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Transpac 2017 Current Leader: “Invisible Hand”

Today at 11:20:10 a.m. Invisible Hand was very visible as she crossed the Diamond Head finish line after racing hard for seven straight days from Pt. Fermin in Long Beach to Oahu.

Photos via Sharon Green

Invisible Hand, skippered by Frank Slootman in his Pac 52, was followed by the other new Pac 52, Tom Holthus’ Bad Pak, at just under four hours, finishing at 3:03 p.m.

The remainder of the fleet is completing the race with five more boats finishing today and more than 20 in the next 24 hours. As the bulk of the fleet progresses west and south into the tradewinds, the weather gets warmer, layers of clothes get removed and the boats get flatter, giving teams more comfort after a sometimes very grueling race of over a week. They will hit the dock today with lots of stories to tell and greeted by the famous Hawaiian Aloha Welcome Parties at Transpac Island, Hawaii and Waikiki yacht clubs, and Kewalo Basin.

Current standings of Hawaii crew/affiliated boats:

  • 1st in Div. 2, Pyewacket, Roy Pat Disney Jr., sails out of Waikiki Yacht Club
  • 3rd in Div. 2, Grand Illusion, James McDowell, Waikiki Yacht Club, 3-Peat Winner of Transpac
  • 4th in Div. 2, Merlin, crew member Keahi Ho is from Maui
  • 3rd in Div 1, Azshou, half of the crew is from Hawaii
  • 4th in Div 1, Medicine Man, sponsored in part by Pau Maui this year

IN OTHER TRANSPAC NEWS…  Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio 100 Wins 2nd Straight Barn Door Trophy

Just after 3 a.m. this morning Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio 100 crossed the finish line of the 2017 Transpac Race, winner of the Barn Door Trophy for the second consecutive race! Rio’s elapsed time of 6 days 17 hours 9 minutes and 9 seconds was over 12 hours faster than their Transpac Race in 2015. Congratulations to Team Rio and Aloha.

Rio 100’s hold on the Barn Door Trophy for being the first-to-finish monohull sailing without powered assistance in the sailing systems is fairly secure: at 1400 HST was 170 miles out going 15 knots. Assisted by a left shift in the breeze and being on port tack, she is close to being at her normal speeds and is outpacing Frank Slootman’s Pac 52 Invisible Hand who was closing on her the last couple of days but is now 100 miles astern. At current speeds she is expected at Diamond Head after midnight tonight, with Hand expected about 8 hours later.

This was the second fastest elapsed time for any Transpac Barn Door winner in the history of the event.