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Transpacific Race – 2

July 17, 2011

Tied up at the fuel dock

The first boat across the line is Bella Mente closely followed by Magnitude.  These are both 80 foot boats and are not that far ahead of a 60 foot Canadian boat called ‘Oh, Canada’ (average speed = 11.7knots). Time to increase the size of our boat and get something that can really sail!!Time to increase the size of our boat and get something that can really sail!!

None of these boats is able to fit into the Ala Wai Yacht Harbour due to excessive draft.  However, Oh Canada arrives and not realizing she has too deep a draft she enters the harbour and 75 metres from the dock she goes aground in 12.5 feet.  Her only alternative is to cant her keel a little to reduce draft and get dragged over to the closest dock which is the fuel dock where she is staying for the duration of the celebrations (hence when you look at the pictures closely she does seem to be leaning over and that’s due to the canted keel).

Oh Canada – Transpac 2011

So, boats are coming in slowly but surely.  53 boats expected to follow and successfully complete the race.  As each boat arrives, regardless of time, a local committee greets the boat and puts on a host party complete with Mai Tais, food etc and helps the crew settle ashore.

One of the two big party nights for the boat happens at the Hawaii Yacht Club on July 20th.  A chance for most of the boats to get here and participate in the celebration and be part of the awards ceremonies.

Pendragon at Hawaii Yacht Club Aloha dock

Pendragon – Transpac 2011


Photo by Tim Trimmer

Oh Canada – Transpac 2011


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Louise permalink
    July 17, 2011 19:25

    They may be fast, but they’re kind of ugly. Enjoy the welcome party. Is this what cruising the Pacific really means? Going from one swank yacht club to another, attending fancy parties?

  2. Admiral Wayno stuck in the tropics... permalink
    July 18, 2011 00:44

    Yes Tony! A much bigger boat is required. Excellent decision, mate.

  3. Sue D. permalink
    July 18, 2011 06:06

    Wow! They’re huge! I think Pendragon was one of the VanIsle 360 boats several years back but maybe just a namesake.

  4. Admiral Wayno stuck in the tropics... permalink
    July 19, 2011 04:54

    What is your next destination after Hawaii and when?

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