Paul Kamen's Sailing Resume

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Earth coordinates: 37-53.24 x 122-15.30, 900 ft ASL
1224 Campus Drive, Berkeley, California 94708

Summary of Transpac Experience:

Navigated 21 races from California to Hawaii including 14 Pacific Cups, six Transpacs and one Singlehanded Transpac.

Best finishes:

First in division (and winner of Navigator's Trophy), 2000 Pacific Cup, Express 37 Elan.

First in Division, 2012 Pacific Cup, Wylie 39 Lightspeed.

Second in division, 985 Transpac, Frers 58 Swiftsure.

Second in division, 1982 Pacific Cup, Frers 58 Swiftsure.

Second in division, 2014 Pacific Cup, Beneteau First 42 Coyote.

Third in division, 1994 Pacific Cup, Moody 425 Night Watch

Chronological Summary of Significant Racing Experience:

1966-1969 Frostbite racing at Huntington Yacht Club.
1969-1973 Intercollegiate racing for Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, Captain of nationally ranked team in 1972.
1977-1979 Ocean and bay racing on Santana 37 Amateur Hour, Bob Klein skipper.
1980-1982 Ocean and bay racing on Peterson 40 Leading Lady, Bob Klein skipper.
1981-1995 Tactician/navigator/watch captain on Frers 58 Swiftsure.
1983-present. Owner and skipper of Merit 25 Twilight Zone.
Navigated 21 races to Hawaii including six Honolulu Transpacs, 14 Pacific Cups and one Singlehanded Transpac.
Navigated other long ocean races including three Mexico races, three San Francisco to San Diego races and one San Francisco to Catalina race.
Mainsheet trimmer, St. Francis Yacht Club "Big Boat Series," 1981, Frers 58 Swiftsure, second in class, Dennis Conner skipper.
Tactician, St. Francis Yacht Club "Big Boat Series," 1982-1995, Frers 58 Swiftsure.
Skipper, St. Francis Yacht Club "Big Boat Series," 2005, Fers one-ton Jeanette.
Eight-time YRA class champion in San Francisco Bay Merit 25 class or YRA PHRF division.
Numerous Club championships in Lido 14 fleet at Cal Sailing Club.


Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Board of Directors, San Francisco Bay Yacht Racing Association 1987-2016
Berkeley Waterfront Commission 1999-2013, 6 terms as Chair
Berkeley Parks & Waterfront Commission 2015-present
Berkeley Yacht Club Board of Directors, 1987, Race Committee Co-Chair, 1988-2016
Cal Sailing Club Commodore 1979-1982
U.S. Sailing Northern California Area Appeals Committee, 1990-2017
Board of Directors, Berkeley Racing Canoe Center, 2002-present
Board of Directors, Pacific Cup Yacht Club, 2005-2006
Pacific Cup Inspection Committee 1996-20014, Techincal Committee 2006
Transpac inspection commitee, 2017

Sailing-Related Teaching, Lecturing, publications:

Yacht Racing Rules, Evening class taught through Bay Area Marine Institute, 1981-1982.
Basic Celestial Navigation by Computer, Evening class taught through Bay Area Marine Institute, 1981-1982.
Lectures on yacht racing rules, racing tactics, and ocean racing weather strategy to a number of sailing-related organizations.
Lectures on emergency rudder design and construction for Pacific Cup seminars.
"Computers in Small Craft Design", Ancient Interface Symposium, 1981.
"Articulated Surface Drives - Basic Considerations for Designers and Builders", Westlawn Yacht Design Symposium, 1988.
"Application of Surface Propulsion Systems", Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Northern California Section, 1989.
"Is there a Surface Drive in your Future?" Professional Boatbuilder, December/January 1990.
Instructional handbook used by Cal Sailing Club since 1975.
Weekly sailing report on KSAN radio, 1977-1978.
Editor, America's Cup (tm) Free Press (internet email list)
Misc. articles for Multhulls magazine, Practical Sailor, Dragon Boat World, and Latitude 38.


University of California, Berkeley, M. Eng., 1977
Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, Glen Cove, N.Y., B.S., 1973


Independent naval architecture consultant (since 1989). Previous employers include Arneson Marine, Morris Guralnick Associates, U.C. Berkeley Department of Naval Architecture, U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center.