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Barks but No Bite

The two big four-masted barks looked as formidable as a pair of sharks in a shoal of mackerel at the start of the 22nd Transpacific yacht race. But even though they were in the race, the Japanese training vessels Kaiwo Maru and Nippon Maru were not out for blood. They had joined the 40-odd lesser sailboats on the 2,230-mile run from Los Angeles to Honolulu as noncompeting guests of the fleet. As far as anyone knew, they had no hostile intentions toward the competitors or—for that matter—Pearl Harbor.