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Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu

 
 
Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 31, 2013
1. Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu Marker
Inscription. The Transpacific Yacht Race, 2,225 nautical miles to Honolulu, is one of the great ocean races of the world. First launched in 1906, the race now features as many as 80 yachts, all completing for a place on the Transpac Walk of Fame. Past winners include such celebrities as Frank Morgan, the "Wizard of Oz," in 1947, and Roy E. Disney in 1999. Over the years, other crew members have included Ted Kennedy, Olympic swimming star, Mark Spitz, and Johnny (Tarzan) Weismuller. But, for the most part, it has been men, women, and children as young as 11 sailing with their families and sharing a love of the sea.

For the race's Centennial Celebration in 2005, the City of Long beach has dedicated Rainbow Harbor as the "Transpac Village" mainland staging base. Here competitors from across the country and overseas can interact with the public and perform last-minute preparations on their boats before starting the race off the Palos Verdes Peninsula each July during odd-numbered years.
 
Location. 33° 45.699′ N, 118° 11.587′ W. Marker is in Long Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on South Pine Avenue. Click for map. The marker is located at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 31, 2013
2. Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 10th Anniversary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evolution of a skyline (about 500 feet away); In Their Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Breakers (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sovereign (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Blackstone (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Security Pacific National Bank (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Long Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Transpacific Yacht Club History. Since 1949 the fastest in the fleet have traditionally competed for the unique Transpacific Yacht Club Perpetual Trophy---a 3 1/2 x 4-foot plaque of hand-carved Hawaiian koa wood---better known as the "Barn Door." Smaller boats unable to match the larger ones in sheer speed compete for a prize more reflective of crew performance: the King Kalakaua Trophy, a metallic model of a sailing canoe, for the best corrected handicap time. (Submitted on March 20, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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