Race Director – Chris Martin


Lia Ditton, one of the UKís professional female sailors and an artist. She entered her first solo Trans-Atlantic Yacht race, the 2005 Faraday Mill OSTAR in order to live the subject of her art. Out of 43 entrants, Lia was not only the youngest competitor but the only woman to finish in the smallest trimaran in the fleet. In June 2006, at the Chelsea College of Art, will be staging a live 24/7 interactive art installation called ìAbsolute Solitudeî where she will live for 28 days non-stop in a 40ft by 28ft wide racing Trimaran. The work will be a static re-enactment of her transat. For more details see or

Safety Officer – Lia Ditton




Marketing and Photography Officer – Ellen Hoke


Medical Consultant – Dr Aenor Sawyer


Team Ocean Hearts would like to thank the Great Pacific Race staff for a great job in making this year’s event a great success. Not only did you make our experience great, but you were there for each and every crew. Your commitment and enthusiasm were beyond expectations. I am sure we would not have finished the way we did without you all. Race Director – Chris Martin, Media, Marketing and Photography Officer – Ellen Hoke, Safety Officer – Lia Ditton, and Medical Consultant – Dr Aenor Sawyer.



Master Navigator, Paul Cunningham will help us with our route and call us each day with updates. He handled the route for the winner of the 2015 Atlantic crossing.

Based in Devonshire, England , Paul is a Nautical Surveyor, Compass Adjuster, MCA Master, Yachtmaster Examiner at his company, Southcoasting Navigators. Southcoasting is small full service navigation company offering services to the diverse marine sector. Operating worldwide, he provides super-yacht, yacht and commercial vessel surveys, professional compass adjusters and instrument calibrators, navigation aids, race boat management and crew selection, new and used vessel project management and purchase assistance. Examiner of captains for COC and owners satisfaction. USS, RYA & MCA training and vessel deliveries – worldwide.



Advanced Medicine will provide us with medical support during the race.

Advanced Medicine of Orange County is a medical practice dedicated to using state of the art technologies to restore the entire body. Their treatment basis begins with bioidentical hormone balancing, reversing the aging process and establishing rejuvenated canvas. With renewed energy and focus, they turn to the use of stem cells to rebuild and regenerate old tissue. Skin and joints begin to look and feel years younger. Throughout all of their treatments they incorporate the use of high dose vitamin IV infusions, nourishing the body with an invigorating boost of energizing hydration. Coupled with individually recommended supplements and Nutraceuticals the result is better sleep, increased endurance, improved mood, decreased anxiety, increased libido, greater mobility and a more youthful overall appearance that lasts. These treatments truly provide hope for a healthy youthful future.

John Molina, DO

John Molina, DO will provide us with medical support during the race.

Molina has been practicing medicine in the Orange County area for over 14 years at  Bristol Plaza Family Medicine.  He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a special interest and proficiency inmusculoskeletal, joint and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and an advocate for bio-identical hormone replacement and optimizing for both men and women. Dr Molina has treated numerous professional athletes and is at the cutting edge of total body rejuvenation.

Dr Molina received his medical degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.  He holds a Physician and Surgeon certificate from the Osteopathic Medical board of California and is board certified in Family Medicine.

Donald W Plance DO

Dr. Plance will provide us with sports related medical support throughout the race.

Dr. Plance graduated from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 1987. He works in Montrose, CA and specializes in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Plance is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.


Sarah M Piehl

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PiehlMarketingGroup for Team OceanHearts, 310-569-2200