Not to be outdone by the Transatlantic Race 2011, the Transpac is also being raced at record-setting pace.
Hap Fauth’s mini-maxi, Bella Mente, set a blistering pace on Saturday night and in is threatening the 7 day, 11 hour Barn Door record set in 1999 by Roy Disney’s RP75, Pyewacket III. A record, that is, for fixed-keel monohulls employing no stored energy. That’s the regulation for Transpac’s most coveted prize, the Barn Door Trophy.
To be clear about this, Hasso Plattner’s cant-keeled Morning Glory lowered the monohull course record to 6 days, 16 hours in 2005, and Neville Crichton’s cant-keeled Alfa Romeo in 2009 lowered it to 5 days, 14 hours. But for a lot of these boats, this year, it’s about fixed keels and the Barn Door. Some 32 miles astern of Bella Mente and 12 degrees to the north (at morning roll call; not subject to the six-hour transponder delay) was Magnitude 80, built with a canting keel but reconfigured for this race with a fixed keel so that Doug Baker could have another crack at the Barn Door.
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