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ArchimedesStartshtp-2014-480-MThe diverse fleet of 18 veteran and virgin Singlehanded Transpac “buglighters” which set off from Frisco 13 days ago is approaching their finish at beautiful Hanalei Bay, the first of four Hawaii-bound fleets to reach the Islands this summer.

Racers have enjoyed overall good conditions after a blustery, stomach-churning start in this 19th edition of the longest singlehanded race in North America.

While the boats range in type from a Mini 6.50 to a 44′ Nauticat live-aboard ketch, SHTP fans ashore have followed a very close and exciting race since the start, with added drama from a catastrophic rudder failure, boom breakage,  autopilot woes, and the usual bags-full of shredded kites.

At this writing (Friday afternoon), the now-kiteless Islander 36 Frolic  is the guestimated overall winner (by 5 hours corrected), having passed Wyliecat 30 Bandicoot on the leaderboard.  Spinnakers?  We don’t need no stinkin’ spinnakers!

Barn door honors are up for grabs between the E-27 Archimedes and the PJ49 Scaramouche V, currently estimated to cross the line within minutes of each other ~1840hrs PDT Saturday. Add your comments to the thread here.  Thanks to Anarchist Pogen.