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    Pyewacket 70' was the 2021 Barn Door Winner, the turbo'ed former Telefonica completing the LA to Diamond Head
    in the wee hours (07/23/02:53 HST) for a5d 16h 53m 20s run , collecting line honors, and currently 3rd in Division one!

    Ho'okolohe, the Farr 57' was first to finish in daylight, 08:39 HST for and elapsed time 9d 22h 39m 36s, taking Division 8 by bundles
    and is currently 1st in ORR, but that is sure to evaporate as other boats finish.
    Next in line is Lucky, the Judel-Vrolijik 72', currently 1st in Division 1 and 3rd in Line Honors


    As mentioned above Lucky is holding on to 1st, and about 1 hour away from the finish, surfing in at 18.4 knots
    The Botin 56' BadPak appears to be in position to keep the 2nd spot.
    Pyewacket 3rd in division

    The Kernan 68' Peligroso is in the drivers seat for Division 2, and 369 nm from finish and trucking at 15.2 knots
    Artemis the Botin 65' currently in 2nd, making 13.7 knots with 444 nm to go
    3rd in division, the Andrews 63' Medicine man, 476 dtf @ 13.6 knots

    The former BadPak PAC 52 Warrior Won is leading div 3 and 2nd in ORR overall with 349 nm to go and making 17.4 knots
    2nd in division and 3rd in ORR is the RP52' Vitesse, 419 nm out
    The other Pac 52 ( formerly Invisible Hand) Callisto in 3rd

    The sleds are enjoying tight racing and still dual match racing!
    SC 70 Grand Illusion hold a 10 mile advantage over 2nd place sister ship, Pied Piper with 503nm to go vs 513nm
    The Nelson Marek 68' Bolt holds onto 3rd with 544nm left to enjoy, vs Andrew 68' Rock n Roll's 548nm

    Well spread out, the fleet in Div5 shows the Rogers 56' Bretwalda in 1st with 354 nm left, sister-ship Lucky Duck in 2nd with
    400 nm 9 (4 hours, 40 minutes corrected) and 3rd place J-125 Nereid just 19 minutes behind, corrected

    The SC 50 fleet is witnessing a very tight fight to the finish, with Triumph holding a 15 minute
    advantage (give of take) with Horizon on 2nd. In 3rd and 2 hours and change in arrears, Oaxaca


    Favonius still in 1st, Riva still in 2nd and Livewire still in 3rd

    The previously mentioned Farr 57' Ho'okolohe takes the division, with the E-37 Spindrift V in 2nd with a 7 hour and change
    advantage over the Beneteau First 47.7 Macondo currently in 3rd, yet anothe E-37, Juno, isjust 2 hours and 20 minutes aft
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    A Flurry Of Finishers

    Having start dates staggered this year over five days and near-perfect strong breeze over the 2225-mile course has resulted in the first big wave of competitors coming across the finish line at Diamond Head today in the 51st edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac. Since yesterday 10 more teams have finished the race today, with 9 more teams expected in tonight before dawn tomorrow. This makes more half the fleet of 41 entries expected to be in to their berths at Hawaii YC or Waikiki YC before another large wave of 18 finishers are expected tomorrow and tomorrow night.

    One of the first in today’s wave was Chris Sheehan’s Pac 52 team on Warrior Won, who finished at 2:18 AM local time for the second-lowest elapsed time in this race: 6:16:18. This is a remarkable feat, given that many who finished close to her were several feet longer in length. She bested her closest rival in Division 3, Thomas Furlong’s R/P 51 Vitesse, by 11 hours. And in having only manual-powered systems on board, Warrior Won will also win the Merlin Trophy for being the first monohull to finish the race in this category.

    Other division winners in the marina now are Tom Holthus’s Botin 56 BadPak (Division 1), Doug Baker’s Kernan 68 Peligroso (Division 2) and Bob Pethick’s Rogers 46 Bretwalda3 (shown above at speed - Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing), a repeat champion in Division 4. A division crown is also secure for Cecil and Alyson Rossi’s Farr 57 Ho’okolohe, who finished yesterday morning, in Division 8.

    All the teams are telling stories about thrilling high-speed downwind sailing: continuous spray and even entire waves washing over the deck, with some coaxing that water to stay on deck while on others the interior was getting a regular fire hose of water. Some boats handled the ingress with bilge pumps but one team said they had to use buckets.

    (inset photo of the Callisto team at the dock of Hawaii YC - David Livingston)

    Meanwhile out on the race course the team on Steve Schulze’s Santa Cruz 50 Horizon are still locked in a corrected time battle for supremacy of Division 6, the Fabulous Fifties class, with rival Triumph, Steve Sellinger’s Santa Cruz 52. The two are separated by less than 2 hours in corrected time. With only 170 miles left to the finish the Triumph team is pushing hard to close this gap before running out of race course.

    In the meantime their daily reports give us a glimpse of life aboard:

    “It has been a thrilling and exhausting 24 hours for Triumph and her crew, with 11 gybes and 4 sail changes. We are doing what we can to fend off the faster Horizon. We are taking advantage of the wind shifts and cloud formations for greater pressure. Win or lose, we left it all on the race course.

    “Last night had a close crossing - too close for me as I was on watch as Mr. Bill (newly named Rock & Roll) came towards us on Starboard while we were on Port. She had the right of way, although ColRegs applies at night and this means both vessels must avoid regardless. Maneuvering these beasts in the middle of the day is tough - night time with impaired visibility can be impossible. No way can we gybe within 2 miles to avoid. She was not receiving our hails on the VHF Channel 16 Emergency Channel (not sure why) and as we saw their lights approach, she crossed roughly 20 boat lengths astern of us. Likely they may have not had someone below to make the call - we will find out when we talk on land.

    “Not much other news. The crew continues to perform at a high level.”

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