The 20th Edition of the Singlehanded Transpac starts today. According to their web site “more people have made it to outer space than have raced singlehanded from San Francisco to Hawaii.”
Racers start from San Francisco U.S.A. and sail approximately 2,120 miles across the Pacific Ocean, alone, non-stop and unassisted, finishing in Hanalei Bay, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The race is organized by the Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay. The Society is a non-profit sporting organization to promote the cause and practice of singlehanded sailing and racing.
The Transpac is open to ocean-going boats and adventurous skippers. You won’t see big expensive boats with huge budgets, just sailors from all walks of life who compete in the boat they own. As long as skippers and boats have make a qualifying cruise, meet the safety requirements, and pay the entry fees they can participate. According to the Race Rules and Conditions the yacht’s overall length on deck shall be between 20 and 70 feet, and the yacht shall be skippered by one person who shall be at least 18 years of age by July 2, 2016.
The current monohull record is 11 days. The maximum duration of the race is three weeks. The trip home takes longer than the race itself due to the prevailing winds and the North Pacific High, so many skippers ship their boats home. Skippers who sail home need to allow for 30 days for a return trip to California.
For more information:
Singlehanded Transpac 2016 web site
Cruising World article on Skirting the Pacific High
Strategies for the North Pacific High: Overall race structure and necessary decisions
Other Pacific Races this summer:
Vic-Maui Race. Victoria to Maui, starts July 9
Pacific Cup. San Francisco to Hawaii, starts the week of July 11