Transpac 2009

Transpac 2009

Transpac Sailing Record

Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton’s Reichel Pugh 100 sailing yacht has made a new Transpac sailing record. Alfa Romeo sailed 399 nautical miles over 24 hours, blasting the previous record set by Morning Glory during the 2005 Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac Yacht Race.

Alfa Romeo’s sailing average over the 24 hour period was over 15 knots, and at this pace it looks like they will have another 24 hour record  before this yacht race is over, especially as squalls and big breezes are expected on the final approach to Hawaii.

The Alfa Romeo boat is currently sailing a course that will go over the top of Bruce Anderson’s Perry 59, Free Range Chicken, which is the only unlimited boat in Division III.  Magnitude 80, also in  Division I, is sailing right along, and is less than 100 miles behind Alfa Romeo on a similar track.

Meanwhile, the wind is improving for the rest of the Transpac sailing fleet, as the boats speed up. Aboard Chasch Mer, Eric Conn gives us a feel for the improved wind conditions, “We have been sailing either to windward or close reaching from the start. Which makes living in a world tilted 30 to 45 degrees very interesting. Nothing stays where you put it. Putting on your heavy weather gear to go on deck at night is a major achievement. Preparing meals and eating are a hang on and pray situation. Then comes attempting to sleep; a heeling bouncing boat crashing through waves, assorted blocks and lines creaking and groaning make a sound that rocks the blue water sailors to sleep.”

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Transpac Standings

Transpac 2009 Div 1

Boat Kts NMtF
Valkyrie 11.4 1734.3
Samba Pa Ti 11.5 1687.5
Pegasus 50 12.4 1702.2
Medicine Man 12.9 1695.4
Magnitude 80 13.4 1594.8
Flash 10.3 1692.2
Akela 11.3 1678.0
Alfa Romeo 17.1 1468.5
Cazador 10 1765.6

Transpac 2009 Div 2

Boat Kts NMtF
Westerly 10.3 1768.2
Ragtime 10.5 1766.8
Pyewacket 10 1709.1
OEX 9.8 1707.4
Mirage 9.7 1732.1
Holua 10 1747.1
Grand Illusion 10.6 1709.3
Alchemy 10 1709.5

Transpac 2009 Div 3

Boat Kts NMtF
Bengal 7 10.9 1340.3
Cipango 9.9 1342.3
Criminal Mischief 12.1 1263.7
Free Range Chicken 9.2 1440.3
Leglus 11.7 1370.5
Wasabi 10.7 1378.2

Transpac 2009 Div 4

Boat Kts NMtF
Artemis 10.3 1423.8
Bad Pak 9.9 1350.1
Hula 9.5 1346.0
Paranoia 6.6 1407.2
Reinrag2 11.4 1421.4
Relentless SC52 9.9 1369.3
Ruahatu 11 1392.3
Tachyon III 9.9 1364.2

Transpac 2009 Div 5

Boat Kts NMtF
Allure 10.6 1397.9
Roy’s Chasch Mer 9.4 1462.4
Horizon 10.8 1400.3
Mighty Tongaroa 9.2 1412.6
Passion 9.4 1401.7

Transpac 2009 Div 6

Boat Kts NMtF
Addiction 7.7 1463.3
Bloodhound 8.7 1352.3
J World 8.7 1316.9
Narrow Escape 10.3 1362.1
Relentless 9.2 1188.9

Transpac 2009 Div 7

Boat Kts NMtF
Between the Sheets 8.3 1364.5
Charisma 8.3 1243.5
Far Niente 8.2 1400.6
Hassle 7.1 1404.2
Lynx 7.9 1521.8
Silent Running 0 2204.6

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