From today's 'Lectronic Latitude comes the latest news on the 2007 TransPac with the "big boys" having finally gotten out of the starting blocks:
Slow Start for the Last Round of TransPac Boats
July 16 - Pacific Ocean
It was much ado about nothing yesterday for the third and final start of the 44th TransPacific Yacht Race. The breeze peaked at four knots off Pt. Fermin, and it took some boats as many as four hours to travel from Long Beach to Catalina
, a distance of some 20 miles. Remember, these are the biggest and fastest race entries!
According to our remote
reporters who were out at the west end of Catalina
yesterday to watch the big boats go by, the breeze did fill a little as the boats passed their one mark on the course to Hawaii
. While all eyes were on the impressive “new” Pyewacket,
our spies noted that Roger Sturgeon’s brand new STP65 Rosebud
looked particularly fast. We fully expect Sturgeon to repeat his Kalakaua Trophy victory for overall corrected time honors, though on a slightly larger Rosebud
this time. (In 2005, he won the trophy with his TransPac 52.) The smallest boat in Sunday’s start, the Andrews 45 Locomotion,
was also reported to be looking good as she past the island.
The sparkling new Andrews 50 It’s OK
looks more than just okay as she passes Catalina after yesterday’s start.
© 2007 Rob Grant
We’d love to report on where the rest of the fleet is headed, but the race tracking software
on the TransPac Web site has been less than cooperative. However, according to today’s position report, it still appears to be slow-going offshore
. The boats in the Santa Cruz
50/52 division appear to be in the best pressure, with most reporting 24-hour distance in the low 200-mile range. On the other hand, several boats in the Aloha divisions that started last week, and a couple in Divisions 1, 2, and 3 that started yesterday made only double-digit progress in the last day. If you’re feeling lucky or want to practice your chart plotting skills, you can track the fleet at 2007 TRANSPACIFIC YACHT RACE Los Angeles to Honolulu Homepage
Among the more eye-catching vessels in the starting area yesterday was the former record-breaking catamaran Cheyenne,
which has been reconfigured to be the camera
platform for Morning Light.
The boat will tail the TP52 as the crew sails
across the Pacific this week and into movie
theaters near you next year.
© 2007 Rob Grant
On an unrelated note, Roy Disney, whose efforts to procure the Barn Door trophy with Pyewacket
have garnered much attention, announced at the last minute that he would not be joining his crew of 21 for the race. No doubt this was a difficult decision, but one he seemed to feel was the wisest option. While Disney isn’t on board, they won’t be shorthanded. Days before the start, the team announced that Dean Barker was joining the team for the race. (For the record
, this isn’t the first time a high profile Kiwi America’s Cup skipper
has done the TransPac. Russell Coutts was on board Pyewacket
rival Morning Glory
in the 2005 race.)
And while we’re back on Pyewacket
again, we have a quick postscript to Friday’s ‘Lectronic
story about the controversy the boat has created. We misidentified the US Sailing representative who oversees TransPac ratings. That should have been Dan Nowlan, US Sailing’s Offshore
Director. To the best of our knowledge, Pat Nolan, a partner in the Alameda office of Sail California
, doesn’t have any say in TransPac ratings. As always, we apologize for the error.
- latitude / ss