What’s the best way to get from Los Angeles to Honolulu? By yacht, of course. And that’s exactly what participants in the notorious Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) will be doing come July. In honor of the race, Tommy Bahama has announced a collaboration with Transpacific Yacht Club for a sportswear collection, which will be available in June, just in time for yachters to stock up on the gear they’ll need during the expedition.
The line will include several sportswear pieces, a technical sailing shoe and a special collector’s edition shirt, which the brand says is the centerpiece of the collection. The shirt will combine the Transpac and Tommy Bahamas logos atop a sea scene of boats in full sail. Each one will be numbered and accompanied by a collector’s certificate, priced at $250 each. The shoe is made of waterproof nubuck and breathable uppers, and available in three colors. The collection will be available online and in select Tommy Bahama stores.
Transpac starts on July 4, 2011 from Long Beach, Calif., and spans 2,225 nautical miles, ending at the Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu. The race attracts contestants of all levels and yachts of all sizes, which come from every part of the world. The record of just less than nine days was set in 1977 by Bill Lee’s yacht “Merlin,” which held for 20 years. New records were set in 1997, 2005 and 2009, but technical restrictions have forced judges to announce winners of more than one category. The Transpacific Yacht Club is the organizer of the race.