After repeated race cancellations and a feared fourth wave of a COVID virus that seemingly just won’t quit, rumors of this year’s Transpac being 86’d have been circulating through west coast sailing scenes about as freely as new variants of the virus itself. And so it was a welcome signt in our e-mail inbox to read a recent press release from the Transpac Yacht Club that insists 2021’s race is ON!
While the challenges in holding a safe, legal and well attended race are undoubtedly numerous, the TPYC has taken unprecedented measures to insure that this year’s race will indeed take place. Consulting with epidemiologist Sara Stone, organizers are creating race-specific protocols that will aim to ensure safety and compliance with both California and Hawaii’s current rules and restrictions.
To be clear, many questions still remain. Will there be parties and social events before or after the race? A virtual awards ceremony? Crew limits? Quarantine before or after the race? Who knows, but for all Transpac race entrants there is a COVID-19 webinar scheduled for [...]