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Transpac’s Historic Highlights

  • The race was run every even-numbered year from 1906 through 1936, except for 10 years during World War I. It then changed to odd-numbered years in 1939 so as not to conflict with the East Coat's Bermuda Race.
  • Transpac was not raced from 1942 through 1946 during World War II.
  • The race started in Los Angeles every year except 1928 (Newport Beach), 1923 and 1932 (San Francisco).
  • The first multiday staggered start of the race was in 1993.
  • The largest fleet to race Transpac had 80 boats in 1979.
  • The smallest fleet had two boats in 1932 during the Great Depression.
  • The largest officially entered yacht to race in Transpac was the 161-foot schooner Goodwill in 1953 and 1959 (with a best time of 10 1/2 days).
  • The smallest boat to race was the 25-foot sloop Vapor in 1999.
  • New Zealander Neville Crighton's Reichel Pugh 100-foot Alfa Romeo (as of 2016), holds the elapsed-time record of 5 days, 14 hours, 36 minutes, and 20 seconds.
  • Two yachts have had the most wins on elapsed time, Lurline (1906, 1908, and 1912), and Morning Star (1949, 1951, and 1955).
  • Only three foreign boats have won Transpac on elapsed time, the 73-foot ketch Stormvogel, from South Africa in 1967, the Z86 Morning Glory, from Germany in 2005, and the 100-foot Reichel Pugh Alfa Romeo, from New Zealand in 2009.
  • The longest elapsed time recorded to complete Transpac was 23 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes, set by the 42-foot ketch Viking Childe in 1939.
  • The only yacht to cross the Diamond Head finish line stern-first was the 78-foot ketch Mir in 1969, when she lost her mast and was backed across the line with her mizzen.
  • The Spencer 65 sloop Ragtime has raced in Transpac a record 15 times, from 1973 throught 2009.
  • Although Transpac was traditionally a monohull contest - catamarans and trimarans in the past were not allowed - Buno Peyron's 86-foot catamaran Explorer set a multihull record of 5 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes, and 26 seconds in 1997 as an "invited guest".