Time running out on Transpac Record attempt
Published on June 24th, 2015
(June 24, 2015) – After 48 hours of sailing, the 60-foot foiling trimaran L’Hydroptère remains behind the pace to beat the transpacific speed record from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii.
As of 14:30 PDT they had completed 663 nm with approximately 1610nm remaining, needing to reach Honolulu by 09:58:39 PDT on Saturday, June 27 to break the record. The tracker is reporting speeds of 22 knots, but their progress was hampered last night when they gybed away from the target for about 11 hours to avoid an anticipated debris field.
The start time for L’Hydroptère was June 22 at 21:27:02 UTC (14:27:02 PDT) from the official point at the Point Fermin Lighted Whistle Buoy 6PF. The team is led by Alain Thébault (FRA) and Jacques Vincent (FRA), who are joined by four American crew members.
The outright record for the 2215nm distance is 04:19:31:37, set by skipper Olivier de Kersauson (FRA) and crew on the 110-foot trimaran Geronimo in November 2005.
Note: The outright record is separate from the 2,225nm Transpac Race record of 05:09:18:26, set during the 1997 event by the 86′ maxi cat Explorer.