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New team trophy for 2019 Transpac

Published on March 26th, 2019

The 50th edition of the 2225 nm Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu will award a new team scoring title which will be called the Storm Trysail Club Trophy.

This new trophy is designed to promote camaraderie among offshore sailors from the same club, region, or other affiliation, and will be awarded to the 3-boat team which compiles the best score, as determined by using the total of each team member’s percentage placement in its respective class. Affiliations may be self-defined, but teams shall not have more than two boats sailing in the same class.

“Everyone who enters offshore races will be first focused on their own performance,” said AJ Evans, Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. “Yet we have found this team scoring idea to be popular in other races such as the quadrennial Transatlantic Race, the annual Block Island Race, and the biennial Newport Bermuda Race. There will also be an STC-sponsored team competition in this year’s Chicago-Mackinac Race. We’re thrilled to develop this relationship with TPYC and to help promote blue water racing in the Pacific.”

Once class splits are determined, proposed teams must submit a Team Application prior to 1700 on July 7 in order to be scored for this trophy.

“Our clubs are very similar and compatible,” said TPYC Commodore Tom Hogan. “Our memberships are both composed of serious offshore sailors, and we both help organize offshore races that celebrate and promote the sport. The new Storm Trysail Club Trophy is therefore a welcome addition to Transpac 50, and we hope there are many teams that take advantage of this new opportunity to celebrate achievement in offshore sailing.”

Over 100 boats have entered Transpac 50 which has staggered starts planned for July 10, 12, and 13.

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Background: First organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club in 1906, the biennial Transpacific Yacht Race or Transpac is an offshore sailing race from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to Diamond Head, just east of Honolulu, a distance of 2225 nm.

Source: Dobbs Davis

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