A 100-foot trimaran called Lending Club 2 was entered to race in this year's Transpacific Yacht Race, better known as the TransPac. However, it withdrew from the race with another goal in mind.
That goal was to beat the record time to sail on the TransPac course from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The record, set in 2005, was four days, 19 hours and 31 minutes. When Lending Club 2 crossed the finish line at Diamond Head at 6:44 a.m. Sunday, it unofficially broke the record by 22 and a-half hours, finishing the crossing in three days, 18 hours.
"Honestly, it's beyond what we expected," said Lending Club 2 co-skipper Ryan Breymaier. "We certainly didn't expect to get a day off of the record that exists. it's just a shame that we couldn't have started on race day to accomplish the same thing, to set a race record at the same time. That would have been incredible."
Lending Club 2 was scheduled to start the race on Saturday, but it withdrew in order to leave last Wednesday to take advantage of the weather. Tropical cyclones that have been brewing in the eastern North Pacific brought the needed wind in its sails to break the record.
"Being able to use the wind on the northern sides of those low pressures, and with the winds coming down from the north to feed them, have made for a very quick ride," said Breymaier.
Breymaier was part of the crew that tried to break the record in the last TransPac two years ago. But they were hindered by debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami which damaged several boats, including Lending Club.
Sailing enthusiasts and TransPac organizers say the new record is a huge accomplishment.
"In TransPac you cannot use your engines," said TransPac 2015 Honolulu Committee Chair Sally Schoberg. "So that a lot of the challenge is trying to find out where the winds will be tomorrow and the next day."
The record still needs to certified before it becomes official.
Even though the boat left the race, organizers still celebrated with the crew at the Waikiki Yacht Club, knowing that they'll be back in the next TransPac.
"Yeah, absolutely," said Breymaier. "We'll be back in two years for sure."