Given the short time for first-to-finish yachts to adjust their configurations to the limit, the Transpac board of directors elected to follow parallel paths to simultaneously: (1) request correction of the rating system in favour of fleet-wide fair ratings and (2) delete the rating portion of the eligibility limit so that first-to-finish contenders can complete their configuration changes while the rating system is corrected.
The Notice of Race is being revised to state that monohull yachts with lengths between 26 feet and 30 metres, which meet the other race requirements, are eligible for entry in the 2007 Transpac. The eligibility limit now is based on maximum LOA and qualification under the other standards, common to all entries, listed in the Notice of Race. The rating is now immaterial to qualifying for entry at the upper end of the fleet.
Transpac Commodore Al GARNIER said, 'We regret making such significant changes so close to the race, but under the circumstances we believe it was the best way to keep the race as fair as possible for everyone.'
Two maxZ86s set the pace in the 2005 race. Hasso PLATTNER's (GER) Morning Glory logged an elapsed time record for monohulls of 6 days, 16 hours, 4 minutes and 11 seconds and finished about 2 and a half hours ahead of Roy E. DISNEY's (USA) Pyewacket.