Transpac would like to thank our Tahiti Race sponsors for their help and we strongly recommend them if your plans take you to the beautiful islands of French Polynesia.
As we say in Hawaii, Mahalo nui loa to Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourisme! Air Tahiti Nui Tahiti Tourisme!
And we also thank Stephanie Betz of Archipelagoes for all her help.
Rage defeats Beau Geste in the 2012 Tahiti Race.
After a few days of very light winds and slow sailing, Beau Geste got the bone back in her teeth and finished the Tahiti race in style. They finished in 14 days, 5 hours, 9 minutes, 22 seconds.
Rage finished tonight just after Sunset, correcting out to win the Transpac Fritz Overton Trophy. Beau Geste who finshed just two days ago took line honors but no record times. Both boats suffered with light winds, but Rage got the better share below the Equator as Beau Geste stalled above the Tuamotus. Although the breeze was going light again at the finish, Steve Rander's Rage held on to her corrected time.
People who like boats just naturally want to take a boat ride every now and then, so how about a 3,700-mile boat ride, Los Angeles to Tahiti?
With the clock winding down to the start, 1 pm Friday from Point Fermin, Rage skipper Steve Rander was sounding nonchalant. “We’re just sitting around trying to think of anything we’ve forgotten,” he said. “I’ve done 23 Transpac crossings, all between the West Coast and Hawaii. Now it’s time for something different.” And if that something different, all the way to French Polynesia, turns out to be a race with only two boats entered? “You have to commit a long way ahead,” Rander said. With a veteran crew of longtime friends and family (“no rock stars”) the argument comes down to doing it now, regardless, “because if not, we’ll be too old.”
Rage and Beau Geste do a classic Port and Starboard match racing start heading for Tahiti. The two boats lined up on opposite sides of the line set by Los Angeles Yacht Club exactly as you would expect Beau Geste's sailing master Gavin Brady would. Having just come with inches of winning the Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup only a month ago, he clearly has those starts in mind.
Details for the 2012 Tahiti Race.
Transpac is hearing from sailors with a yen to race to Tahiti, and they ask—
Will there be another race like 2008?
The answer is yes.
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”.