2013 Transpacific Yacht Race - Slow second start

2013 Transpacific Yacht Race- slow start
Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing.
The 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or the Transpac, today greeted the 21 starters with unseasonably overcast rainy skies.

The teams representing Australian, Canada, Japan, and the USA set off at 1300 local time from the start line off Point Fermin in San Pedro at 1300 Pacific Daylight Time for the 2225-mile race to Diamond Head, just east of Honolulu.

These were very abnormal conditions for the start of this biennial ocean racing classic, with light and variable breezes from the south prompting teams to sail off the starting line on port tack, unlike most starboard tack starts. And the unusual conditions also had some teams already loaded with spinnakers on their bows and ready to deploy…normally these downwind sails are not seen until the second or third day of this race.