The Pacific Cup Yacht Club has released the official notice for the 2018 Pacific Cup and has opened the registration for the same. The 2018 pacific cup known as the Fun Race to Hawaii will be the 20th race.
This is a biennial invitational and it covers 2,070nm from San Francisco, California to Kaneohe, Hawaii. The course of the race will start at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay and will finish at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. The fastest passage time for the race was recorded by Rio 100 (5:02:41:13) in 2016. The overall winner of the race in 2016 was Moore 24 Mas (10:14:30:22).
Buzz Blackett, Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) Commodore and a veteran told Split Yachting that they are happy to open the entries for the race 18 months before the event. It is expected that this early registration announcement will provide the skippers and crews with enough time to start their planning and preparation and to submit the entries early. PCYC has also asked the interested sailors to visit the website at pacificcup.org and look for the announcement of the upcoming seminar in the spring, conducted by Pacific Offshore Academy.
The race will be held from July 9-13 in 2018. Pat Lowther, the PCYC’s Safety at Sea Committee Chair, informed that they also offer the best training along with their seminars and Pacific Offshore Academy. He also added that they actually teach the folks to cross an ocean. The first timers are going to get great support from the veteran racers.
Only 70 boats are allowed for this event and hence signing up early is the only way to ensure your position in the list and to start the preparation. This is the time for the veteran sailors as well as the first timer’s to sign up for the event.