39th Biennial
Transpacific Yacht Race

WHAT: The 39th Biennial Transpacific Yacht Race, a 2,225 nautical mile race from San Pedro, California to Honolulu, Hawai`i.

The race was first conceived by Hawaii's King Kalakaua in 1886 and first race run with three yachts on June 11, 1906 racing from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The three yachts entered were:
La Paloma, a 48-foot schooner owned by Clarence Macfarlane of Hawaii
Lurline, an 86-foot schooner owned by Harry Sinclair of California.
Anemone, a 112-foot ketch owned by Charles Tutt of New York
The winner was Lurline, with an elapsed time of 12 days, 9 minutes, 59 seconds.

RECORD: The 20-year old elapsed time record was set in 1977 by the 67-foot sloop Merlin,owned by Bill Lee of Santa Cruz, California: 8 days, 11 hours, 1 minute, 45 seconds.

WHERE: All yachts start off Point Fermin in San Pedro, California. Each start is scheduled for 12:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Savings Time. The finish is an imaginary line projecting from the Diamond Head Lighthouse to the Diamond Head Buoy. The buoy will be left to starboard (right).

WHEN: Multiple Race Starts as follows:
June 28,1997 - 1pm Cruising Class
July 02, 1997 - 1pm Small Boat Class
July 05, 1997 - 1pm Big Boat Class
July 07, 1997 - 1pm Multihull Class

Entry Deadline: May 16, 1997. All participating yachts must be launched, sailing, have submitted a rating certificate, have a crew list and have completed entry form.


WHO: Organized and Conducted by:
Transpacific Yacht Club Commodore, Gil Jones
Sponsored by: The Kenwood Corporation
Hawaii Transpac Committee: General Chairman, Kevin Meechan
Host Yacht Club: Waikiki Yacht Club: Commodore, Gregory P. Frey

Phone 310-835-2526. Fax: 310-513-1664
Email: 75372.1671@CompuServe.com

HAWAI`I MEDIA: Carol Hogan/Ocean Promotion
73-1241 Melomelo Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone & Fax: 808-325-7400
Email: oceanpro@interpac.net

Press facility telephone numbers will be available at a later date.

PUBLIC INFO: Beginning July 1, the Public Information Center will be open to provide Transpac race information to the general public.
The number is: 808-946-9061.

WEBSITE: http://www.kenwoodcorp.com/transpac97/

With additional information at:

Hele On to WYC Transpac Nav Station

Last modified: Sunday 6/22/97 1719 HST
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