Transpacific Yacht Club|
Sandy Martin, Commodore
Dec. 14, 2000
For Immediate Release
NOTICE OF RACE, ENTRY FORM, CREW REGISTER POSTED
The second century of one of the world's most prestigious yacht races has been formally launched with posting of the official Notice and Conditions of Race for Transpac 2001.
The Notice of Race, along with an entry form and an e-mail crew register, are now easily accessible on the race Web site.
Transpacific Yacht Club Commodore Sandy Martin said, "Interest in Transpac 2001 has been extraordinarily high for the past several months, especially among those making plans or building boats to compete in the new Transpac 40 and 50 classes. With this information now available, everyone can be up and running by the start of the new year."
The Notice of Race, prepared by Vice Commodore Brad Avery, explains the concept of the race, the course, rules, class breakdowns, types of boats eligible, entry fees and an overview of the Transpac rating rule. The detailed Sailing Instructions will be available by March 1, 2001.
The crew register is for skippers looking for crew and sailors looking for positions, not only in the race but for delivery of boats back to the mainland.
First contested in 1906, the 41st biennial edition of the 2,225-nautical mile classic from Los Angeles to Honolulu will start classes from next June 25 through July 4 from under the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The finish will be off the Diamond Head volcanic crater, a landmark to seafarers for centuries.
In addition to the usual handicap classes, the new Transpac 40s and 50s will compete boat for boat for first-to-finish honors within their divisions, similar to the traditional battle for the Barn Door awarded to the monohull with the fastest elapsed time.
Also featured is the Aloha (formerly "cruising") class for heavier displacement boats. There also may be classes for Volvo Ocean 60s, doublehanders and multihulls, depending on the number of entries.
TRANSPAC DOCUMENTARY TOUR HEADS FOR CANADA
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in British Columbia, Canada, is the next port of call on Jan. 25 for producers Roy E. Disney and Leslie DeMeuse in their tour of North America to present 40-minute previews of the two-hour video documentary "Transpac: A Century Across the Pacific."
They have already previewed the video in California, New York and Hawai`i. Also on the schedule are the Newport Harbor (Calif.) YC Jan. 17, San Diego YC Feb. 16 and Northwestern University in Chicago Feb. 23.
The video traces the race's origins to the 19th century with old film clips and more than a hundred interviews. It may be ordered through Transpac YC Commodore Sandy Martin, 527 W. 36th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. The price is $59.95, which includes taxes, shipping and handling. Checks should be made payable to Transpacific Yacht Club.
STARTING DATES AND PRE-RACE SENDOFF PARTIES
Aloha (formerly "Cruising") class: party June 24; start June 25, 2001