By Christine Weaver | July 18, 2016 | Hanalei, HI | 0
Beginning on Friday morning with the 8:18:50 HST arrival of Jirí Šenkyrík’s Olson 30 Kato, the solo sailors in the Singlehanded TransPac rounded Puu Poa Point to emerge in view of Hanalei Bay, thus finishing the race’s 20th edition.
As of this morning, 12 of the 23 entries have arrived, their boats filling out the anchorage framed by a half-moon-shaped sandy beach, backed by towering, craggy, lushly tropical mountains — one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
The biennial race began on July 2 off the race deck of the Corinthian Yacht Club, and will wrap up with an awards ceremony on July 23 at Nawiliwili YC in Lihue on the opposite side of Kauai from Hanalei Bay.
Tom Burden’s Cal 40 Shaman, George Lythcott’s Express 27 Taz!!, Yves Vergnolle’s Mini Transat 6.50 Minibar and Grégory Saramite’s Pogo2 Libra finished on Sunday, in that order. George Lythcott on Taz!! has been plagued by autopilot problems, but his troubles were followed by the reward of a daylight landfall. "I’ve done this race twice before and arrived in darkness," he commented. "Finally get that picturesque scenery."
We’ll check in with the race again later this week in ‘Lectronic Latitude, and we’ll have much more in the August issue of Latitude 38.
"We’re all wondering when the sun is going to come out. It’s been cloudy and overcast for days and nights now," wrote the crew of the Allied Mistress 40 ketch — ironically named Shadowside — in their Pacific Cup blog this morning.