Boaty McBoatface

The changing face of democracy

The Transpac race of 2017 is the 49th edition of this biennial sailing race event. It comprises of covering 2225 miles that lie between Los Angeles and Honolulu, covered in a time period of four days, from July 3rd to 6th.


This year there are about 55 entrants taking part in the competitive sailing event. This race incorporates several challenges of changing and setting sails every day in differing weather and wind conditions. While the start is in freezing waters the end is in tropical weather that includes thunderstorms in the evenings.

As this race has been going on for decades now, those who have been associated with this event can appreciate the changes that have come by in the sailing experience due to the nature of boats used. The sailing and surfing as was in Santa Cruz in the late seventies comprised of bigger boats that were painstaking to maneuver. Only the surfers could enjoy the speed and the thrill of riding the waves or those who sailed smaller boats.

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