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Model-boat builders try again for trans-Pacific voyage

Students of a model-making course at San Clemente High School in California that twice tried unsuccessfully to send handmade vessels on a course for Hawaii plan to launch three more Tuesday from Capistrano Beach.

Under the supervision of Malcolm Wilson, an instructor in the Capistrano-Laguna Beach Regional Occupational Program, about 75 students were divided into three teams to design and built three one-fifth-scale model boats out of surfboard foam and fiberglass. Then they rigged them to sail on westerly and tradewinds toward Hawaii.

"It's such a lovely destination to dream about," Wilson said. "Who doesn't want to go to Hawaii? And that's really where the prevailing winds might take us. So it's not just a pipe dream. It's physically possible."

Click here for the full report by the Orange County Register.