with Jim Cooney
'Comanche wins the 50th Transpac'
The Transpacific Yacht Race, from Los Angeles to Honolulu, began in 1906 and over the past 110 years it has become one of the greatest ocean races in the world. At 2,225 nm it is almost four times the length of the Sydney to Hobart and is sailed au large for almost the entire duration. Known as the Transpac, the race has been held every two years with few exceptions since the first contest involving only three yachts. The fleet now numbers more than 100 and this year the race included three Australian yachts.
Comanche, owned and helmed by RSYS Member Jim Cooney, took line honours and the prestigious Barn Door trophy in five days 11 hours, with a substantial break of 22 hours to the next 100 footer. Although the winning margin was comfortable, it was nevertheless a very challenging race. Amongst his crew of 16 were wife Samantha and sons James and Douglas, making the 50th Transpac a memorable family event.
Date: Wednesday 2 October
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 includes 2 courses and wines