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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

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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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50th race “BIG”.  L. Gaylord Sportswear has geared up “BIG” also.  We have a special 50th design and many new items. Our website is up and running, check it out. We can personalize all shirts with your boat name.  We also have many new Hawaiian fabric swatches to pick from for your team aloha shirts.  If you are not close to our shop in Newport Beach we can take pictures
and email them to you.  We just need your colors.  It is not too early to think about your team uniforms.  Don't forget your support team they will be waiting on the dock for you. We can dress them too.  Let us help you look sharp which will help you go fast.  

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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