August Marine Committee – TRANSPAC 2017 recap


Date(s) - 08/01/2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Marina Park
1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
August Marine Committee - TRANSPAC 2017 recap

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee – August 1, 2017 – 5:30 pm

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee meets once a month to provide information and education on all  topics that are “marine oriented”. The meetings are open to the public and will be held at 5:30 pm the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Marina Park located on Newport Harbor in Newport Beach.

The August 1 Meeting will feature…

  •  A general discussion of the TRANSPAC 2017 race with special guest speaker Mike Lawler.

    • Newport Beach City Council Update
    • Harbor Commission Update
    • Harbor Resources Update

This is a FREE event. Reservations are not needed. Plenty of Free Parking at Marina Park. (Parking Code is 170898.)

The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) is an offshore yacht race starting off San Pedro, Los Angeles at the Pt. Fermin buoy, and ending off Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, a distance of around 2,225 nautical miles(2,560 mi; 4,121 km). Started in 1906 by Clarence W. Macfarlane, it is one of yachting’s premier offshore races and attracts entrants from all over the world. The race is organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club.

Transpac stands apart from other major ocean races as essentially a “downwind race,” as determined by normal weather patterns in the eastern Pacific north of the equator. After two or three days of slogging on the wind, the fleet encounters the “Pacific High,” a mammoth, wallowing blob of high pressure rotating clockwise between Hawaii and the West Coast of North America. As boats reach the lower edge of the high the wind bends aft and turns warm spinnakers go up, shirts come off, and sailors usually enjoy a pleasant ride the rest of the way.

Michael Lawler