Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach for the 47th Transpacific Yacht Race which starts today. The historic sailing race from Long Beach to Hawaii begins. The slow sailboats begin leaving today. We’ll meet the sailors and learn about their magnificent sailboats.
Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach for the 47th Transpacific Yacht Race, or Transpac 2013, which starts today. The first set of yachts disembark from Point Fermin in San Pedro at 1:00 p.m. You can watch the yachts this morning before they set sail at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach near Gladstone’s Restaurant.
Organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club, Transpac is an offshore race covering a distance around 2,225 nautical miles (more than 2,500 miles long) from Point Fermin all the way to Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii Yacht Club, founded in 1901, is this year’s host.
Hawaiian King David Kalakaua came up with the idea for the race as a way to foster ties with the mainland. The Transpac started in 1906 when Clarence W. MacFarlane, a court chamberlain for the King, sailed from Los Angeles to Hawaii in the schooner La Paloma to become the first race winner. The original starting location of the race was San Francisco, but had to be moved to Los Angeles as a result of the San Francisco earthquake. Since then, the Transpac has run in odd-numbered years. Because of World War II, the Transpac was not held in 1943 and 1945, but resumed in 1947.
Transpac is characterized as a “downwind” race due to weather patterns in the eastern Pacific Ocean. In addition, crews must endure the “Pacific High,” which consists of high pressure shifts and light winds that ensure the route to Hawaii is not a direct path.
Transpac is open to small and large boats ranging from 40 to 100 feet long, as well as amateur and professional crews. 59 plus entrants from all over the world will compete in Transpac 2013. The crews are comprised of sailors of different ages, genders and physical abilities.
These sailors will compete to receive the prestigious King Kalakaua Cup Trophy awarded to the First Corrected Overall yacht, along with other trophies for the different racing categories.
The smallest boats, which are expected to take the longest to cross the Pacific, start the race today. Mid-sized boats will take off three days later on Thursday, July 11th. The biggest and fastest ships will start on Saturday, July 13th. The first finish in Honolulu may be as early as Saturday, July 13th.
Prince Quentin and Prince David Kawananakoa of Hawaii will present the King Kalakaua Cup Trophy at the Transpacific Yacht Race Ceremony at the Modern Honolulu ballroom on Thursday, July 25, 2013.
Starts Today, 1:00 p.m.
San Pedro, CA 90731
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