Crews preparing for the race have something new to consider in 2013. The potential encounter of floating debris that maybe making its way to the shores of North America from the March 2011 Tsunami that struck Japan.

The following website may be of interest to navigators and skippers; http://iprc.soest.hawaii.edu/news/marine_and_tsunami_debris/debris_news.php

The website has computer models depicting the possible dissemination of the debris.