VIDEO: Eight epic days

Published on January 13th, 2020

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. Bretwalda 3 completed the 2019 edition in 8:04:02:40 to finish third in Division 3.

 

Division Winners:
Multihulls 0: Argo – MOD70 – Jason Carroll
Multihulls 0A: Kastor Pollux – 43-foot catamaran – Jerzy Poprawski
Division 1: BadPak – Pac52 – Tom Holthus
Division 2: Taxi Dancer – R/P 70 – Jim Yabsley / Mary Compton
Division 3: Hamachi – J/125 – Shawn Dougherty / Jason Andrews
Santa Cruz 50/52: Oaxaca – Santa Cruz 50 – Michael Moradzadeh
Division 5: Good Call – Swan 60 – Tom Barker
Division 6: BlueFlash – J/121 – Scott Grealish
Division 7: Chubasco – S&S Yawl 67 – Akin / Baker / Carpenter / Durant
Division 8: Sweet Okole – Farr 36 – Dean Treadway
Division 9: Nadelos – Wasa 55 – Ian Ferguson
Cal 40: Callisto – Eddy Family
Overall: Hamachi – J/125 – Shawn Dougherty / Jason Andrews
Overall Corinthian: Reinrag2 – J/125 – Thomas Garnier

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Note: There was a 4-hour delay on the tracker but goes live within the final 200 miles.

Attrition list:
• Mayhem, Hobie 33, Steven Eder (rudder)
• Aloha, Hobie 33, Kyle Vanderspek (rudder)
• Nalu V, Cal 40, Mark Ashmore (unknown water ingress)
• Trouble, Santa Cruz 50, Tom Camp (rudder)
• Live Wire, Olson 40, Tim Jones (mast damage)
• OEX, Santa Cruz 70, John Sangmeister (rudder – sunk)
• Pyewacket, Andrews 70, Roy Disney (rescued OEX)
• Macondo, Beneteau First 47.7, Mike Sudo (rudder)
• Onde Amo, Beneteau First 40.7, Stephen Ashley (rudder)

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. The 2019 edition has 12 divisions with staggered starts on July 10, 12, and 13.

Boats racing in Divisions 6, 7, 8, 9, the Cal 40s, and the Multihulls in Class 0A started on July 10. The second start on July 12 was for the boats in Divisions 3, 5 and the Santa Cruz 50/52s, with the final start on July 13 for the remaining monohull entries in Divisions 1 and 2, along with the Multihull class 0 entries.

The current race records were set in 2017 when Comanche set the new Merlin trophy elapsed time record at 5 days 01:55:26. Comanche also set a 24 hour distance Transpac record at 484.1 nm, a 20.2 knot average speed. The ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe set the multihull elapsed time record at 4 days 06:32:30.

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