Four Class A yachts in the 2,225-mile Transpacific Los Angeles-to-Honolulu Yacht Race have averaged more than 200 miles a day Monday after the first two days of sailing.

Taking the elapsed time lead was Bill Lee’s 67-foot sloop, Merlin, from Santa Cruz, with 428 miles logged after 44 hours of sailing. In second places, one mile behind Merlin, was Harry Moloshco’s 69-foot sloop, Drifter.

Kailua, Jimy Kilroy’s 79-foot catch, was third with 418 miles logged, and behind him was Mark Johnson’s Windward Passage from Portland, Ore., at 413 miles from the starting point.

Yachts reported winds of 15 to 18 knots from the north northeast, with four-to six-foot seas.

Nalu 4, a 48-foot sloop sailed by Larry Burgin of Santa Cruz, stood fifth in Class A and 44th overall Sunday, though there was no Monday report available on Burgin.

The entries left Los Angeles Harbor Saturday at 1 p.m.

1977-07-06 Merlin Takes Transpac Lead – Transpac Articles