Seventy-five-year-old Roy Disney heads a field of 75 boats as he attempts to break his own world record in the Transpacific Yacht Race from California to Hawaii that begins Sunday morning.
Disney, nephew of the late Walt Disney, is sailing in his 15th and final Transpac in his boat Pyewacket. His record — seven days, 11 hours and 41 seconds, was set in 1999.
Disney is now a consultant for the Walt Disney Company after patching up a much-publicized two-year rift with the entertainment giant earlier this week.
The race's other top contenders are Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory and Randall Pittman's Genuine Risk.
Plattner, head of business software company SAP, and Pittman, a health care entrepreneur, each boast crews full of former America's Cup and Olympic champions.
The 2,225-nautical mile contest begins off California's Palos Verdes Peninsula and ends in Honolulu about a week later.