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2018 News

We are very pleased to have Pasha, Hawaii sponsor the upcoming 50th Transpac Race. Pasha has been a longtime sponsor for us and does an excellent job of safely returning participating boats to the mainland. Michael Pasha has been personally involved in making the process as convenient and straightforward as possible. If you are considering shipping your boat home from Hawaii, I recommend you contact Pasha early to reserve your spot. Please see the following information from Pasha, Hawaii.

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Tom Hogan
Transpacific Yacht Club

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Reyn Spooner is proud to offer a specially designed 2019 Transpac Race Spooner Kloth shirts. The pullover and button up shirts are available NOW for ordering through Reyn Spooner. Overnight free shipping is available for orders received by Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm – for Monday Christmas Eve arrival.

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Los Angeles, California – Race managers at the Transpacific Yacht Club are pleased to announce that next July’s 50th biennial edition of the 2225-mile Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu has set a new record of 82 entries to date. The previous record was 80 entries 40 years ago in the 1979 edition of this classic ocean race first sailed in 1906.

“We knew this 50th edition would be popular, and we’re really pleased to see this exceptional interest in the race,” said TPYC Commodore Tom Hogan. “There have never before been so many teams entered so early in the cycle. This really helps our planning because we have high standards for giving everyone who participates the very best in Aloha hospitality when they finish.”

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Crew Safety Training - What do you need and where can you get it?

What do I need?

The Transpac Race Notice of Race (8.1.3) requires that “at least 30% of a yacht’s crew including the watch captains shall have attended a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training Course or its equivalent.” And 8.14 requires “An additional 30% of the crew shall have attended a US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Course or completed the US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea Online Supplemental Course.”

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Transpacific Yacht Club is proud to partner with the Prince Waikiki Luxury Hotel. The hotel is located in the Ala Wai Marina, with convenient access for all boats docked there after the race, and a 5 minute walk to the yacht clubs and the Race Headquarters. Special rates for Transpac Race teams and families are available now. Make reservations through our custom reservation link to secure these rates.


100 Holomaoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815

$299 per night, plus taxes | Ocean Front Harbor
$339 per night, plus taxes | Ocean Front

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If you're over 40 and know anything about sailing, you probably know exactly who Bill Lee is. The image is clear: bushy brown hair escaping a Gilligan-style bucket hat, oversized glasses and a wrinkled flower-print button-down shirt. We (I'm 43) can also picture the rundown, wood-and-tin chicken coop ataop a dusty hill four miles from Santa Cruz Bay in California, where for 20 years Lee plied his trade as a boatbuilder.

A six-pack was the price of admission to the shop where Lee struck out and started a movement. Call them ULDBs (ultra-light displacement boats) or “sleds”, they were super-skinny boats that dominated West Coast ocean racing for decades. The epitome of the type, Merlin, was Lee's personal 68-footer aboard which he set a new Transpacific Race record in 1977 that held for 20 years. His mantra: “Fast is Fun!”

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One of the qualifications for the 2019 Transpac Race (see Transpac Race NOR 8.1.1) is the completion of a passage or race of 150nm+, prior to two days before a yacht's Transpac Race start. Yachts launched after 1 January 2019 shall complete this requirement by 12 June 2019.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club invites Transpac Race entrants and those considering racing to Hawaii in 2019 to join them for the biennial NHYC Cabo Race, March 15-21, 2019, a rhumbline 800nm race from Newport Harbor to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Register by October 31st and save $100 off the entry fee.

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Unlike most buoy race regattas, classic ocean races  attract a wide variety of entries. Skippers bring that wide variety because their “hardware” (boats) may be different, but the “software” (people) are the same in their desire to enjoy the experience, challenge themselves, and build camaraderie and rapport among friends and crew mates.

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