Former Hawaii resident attempting to break prestigious recordUPDATED 11:07 PM HST Jul 16, 2013Video Transcript
prestigious records. But the Transpac Race is running into some challenges because of apparent tsunami trash. We caught up with the Captain of the ORMA 73 on its way to Hawaii. For more than 100 years, the world's best sailing teams have dared the ocean's powerful Pacific-- NATS OF BOATS IN WATER if we have ...traveling 2,560 miles....from Point Fermin, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. phoner#2 - 51:04 "WE'RE 900 MILES AWAY .. MAKING GOOD PROGRESS... SOME CHALLENGES BUT CREW RESPONDED TO IT." Former Pearl City resident John Sangmeister skippers the ORMA 73, Lending Club-- a 73 foot Trimaran.. 60 feet wide.. And 100 feet tall. It's Sangmeister's fourth Transpac race, but first time running into so much debris. PHONER#1 TAPE FROM 6PM --- 25:55 WE'VE ENCOUNTERED FAIR AMOUNT OF DEBRIS IN PACIFIC POLE CENTER BOARD CREW REPAIRED TRYING TO CATCH UP TO BREAK THE RECORD," That record-- set in 1997 by Bruno Peyron aboard the Commodore Explorer, reaching the shores of Diamond Head in 5 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes, and 26 seconds. With his boat zipping up to 38 knots per hour.... NATS OF BOATS RACING ... ANY CREW MEMBERS YELLING OR BOAT SOUND WITH WATER ...Sangmeister believes his 9- member crew has a chance. PHONER#1 TAPE FROM 6PM ---28:45 to make that repair cost 1 hour.. other issues that have eroded our speed potentia, but making good progress and gaining ground on record again, They'll have to reach Diamond Head by Thursday evening 7:28pm local time to break the Transpac record. This year's race features 59 yachts from 8 different countries. It's the 47th running of the race since 1906.