Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach for the beginning of the Transpac 2015 sailing competition.
Lending Club 2 will attempt to set a new Transpac record. Bruno Peyron set the current Transpac record in 1997 aboard Commodore Explorer, an 86-foot catamaran, in five days, nine hours, 18 minutes, and 26 seconds.
Transpac’s first race was in 1906 and took 12 days to complete and has since become one of the premier international sailing events.
Transpac 2015 will field more than 61 boats launching over a three-day period on July 13, 16 and 18. Lending Club 2 sets sail Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m.
The Transpac 2015 sailing race is open to monohulls and multihulls and starts at Point Fermin in San Pedro, California, near Los Angeles and finishes at Diamond Head Lighthouse in Oahu, Hawaii, east of Honolulu. The first start is on Monday, July 13 with subsequent starts planned for Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18. The staggered starts help compress the finish times for a fleet that will have widely different speeds over the more than 2,225 nautical miles – 2,560 miles or 4,121 kilometers.
Lending Club 2:
Lending Club 2 is made entirely of carbon, which is both strong and light (lighter = faster). This includes the mast, rudders, c-foils, and central daggerboard.
The main sail weighs roughly 880 pounds and the sails toward the bow can weigh as much as 220 lbs. The sails are made of Cuben Fiber, which, like carbon, is strong and light. The fiber is derived from polyethylene – the same stuff used to make fleeces and milk bottles.
The rope used throughout the boat is made of Dyneema – another polyethylene-based fiber – that is regarded as the world’s strongest. Dyneema is also used for the trampoline, giving each strand of the net the strength to support 1,200 lbs. of weight. The mainsheet, the rope that pulls in the boom to change the position of the main sail, can withstand an incredible 14 tons of tension.
Lending Club 2 – Maxi Trimaran – Sail Boat Specifications
Top Speed: 40-plus knots
Length: 105 feet
Width: 73 feet
Mast Height: 134.5 feet
Maximum Sail: 828 square meters
Lending Club 2 – Sail Boat Overview
The cables supporting the mast, called “shrouds,” run from the top of the mast down to the back of each outer hull and carry sensors to monitor tension (normally seven tons per shroud). Without the sensors, the crew can’t be sure that the mast will hold up when they raise the sails.
The mast is mounted on a titanium ball that enables it to rotate, much like a human joint. The shrouds provide enough tension to secure the mast to the ball, while allowing the mast to rotate in line with the sail.
Sensors at the top of the mast collect wind data. Since wind speed and direction at the top of the 41-meter mast can be very different from that on the deck, computers collect and analyze the data.
Displays placed strategically throughout the boat provide the crew with speed, wind angle, wind direction, and the boat’s heading. An onboard satellite-based Internet connection allows the navigator to collect real-time weather information.
Eight Lithium ion batteries (like cell phone batteries, but bigger) power the onboard computers and navigation equipment. The special lightweight batteries provide the necessary power, but at less than one third the weight of conventional batteries.
Each crew member carries an Automatic Identification System (AIS) device at all times, which enables the boat to track them if they fall overboard.
While Lending Club 2 is a technological marvel, world speed sailing records require a more traditional approach. Although the boat has batteries and an engine, the batteries may only be used to power the computers and navigation equipment. The engine may only be used to maneuver into port and charge the batteries. Everything else – from trimming sails to raising the 880-pound main sail – requires manpower. A day of winching, grinding winders, and bouncing across the deck – all at 27 knots (30 miles per hour) – makes for a tough full-body workout.
Lending Club 2 Crew – Each member of Lending Club 2’s crew is highly experienced and able to handle multiple positions, allowing the team to race with fewer crewmembers and thus less weight. Only the navigator has a dedicated post to ensure the path ahead is clear and that the boat is heading in the best direction.
Renaud Laplanche (USA) – Twice French National Laser champion in 1988 and 1990, Renaud chose to pursue his business career rather than prepare for the Barcelona Olympic trials. In 2013, he raced his first Transpac from Long Beach, CA to Hawaii aboard the first Lending Club boat.
Ryan Breymaier (USA) – The most French of Americans, his ocean racing experience includes winning the 2014 New York to Barcelona IMOCA double-handed transatlantic. In 2012, he set the World Speed Sailing record from New York to San Francisco.
Roland Jourdain (FRA) – A household name in France, Roland has more than 30 years of ocean racing experience. He has competed in the Vendée Globe (single-handed non-stop around the world) three times and is best known for winning the Route du Rhum (single-handed transatlantic race) twice in a row.
Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant (FRA) – Experience on numerous big multihull sails, including two Jules Verne records (fastest non-stop around the world on multihull).
Jan Majer (USA) – Jan grew up on sailboats and has 15 years of offshore racing experience in the USA, including navigating on high profile private campaigns on the East and West coasts. Jan is also a keen F18 sailor.
Boris Herrmann (GER) – Boris first raced with Ryan during the 2010/2011 Barcelona World Race. He has raced a Class 40 to victory around the world doublehanded and competed in the Mini Transat (single-handed atlantic crossing in a 23 ft. boat) at age 19.
Stanislas Delbarre (FRA) – For years Stan was the boat captain for the Maiden campaign, a high profile ocean racing team that held the Cowes-Dinard record, Miami-NY record, and 24-hour record for many years. Stan also won the Oryx Quest race around the world on the same catamaran.
Skip MacCormack (USA) – Skip regularly races on 18 ft. Skiff, a very fast and energetic boat. Skip has valuable local knowledge for the Transpac course. In 2009. he raced the 2,225-mile course double-handed with his wife in a 30 ft. boat.
Quin Bisset (FRA) – Quin is now the fastest OBE (onboard reporter) in the world! When not taking pictures or video of the racing crew, he will be found giving his arms a workout on the grinders.
Lending Club 2 – Maxi Trimaran – 2015 World Records:
Cowes, UK to Dinard, France, April 1, 2015
Theoretical Distance: 138 nautical miles
Sailed Distance: 144 nautical miles
Average Speed (Theoretical Course): 26.34 knots
Average Speed (Actual Course): 27.52 knots
Max Speed: 40.6 knots
Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Newport, RI to Bermuda, April 19-20, 2015
Theoretical Distance: 635 miles
Sailed Distance: 642 miles
Average Speed (Theoretical Course): 27.4 knots
Average Speed (Actual Course): 27.72 knots
Max Speed: 40.4 knots
Time (Subject to Ratification): 23 hrs, 9 min, 52 sec
TRANSPAC / The Transpacific Yacht Race:
In 2007 the 44th Transpacific Yacht Race kicked off Transpac’s second century: the longest of the two oldest ocean races in the world, which were first sailed in 1906. That was the year of the great San Francisco earthquake, which literally altered the course of the former event. Clarence MacFarlane of Honolulu invited West Coast sailors to race to the Hawaiian Islands from San Francisco, but the city’s devastation forced the three entries to start from Los Angeles, as the race does today. The finish is off the Diamond Head lighthouse just east of Honolulu, establishing a distance of 2,225 nautical miles.
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