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July 11 Pacific Cup. Billed as the “fun race to Hawaii,” the course runs from San Francisco to Hawaii. www.pacificcup.org

 

The “FUN Race to Hawaii” runs every even year from San Francisco to Hawaii.  Started in 1980, the race has been enjoyed by thousands of racers sailing well over a million miles in total.

The 2016 Pacific Cup will start the week of July 11, 2016, and invites well-prepared boats to race to the warm, welcoming shores of Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.

Before the race, participants will attend safety and preparation seminars and social events including the very popular Bon Voyage party the weekend of July 9.  Of course, the accent is on preparation.  In addition to our seminars, we maintain an online repository, a “knowledgebase” of information about ocean racing in general and the Pac Cup in particular.  This information is available without charge to any ocean voyager, whether cruising, Trans Pac, Coastal Cup, or other race.

Underway, after a challenging reach down the coast to find the best weather, our participants will turn toward Hawaii, for day after day of incredible downwind sailing, culminating in the thrilling Tradewinds, with steady, firm breezes driving them toward the finish.

Getting a LeiThe Finish.  After anywhere from a record-setting six to a somewhat leisurely seventeen days, we finish.  Most racers finish in ten to fourteen days.  The finish is off the windy north coast of Oahu, near Kaneohe Bay.  The members of Kaneohe Yacht Club mount an incredible welcoming effort, starting with a finish line committee and escort boat to bring our tired crews to the KYC harbor.  The “Leis and Trays” committee greets each arrival with wearable and consumable tokens of welcome to these friendly islands.

Post Finish.  A social calendar is provided by KYC, including parties and just lounging by the pool, in the bar, or in the “Long House” sharing stories and waiting for the next boat to arrive.  Near the end of the week, the evenings light up with a spectacular luau, followed by a Mount Gay-featured party the next evening, and culminating with the awards party and the handing out of trophies.

All too soon, we must bid an aloha farewell to the islands and the race, only to begin the planning for next year.

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