Earlier start for Transpac Race rebound

Published on February 28th, 2022

An earlier start is the decision for the 52nd biennial running of the Los Angeles to Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race, better known as the Transpac. After the 2021 edition had three staggered starts in mid-July, the 2023 race will see the three groups off on June 27, 29, and July 1.

As usual, the slower boats will get the first look at the 2225 nm course from the Point Fermin in San Pedro toward the infamous finish buoy off Diamond Head of Oahu.

“We chose these dates for a variety of factors,” said TPYC Commodore Tom Trujillo. “Starting too early risks having lighter wind conditions on the course, while starting later risks having the fleet affected by possible tropical storms forming to the south. We also wanted to have the racers enjoy as much as possible the full moon scheduled for July 3rd.”

This race attracts a wide range of boat types – monohull and multihull, comfortable cruisers and flat-out racers, as well as a broad spectrum of sailors ranging from those who are interested in just the experience of being at sea to others who want to go all-out to win.

After the 50th edition attracted 89 starters, the pandemic impacted the 2021 fleet with only 41 boats getting underway. Transpacific Yacht Club is hopeful for the pendulum to return their way.

“After our race held last summer in COVID conditions, we expect a strong renewal of interest from teams based both in the US and overseas,” said Trujillo. “Some will be returning after having a hiatus last year, and others will be coming for the first time.”

The Notice of Race for the 52nd Transpac is under development and is expected to be published later this spring. For more information: https://transpacyc.com.

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