The 2015 Transpac Honolulu Race got underway on July 13, 2015. This year the 2,558-nm race from Point Fermin, Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, boasts a fleet of 61 boats: 57 monohulls in eight divisions and four multihull yachts.
The race comes on the heels of the 2015 Transatlantic Race during which the 100-foot Maxi Comanche, designed by France’s VPLP Design-Verdier and built by Hodgdon Yachts of Maine, established a new 24-hour speed record. Comanche’s navigator Stan Honey had planned to follow up his success aboard Comanche by sailing Wild Oats XI in the Transpac but sustained a concussion after a fall during the Transatlantic. Unfortunately, Honey was forced to bow out of the Transpac while he recovered. He has been replaced as navigator on Wild Oats XI by New Zealander Nick White.