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Transpacific Yacht Race one of the most dangerous races this yearUPDATED 8:45 PM HST Jul 19, 2013Video Transcript
races in the world began welcoming the first finishers to Hawaii waters today. The 47th crossing of the Transpacific Yacht Race pits 57 skippers in a seafaring challenge from Los Angeles to Honolulu. But as KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports ... this year's race is proving to be one of the most dangerous -- and not because of the ocean conditions -- but ocean debris. 11-days... 2,225 nautical miles... One winner. 7:28 ALOHA! First to finish at Diamond Head...the Manatea. 16:12 WHEN WE CROSSED THE LINE TODAY I WAS OVERWHELMED THAT WE ACTUALLY WERE DOING IT AND COMING IN FIRST AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME, KIND OF SAD IT WAS OVER. 16:23 Held every odd-numbered year... Transpac holds itself apart from other major ocean races for being known as a "downwind" race. In other words - fast and dangerous. But this year -- Japan tsunami debris is posing a serious hazard for sailors. 16:54 YOU HEARD A THUD, AND THEN WE HEARD ANOTHER THUD. I WOULDN'T SAY IT WAS A TELEPHONE POLE, BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY AT LEAST A VERY BIG FENCE POST THAT WE HIT AND IT CAME OUT AT THE BACK OF THE BOAT. 17:07 This is video of damage to the ORMA 73 from what may have been debris. 22:07 WE DEFINTELY WARNED SAILORS BEFORE ALSO WE'RE WORKING WITH NOAA TO TRACK ALL DEBRIS. ALL DEBRIS IS REPORTED AND FORWARDED ON TO WHAT WAS SIGHTED AND EXACT LOCATION. I THINK THERE'S a lot MORE OUT THERE THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. 22:13 24:23 TRANSPAC HAS A RICH HISTORY THE IDEA CONCEIVED BY KING DAVID KALAKAUA IN 1886 AS A WAY TO STRENGTHEN HAWAII'S ECONOMY AND TIES WITH THE MAINLAND. THE FIRST CROSSING DIDNT' HAPPEN UNTIL 1906.. BUT THE KING'S GOAL, REMAINS TRUE. 24:36 22:48 THE ROOMS IN ALL THE HOTELS ARE BOOKED. YOU HAVE 57 BOATS, WITH ALL THEIR CREW, ALL THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS FROM 7 COUNTRIES IS IT? SO IT DEFINITELY IMPROVES THE ECONOMY. 22:57 4-Hawaii based boats are among the diverse group of sailors raising their sails in the race across the Pacific. And even if not first place winners this year -- a paradise finish still a worthy prize. Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News. The second place boat is expected to be arriving in Honolulu at around 7 o'clock tonight. There's no money awarded in this race. Just a trophy... And bragging rights. You what they say ...