Newport Beach, CA – Organizers from the Transpacific Yacht Club (TPYC) have announced the starting dates for their 47th edition of this classic biennial race from Los Angeles to Honolulu to be held in July 2013. The first start will be on Monday, July 8th, 2013, with subsequent starts planned for Thursday, July 11th and Saturday, July 13th.
The staggered starts help compress the finish times for a fleet that will have widely different speeds over the 2225-mile course, which could range from the record-setting 16.5 knot average course speed made in 2009 by Neville Crichton’s R/P 100 Alfa Romeo to a more leisure pace at half that rate among some Aloha Division entries. Depending on weather conditions, entries could be crossing the finish line at Honolulu’s Diamond Head as early July 19th and keep coming right up until the final awards ceremony a week later.
“This is a system that has proven effective for our entries, the race organizers and the media,” says TPYC Commodore Dave Cort. “We lose the spectacle of the big fleet starts off Point Fermin, but it helps have more people around to enjoy all the fun activities at the finish.”
Soon after the Standard Entry deadline of March 2nd, 2013, TPYC will start organizing preliminary class divisions and assign start dates to entries, with the slowest boats starting on Monday and fastest entries starting on Saturday. Final rating data for each entry is due on June 1st, 2013, from which final class assignments will be made for the fleet.
Other events in the 2013 race schedule include a US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar held on January 19th at Newport Harbor YC; a Safety Inspections deadline on June 23rd; the Skipper’s Briefing on July 6th, followed by the Aloha Send-off Party in Long Beach; and another US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar held at Shoreline YC on July 7th.
A Transpac Race Preparation Seminar and Transpac Weather Seminar are also planned prior to the start, with date and venue details to be announced soon.
For entry forms, the Notice of Race and more information on the 47th Transpac, visit www.transpacrace.com.