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Published: Monday, 27 July 2015

The 2,225-mile Los Angeles, California to Honolulu, Hawaii Transpac Yacht Race has almost concluded as over half of the fleet has finished.

Wild Oats Xi Wins Transpac Yacht Race

(Photo: Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing)

Roy Disney and Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI had the lowest elapsed time on the course (six days 10 hours 37 minutes two seconds) to win the Merlin Trophy. A few hours later Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 crossed the finish, runner-up to Oats.

Several hours after Ragamuffin's finish Manouch Moshayedi's Rio 100 sailed across the finish line. The Kiwi-built Rio 100 was sailed by an international pro-am crew of 19 as the first monohull equipped with only manual-powered systems to sail the 2,225-mile course in the shortest elapsed time.

Wild Oats Xi Wins Transpac Yacht Race 1

(Photo: Todd Rasmussen/Transpac Race)

Rio 100 won the Barn Door Trophy, an iconic symbol of excellence for the Transpac Race.

Their finish time was several hours from breaking the current Barn Door record of six days 19 hours 44 minutes 28 seconds set by Hap Fauth's 74-foot Belle Mente in 2011.

Wild Oats Xi Wins Transpac Yacht Race 2

(Photo: Jeremy Leonard/Transpac Race)

"We set out to win this trophy and did, and it's not too often that you can achieve these goals in ocean racing," says Moshayedi. "The boat and the team were fantastic, and its great to be a part of Transpac history. We look forward to coming back next time and breaking that record."

On the eastern horizon within range of the live 100-mile tracker and due to finish soon are the following boats: Dave and Peter Askew's R/P 74 Wizard, Ross Pearlman's Jeanneau 52 Between the Sheets in Division 8, Alex Farrell's 1D35 Alpha Puppy in Division 7, Joel Young's Beneteau 523 Transformer in Division 8, Sam and Willie Bell's Lapworth ketch Westward, and Pat Benz's Gunboat 66 Extreme H2O, the first multihull to finish the race this year.

Wild Oats Xi Wins Transpac Yacht Race 3

(Photo: Todd Rasmussen/Transpac Race)

Full results and tracking system can be found at the race website: www.transpacyc.com