The race has been held for 76 years with 2019 as one of the most popular registration years on record hosting thirty-seven boats! Sailors hop over to Maui on Friday to begin Labor Day weekend festivities like the Oahu vs Maui Softball game. Our friend Sean with Ala Wai yachts competed in the race with a Quicksilver Faar 38 finishing the race in about eight and a half hours. Others enjoy laidback cruising with the fleet which is a great opportunity to take out a new sailboat!
Congratulations to all who competed in the Lahaina Return Race and here’s to doing it again next year!
The win was no small task, as one of the longest races in the world Tracy Edwards and her crew faced the most extreme conditions of the ocean, financial challenges, and enormous criticism as the first ever women to compete ultimately winning second overall.
For more information about the race and to find out how to join TransPac 2019, check out the TransPac website, with many more amazing photos from Sharon Green at Ultimate Sailing. Also, check out this great video summary of TransPac 2017 by TransPac Race.
Hokule'a's arrival home marks the culmination of rigorous preparations and the undying dream to revive Polynesian voyaging after 600 years. During the arrival ceremony of Hokule'a officially designated a "state treasure," Honolulu City Mayor Kirk Caldwell presented Hokule'a Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson a key to the city and urged everyone to take the spirit of Hokule'a to heart. "Hokule'a talks to the future, to the keiki." said Thompson
As Lloyd stepped onto the dock he said… “ An unbelievable trip! Can't believe we actually broke the record! This was the most difficult sail of my life. Everything went our way and the team put out a super human effort in order to keep the boat moving at nearly 30 knots through the entire trip. We are all excited for a well deserved rest and some sight seeing in Hawaii…" Quote from: 2017TransPacYC.com/news
Pacific Offshore Challenge 17-3: Sailing to Lanai, Maui and Molokai aboard Gemini with Lisa, Anton, James and Leandroe, April 8-15, 2017.
Pacific Offshore Challenge 17-2: Sailing to Lanai, Maui and Molokai aboard Gemini with James, Anne, Leandroe and Angelyn, March 19-26, 2017.
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