The 105-foot Lending Club 2 trimaran set a world record of three days and 18 hours from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Sunday. Co-skippers Renaud Laplanche and Ryan Breymaier sailed across the Diamond Head finish line at 6:44 a.m., and beat the 2005 record time by more than 24 hours. Navigator Boris Herrmann concluded the weather window for the 2015 Transpac race start on Saturday would not offer ideal conditions for a record-breaking time, so in response to a low pressure system the crew decided to pull out of the official race and instead left on July 15 in search of a world record.
Averill leads USA in Pan Am win
Former Hawaii All-American middle blocker Taylor Averill put down a team-high 14 kills and the U.S. rallied to defeat Mexico 20-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-17 in a Pan American men’s volleyball match Sunday in Toronto. Avery hit .778 with no errors on 18 swings and was in on two blocks for the U.S. (1-1) which finishes pool play against host Canada (2-0) Tuesday.
US national team earns bronze in FIVB
The U.S. men’s national volleyball team rebounded from Saturday’s disappointing semifinal loss to Serbia to claim the bronze medal at the FIVB World League with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 sweep of Poland in Rio de Janeiro. Setter Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) had 14 assists, an ace and was in on two blocks. Libero Erik Shoji, who suffered a knee injury Saturday, did not play and neither did his older brother Kawika, the teams’ reserve setter. Middle blocker Max Holt was named the World League Best Blocker. France defeated Serbia in the World League final, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23. France finished World League at 16 -1. France’s only loss was to the U.S. Men earlier last week.
Kalakaua Wahine win Vegas hoops tourney
The Kalakaua Wahine clinched the 15-under and Varsity divisions at the Las Vegas Live Tournament on Sunday. The 15U team defeated three other squads to win its division, while the varsity squad beat out five teams and finished with a 7-0 record.