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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 . . .

Yoshi Murase escorts Hassle to the Diamond Head Buoy -  Kimball Livingston/Transpac

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.

Hassle finishes Transpac 2011. -  Kimball Livingston/Transpac

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:

Transpac race website?nid=86249!

All times below are Hawaii Standard Time (HST)
** = Pau, Boat has Finished

Boat Name 100 Mile Time 25 Mile Time Makapuu Time ETA/Finish
Bella Mente 14/2345 15/0407 15/0515 15/05:44:28**
Espiritu Santi 16/0321 16/1208 16/1400 16/14:50:32**
Magnitude 80 Email Probs
15/0730 15/0756 15/08:35:07**
Medicine Man 16/0505 16/1003 16/1102 16/11:38:44**
O Canada
Peligroso 16/0341 16/0759 16/0908 16/09:50:32**
Pendragon VI
Paddy Wagon
16/1225 16/1955
Patches 16/1248 16/1816
Vincitore 16/1659 16/2222
Pegasus-Motion X
16/1703 16/2252
Alpha Puppy
Grand Illusion
Truth 17/0153 17/0715 17/0848 17/09:37:15**
Pyewacket 17/0154 17/0813 17/0914 17/09:53:00**
Peregrine 33
17/0318 17/1142 17/1312 17/14:03:54**
Criminal Mischief 17/0319 17/0945 17/1053 17/11:37:22**
Condor 17/0402 17/1105 17/1301 17/13:05:13**
Cheetah 17/0648 17/1247 17/1422 17/15:07:37**
Celerity 17/0725 17/1531
Alaska Eagle 17/1005 17/1829
Between the Sheets 17/1706 18/0153 18/0342 18/04:55:22**
Relentless 32
Bengal 7
Rapid Transit
Wind Dancer 18/0615 18/1505 18/1657 18/17:53:36**
Bad Pak
J-World Hula Girl 18/1105 18/1928 18/2107 18/22:23:01**
Relentless 52 18/1145 18/1806 18/1916 18/20:03:39**
Deception 18/1223 18/1941 18/2057 18/21:46:09**
Prevail 18/1241 18/1923 18/2039 18/21:19:07**
Wind Dancer 18/0614
18/1506 18/1656
CaZan 18/1614 19/0003 19/0100 19/02:08:35**
Victoire 18/1704 19/0312
Paranoia 18/1809 19/0137
Flaca 18/1910 19/0317 19/0448
Traveler 18/2322 19/0931

Second Chance 19/0247 19/1123
ROY'S Chasch Mer 19/1454 19/2150 19/2338 20/00:52:17**
Hassle 20/2205 21/0752   21/11:18:10**



by Kimball Livingston


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