Registration Open for Fun Race to Hawaii

Published on February 8th, 2017

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club has posted the official Notice of Race and registration is open for the 2018 Pacific Cup, known as the Fun Race to Hawaii. 2018 is a special year as it marks the 20th running of the race from San Francisco, California to Kaneohe, Hawaii.

The Pacific Cup is a biennial invitational 2,070 nm race from the starkly beautiful coastline of San Francisco, California to the lush, tropical paradise of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

The course will start near the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay and finish outside Kaneohe Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. The Fastest Passage time record for the race was set in 2016 by Rio 100 (5:02:41:13). The 2016 Overall Winner was the doublehanded Moore 24 Mas! which completed the race in 10:14:30:22.

Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) Commodore Buzz Blackett, a veteran of many Pacific Cups, says “We are pleased to open the 2018 Pacific Cup to entries almost 18 months before the event. We hope this early announcement will help skippers and crews to begin planning their preparation and to submit their entries in plenty of time to assure them a place on the starting line. We encourage all interested sailors to visit and look for the upcoming announcement of our first Pacific Offshore Academy seminar this spring.”

Starting guns will sound the week of July 9-13, 2018. On the other side, competitors will be greeted at Kaneohe Yacht Club by family and friends, leis, Mai Tais and a sense of accomplishment. Pat Lowther, PCYC’s Safety at Sea Committee Chair says, “We also offer the best training around with our seminars and Pacific Offshore Academy. We actually teach folks how to cross an ocean. There is great support from veteran racers for the first timers.”

The Pacific Cup is limited to 70 boats, so signing up early is the key to knowing you are racing and can begin preparations. Whether you are an offshore veteran, in a grand prix race program, or racing to Hawaii in search of completing your bucket list, now is the time to sign up.

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