Versatility is the key to the small differences between Pac 52s and TP52s. Moshayedi explains: “The boats in the Med race windward/leeward only. We want to race windward/leeward, but we want to also race offshore.” That intention places the new California fleet squarely in the tradition of the original fleet of TP52s as envisioned by the Transpac YC for racing to Hawaii and Mexico. “To race offshore, we don’t need as much righting moment to squeeze to a weather mark; we can foot off,” says Moshayedi. Accordingly, the fleet has a lighter motor, to the tune of about 100 kilos. It also has a mast 60 centimeters (not quite 2 feet) higher, so it has more horsepower. Otherwise, the Pac 52 measures to the current standards of TP52s in the Med, which, ironically, inherited their name from West Coast racing, leaving the West Coast folks now to call their boats something else — “Pac 52s,” for example.