Prince Waikiki Hotel

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.


100 Holomaoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815

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

Merlin’s 2017 Return: Carrying on the West Coast Tradition of “Fast Is Fun”

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!”

NHYC Cabo Race Invitation

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.

Entries to Transpac 50: A study in contrasts and similarities

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.

Special Transpac Team Gear from L. Gaylord Sportswear

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.  

Longboard is 50th entry to the 50th Transpac Race

In the build up to what could be one of the most popular Transpac races in its 112-year history, organizers from the Transpacific Yacht Club have just received their 50th entry to next year’s 50th running of this 2225-mile classic biennial ocean race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Never before has there been this many entries this far in advance to the first start planned for July 10, 2019.

“This has been a long term dream of mine to do this race, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Peter Salusbury from Vancouver, who has entered his Paul Bieker-designed Longboard, a Riptide 35 Mk II built by Jim Betts in 2012. “This race is what this boat was designed to do, so we are really looking forward to this!”

Aloha Rio100, Manouch Moshayedi’s Bakewell White 100

The Transpacific Yacht Club welcomes Manouch Moshayedi's Bakewell White 100, Rio100, to the 2019 Transpac Race. Aloha!

Aloha Timeshaver, Viggo Torbensen’s J/125

The Transpacific Yacht Club welcomes Viggo Torbensen's J/125, Timeshaver, to the 2019 Transpac Race. Aloha!

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