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In a record year of interest, it's perhaps fitting that the 100th entry to the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Club'sbiennial 2225-mile Transpac race from LA to Honolulu is at 55 years old one of the oldest in the race yet also one of the most innovative in the last half-century of yacht design.

Chris Welsh's Spencer 65RAGTIME will be making her 17th race to Hawaii in July, more than any other yacht in the history of this race. Welsh has been an owner of RAGTIME since 2004, and since then has raced three Transpacs (2005, '07, '09), one race to Tahiti (2008) and the Sydney-Hobart Race (2008). “It's been ten years since we last sailed to Hawaii,” said Welsh, “so we're looking forward to having some fun again.”

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Transpac Photo History

More Historical Photos

Crew Safety Training - What do you need and where can you get it?

What do I need?

The Transpac Race Notice of Race (8.1.3) requires that “at least 30% of a yacht’s crew including the watch captains shall have attended a US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training Course or its equivalent.” And 8.14 requires “An additional 30% of the crew shall have attended a US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Course or completed the US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea Online Supplemental Course.”

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Transpacific Yacht Club is proud to partner with the Prince Waikiki Luxury Hotel. The hotel is located in the Ala Wai Marina, with convenient access for all boats docked there after the race, and a 5 minute walk to the yacht clubs and the Race Headquarters. Special rates for Transpac Race teams and families are available now. Make reservations through our custom reservation link to secure these rates.

RESERVATIONS LINK

PRINCE WAIKIKI
100 Holomaoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815
844-207-9998

$299 per night, plus taxes | Ocean Front Harbor
$339 per night, plus taxes | Ocean Front

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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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 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
 April 6, 2019
Peter Isler's Navigation & Expedition Seminar
1300 - 1700
 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
 July 26, 2019
Honolulu Awards Ceremony
TBD