For her part, Garfield plans to make history by becoming with her friend Diane Murray, a San Francisco sailing instructor and professional captain, the first women to finish the race double-handed, meaning with a crew of two. Their boat, Charmed Life, a Catalina 470, "is designed equally for comfort and speed, kind of like us," Garfield says.
Charmed Life is equipped with a refrigerator, a freezer, and a microwave, so the women can zap their meals between jibing, tacking, and swabbing decks. Murray plans to use old T-shirts for that task, after she's worn them for a day or two.
Garfield balks at recycling her boat wear. "I like my Tommy Bahama silk shirts," she says. But she's no topside prima donna.
"There's this point midway through the race," Murray says, "where you are almost exactly 1,000 miles from any land. It's the only place in the world where that's true. The ocean is 3 miles deep, you're in the middle of nowhere, and traditionally, first-timers jump overboard and swim around the boat, even if it's the middle of the night. Not everybody will do it."
"I will!" Garfield yells. Then in Waikiki, she says, she'll hoist high a mai tai, recount the adventure, and toast, with gratitude, the crossing―and her dad.
The next Transpacific Yacht Race takes place in July 2007. Visit www.transpacificyc.org for more information.