And They’re Off! Today Marks Second of Three Starts of 2017 Transpac

The second start of the 2017 Transpac Race went off beautifully in light winds off Pt. Fermin in Long Beach today at 1 p.m. PST. Sixteen boats in classes 3 and 4 started today to head west towards the finish 2,225 miles away at Diamond Head in Honolulu.

In the first start, seventeen yachts in three divisions set off this past Monday in the first wave of three starts in the 49th edition of the biennial Transpac Race. You can track the race at 2017.transpacyc.com in an online tracking system utilizing transponders on each boat. It does include a four-hour delay to give no competitors an advantage.

This was both an end and a beginning for these teams: an end of months and even years of preparation and planning, and likely a welcome relief after this arduous task, especially those doing the race for the first time. Finally setting out to sea will be a break from all the endless checklists that go along with planning a race of this length and endurance.

And of course the race is also the beginning of an adventure of many days and even weeks of sailing ahead, where crew camaraderie, seamanship, navigation, strategy and other skills will be tested. The best in each division will be rewarded with trophies and prizes at the end of the race, but even those who do not fare well will be rewarded with the satisfaction of having completed one of the world’s oldest and greatest ocean races.

The final start of the 2017 Transpac Race is schedule for a 12:55 p.m. PST warning signal. Classes 0, 1 and 2 are scheduled to start tomorrow.

Lots of sailing activities are available to the public throughout Transpac as the first boats to finish are expected early next week, possibly Monday, July 10. If you would like to become involved as a race volunteer or attend one of the many parties open to the public at the three supporting yacht clubs (Hawaii, Waikiki, Kaneohe), please contact PR Chair Janet M. Scheffer at 808-521-1160.

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