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2023 October 1

The Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii is becoming a family affair

“For demographics to improve we need all kinds of people invited into the inner circles of sailing at every level,” Rogers said. “It’s time for all segments of society to have access to the sport, and our goal is to change that now. Through ORO people of color and diverse backgrounds will have opportunities, role models and leaders.”

The Rogers 46 Groundhog Day passes the R2 buoy marking the finish line.
Stephen Cloutier/Ultimate Sailing photo 
Rogers also pointed to the benefit of inclusivity as a tool toward rejuvenation. “We need new blood coming into our sport. The gradual decline of yacht racing we see at the local level could improve if each boat invited someone new, someone different.” She added, “Diversity and equity should be baked into every yacht club and sailing school  because as long as it’s this hard to get on a boat, participation in the sport will continue to decline.”

Good Trouble successfully finished the Transpac in 11 and a half days, fifth in division. 

“Our rainbow coalition crew included talented sailors of African American, Native American, Asian and Southeast Asian, Pacific Island and Caucasian descent,” Rogers confirmed. That her son Colin Willson, a skilled yachtsman and proficient engineer – was part of the crew was, “truly a mother and son dream trip, to do this together.”

“Everyone who sails knows the freedom, feeling of accomplishment and delight that comes from this experience,” Rogers continued. “If more people can do offshore racing like the Transpac, lives will be transformed.” 

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