Tritium Racing sets sail on its 73-feet offshore trimaran on a world-record breaking attempt to travel more than 2,225 nautical miles (2,560 miles) within four and a half days during the Transpacific Yacht Race from Point Fermin, Calif., to Honolulu.
Gladstone’s Long Beach owner John Sangmeister skippers the ORMA 73, Lending Club named yacht, under the sail number 'USA 3' and is joined by a crew of nine including Renaud Laplanche, CEO at Lending Club, Ryan Breymaier, captain, Gino Morrelli, watch captain, Will Oxley, navigator, Peter Stoneberg, main trimmer, along with Howard Hamlin, Jay Steinbeck and Erik Berzins.
The current Transpacific Yacht Race record was set by Bruno Peyron in 1997 aboard Commodore Explorer, an 86-foot catamaran, in five days, nine hours, 18 minutes, and 26 seconds. Transpac’s first race was in 1906 and took 12 days to complete and has since become one of the premier international sailing events. Transpac 2013 fielded more than 59 boats launching over a three-day period on July 8, 11 and 13, 2013.
by Cameron Andrews
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