Please select your home edition
Super Yachts at boot (newsletter)

It's a quiet day at Transpac

by Transpacific Yacht Club 12 Jul 19:29 PDT

It's quiet today around the Ala Wai Marina: the first awards party last night packed Waikiki Yacht Club into the late hours and there are no new finishers at Diamond Head until late tonight when Doug Pasnik's Andrews 70 TRADER is expected.

With no new arrivals today the lawn tent that has been hosting Aloha parties for the past few days is empty and quiet, for the time being, and the more than 100 volunteers of the Honolulu Committee have gotten a bit of a breather.

Teams that finished in the last two days have exhausted their stories, are now rested, and are busy hosing down and cleaning their boats. Some are also bricking up their race sails on any available lawn space in the marina and installing delivery sails to help those crews prepare for their long journeys home. Some are at the fuel dock getting the jerry jugs filled and others at the markets getting provisions, fishing gear, and lawn chairs. Engines and water makers are being serviced, as are the all-important autopilots.

In fact, some have already left, leaving their PASHA HAWAII YB trackers on to chart their progress, while some others are taking advantage of PASHA HAWAII's shipping option to save on any additional wear and tear on the boat.

There is, however, one boat here that is preparing for another race and in another direction besides northeast. Jason Carroll's team on his MOD 70 ARGO had to retire from Transpac due to engine problems but came to Hawaii on a delivery to prepare for another long trip. The World Record for multihull sailing 3750 miles from Honolulu to Yokohama is 13 days 20 hours, set by Steve Fossett in 1995 on LAKOTA, one of the original ORMA 60's, with an average speed of 11.3 knots...with any kind of decent weather this would be a crawl for a MOD 70.

ARGO project manager Chad Corning said they needed to get ARGO on the other side of the planet by the end of the summer to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands in preparation for the Transatlantic Race, so they see this trip as an added bonus to having to make this long journey anyway.

"We are going to start looking at weather windows from August 1st," said Corning. "Our routing suggests this could be as fast 7 to 8 days. We see this as being about 75% downwind Tradewinds sailing, followed by more complicated patterns in the western Pacific. The X-factor will be any tropical storm weather that may arise, but we should have advance warning of any of these."

ARGO will have six crew on this trip, one of whom was with Fossett in 1995: offshore multihull expert Brian Thompson, who was the navigator on ARGO's Transpac crew.

Although today was quiet, the first of the infamous Transpac parties is hosted tonight at Waikiki Yacht Club. Everyone should pace themselves because there are more awards celebrations and parties to come throughout the week.

Check out the schedule at

Daily analyses of the race, interviews, blogs and more are found on the TPYC YouTube channel at

All entries in Transpac can be tracked on the YB system, sponsored by Pasha Hawaii. The positions, speeds and headings of each entry can be found on this system on either the browser of app versions. There is a built-in 4 hour delay for each entry, except when within 200 miles of the finish when the tracker goes live. Use this link to follow the fleet:

Official results can be found on Yacht Scoring.

For more information on the 2023 Transpac, visit

Related Articles

T/S Cal Maritime Transpac video
A little video put together from on board T/S Cal Maritime Here's a little video put together from on board T/S Cal Maritime (the team who had their sails stolen) during the Transpac this Summer. Posted on 23 Nov
Andrew (Sandy) Robert Martin 1943-2023
Transpacific Yacht Club mourns his recent passing The Transpacific Yacht Club mourns the recent passing of Andrew Robert Martin, also known by his preferred name Sandy, in Newport Beach, California. He was 80 years old. Posted on 8 Sep
ALOHA! 52nd Transpac concludes, a new cycle begins
The final awards ceremony of the 52nd edition at Kaneohe Yacht Club With a resounding ALOHA the final awards ceremony of the 52nd edition of the Transpac concluded last night at Kaneohe Yacht Club on the windward side of Oahu. Posted on 17 Jul
Division 4, 5 and 6 winners celebrated at Transpac
This group was blessed with some of the most favorable conditions This evening at Hawaii Yacht Club the podium finishers for Divisions 4, 5 and 6 who started their race on Thursday June 29th are being celebrated for the 52nd edition of the Transpac. Posted on 14 Jul
Division 1, 2 and 3 winners celebrated at Transpac
The winners celebrated today at Waikiki Yacht Club An irony of this year's Transpac is that the teams that raced the fastest boats were expected to be in days ago and therefore celebrating their division victories first would make sense for efficient event planning. Posted on 12 Jul
More trophy winners arriving in the Transpac
Dencho/Kernan 68 PELIGROSO crossed the finish at Diamond Head after 8 days 20hrs 59 mins 54 secs Over half the fleet of 57 entries on this year's Transpac course have safely arrived in Honolulu, and among them are some more provisional winners of division titles as well as other trophies. Posted on 11 Jul
Provisional Transpac winners announced
Recipients of the Barn Door and Kalakaua Trophy With the finish of 19 out of 52 boats in the fleet this afternoon and no potential rivals on the eastern horizon, the fastest monohulls in elapsed and corrected time have been provisionally determined in the 2023 Transpac. Posted on 10 Jul
ALOHA! First monohull finishers arrive in Transpac
The first of the waves of monohulls from multiple divisions have crossed the finish line The first of the waves of monohulls from multiple divisions have crossed the Transpac finish line at Diamond Head and are now tied up safe and sound in their slips at the Ala Wai Marina getting re-acquainted with friends Posted on 9 Jul
First monohull finishers arriving soon in Transpac
Numerous monohulls just over the horizon to the east After yesterday's finish of the two MOD 70 trimarans in the race, there are now numerous monohulls just over the horizon to the east which are going to be crossing the finish line at Diamond Head all weekend and for the following several days as well. Posted on 8 Jul
First finishers in Transpac
MOD70 ORION arrives at 02:48 Hawaii Standard Time This morning at 02:48 Hawaii Standard Time Justin Shaffer's MOD70 ORION crossed the finish line at Diamond Head as the first finisher in the 2023 Transpac. Posted on 6 Jul
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERCyclops Marine 2023 November - FOOTERJ Composites 2022 - J99 FOOTER