand. The Reichel-Pugh designed Bella Mente had a few modifications made before the race start including a new rig, the canting keel made fast (for race eligibility), a bow sprit, and an extra 5 feet of waterline were added.

“The race was a mixed bag with a mushy spot in the middle which made tactics the game beater. But with a top speed of 25 knots reached no one is complaining about the boat’s performance,” said Mike “Moose” Sanderson.

Bella Mente 1st Home in 2011 Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac

With another trophy on the mantlepiece, Moose will be returning to New Zealand to oversee his new Stratis sails being finalized at Doyle Sailmakers’ Auckland loft for his Team Sanya Volvo Ocean Challenge. Sea trials and race preparation will commence in August for the upcoming Fastnet Race.

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