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Beautiful SoCal conditions sends off Divisions 1, 2 and 0 towards Hawaii

Los Angeles, CA – Another perfect Southern California summer day yielded perfect conditions for the final wave of 17 fast monohulls and five fast multihulls to set off on their 2225-mile odyssey to the finish in Honolulu of the 2017 Transpac Race. The breeze started at a light 6-8 knots, but quickly built up to 10-12 knots after the start allowing the fleet to speed towards their first – and only – mark of the course at the West End of Catalina.

In this 49th edition of this classic biennial ocean race there is a healthy mix of sentimental favorites – such as Bill Lee’s 68-foot Merlin, a boat of his design and build who made its debut exactly 40 years ago to set a course record then and re-write ocean racing design on the West Coast and beyond – and the newest generation record-breakers, such as Jim Clark’s 100-footer Comanche. Both were out at the start today, Lee with some of his original 1977 crew, such as Jack Halterman who like Lee is an integral part of Santa Cruz racing history.

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Hear from Ken Read and Stan Honey (Comanche), Roy Disney (Pyewacket), Lloyd Thornburg (Phaedo3), and Kelly Holthus (BadPak, youngest sailor in 2017 Transpac).

Ken Read on what brought Comanche to Transpac this year: "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."

Roy Disney, who has sailed the Transpac Race over 20 times has advice for any young Transpac sailors: "My advice to somebody who's starting out, the 12 year olds on this race, the 14 year olds is cherish every job that nobody else wants to do, listen to the people that know how to do it, learn, and be open.

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Hana Ho, Mark Dowdy's Santa Cruz 52 has retired from the Transpac Race Thursday evening due to a mechanical/engine problem. They didn't feel comfortable continuing with the issue at hand, and will return to Long Beach by the weekend. All is well with the crew. Hana Ho actively races in the San Francisco Bay Area and in offshore events up and down the west coast, so we'll be sure to seem them back in action very soon.

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Beautiful SoCal conditions sends off Divisions 3 and 4 towards Hawaii

Los Angeles, CA -- The second wave of three starts to the 49th edition of the 2017 biennial Transpac Race left Pt Fermin today in a pleasant 8-10 knot Southern California seabreeze, en route to a finish line awaiting them 2225 miles away at Diamond Head in Honolulu. The group of 16 boats in Divisions 3 and 4 were today faster and more lively than the cruiser/racers crossing the line on Monday’s first start, with plenty of action and even one boat over the start line at the gun.

With a slight pin end favor to the line set perpendicular to the course, John Schulze’s SC 50 Horizon timed it perfectly to win the pin with speed and jump out to an early lead. Horizon is one of the perennial favorites among the competitive Fast 50’s in this race, having earned herself top prize in this class except for last year when Eric Grey’s Allure beat her by less than 3 minutes after nearly a week of racing.

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The final start of the 2017 Transpac Race is scheduled for a 1255 Warning signal. Classes 0, 1 and 2 are scheduled to start on Thursday, July 6th. Good luck to the 22 boats in Thursday's starting group!

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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