From aboard Chris Hemans' Rogers 46 VARUNA a few minutes ago, as the largely Balboa YC crew, full of happy anticipation, get ready for their early afternoon start of the 2225nm biennial ocean racing classic. Photo courtesy of our longtime friend, VARUNA bowman Patrick Leber (left) who was "loaned" by the mighty IT'S OK! for this race. Sitting middle is Gray Hemans who is doing her first Transpac at age 14. Father Chris is standing behind her next to the helmsman. Stay safe, sail fast, have fun!