Alaska Airlines Announced as Sponsor of the 2018 Pacific Cup Race


The Pacific Cup race, dubbed The FUN Race to Hawaii, is celebrating the 20th edition of the race. We are proud to continue and enhance our relationship with Alaska Airlines for the third race in a row. "It has been a true pleasure working with the Alaska Airlines team, and we are delighted to welcome them back as a sponsor of the 2018 Pacific Cup race," stated Buzz Blackett, PCYC commodore.

Alaska Airlines will continue as a Division Sponsor, and as the presenting sponsor of the Pacific Offshore Academy series of four educational seminars designed to prepare the racers for a fun and safe race to Hawaii. In addition, Alaska Airlines will play a key role in the pre-race PacCup Village events, hosting a popular Pacific Northwest themed night.

"We strongly believe in supporting the communities we serve, especially as we grow our Bay Area presence and routes through the acquisition of Virgin America. The summer of 2017 has been an exciting one for Alaska Airlines in the Bay Area, as we have celebrated the Summer of Love at the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers, BottleRock, and now, the Pacific Cup. The educational mission of Pacific Cup, The FUN Race to Hawaii is a natural match for Alaska Airlines, and we are proud to again sponsor this great race," explained Julie Kurtz, Alaska Airlines.

Racers in the 2014 Pacific Cup Alaska Airlines Division. Photo by Leslie Richter / Rockskipper Photography.
Racers in the 2014 Pacific Cup Alaska Airlines Division. Photo by Leslie Richter / Rockskipper Photography.

The 20th Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Kaneohe, Hawaii is slated to start in a staggered format between July 9-13, 2018. Once again, Alaska Airlines will be sponsoring the Alaska Airlines racing division. The 2070 mile race includes 70 boats and almost 400 sailors with thousands of race fans following along online.

"Alaska Airlines involvement extends far beyond the race itself," - said Buzz Blackett, 2018 PCYC commodore. "They play a key role in the education and preparation for our sailors to have a safe race, as well as sponsoring the Alaska Airlines Night at the PacCup Village prior to the start of the race where regional food from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska is featured, and roundtrip airfare to Alaska Airlines destinations are raffled off. They also present the Alaska Airlines Racing Division awards during the Kaneohe Yacht Club Awards Dinner. The support they provide to racers and their families by providing special discounted airfares to and from Honolulu has always been much appreciated."


About Pacific Cup Yacht Club

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) is a non-profit organization that is responsible for organizing the biennial Pacific Cup, dubbed “The FUN Race to Hawaii.” Since 1980, the 2070-mile Pacific Cup has been sailing from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii in even years, and since 1988, the finish has been in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. The Pacific Cup Yacht Club’s volunteer membership is committed to running a race that is competitive, fun and safe. For more information about the Pacific Cup, visit - and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Pacific Cup Race

The 2018 Pacific Cup, dubbed "The FUN Race to Hawaii," is the 20th edition of the race, starting the week of July 9th. Seventy boats will leave San Francisco Bay and reach down the coast before turning downwind towards Hawaii where the race will culminate in the trade winds as they head to the finish line in Kaneohe Bay typically ten to 14 days later. Kaneohe Yacht Club, host of the finish line, greets all racers with their famous "leis and trays" welcome committee and hosts a variety of social events including a luau and awards party.

About Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 119 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Alaska Mileage Plan ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs" in the J.D. Power 2016 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report for the last three consecutive years. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service and unmatched reliability at and Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).



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