Pacific Cup Announces Dates for Pac Cup Village and Pre-Race Activities
With less than two months to go to the first start, the Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) has announced the dates for the Pacific Cup Village at Richmond Yacht Club (RYC) and the pre-race seminars and send-off parties. The Pacific Cup Village was established in 2014 as a partnership between PCYC and RYC to promote the friendly socializing for which the "Fun race to Hawaii" is famous, and to assist competitors with last minute preparations. This year's Village continues the Pac Cup's tradition of providing a high level of support to all participants, from seasoned veterans to first timers.
Out-of-town boats are already arriving at RYC in preparation for the racing which begins the week of July 11 off St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco and finishes in Kaneohe Bay on the Hawaii Island of Oahu. All waitlisted boats have been extended invitations to participate in the 19th Pacific Cup Yacht Race.
"The inaugural Pacific Cup Village in 2014 provided valuable support for the out-of-town boats berthed at RYC, and the feedback we had was overwhelmingly positive," - says PCYC Commodore Gary Troxel. "Our volunteers will be on hand to provide support for last minute repairs, provisioning and other needs where local knowledge is helpful. And once again we've put together great seminars and a social lineup culminating in the Bon Voyage party."
Pac Cup's tradition
Pacific Cup Village
Pacific Cup Village concierge services begin on July 2, offering advice, amenities and hospitality to competitors and crew. The 18 boats from outside the Bay Area are invited to berth at RYC, and with 13 RYC member boats participating in this year's race, a substantial portion of the fleet will be docked at the RYC Village. Village support for these boats will continue until July 15, the last race division's start date.
Beginning July 5, there will be speakers, entertainment and other opportunities for pre-race camaraderie. In addition, volunteers will be driving vehicles provided by BMW of San Rafael to shuttle competitors from RYC to local services and restaurants.
New this year is RYC's Housing/Adopt-A-Boat Program which will provide local housing for out-of-town competitors and their families. RYC is also coordinating "Aloha Boats" to take competitor family and friends out on the Bay near the start line to cheer them on to Hawaii.
Tuesday, July 5 - The Pasha Hawaii / Mount Gay Pacific Village kick-off party will be held on Tuesday, July 5, and will feature a presentation by Stan Honey, the world renowned navigator and former America’s Cup Director of Technology. The Mount Gay Rum lounge will be pouring tastes to remind everyone what’s in store for them when they reach Kaneohe.
Thursday, July 7 - A big hit in 2014, we’re bringing back the Alaska Airlines Seafood extravaganza, preceded by two highly regarded speakers, Scott Easom and Kame Richards. Easom, respected rigger and racer with 19 Hawaii races under his belt (his 20th coming soon on Pyewacket in the Pacific Cup) will share his insights on some of the more personal and nontechnical aspects of the race in "Transpacific Wisdom." Richards, Pineapple Sails owner and 11-time Pacific Cup competitor will share his insights on "Spinnaker Driving."
Saturday, July 9 - The mandatory skipper’s briefing will be followed by the official Hawaiian-themed Bon Voyage party sponsored by BMW of San Rafael, and will feature plentiful pupus, music and Hawaiian dancers.
Events are open to participants, their families, friends and all interested comers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pacificcup.org.
Pacific Cup Yacht Race - Media Opportunities
|July 5 - 11
||Pacific Cup Village
||Richmond Yacht Club
|Find out more about the Pacific Cup Yacht race with special guest speakers, entertainment, and pre-race camaraderie among locals and out-of-towners docking at RYC. Tickets to the popular parties hosted by Richmond Yacht Club are now on sale at pacificcup.org.
|July 11 - 15
||In front of St. Francis Yacht Club
|Staggered starts begin with the Cruising Division on July 11, and culminate with the fastest race boats on Friday July 15. Division breaks and start times are expected to be available by June 1. Racing will be visible from the STFYC Race Deck, Marina Green, Crissy Field, Golden Gate Bridge and on the water.
||Pacific Cup Yacht Club Awards Night
||Kaneohe Yacht Club
|In addition to division and one-design prizes, trophies honor a variety of accomplishments such as seamanship, navigation and team performance.
Photo by Leslie Richter. For additional images of Pacific Cup events and racing, contact Leslie@rockskipper.com.
The Pacific Cup Yacht Club is responsible for organizing the biennial Pacific Cup, dubbed the "FUN race to Hawaii." Since 1980, the Pacific Cup has been sailed from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii every other year, and since 1988 the finish has been at the warm and welcoming Kaneohe Yacht Club on the island of Oahu. With an emphasis on pre-race preparation for the 2070-mile race, PCYC’s volunteer membership has helped to ensure that thousands of racers have been delighted with their Pacific Cup experience.
For more information about the Pacific Cup, visit http://PacificCup.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Richmond Yacht Club - Since 1932 RYC has been dedicated to serious sailing while at the same time having tremendous fun. The club's Point Richmond location and excellent harbor facilities make it easy to hold both small boat and big boat regattas, and RYC has a proud tradition of hosting world class championships as well as many regattas for Bay Area racers, junior and youth boaters, and its own members. A significant percentage of Pacific Cup competitors have always come from RYC, and RYC is pleased to be the Bay Area host yacht club of the 2016 Pacific Cup race.
For more information about RYC, visit www.richmondyc.org.