What an amazing race! The 2017 Transpacific Race starting in Long Beach, California and ending in Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the oldest and longest ocean races in the world. We were stoked to see our Doyle Sails clients win the two biggest trophies of the race. Bakewell-White design Rio 100 won the historic Barn Yard Door trophy and Pac52 Invisible Hand won 1st place overall.
Rio 100 celebrating their big win on the dock
Despite having lost their rudder in the last 500 miles of the race, Manouch Moshayedi's, Rio 100's highly experienced crew were able to make a plan to not only finish the race, but to be the first across the line. “I credit this great crew for this victory,” said Moshayedi, relieved to have finished both intact and ahead of their nearest rival for the Barn Door, Frank Slootman’s Pac 52 Invisible Hand. “Their expertise and seamanship saved both the boat and our chances to repeat last year’s win.”
Invisible Hand celebrating their victory with welcome drinks
Invisible Hand wasn't far behind Rio and celebrated a victory of their own by swooping in with a 1st place overall. The crew lead by Gavin Brady had overcome troubles of their own when their A2 spinnaker blew out half through the race. When asked whether or not this hurt their chances of crossing the finish line first Brady replied, “Nah, we had two other A2’s of slightly different design. These were the only kites we had aside from an A4 if it got really windy.”
Well done teams and enjoy the well earned mai tai's!!!