Transpac has announced that the 2012 Tahiti Race is now a “Go”. So far, there are two excellent boats entered: Karl Kwok’s Farr 80 “Beau Geste”, and Steve Rander’s Wylie 70 “Rage”.
Beau Geste has in mind gunning for the record set by Magnitude 80 in 2008 of 11 days, 10 hours, 13 minutes, and 18 seconds. Rage (below) intends to place her name on Transpac’s Fritz Overton Memorial Trophy for First Corrected. The trophy is a unique one, and it resides at the Tahiti Yacht Club in Papeete, Tahiti. In 2008 Chris Welsh put Ragtime’s name on the trophy for his win.
With preparations now underway for the race, Transpac is casting a final call for any other boats interested in this race. The start will be on April 20, off Pt. Fermin.
Stephanie Betz of Archipelagoes and the Tahiti YC are preparing for the arrivals in Papeete. About a week after the boats arrive, the Tahiti Pearl Regatta will start from Raiatea. Be sure to check that out also.