The Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii is held every other year as yachts set sail from Point Ferman, CA to navigate 2,225 nautical miles across the Pacific to the Diamond Head buoy finish.The race is well into its second century and is one of the longest running ocean races in the world.
Boats will begin to arrive in Honolulu sometime the week of July 10th
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There are multiple committees that need your assistance
Join in on the festivities and host a boat. As host, you are the first to welcome these amazing sailors to Honolulu with a lei and a cold Mai Tai followed by amazing food and conversation. It is a rewarding experience to all involved. If you would like to host a boat or would like more information on what is expected, email email@example.com.
Commodore: Bo Wheeler
Vice Commodore: Tom Hogan
Rear Commodore: James Eddy III
Jr. Staff Commodore: Dan Nowlan
Entry Chairman: Chris Hemans
Administrator: Karen Campbell
The Transpacific Yacht Race, or "Transpac" as most sailors call it, vies with the Bermuda Race on the U.S. East Coast as one of the two most enduring long distance sailing contests in the world. However Transpac’s open ocean racecourse that measures some 2,225 nautical miles, far overshadows the 635-mile Bermuda Race that also began in 1906.
It should also be noted that Transpac’s historic first contest might have occurred nearly a decade sooner had San Francisco’s Pacific Yacht Club accepted Hawaii’s King David Kalakaua’s invitation to race to Hawaii for his 50th birthday celebration in 1897. Unfortunately, for reasons unrecorded, his royal offer was never acted upon.
Still, shortly after Hawaii became a U.S. Territory, Honolulu businessman and yachtsman Clarence Macfarlane discussed creating such a race with Los Angeles businessman and South Coast Yacht Club member Harry Sinclair. Macfarlane agreed to sail his 48-foot schooner to San Francisco, as much to show other yachtsmen it could be done as to meet them there for the start of a race back to Honolulu.
Unfortunately, Macfarlane sailed into San Francisco Bay on May 13, 1906 just 25 days after that city had been devastated by the great earthquake and fire. Still, he somehow managed to contact Sinclair and they agreed that Macfarlane should sail down to Los Angeles where they could organize a race to Honolulu from there.
The first Transpac race began off L.A.’s San Pedro breakwater at noon on June 11, 1906 between three yachts: Macfarlane’s La Paloma, Sinclair’s 86-foot schooner Lurline, and Charles Tutt’s 112-foot ketch Anemone flying the New York Yacht Club burgee. Anemone, under an earlier agreed upon handicap system, was the scratch boat and had to give Lurline and La Paloma 12 and 27 hours respectively.
Twelve days, nine hours, and 59 minutes after the start, on a passage so fast it was only eclipsed once in the next four decades, Lurline crossed the finish line off Oahu to become Transpac’s first elapsed- and corrected-time winner.
Transpac has been raced biennially with few exceptions since 1906, and after 47 contests, it has created its own colorful history.
Aloha Sendoff Party at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach by Doug Gifford/ultimatesailing.com
Since 2005 Transpac has called Long Beach our mainland homeport. Sandwiched between the corporate high rises of downtown and the Queen Mary, Rainbow Harbor is home to the Transpac fleet as they gather and prepare for the Race. For two weeks prior to the start competitors enjoy complimentary moorings at the marina. Shoreline Village with its shops, attractions, restaurants and watering holes, surrounds Rainbow Harbor and serves as the gathering place for race participants, as well as local residents. Held during the Long Beach Sea Festival, Transpac Village and Rainbow Harbor has become the place where the public can get an up-close look at the racing yachts.
During the week prior to the start, Transpac Village becomes the focal point for the race activities. Located between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Gladstone’s Restaurant, the Village presents a scenic venue for parties, official merchandise sales, and disseminating information about Transpac both past and present. Along the water’s edge stand 11 commemorative monuments.: standing 5 ½ feet tall, the sail-shaped sculptures highlight with text and photos each decade of the race since its inception in 1906. On start days the public gathers here to hear the roll call of yachts as they leave port for the open ocean. Cannons thunder and fireboats fill the sky with arcs of water as the boats parade by on their way to the Pt. Fermin, start of the 2,216-mile race to Honolulu.
Transpac Commemorative monument in Rainbow Harbor
The Shack at Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. Transpac Race HQ
For over half a century the Transpac Shack has served as the communications center during the Transpac Race. Constructed out of telephone poles and plywood and a few other random pieces of timber, the “Shack” has been the gathering place for friends and family looking for information on the Transpac Race.
In 2011 a large group of Honolulu volunteers did major restoration on The Shack. New beams, new floors, new electronics, and especially new paint left her looking so much better! And then master wood carver Rick Houck created a new varnished hardwood sign to top it off. Mahalo Nui Loa everyone in Honolulu!
The Shack repainted and new sign welcomes Transpac racers in 2011.