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Sailing the high seas: Former residents take part in 2012 Pacific Cup

August 27, 2012
Daily Press

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Former Escanaba residents, Thomas and Barbara Agerter, both 54, of Superior, Wis., sailed their 30-foot sailboat, "Weatherly," a total of 2,070 nautical miles in 15 days from San Francisco, Calif., to Kaneohe, Hawaii. The adventure took place from July 1631 in the 2012 Pacific Cup.

The 2012 Pacific Cup started July 16, and lasted approximately two weeks, followed by an awards ceremony at Kaneohe Yacht Club on Aug. 2. The race runs every even year from the San Francisco Cityfront, 2,070 nautical miles to Kaneohe Bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu's lush windward side.

Well in advance of the race, Pacific Cup Yacht Club staged a series of preparation seminars and events designed to equip the forty-six boats and their crews to make the exciting passage from San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu.

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Barbara and Tom Agerter, formerly of Escanaba, now living in Superior, Wis., arrive in Hawaii after sailing from San Francisco in their 30-foot sailboat, “Weatherly.' The pair took part in a two-week adventure in July, sailing from California, to Hawaii and back to San Francisco in the 2012 Pacific Cup.

The participants in the race ranged from first-timers in relatively slow family cruisers to experienced professional crew on high-tech racing machines. Many entries were double-handed, meaning that they made the crossing with just two aboard!

The Agerters are no strangers to great adventures. Tom is a seasoned sailor having sailed each of the Great Lakes single-handedly. Additionally, Tom and Barb completed the Newport to Bermuda Yacht RACE in 2010. Tom solo-sailed the 30-foot Olson sailboat "Weatherly" from Newport, R.I., to Bermuda where Barb joined the crew and doubled-handed back to Newport.

The Agerters are avid outdoor adventurers. In February 2011, the couple successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. The Agerters have also hiked the entire 275-mile Superior Hiking Trail. Finally, Tom has built kayaks that the Agerters often use to explore St. Louis and Superior Bays.

"What is on your bucket list? Think of it and DO it!" This advice was a recent post from Barb Agerter prior to her and her husband's departure on a 2,000 mile sailing adventure.

For additional information on the Agerters' sailing adventure, contact Barbara Agerter at (218) 461-2527 or or Thomas Agerter at (218) 341-4813 or The Agerters kept a blog throughout their voyage filled with terrific comments which can be accessed at




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