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At 0015 Sunday July 9th we struck an unseen submerged object at a speed of 18-20 knots. We believe that it first struck the keel, then ran along the portside, until it struck the port rudder. The ensuing impact completely snapped the rudder just below the upper bearing. The rest of the stock and the rudder were now free to swing about, destroying the lower bearing and threatening to tear a hole in the boat. Since we were on starboard tack, copious amounts of water were pouring into the boat.

The first order of business was to slow the boat down to try and keep the free swinging rudder from doing more damage. The kite and the staysail were dropped and with the reduction in speed we were able to keep up with the ingress of water with our pumps.

With the water somewhat under control, we needed to come up with plan. We knew if we gybed, we could heel the boat enough that the damaged bearing would be well out of the water, but the boat would also pick up speed, which in turn could cause the rudder to rip a hole in the boat that we would have very little chance of patching. It was determined that we needed to get the rudder out of the boat quickly and get the hole covered.

Luckily for us, we have a very experienced crew who have all been with the boat since its christening, plus we have onboard  multiple Volvo veterans, Chris Nicholson, Justin Ferris, Bouwe Bekking, Will Oaxley, and our own ace craftsman and Magyver, Jeff Messano onboard who came up with a plan.

Jeff quickly went to work rounding up parts to cover the hole, while the others came up with a way to secure the patch. But first we had to get the rudder out of the boat, which meant keeping the boat as slow as possible, which in turn meant the boat was flat and water would flood the compartment. when all preparations were complete, everyone except for Jeff left the compartment. The plan was to push the broken rudder out of the of the boat, stuff a sleeping bag in the hole to stop the water until we could  pick up speed, heel the boat, and make our repairs.

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Prior to the 2017 Transpac Race, skipper Ken Read said "Comanche is here on the west coast because this is one of the big five races, one of the classic ocean races that this boat was really made to do. We always chase records, that's kind of the boats M.O., and this is a really prestigious record." 5 days later, Comanche now owns the Transpac race monohull course record with their elapsed time of 5 Days, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes, 26 Seconds, over half a day faster than the previous record. Their finish time was July 11th, at 11:55:26 HST.

That previous record, set in 2009 by Alfa Romeo II was 5 days, 14 hours, 36 minutes, 20 seconds.

More history on the Transpac Honolulu Race Elapsed Time Record Trophy.

More stories, photos and video coming soon.

Congratulations to Comanche! Aloha!

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For the majority of the race, the trackers ping at the turn of the hour for each boat. The positions are revealed on a 4-hour delay on the main Race Tracker to keep each boat's strategy a bit of a mystery to the competition during the race. As the boats approach Hawaii and are within 100nm of the finish, the tracker removes the delay and shows the realtime position for each ping. Additionally, we've ask YB Tracking to have the positions update every 10 minutes when the boats are within 100nm of the finish.

DESKTOP TRACKING

  • Visit https://yb.tl/transpac2017
  • Initial view is the 4-hour delay version showing all boats outside of 100nm hourly position, delayed by 4 hours
  • Click the dropdown menu under the toolbar
  • Switch to "Live 100nm View"
  • Only boats within 100nm of the finish will be displayed, and will update every 10 minutes and at the finish line.

MOBILE DEVICE TRACKING

  • Download the free YB Tracking app (link to app in iTunes store)
  • Click Add Races
  • Search for Transpac and you'll see TWO for 2017 (Transpac 2017 - Live 100nm View; and Transpac 2017)
  • Add the 2017 Transapc race, and you'll see the 4-hour delay positions of all boats outside of 100nm of the finish, updated hourly.
  • Add the Transpac 2017 - Live 100nm View race and only boats within 100nm of the finish will be displayed, updating every 10 minutes and at the finish line.
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Congratulations to HL Enloe and the crew of the ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe, the first to finish in the 2017 Transpac Race, and new holders of the multihull Transpac Race record elapsed time! Mighty Merloe has been racing just about every west coast offshore event for the last few years, often with no multihull competition to measure themselves against. Getting the opportunity to welcome Phaedo3 and Maserati to the west coast, go head to head against them and come out on top is a dream come true for Enloe's team. We'll hear more from them shortly.

Enloe sailed this year's Transpac race with his team of Steve Calder (Main Trimmer), Jay Davis (Bowman), Artie Means (Navigator), Loïck Peyron (Helm), Franck Proffit (Helm), Will Suto (Grinder), Jacques Vincent (Co-Skipper).

Mighty Merloe crossed the finish line under helicopter escort at 17:03:30 (HST) on Monday, July 10th. Their elapsed time of 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes, 30 Seconds beats the 20 year old record of Bruno Peyron's Commodore Explorer by more than a day, previously set at 5 days 9 hours 18 min and 26 secs.

More photos and video to follow.

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Most of the remainder of the fleet at halfway point in the race

Honolulu, HI – One week after the first wave of starters and four days after the last wave, the bulk of the 55 entries in this year's 49th edition of the Transpac race are at about their halfway points to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu. On the 2225-mile course less than a dozen are still to reach the half-way points in their projected tracks in the race.

Unlike the last two editions of this classic biennial ocean race, the weather has been favorable for a "normal" passage to Hawaii, with the boats heading southwest after passing the West End of Catalina Island, then arching towards the west and now north of west as they get into the easterly tradewinds near the southern latitudes of the Hawaiian archipelago. The fleet's southerly arch away from the rhumb line has been intentional to stay away from the light winds in the Pacific High, but in the next few days some may extend west rather then south to cut down the distance if they're confident there is enough wind pressure to justify this move.

The conditions of relatively steady 10-20 knot winds with few holes has been perfect for the fleet leaders, who have been speeding along at over 20 knots of boat speed and are quickly consuming the remaining miles left to Diamond Head. At 0900 Hawaii Time today the three leading multihulls - H.L. Enloe's ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe, Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70 Phaedo and Giovanni Soldini's MOD 70 Maserati - have been locked in battle, with Merloe in the lead ahead of Phaedo by 57 miles with only 168 miles to go on their final approach to Oahu.

At current speeds, Merloe's finish time tonight will not only break the multihull race record set in 1997 by Bruno Peyron's Commodore Explorer of 5 days 9 hours 18 min and 26 sec, but possibly smash it by more than a day. The other two MOD 70's also likely to beat the previous mark by coming in only a few hours later.

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Monday, July 10th looks to be our first finish day! Howard Enloe's ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe continues to perform outstandingly, maintaining a lead over the MOD70s Phaedo3 and Maserati. At the July 10th 0500 HST real time position report, Mighty Merloe was 251nm from the finish, with Phaedo3 at 287 and Maserati at 318. At the average speeds of 20+ knots, Mighty Merloe and possibly Phaedo3 could be finishing before sundown to and get some spectacular Diamond Head finish photos from Sharon Green, Ultimate Sailing.

RACE TRACKER

For the majority of the race, the tracker is on a 4 hour delay for competitive purposes. The tracker will become real time when the boats are within 100nm of the finish.


TRACKER LEADERBOARD

Check the YB Tracking Leaderboard for updated estimated finish times. Use the dropdown to toggle between monohulls, multihulls or any particular class.


RESULTS

See the Results tab on the website which will be updated as each boat finishes. Calculations of corrected time and ranking within a boat's fleet and overall will be displayed along with their actual finish time.


DAILY 0500 HST LIVE STANDINGS REPORT

Boats report their 0500 HST position each day, and the real-time standings are posted as a report each morning.


BOAT ARRIVALS AT THE MARINA IN HONOLULU

Questions about boat arrivals, where to meet a particular boat at the marina in Honolulu? Please email racehqhonolulu@transpacyc.com.

The majority of boats will be docking at Ala Wai Harbor.


RACE RECORDS AT STAKE

Visit http://2017.transpacyc.com/history/race-records for more information on the Race Records for Transpac.

  • Multihull Race Record (currently 5 days 09:18:26 by Bruno Peyron's French 86' catamaran Explorer in 1997).
  • Monohull Race Record (currently 5 days, 14:36:20 by Alfa Romeo II in 2009).

All three multihulls are on pace to break the current multihull Transpac Race record, so the first to finish should be setting the new standard. (Phaedo3 did set a non-race record earlier this summer of 3 days 16:52:03 in run to Honolulu which will not be broken during the 2017 Transpac Race.)

Comanche will need to finish by July 12th at 12:36:19 AM (HST) to break the monohull course record.


PHOTOS, VIDEO AND MEDIA

Photos and video will be added as boats make their way past Diamond Head towards the finish, capturing beautiful aerial shots of the boats during daytime finishes. Additionally, team photos will be taken of the boats arriving at the dock and we'll look to get some interviews and stories from the finishers throughout the week+ of finishes.

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Dobbs Davis recaps the positioning of the boats on Sunday, and describes the classic Transpac racing line.

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June 29, 2017

VIP Mixer and Presentation by Farmers & Merchants Bank
Gladstone's Long Beach
1800 - 2100

June 30, 2017

First Start Kick-Off Party
Shoreline Yacht Club
1700 - 2300

July 1, 2017

Aloha Sendoff Party
Bandshell next to Gladstone’s Restaurant
1800 - 2200

July 2, 2017

Porsche Palooza and Yacht Review
Gladstone's Long Beach
1100 - 1600

July 3, 2017

First Transpac 2017 Start
Pt Fermin
1255 Warning

July 5, 2017

Second Transpac 2017 Start
Pt Fermin
1255 Warning

July 6, 2017

Third Transpac 2017 Start
Pt Fermin
1255 Warning

July 6, 2017

Multi Hull Transpac 2017 Start
Pt Fermin
1325 Warning

July 16, 2017

Pau Maui Happy Hour
Hawaii YC
1600 - 1900

July 19, 2017

Goslings Party
Hawaii YC
1700 - Close

July 20, 2017

Waikiki YC Party (Purchase tickets in advance)
Waikiki YC
1700

July 21, 2017

Navigator's Debrief
Waikiki YC
0930

July 21, 2017

Honolulu Awards Ceremony
The Modern Honolulu
1630 - 1930

July 22, 2017

Kaneohe YC Party
Kaneohe YC
1000 – 1700

July 2019

1st Start of 50th Transpac Yacht Race