Transpac Race 2011 has officially ended

Hassle finishing Transpac 2011.
Kimball Livingston/Transpac

On a day in which many recently-finished Transpac crews went off exploring beaches or waterfalls, Yoshihiko Murase rallied up his race crew, delivery crew and friends and cast off Bengal 7's lines for a mission of his own. The last Transpac boat still at sea was inbound, and he wanted to be there to greet Larry Malmberg's Hassle at Diamond Head.

Having brought one Bengal or another all the way from Japan for every race since 2001, Murase knows a thing or two about persistence, and the crew of Hassle had been persisting since their get-go from Point Fermin, San Pedro on the Fourth of July. Seventeen days.

Do the math on Bengal. It's roughly 5,000 miles from Nagoya, a port city of two million on Japan's Pacific Coast, to the Transpac start line at San Pedro, California. Bengal 7 is now roughly halfway home on this trip after covering (this is very, very rough) 57,500 miles since 2001 in the name of Transpac.

There were rain showers aplenty in the morning today, coming from the east, so Hassle got the rain first, then Bengal 7. But as things go in at Latitude 21, Longitude 158, everybody was dry by the 1118 HST official finish time for Malmberg's Catalina 38. Murase sailed upwind to a rendezvous point, then downwind alongside . . .


Hassle crew may not have known they were being serenaded by a ukulele . . .

Dockside at the Waikiki Yacht Club, the Hassle crew was in high spirits (okay, I admit, I was relieved to observe the fact) with lots of toasts to the greatest skipper, the greatest crew, the greatest cook, and so on. Crewman Dennis Wolfe allowed, 'We got here with all our sails. There may be more pieces of them than there were when we started, is all.'

I suppose it is incumbent upon me to record that this is two races in a row in which Hassle has won the tail end charley award. I'm curious if that is a record, but too lazy to do the research at the moment. Reader advice is welcome. Meanwhile, aboard Bengal 7, I snapped a pic of a real photographer, lead Kazi shooter Yoichi Yabe.

Also aboard and working minute by minute was Mayuko Terao, who writes the Bengal 7 blog. She did the delivery from Nagoya, and she'll do the delivery home from Honolulu. We'll be reading, Mayuko.


And that's my report. No big deal. Just our long-distance competitors from hard-put Japan, adding a little Aloha spirit of their own to Transpac 2011. I thought you ought to know.

Full Standings: http://www.transpacrace.com/docs/2011racedocs/DailyStandings/TP2011.V22.pdf

Transpac race website
All times below are Hawaii Standard Time (HST) ** = Pau, Boat has Finished
Boat Name100 Mile Time25 Mile TimeMakapuu TimeETA/Finish
Bella Mente14/234515/040715/051515/05:44:28**
Espiritu Santi16/032116/120816/140016/14:50:32**
Magnitude 80Email Probs
15/073015/075615/08:35:07**
Medicine Man16/050516/100316/110216/11:38:44**
O Canada
15/1419
15/2053
15/2218
15/23:02:38**
Peligroso16/034116/075916/090816/09:50:32**
Pendragon VI
15/2044
16/0200
16/0218
16/03:19:06**
Paddy Wagon
16/122516/1955
16/2106
16/22:01:08**
Patches16/124816/1816
16/1950
16/20:39:38**
Vincitore16/165916/2222
16/2354
17/00:46:43**
Pegasus-Motion X
16/170316/2252
16/2356
17/00:44:39**
NAOS 2
16/1819
17/0212
17/0342
17/04:39:20**
Alpha Puppy
16/1851
17/0235
17/0406
17/05:02:16**
Grand Illusion
16/1935
17/0119
17/0220
17/02:59:23**
Bebe
16/2143
17/0643
17/0818
17/09:20:27**
Alchemy
16/2232
17/0427
17/0524
17/06:02:17**
Holua
16/2248
17/0432
17/0548
17/06:28:47**
Katana
17/0111
17/0757
17/0909
17/09:43:00**
Truth17/015317/071517/084817/09:37:15**
Pyewacket17/015417/081317/091417/09:53:00**
Peregrine 33
17/031817/114217/131217/14:03:54**
Criminal Mischief17/031917/094517/105317/11:37:22**
Condor17/040217/110517/130117/13:05:13**
Cheetah17/064817/124717/142217/15:07:37**
Celerity17/072517/1531
17/1726
1718:32:50**
Alaska Eagle17/100517/1829
18/2004
17/21:17:36**
Between the Sheets17/170618/015318/034218/04:55:22**
Sauvage
17/2109
18/0635
18/0823
18/09:33:06**
Locomotion
17/2252
18/0450
18/0700
18/06:54:13**
Gracie
17/2355
18/0847
18/1049
18/12:00:13**
Relentless 32
18/0015
18/1032
18/1117
18/1212:33**
Bengal 7
18/0055
18/0651
18/0650
18/08:47:34**
Rapid Transit
18/0205
18/0823
18/0942
18/10:27:40**
Wind Dancer18/061518/150518/165718/17:53:36**
Horizon
18/0700
18/1239
18/1407
18/14:59:56**
Bad Pak
18/0817
18/1556
18/1716
18/17:56:24**
Allure
18/0824
18/1726
18/1820
18/19:03:12**
J-World Hula Girl18/110518/192818/210718/22:23:01**
Relentless 5218/114518/180618/191618/20:03:39**
Deception18/122318/194118/205718/21:46:09**
Prevail18/124118/192318/203918/21:19:07**
Wind Dancer18/0614
18/150618/1656
18/17:53:36**
CaZan18/161419/000319/010019/02:08:35**
Victoire18/170419/0312
19/0505
19/06:20:12**
Paranoia18/180919/0137
19/0314
19/04:04:13**
Flaca18/191019/031719/0448
19/05:54:38**
Traveler18/232219/0931

19/13:02:55**
Second Chance19/024719/1123
19/1344
19/15:25:30**
ROY'S Chasch Mer19/145419/215019/233820/00:52:17**
Hassle20/220521/0752 21/11:18:10**
18/09:33:06** 

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