Tommy Bahama has created a special sportswear collection for the Transpacific Yacht Club for its upcoming Transpac Yacht Race.

The line, which includes a collector’s edition shirt, a technical sailing shoe and select sportswear pieces, will be available in June. The 46th running of the Transpac starts on July 4 in Long Beach, Calif., and concludes off Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, a total of 2,225 nautical miles. A tradition of the race includes sailors donning “aloha” floral shirts before entering the harbor in Hawaii.

The association between Tommy Bahama and Transpacific came about after Roy Disney, a longtime participant in Transpac and a member of the Transpacific Yacht Club’s board of the directors, approached the company about creating a shirt for this year’s race. “Both celebrate a love of the sun and the sea, and stand for that ‘downwind to paradise’ lifestyle which we all want to live,” he said.

The Collector’s Edition shirt is a classic camp shirt with an embroidered graphic on the back that combines the Transpac and Tommy Bahama logos over a scene of boats in full sail across a blue sea. On the front pocket, Transpac 2011 and race details (length, race number) are printed in a classic maritime-style stencil. Only a limited number will be produced, each one numbered and accompanied by a certificate. The shirts will retail for $250.

Other items will include long- and short-sleeve T-shirts in pima cotton with the Transpac logo and ‘Downwind to Paradise’ tagline, a half zip pullover in French rib, cotton canvas cargo shorts and a logo cap. The collection, which features special packaging, will be available at select Tommy Bahama stores and on the Web site.

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