Where to begin? What an amazing week of excitement in these islands for the sailing and boating community. It all began on Friday the 15th(just one short week ago) with the first boat to finish, Bella Mente in the wee morning hours while it was still dark out. She was then followed by Magnitude 80 in the beautiful morning sunshine you see here from the view by Diamond Head Lighthouse. What a fantastic start to a wonderful week!
The boats all began arriving in a pack over the next 48-72 hours. Something like 40 vessels finished within 24 hours. Talk about some high energy at the harbor front down at the Ala Wai…
Communications, pier operations, escort vessels–you name it everything was in full swing. Maitais were waiting for each and every boat as they arrived into their designated dock, regardless if it was 2 p.m. or 2 a.m, that is the aloha spirit the vessels look forward to meeting them on their arrival. The folks from all the various yacht clubs on all the different committees were pitching in to make this one huge welcome party, as the tradition has been for over a 100 years.
Pollyroger was in her most favorite mode of all—FUN!! =)
And so we write this with our regular Friday night races going tonight, while all the crews from all the different vessels that made the passage to our island paradise; gather down at the Waikiki Shell for their awards ceremony. Tonight WYC & HYC will both be brimming with friends new and old, celebrating one more time before the visiting crews head on back to the mainland.
We wanted to share this video with you Polly Pal’s, of the wonderful folks that make it all happen, right here each and every Transpac year, the volunteers…
Mahalo nui loa! Ahoy & aloha…….