We told you that the mighty Lending Club may pull out of the the Transpac and start a few days early in order to have a shot at breaking the elapsed time record if the weather models indicated such. And such is the case:
Renaud Laplanche and Ryan Breymaier co-skippers of Maxi trimaran Lending Club 2 have made the decision to withdraw from the 2015 Transpac race and instead leave Long Beach today, July 15th, to attempt the outright Transpac record, currently held by Geronimo.
Lending club 2 had entered the 2015 Transpac race with the intention of beating the race record that stands at 5 days 9 hours and 20 minutes. The co-skipper team attempted this feat in the 2013 Transpac but were hindered by debris as large as tree trunks and telephone poles thought to be left by the Japanese tsunami and arrived in Hawaii just two hours outside the record.
For the past week Renaud and Ryan, along with navigator Boris Herrmann have been carefully watching the weather and concluded the weather window for the race start will not offer the right conditions for a fast race. At the same time they noted a low pressure system offering ideal conditions for an extremely fast crossing if the boat were to leave immediately.
The entire Lending club 2 program has been focused on record breaking with a new Cowes to Dinard record just weeks after the boat was handed over in March, fast followed by a very fast Newport to Bermuda record in April, all ratified by the WRSSC and Guinness World Records.
Thus the decision was made today to bow out of the Transpac race and focus on the outright Transpacific record. The boat is ready, the crew are ready. They can be followed via updates on their Facebook page. And live tracking on the Yellow Brick tracker here.
Go The Club!