Cargo vessel rescues 4 from disabled yacht
The skipper and three-person crew of a disabled yacht in the West Marine Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Kane'ohe were rescued yesterday by a cargo vessel.
The Mimos was left drifting toward the California coast, some 300 miles away, race officials said.
The 41-foot sloop lost its rudder, and skipper Nicolas Winssinger was unable to count on reliable steering from an auxiliary rudder, they said.
The Coast Guard was contacted, and the cargo vessel Rickmers Hamburg, which was headed to Long Beach, Calif., was diverted to make the rescue.
Meanwhile, the double-handed, 27-foot Wylie sloop, Wildflower, continued to lead the race with 1,455 miles to reach Kane'ohe.
Spirit leads the Division A yachts and is second overall. Bequia is Division B leader, and Sam continues to hold the Division C lead and is third in the overall fleet.
Hamburg, Germany entry, Rainbow maintains the lead in Division D. Octavia, the Pacific Cup overall winner two years ago, leads the Santa Cruz sleds in Division E and M-Project from Newport Beach, Calif., is the Division F leader.
Yesterday, the biggest and fastest yachts (70-147 feet) left San Francisco, the last day of the staggered starts with an eye on breaking the San Francisco to Kane'ohe record of 6 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes set by Roy Disney's Pyewacket in 1998.
Koshi leads OCC: Ryan Koshi shot a 1-over-par 72 to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the O'ahu Country Club Men's Invitational yesterday at O'ahu Country Club.
Koshi has a 36-hole total of 141. Todd Rego, tied for the first-round lead with Koshi, shot a 74 for a 143 total.
Del Marc Fujita (74) is at 144 as 44 golfers made the cut at 156 for tomorrow's final round.
Wie, Ito out: Michelle Wie and Merynn Ito lost in the first round of match play Thursday at the 72nd annual Women's Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship at Firehouse Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The Trans National is one of the three majors for amateur women in the United States. Previous champions include Betty Jameson, Patty Berg, the late Babe Zaharias, Jo Ann Gunderson Carner and Nancy Lopez.
Wie, a Punahou eighth grader from Honolulu, finished fourth in qualifying, shooting 72-68. Florida's Anne Fraser ousted Wie on the 19th hole in the first round of match play.
Ito, the 2000 state high school champion from 'Aiea, shot 74-82 in qualifying, then fell to Courtney Wood, of Tennessee, 7 and 6. Ito will be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska in the fall.
Lee cashes in: 'Aiea's Regan Lee tied for 38th at the fifth stop on The Gateway Tour. Lee, who won the Mid-Pacific Open and Mililani Rainbow Open this year, shot rounds of 70-72-75 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pine Course, near Phoenix.
Lee missed the cut at the first three events but has made the last two and won $14,850.
Jimmy Walker won the tournament with a 54-hole score of 10-under-par 206.
Kung Fu workshop: Kung Fu world master Gin Goon Mark, one of Bruce Lee's teachers, will be having a two-day workshop covering Qi Gong (Chinese breathing exercises for health), Chinese calligraphy (paint brush arts), and Kung Fu.
The workshop is July 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blaisdell Center.
Mark is a fifth generation world master of Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu.
Cost is $50 a day. For details call 347-3433.
Watson honored: Hawai'i's Vailima Watson is the recipient of a 2002 USA Tennis National Tennis Teachers Conference scholarship.
The award is given to a multi-cultural coach in the local U.S. Tennis Association section who has significantly contributed to the development and growth of community USA Tennis programs.
Watson will have an opportunity to volunteer at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day event during the U.S. Open at the USTA National Tennis Center. The Teachers Conference will be Aug. 24-27. Sessions will cover topics designed to help teachers and coaches in the developmental stages, high performance and competitive programs, and the latest trends in Sport Science.
Watson is a youth advisor at the Kokua Kalihi Valley Family Service Program and has been its tennis teacher the past 12 years. Thursday afternoons, she conducts free youth programs for the Kokua Kalihi Valley community.
Hoopai gets scholarship: Kamehameha Park Tennis Association member Haunani Hoopai is this year's Nike Tennis Camp Scholarship recipient.
Hoopai, a sixth-grader at Kohala Intermediate, will attend the one-week Resident Camp at the Nike Tennis Camp at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy.
Naeole off to camp: Waimanalo's Coleman Naeole was one of 32 juniors from across the country to receive a grant to attend the USA Tennis NJTL Invitational Tennis Camp next month in Los Angeles.
The camp emphasizes individual skill development, physical fitness, proper nutrition, good sportsmanship and other healthy attitudes. Tennis is the focus, but other activities are planned such as sightseeing, swimming, and cultural and social activities.
Naeole is an eighth grader at Waimanalo Intermediate. He is a member of Windward Junior Tennis Club and plays for Bob's Mob in the USA Tennis Junior Team Tennis program.
Russian women top U.S.: Danielle Scott and former University of Hawai'i star Heather Bown scored 19 points apiece, but the United States women's national team fell to Russia in five games in the FIVB World Grand Prix opener last night in Chengdu, China.
Artamonova Evgenia scored 25 points and Ekaterina Gamova 14 points to lead Russia to a 25-23, 12-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-9 victory.
Tara Cross-Battle added 16 points, while Logan Tom and Keba Phipps contributed 12 each.
Wong-Metzger gain semis: Punahou graduates Scott Wong and Stein Metzger, seeded 10th, won two matches yesterday to advance to today's semifinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event at Montreal.