Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Transpacifc Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail amid perfect conditions

by Transpac media on 9 Jul 2013
2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race Sharon Green/ ultimatesailing.com http://www.ultimatesailing.com
In the first three starts of the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, perfect Southern California conditions greeted the 14 entries. The skippers and crews on these offshore yachts enjoyed sunny skies and 15 knots of westerly breeze to launch them off the starting line at Point Fermin and off on a fast track towards Hawaii. This perfect breeze is projected to hold for the rest of the day and even increase into the night as the boats this afternoon get around their only obstacle in the 2225-mile course, the West End of Catalina Island.

The six boats racing in Division seven and eight boats racing in Division eight are a diverse group, ranging in size from 34 to 66 feet, and in age from 1930 to near-new. There are Transpac newcomers on the crews, as well as seasoned professionals, with all now taking their last looks at dry land for the next 10-14 days of adventure that lie ahead.

The two oldest boats in the fleet, Matt Brooks’s classic 1930 S&S 52-foot yawl Dorade and the Bell Family’s 1962 Lapworth 50 Westward, did not let age limit their competitiveness, as they were seen sparring at the start to gain better position on the first upwind leg to the West End.

And one entry Hiroshi Kitada’s X-41 KIHO got a little too anxious to get started, and were called over early by the Race Committee and had to re-start.

Otherwise, all is well so far with this fleet, who have been instructed to send emails to race organizers once at the West End to ensure that all on board are in good shape for the next long, landless leg that lie ahead.

The first contact was made from Ross Pearlman, skipper/owner of the Jeanneau 52 Between the Sheets, who reported he saw 'the lovely blue Manatea leading the fleet to the West End, we have them in sight.'

Another to write in at the West End was one of the three teams from Japan to start the race today - Yuichi Takahashi on his First 40 ten quarter - who said 'The Start was so exciting!! We will enjoy the race. Thanks.'

The Yellowbrick trackers on board each entry are operating and reporting position data available for viewing online here, but with a six hour delay so as not to give any team a tactical advantage. Once the teams reach within 100 miles of the finish, race organizers will turn off this delay so a more accurate ETA can be determined at the finish.

'We are really pleased the fleet got off to this great start,' said TPYC Commodore Dave Cort. 'This was a classic day, just perfect breeze strength and direction. Some teams were very competitive at the start; others had more of the Aloha spirit. Regardless, we look forward to hearing from the teams en route, wish them all Good Luck, and we look forward to seeing them in Hawaii.'

The next Transpac start will on Thursday, July 11th, at 1300 local time, when another wave of 21 boats will start from Divisions four, five, and six. The last start will be for the fastest boats in the fleet, Divisions one, two and three, at 1300 local time on Saturday, July 13th. The potential course record-breakers lie among these entries, depending of course on the weather conditions offered by the North Pacific High.

This show will start tomorrow once the first positions start coming into the tracking system.

2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race © Sharon Green/ ultimatesailing.com http://www.ultimatesailing.com
2013 Transpacifc Yacht Race © Sharon Green/ ultimatesailing.com
Transpac website
C-TechZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Selden 660x82

Related Articles

America's Cup - New York first to announce AC75 Challenger designer
Bella Mente Quantum Racing has announced that it has signed a AC75 design agreement agreement with Botin Partners Bella Mente Quantum Racing (BMQR) has announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Botin Partners Naval Architecture to design the AC75 yacht it will sail in the 36th America's Cup. The syndicate will represent the New York Yacht Club, which has returned to the America's Cup arena after a 15-year absence.
Posted on 20 Oct
Volvo Ocean Race – Interviews with favorite sailors
After what seemed like an endless amount of 'leg zeros' the Volvo Ocean Race is now in full wind up to the first leg Even though it is a short leg to the race's somewhat quasi home in Lisbon, it is real now, and the sailors are keener than anyone to see the 'real' racing get under way.
Posted on 20 Oct
CQS to sail Rolex Middle Seas Race without DSS foils
The CQS design team have found that any foil shape has quite a narrow optimum speed window. Ludde and his team are hoping for light winds during the coming race out of Malta, which will best suit the current configuration of CQS, with her narrow waterline and low wetted surface area.
Posted on 20 Oct
Star Sailors League Finals – The VIPs list is shaping up
Nassau, in the Bahamas, is ideal to host the event, Nassau Yacht Club a perfect home for sailors and organizers 15 sailors will join the already confirmed top 10 skippers of the SSL Ranking 2017, among these there are some experienced Star sailors, some incredibly talented skippers who have never raced at a Star regatta and some rookies.
Posted on 20 Oct
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Preview
The 103 yachts expected to start tomorrow’s 38th edition of the 606-nm race represent 30 different countries. Lying ahead following the grandiose, cannon-fire start from Grand Harbour, Valletta is one of the world of sailing’s most exacting 600-nm races comprising a scenic and tactically demanding circumnavigation of Sicily.
Posted on 20 Oct
The Middle Sea Race starts tomorrow
Alex will be racing crewed with Irish sailor Nin O'Leary (who was Alex's co-skipper during the 2017 Fastnet race) For this race, Alex will be racing crewed with Irish sailor Nin O'Leary (who was Alex's co-skipper during the 2017 Fastnet race), HUGO BOSS boat captain. Will Jackson & experienced Class 40 sailor Jack Trigger.
Posted on 20 Oct
Volvo Ocean Race – Seven skippers, one goal
The ultimate test in team sport, starts on Sunday, when seven of the best sailing teams in world cross the starting line The Volvo Ocean Race will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.
Posted on 20 Oct
Volvo Ocean Race - Skippers' Press Conference - Alicante
On Friday, the seven skippers faced the international media at the opening press conference. The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts on Sunday, when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.
Posted on 20 Oct
Volvo Ocean Race - Triple champion says Team AkzoNobel ready to race
Team AkzoNobel skipper Brad Jackson says the team are moving on and looking forward to the start of the opening Leg After a week of turmoil ashore, newly appointed Team AkzoNobel skipper Brad Jackson (NZL) says the team are moving on and looking forward to the start of the opening Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The short leg from Alicante to Lisbon is due to start on Sunday. There the fleet will reassemble ahead of the start of the race proper with a 7,000nm leg from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa
Posted on 20 Oct
Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 16, Race 2 – And then there were two
Unicef is currently 387 nm from the finish line in Cape Town, but will face some tricky conditions in the final stretch. It has been a tricky race for Unicef, who suffered a series of spinnaker wraps during the race, including one on day four which damaged the inner-forestay. Whilst this slowed the boat considerably, the team continued to show incredible teamwork to keep racing towards Cape Town.
Posted on 20 Oct