Transpac 2011 heading to Hawaii!!

Written by Polly on July 13th, 2011

Pollyroger has not forgotten you folks, she’s been pretty busy taking care of a lot of important matters—but one very important one is about to happen…TRANSPAC.

Pals near and far, the longest running sailboat race on the planet is heading back to Hawaii for its 46th biennial race!  What began as an invitation from King David Kalakaua, to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1886, finally started in 1906 from Los Angeles to Honolulu.  It’s been running biennially with a few exceptions since the start of this fantastic tradition.

The harbor front is starting to buzz in anticipation of the racers heading to our islands.  The vessels are more than midway here now and the celebrations are going to be under way soon enough.  Here is a link to the official website so you can have a look at their progress: www.transpacrace.com  There are such a wide variety of committees that it takes to make this event a success, from communications, to escort boats, to the ship stores, each yacht club on island, you name it; everyone that loves sailing wants to help out.

Diamond Head Lighthouse

Pollyroger has chosen to volunteer where she loves best at the Diamond Head Lighthouse Finish Line Committee.  It’s a pretty exciting job, since you are the person actually calling the vessels finish, along with the timer who records the exact second you call out “MARK”!!  One Transpac year she had the good fortune of calling the finish for three vessels within fifteen minutes of each other.  Talk about fun… =) This year’s watch is on a full moon—good timing!  Here she is with her watch partner, Lita Shelton at the lighthouse.  Note the “pvc-style scope” for the finish.  Believe me, that baby is accurate.

Finish Line

Lita & Pollyroger

Pollyroger also had the good fortune to go out on an inaugural sail/ride with Lyle Holden’s new vessel “Loco Moco”, last Friday night for the beer can races.  She made wonderful new friends that evening as you can see here from these photos.  Well pals as we say in the islands, “A hui ho!”… (until we meet again) 

There will be many more posts coming sooner than later with the fantastic fleet of boats sailing their way to the place we call home here in these islands–Hawaii.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lorraine says:

    Hi Polly,

    We had the excitment for seeing the 7 traditional sailing canoes come into Kaunakakai from our lanai, a few weeks ago, when they visited Molokai.

    Sea Witch the sister ship to Southern Cross won the Transpac in 1951! There is a photo of her in the maritime museum when she came around Diamond Head. How times and designs have changed.

    Good on you, glad you are having so much fun. A hui ho. Maybe see you. L

    • Polly says:

      Ahoy, Aloha couple! I was able to see the Polynesian Voyaging Canoes at Kuuloa a couple of weeks ago…quite a special morning as the crews were being brought to shore for the ceremonies of the day. Really neat stuff about, Sea Witch! Thanks for sharing that information. I hope to see your smiling face when you are on Oahu. A hui ho!

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