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Stolen Transpac Race Trophies

Published on June 29th, 2016

by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
I’ve known Piet van Os before he knew how to attach the leeboard to his Sabot, and well before the success he now enjoys as a big boat navigator and captain. Piet has reached out to me for help, and in turn, we are both reaching out to you for help. Here’s his note:

We recently had our family house in La Jolla, CA robbed and among the items taken were 1959 and 1961 silver Transpac Race trophies that my grandfather won on his boat “Nam Sang.” In addition, they stole the entire binnacle from the Nam Sang (won Transpac in 1961) that was in our living room.

It’s very sad as these items don’t have a tremendous amount of value to the average person, but they meant the world to us. There’s not much of a market for the items aside from nautical antiques and scrap so I hope they might turn up.

If anyone comes across these items (some photos below), please contact me at






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