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We are very pleased to have Pasha, Hawaii sponsor the upcoming 50th Transpac Race. Pasha has been a longtime sponsor for us and does an excellent job of safely returning participating boats to the mainland. Michael Pasha has been personally involved in making the process as convenient and straightforward as possible. If you are considering shipping your boat home from Hawaii, I recommend you contact Pasha early to reserve your spot. Please see the following information from Pasha, Hawaii.

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Tom Hogan
Commodore
Transpacific Yacht Club

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Transpac Photo History

More Historical Photos

If you're over 40 and know anything about sailing, you probably know exactly who Bill Lee is. The image is clear: bushy brown hair escaping a Gilligan-style bucket hat, oversized glasses and a wrinkled flower-print button-down shirt. We (I'm 43) can also picture the rundown, wood-and-tin chicken coop ataop a dusty hill four miles from Santa Cruz Bay in California, where for 20 years Lee plied his trade as a boatbuilder.

A six-pack was the price of admission to the shop where Lee struck out and started a movement. Call them ULDBs (ultra-light displacement boats) or “sleds”, they were super-skinny boats that dominated West Coast ocean racing for decades. The epitome of the type, Merlin, was Lee's personal 68-footer aboard which he set a new Transpacific Race record in 1977 that held for 20 years. His mantra: “Fast is Fun!”

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One of the qualifications for the 2019 Transpac Race (see Transpac Race NOR 8.1.1) is the completion of a passage or race of 150nm+, prior to two days before a yacht's Transpac Race start. Yachts launched after 1 January 2019 shall complete this requirement by 12 June 2019.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club invites Transpac Race entrants and those considering racing to Hawaii in 2019 to join them for the biennial NHYC Cabo Race, March 15-21, 2019, a rhumbline 800nm race from Newport Harbor to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Register by October 31st and save $100 off the entry fee.

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Unlike most buoy race regattas, classic ocean races  attract a wide variety of entries. Skippers bring that wide variety because their “hardware” (boats) may be different, but the “software” (people) are the same in their desire to enjoy the experience, challenge themselves, and build camaraderie and rapport among friends and crew mates.

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 April 10, 2018
Registration Opens
 November 4, 2018
Seminar #1: Preparing for the Race of a Lifetime
0830 -1415
 January 26-27, 2019
Safety at Sea Seminar
 February 23, 2019
Safety at Sea Seminar (Day 2)
0800 - 1700
 March 1, 2019
Last Date for Standard Entry Fee Payment
 March 2-3, 2019
Safety at Sea Seminar
 May 31, 2019
Last Date for Late Entry Fee Payment
 May 31, 2019
Deadline for Submitting Final Rating Data
1700 EDT
 June 22-23, 2019
Safety at Sea Seminar
 June 28, 2019
Deadline for "As-Built" Sails Certificate
 July 6, 2019
Mandatory Yacht Check-In & Tracker Pick Up
 July 6, 2019
Mandatory Skipper & Navigator Meeting
 July 10, 2019
First Transpac 2019 Start
 July 12, 2019
Second Transpac Race Start
 July 13, 2019
Third Transpac Race Start
 2 Days Before Start
Deadline for Safety Inspection Completion
 2 Days Before Start
Last Date for Complete Race Entry
 July 24, 2019
Hawaii YC Party
 July 25, 2019
Mt. Gay Rum Party
 Before Awards
Navigator's De-Brief Meeting