July 25th, 2005 – Record setting finish!
We finish just before Midnight Hawaii time.
Recorded Finish Time: July 25th, 23:14:13 HST
With our brand new Transpac 52 we bettered the record set in 1979 by Merlin, a 70 ft sled!
We finished 3 hours and 15 minutes ahead of the next Transpac 52! That was an extraordinary performance with a boat that we hadn’t sailed before, competing with three very experienced boats. We are all smiles here finishing on our 8th night at sea. Being “Unplugged” for 9 days got me to focus on sailing, my friends and partners on the race as well as doing a lot of thinking. The kind of thinking that will help accelerate the success of our new company, Fullpower. Of course as soon as I hit the dock and hugged Sonia and the children, I was instantly back online. A world better connected is a world perfected!
This was my 7th Trans-Pacific crossing and the one that was the most fun to date! It only gets better when the boats get smaller and lighter!