Published on July 17, 2021
San Pedro, Calif. (July 17, 2021) – The third and final day of staggered starts of the 51st Transpac Race saw the fastest boats from Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 finally cleared on the 2225nm Los Angeles track in Honolulu. While Artie Means provides the above image of the Botin 56 BadPak’s declining California coastline, Peter Isler shares the status of Roy Disney’s modified Volvo 70 Pyewacket 70:
We have started!
The pressure to do whatever is on the âto doâ list is gone. Anything that hasn’t been doneâ¦ well. There is a feeling of relief at the start and all you have to do is get into the flow of the offshore races.
In the world of navigation that means more data at high speedâ¦ weather models will now be limited to what we can get on satellite.
We took the end of the pin on the starboard tack and almost landed the west end of Catalina in 11 knots of wind. The wind should be slowly timing over the next 18 hours until we have the sails downwind … The “problem of the day” as the wind clocks compensate for the faster speed this Volvo 70 turbo can produce when shedding a few degrees with the additional distance involved.
It certainly doesn’t look like a difficult attempt to reach the ridge where the wind is blowing back enough to hoist the large downwind sails. We would expect the winds to be between 10 and 16 knotsâ¦ enough to get Pyewacket flying, but not so much that it is soaked on deck – which may be a common feature on this boat.
Here we are!
Forty-one teams compete in the 51st Transpac Race which takes the fleet on a 2,225nm course from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to the finish line off Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Departure July 13 – Division 8
Starts July 16 – Division 5, 6, 7
Departure July 17 – Division 1, 2, 3, 4
July 30 – Honolulu Awards Ceremony