Watch the LongPac Yacht Race

On Wednesday, the Singlehanded Sailing Society started a single and double-handed sailing race dubbed the “LongPac” – its a race of 400 miles from San Francisco Bay to anywhere on Longitude 126° 40″W and return. The race is over by August 4th. But, you can track the race in Google Earth (including the positions of all the boats) thanks to the efforts of (which has provided live sailboat race tracking for other races – like the Caribbean 1500).

LongPac sailboat race in Google Earth

As of this morning, some of the boats are just now reaching the half-way point. It wasn’t until during the last decade that technologies (GPS, Internet, and communications) made it practical to track positions of sailboats on a long-distance race in real time. The link for the tracking interface also includes weather data overlays. You can also view the official race map (also provided by

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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