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!

A happy and relaxed crew gets to the dock around Midnight HST, setting a new course record for Transpac 52s that is faster than Merlin's 1979 record


The night finish makes pictures very "stealth". Here we are, gliding into the harbor after crossing the finish line and working on tidying the boat before we dock