Tom O'Keefe

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About Tom O'Keefe

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  • Birthday 06/05/1961

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    San Clemente, California
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    Custom Plastic Injection Molding
    Destroyer TP52
    Mac Gregor 65' Lean Machine
    Spencer 65' Rag Time
    SC 50 Horizon
    R/P 68' Tax Dancer
    R/P 86' Pyewacket

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  1. Tom O'Keefe

    Will we ever see Half Ton Racing in USA again?

    Here's a thought organize a half dozen owners who already have 1/2 tonners and approach Yachting Cup, Cal Cup, Long Beach Race Week and BBS for your own class.
  2. Tom O'Keefe

    Little Ensenada: Cool, or homo?

    It's a cool race. But, it definitely does not qualify as an ocean race. It's a 60 mile coastal race. You'd definitely have to take a flyer to be anymore than a few miles off the beach.
  3. Tom O'Keefe

    Tilting the mast forward?

    The 12 Meters had arced mast plates and adjustable head stays. So you could really angle the mast head forward of the base. As said before it induces separation between the main and the kite.
  4. Tom O'Keefe

    Team NZ

    The Kiwis are no slackers But, it looks like they took a note from Oracle and went for the fast but harder to control option. Once, they've got a handle on how to finesse the faster tweaker version. They will be a threat.
  5. Tom O'Keefe


    The whole hull is a wing. It's butt ugly. But, it is aerodynamically a lifting surface with a scow bottom. It will be interesting to see how it performs.
  6. Tom O'Keefe

    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    With a broken foil That' was quite a come back.
  7. Tom O'Keefe

    minimum wind prediction for regatta

    Oh yeah occassionally for too windy
  8. Tom O'Keefe

    minimum wind prediction for regatta

    I don't know. But it seems we don't shorten distance races on the West Coast
  9. Tom O'Keefe

    RIP John Conser

    My deepest sympathies to Jeri and the family. John was a legend in the industry.
  10. Dad had Tantalus. Alex Koslov had Aquarius a C class. Steve also mention Mickey Munoz. He built his cat on the beach near Hobie and Edwards houses at the end of Beach Road. Looking back I must have been a pest. But, Mickey would let me hang out and "help".
  11. Tom O'Keefe

    Automatic fire suppression

    Most of the automatic fire suppression systems I'm aware of are Halogen. They work by displacing the air in your engine compartment. I don't think that would be a good idea in any living spaces.
  12. Back in the 60's and 70's Dad used to race A-Class Unicorns up at CBYC. In 1974 I was 13 years old and would walk/ hang out on the pier waiting for Dad to finish racing. Steve had Beowulf a D-Class custom uni rig. I once got a ride after he broke something and needed to come in and repair it. I got to go back out for the test sail. That boat was incredible for its time.
  13. Tom O'Keefe

    Transpac 2019

    They definitively lost some sail carrying capability at certain angles. We did not intend to hobble them. We only intended to live by the conditions of the NOR. It's a fairness and consistency issue. Now; Jason or anyone else can present an argument as to why we should lower the stability index requirement for the 2021. But, that can open up a whole new can of worms. And, fundamentally we want to run a safe fair race. We are open to progressing the performance envelope. But, we are also aware of how fast things can and do go sideways out there. So, as a board we try to keep it sane.
  14. Tom O'Keefe

    Transpac 2019

    I don't have the ruling in front of me at the moment. But, as I recall it was between 10 and 15 degrees of max either side. Not great for reaching. But, running not so bad.
  15. Tom O'Keefe

    Transpac 2019

    Jason, I'm really glad you enjoyed yourself after all the hurdles that you had to overcome. As you know we weren't going to let you race. Based upon the stock stability index requirement listed in the NOR. It was your persistence and effort to get an independent naval architect to come up with the the restricted travel option that swayed the board. But, we did require that you sail your qualifier in that configuration. I know it was additional hurdles to you. But, based upon the history of the Schock 40 we just wanted to make sure. You were placed in the only division that was setup for moveable ballast. Yeah, performance wise you should have been placed with the J125s. But, again it was the canter thing. You were certainly the most entertaining award recipient of the evening. You had the audience in stitches. Hopefully, 2021 you'll grace the stage again...only for a more prestigious award. Aloha Tom