Pacific Cup 2022
While our attention has been focused on the 2021 races to Hawaii, the ‘big’ Transpac and the smaller (but significant) one with the longer name, the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race, the 2022 Pacific Cup has been filling up. In their Earth Day newsletter, the Pacific Cup Yacht Club’s commodore, Jim Quanci, announced that they’ve reached 90 entries and activated the waiting list.
“There’s nothing like pent-up demand. With the cancellation of the 2020 race due to COVID, a significant number of our entrants simply rolled their entries over to 2022. Add to that a healthy dose of new and returning racers from prior years, and we have a very complete entry line.
“A bit over a month ago, we had a flood of entries from the larger ‘sled-like’ boats. One can only assume that the rumor mill got churning among that crowd as they assumed — correctly — that we might be activating the waiting list. The sudden rise in the entrant count led us to activate the wait list.”
The number of entries is limited by the capacity at the destination harbor, Kaneohe Bay on Oahu’s east shore.
“There’s usually about a 30% dropout rate,” says Quanci. “We’ve always been able to start everyone who signs up.”
Save the dates: The Pacific Cup is planning a prep seminar for October 9, and a Safety at Sea weekend for November 20-21.
2021 Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race
By the way, in addition to serving as commodore of the PCYC, Jim Quanci has signed up his boat, the Cal 40 Green Buffalo, for the 2022 Pac Cup. But before that, he’ll make a repeat showing in the SHTP, which he won overall in 2012. Robb Walker recently entered his Cal 40, Nozomi, in the SHTP. Both boats sail out of Richmond Yacht Club, so that will be an interesting rivalry to watch. Robb is also signed up as navigator aboard Green Buffalo for the Pac Cup. Jim’s sons, Andrew and Stephen, are planning to crew. Got that?
The current entry list for the SHTP stands at 18; we believe that 16 of those solo sailors are still planning to race. If you were planning to enter, don’t procrastinate any longer. Registration closes at midnight on May 1. The race itself will start from in front of the Golden Gate YC in San Francisco on June 19 and finish in Hanalei Bay in Kauai.
The Transpac from Los Angeles to Honolulu is a big-boat race, with the smallest boat SSS member David Garman’s 1D35 Such Fast, based in Renton, Washington. The largest boat is Manouch Moshayedi’s 100-ft Bakewell-White Rio 100. Click here to view the current entry list.
On May 8, Stan Honey will present a Navigation & Strategy Seminar: Thinking Through the Transpac Race. Transpac YC will send registered skippers and crews a Zoom link for the webinar.
We’ll have full previews of and race reports from the 2021 races to Hawaii in the summer issues of Latitude 38.