The 50th running of the classic Transpacific Race
Transpac is something special. It is the oldest of the real classics in terms of ocean races. For most sailors the longest ocean race – 2200 miles.
Being a category 1 race in terms of safety, it is a long way to go to be able just to get to the starting line. Despite that, 92 boats have found their way, from Hobie 33s, Cal 40 and Santa Cruz class, up to the foiling MOD 70s, Comanche and other state of the art racing machines.
Karl Otto Book: "Maren and I joined our Elvstrøm SailPoint and colleague from the San Francisco Bay Area; Ian Ferguson on Nådeløs, which is in fact our good "old" Wasa 55, Cubaneren. We are thrilled that we can join this, 2 of us also did two years ago, 2 were rookies. And of course, we are thrilled than we made it as the first and fastest in our class 9. It would of course be nice to have more competitors than 3, but we could not do anything else than sail as fast as we could. That ended up with victory by close to 24 hours on corrected time.
We have also been a part of the Winning 3 boat team; Oaxaca won their class (Santa Cruz 50), Azure came second by the Cal`s and we won division 9."
Congrats to the cool crew and thanks for sharing!