For those of you that may not know, the Transpacific Yacht Race is an offshore sailing event that starts off in Los Angeles and ends at Diamond Head Volcano in Honolulu Hawaii; a distance of around 2,225 Nautical miles. Hawaii’s King Kalakaua initiated this yacht race to Hawaii as a way to the build the Island’s ties with the mainland U.S. This year’s edition of the race starts on July 13th, 2015.
The Transpac is truly an inspirational race. Unlike many other exclusive yacht races, any type of crew that meets specific standards can enter the Race. This is a chance for sailing fans everywhere to experience this grueling, ocean-crossing event.
Racing Transpac is a long adventure full of teamwork, dedication and, of course, serious risk and danger. As we all know, Mother Nature can change in an instant. At times crew members recall experiencing two –story high waves crash and build again, bad weather, sea-sickness and an extremely fierce ocean tide. At one point in the race, crewmembers are a thousand miles from any land and the ocean is three miles deep, truly one the most secluded places in the world. As a tradition, first-timer crewmembers are asked to jump overboard and swim around the boat, even if it means jumping in during the midnight hours.
This legendary race is held every other year, giving men and women anywhere the opportunity to take a gripping journey through the deep blue, from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Ala Wai Harbor in Waikiki. Every boat is welcomed by a group of cheering volunteers. Each and every crew member is given a lei, a mai tai and, of course, the Aloha hospitality. It doesn’t matter what time of day they finish the race, the volunteers are there to support and welcome the Transpac crews in true Aloha style. For about 48 hours, the Ala Wai Harbor is full of mai tais, Gatorade, flowers and pure happiness.
Transpac started in 1906 and is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker in the trade winds. Spinnaker is a special type of sail that is designed specifically for sailing off of the wind. The spinnaker fills with wind and balloons out in front of the boat when it is deployed, which is often times called flying. Using lightweight fabric, these bright colored sails are optimized for a particular range of wind angles by shaping the panels and seams.
In honor of this biennial, legendary race, we have designed and provided the Hawaiian-inspired race collection for the next two editions of Transpacific Yacht Race. “We are very excited to be part of Transpac. Our two organizations share the same passion for connecting Hawaii with the Mainland,” said Kirk Hubbard, President of Reyn Spooner. “This partnership is such a natural fit starting with our history of Reyn’s first men’s wear shop on Catalina Island, which is a key marker of the Transpac race. Sailing has been a part of Reyn Spooner culture and designs since the beginning and we are so proud to be part of this continuing tradition.”
We produced and designed special, limited edition Transpac Aloha shirts, as well as created exclusive logo items available for both crewmembers and the general public. Transpac items will be available in Reyn Spooner stores in Hawaii, online at ReynSpooner.com, at the launch and finish lines of the Transpac Race, and select retailers.
“We are honored to have Reyn Spooner share our enthusiasm and vision for helping promote and support the long traditions of challenge and achievement that are represented in the Transpac,” said TPYC Commodore Dan Nowlan. “Our entries are already excited about the Reyn Spooner designs, and we expect these will also be strong sellers among all the friends, family and fans of this great race.”
Our Commemorative Aloha shirt evokes all the important highlights of the entire voyage and comes in pullover or button-down styles, using Spooner Kloth makes it wrinkle free and will soften with wear. You can also find the Official Transpac gear at Gladstone’s in Long Beach starting the 4th of July all the way through the month of July, Reyn Spooner Kiosk on the Pier July 11, 13, 16, 18, as well as the Modern Hotel Ballroom July 31st.