Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Transpac Tahiti Race on Virtual Regatta - Registration opens today

by Transpacific Yacht Club 23 May 2020 19:24 BST 28 May 2020
Loick Peyron © Transpacific Yacht Club

After having attracted a near-record turnout for the 2020 edition of the Transpacific YC's Transpac Tahiti Race, organizers had to finally succomb to pandemic restrictions and postpone this year's race to the future.

The dream of sailing to the South Seas on a 3570-mile journey from Los Angeles to Papeete would have to wait until the next planned running in 2022.

However, the dream of this journey is not completely lost for this year, thanks to the infectious enthusiasm of Stephanie Betz and her team at Archipelagoes, the Tahiti-based co-organizers of the race. They have partnered with Virtual Regatta to offer a simulated online version of the race to challenge all sailors, whether curious newcomers or salty veterans who both have for now to sit out any long range voyaging due to the worldwide restrictions on travel.

Using polar performance data from Comanche, the 100-foot current first-to-finish Barn Door Trophy champion in the 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Transpac race, Virtual Regatta (VR) is accepting entries starting today to register at virtualregatta.com/en/offshore-game to try their skills to race the longer course to Tahiti.

The online race will start at 1400 PDT on the original race start date of May 28, 2020, and will feature the same real-time weather conditions found on the actual race course, with some additional options valuable to players to increase the performance of their entry during the race.

'We chose to use a fast boat like Comanche," said Betz, "because the course record of 11 days 10 hours and 13 minutes is rather old and with the right weather could be beaten by a modern fast boat of this type. This is an exciting alternative to the real race that we can offer our sailors and race fans at this time to get them motivated to try and beat this course record virtually, but also to come to Tahiti when its safe and experience our beautiful islands in person."

And while only several dozen lucky sailors could have personally experienced the long trip to Tahiti, the VR version can attract many 1000's to play along and get inspired to one day sail this or any other ocean racing course. In this way it keeps us engaged with the sport while we have this temporary pause in our actual racing.

French ocean racing legend Loick Peyron has been the official race ambassador for the Transpac Tahiti Race, and has also endorsed this virtual approach in lieu of being able to go to sea.

"This is not the same of course," said Peyron, "but it is a clever way to experience some of the strategic challenges we face in offshore sailing, and who knows, may inspire some new ocean racers to try this in person on their own."

To bring interest in this virtual version of the race, Archipelagoes is offering an attractive prize for the winner of the online version of the race: 2 free air tickets to Tahiti, courtesy of race sponsor Air Tahiti Nui.

"We are saddened of course to not have our real race after over a solid year and a half of planning and preparation," said TPYC race committee chairman Tom Trujillo. "But we applaud the tremendous energy of Stephanie and all her partners and sponsors to have "the show must go on" positive enthusiasm to find and implement this interesting alternative. We had a positive experience with a VR version of the Honolulu Transpac race last year running in parallel to the actual race, so we're confident this will find success as well."

The Transpac Tahiti 2020 has been supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Air Tahiti Nui, the Municipality of Papeete, the Port Master of Papeete, Tahiti Tourisme, and AMFU.

For more information about "Being a Part of the South Seas Legend" in the Transpac Tahiti Race 2020, visit the event's website at transpac-tahiti.com.

Related Articles

Transpac welcomes GoodEnergy as its 60th entry
63-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed yacht co-skippered by George Hershman and Mark Comings The 63-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed GoodEnergy co-skippered by George Hershman and Mark Comings is now the 60th entry in this year's 51st edition of the Transpac, the Transpacific Yacht Club's 2225-mile ocean racing classic from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Posted on 6 Apr
Transpac 2021: Full steam ahead
Interest is strong among participants, sponsors and members The Board of Directors of the Transpacific Yacht Club has confirmed the 2021 Transpac yacht race is on. Interest is strong among participants, sponsors and members of the club to have no interruption this year in the 105-year history. Posted on 4 Mar
Transpac 51 now has 52 entries
Entry fee deadline extended With the first of three starts now less than six months away, the 51st edition of the biennial Los Angeles to Honolulu Transpac race is still building its entry list, having reached 52 registered yachts last week. Posted on 29 Jan
Over 40 entries registered for 2021 Transpac
51st edition of this classic race from Los Angeles to Honolulu As of today, 8 months and 9 days in advance of the first start on July 13, 2021, there are 42 confirmed entries in the 51st edition of the Transpacific Yacht Club's race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, the Transpac. Posted on 3 Nov 2020
Virtual start of the Transpac Tahiti Race
Over 34,000 players taking part! In lieu of having the actual start of the fleet in the 2020 Transpac Tahiti Race scheduled for today off Point Fermin in Los Angeles, a virtual race was started instead at 1100 PDT among over 34,000 online players on Virtual Regatta. Posted on 28 May 2020
'Gamble' Mini Documentary from Transpac
Justin Edelman is a filmmaker who grew up sailing My name is Justin Edelman and I am a filmmaker who grew up sailing. I never imagined I would get the opportunity to combine these two passions when I went to school for film. Posted on 18 Dec 2019
Aloha spirit at final awards of Transpac 50
Lots of leis and trophies distributed in Honolulu "Aaaalloooh-haaah!" This greeting repeated in unison by the crowd of over 600 attendees is how Transpacific Yacht Club Commodore Tom Hogan commenced the Awards Ceremony to the 50th edition of the LA - Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race on Friday night. Posted on 29 Jul 2019
All in at Transpac 50
The final tally of boats completing the course successfully is 81 With Jason Seibert's Schock 40 Gamble making it across the finish line this morning after a long passage of almost 11 days, the Transpacific Yacht Club can declare all boats have finished this year's 50th edition to the LA-Honolulu Race. Posted on 25 Jul 2019
Last wave see rough conditions in Transpac 50
Final finishers get rough seas and big breezes on approach By sunset on Monday, only a handful of yachts were still at sea heading towards the finish in the 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race, organized by the Transpacific YC. Posted on 23 Jul 2019
Transpac 50 - Half the fleet are in Hawaii
A flood of both fast and slow entries converging together on the finish Mostly favorable weather conditions for this race and the staggered start paradigm has created for the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race what was intended: a flood of both fast and slow entries converging together on the finish in Hawaii. Posted on 22 Jul 2019