Pacific Cup Press Release - Final Results and Awards

For Immediate Release

Trophies Awarded for the 2014 Pacific Cup

Kaneohe, Hawaii, July 27, 2014 – The Friday night awards ceremony and party at Kaneohe Yacht Club (KYC) featured not only trophies for racing performance but also a number of special awards to recognize participation and contributions to the Pacific Cup.
Each of the boats in this year’s first-ever Holo Holo cruising division received an award based on input from their cruising logs.  Best Performance went to skipper Michael Chobotov’s Venture, a Jeanneau 49, which led the entire Pacific Cup fleet across the ocean until less than 100 miles from Hawaii when they were passed by Scarlet RunnerKoh-ring, Wolfgang Hausen’s Tayana 48, won the MacGyver Award for successful at-sea repairs of both their autopilot and water maker.  The award for the cruising division’s Best Meal – it was chicken cordon bleu – went to Bernard Debbasch’s Beneteau 411, Med Viking.
The Latest Entry award went to Knopkierrie, Monika Majewska’s Pacific Seacraft 37, who signed up for the race and met all requirements just two weeks before the start. Although Majewska has owned Knopkierrie for five years, she had been too nervous to raise the spinnaker until the Pacific Cup, and she’s a pro at it now.
Gregory Newman, skipper of Rapture, a Caliber 40, was presented with the Perseverance Award. Shortly after starting out under the Golden Gate Bridge, Rapture had to sail back to Berkeley Yacht Club with an engine problem. They achieved a fast repair, restarted the race the following day – and was not the last in her division to finish.
Two one-design trophies were awarded this year to the Santa Cruz 27 and Cal 40 fleets. With four boats, all hailing from the Pacific Northwest, the Santa Cruz 27 One-Design Trophy went to Ward Naviaux’s Blade Runner, double-handed with Andy Schwenk.
The Cal 40 One-Design trophy was awarded to Rodney Pimentel’s Azure in the three-boat fleet. The competition was tight for this award as the three boats often sailed in sight of each other in the middle of the Pacific, and finished within 43 minutes of each other.
The Best First Passage trophy, awarded by the Race Committee to a “rookie” boat (the skipper, navigator, and at least three-quarters of the remaining crew members must be making their first racing passage to Hawaii), was given to Christina and Justin Wolfe who, double-handing their J/120, Shearwater, with no previous ocean or high-wind racing experience, finished in 13 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes, ahead of three other boats in their division. Their journey is detailed in the blog they posted during the race, and is well worth reading.

Justin and Christine Wolfe - Best First Passage 

The Best Prepared Yacht trophy is awarded to the yacht identified by the chief inspector, with input from the other inspectors, that demonstrates a thorough, thoughtful, and seamanlike preparation for the race.  This award was presented to the Santa Cruz 27 Mirage, owned by Stan Perkins and double-handed with his daughter, Kerry Hallyburton.  Perkins, who had the boat prepared and an extensive emergency response plan in place early on, said he had been preparing for this race ever since his daughter was age four when she wrote a story about sailing across the ocean with her dad.

Kerry Hallyburton and Stan Perkins -- Best Prepared Yacht 

The Team Award, which goes to the three-boat team from the same yacht club that has the best total performance, was won this year by the Richmond Yacht Club team of Green BuffaloTiki Blue, and Encore.
The Best Family Award, for the boat with the best performance sailed by family members (awarded to the yacht with the best overall performance whose skipper and two or more crew are members of the same family), was given to Thomas Garnier’s J/125, Reinrag2. Five out of six of the crew were family members.
The Carl Schumacher trophy, awarded to the first Carl Schumacher-designed boat with the best total performance, went to Bob Hinden’s Surprise, a Schumacher 46.
The First Hawaiian Boat to Finish trophy was presented to Pyewacket, Roy Disney’s Andrews 68 whose homeport is Waikiki. The trophy is an impressive three-foot-high carved wooden statue of King Kamehameha.
The Pacific Cup Navigator’s Award goes to the navigator of a division winner who is determined to have been the most skillful in navigation and weather routing as determined by a panel of division-winning navigators. This award was won by Simon Walker, navigator on John Denny’s Hobie 33, Por Favor, winner of the Matson Division.
The Latitude 38 Award, given to the yacht with the most convincing run relative to its own division (as calculated using several different formulas) went to Robert Date’s, Reichel/Pugh 52  Scarlet Runner – one more feather in the cap of the Aussie boat that won 1st in its division, 1st in ranking group, and 1st overall. 
The Fastest Passage trophy was awarded to Invisible Hand, Skipper Frank Slootman’s Reichel/Pugh 63 that finished the race in 6 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes – not a record, but a great time for this variable weather year.
This year the PCYC awarded two special Seamanship and Sportsmanship Awards. The first award went to Michael Moradzadeh, whose Passport 40, Cayenne, came to the assistance of Steve Stroub’s Santa Cruz 37, Tiburon, when Tiburon lost her rudder mid-race. The second award was presented to Paul Elliot, whose Pacific Seacraft 44, Valis, diverted to assist Dean Treadway’s Sweet Okole, a Farr 36. You could almost hear a pin drop as the skippers of the both the rudderless and assisting boats related what had transpired during their meeting at sea, there were many thanks from those receiving assistance – and then a standing ovation from all the other racers.
One key Pacific Cup race award goes to a Kaneohe Yacht Club (KYC) volunteer, not a racer. The Doug Vann Memorial trophy is awarded to the individual selected by KYC who, through their enthusiasm and dedication best exemplifies the spirit of the “Fun Race to Hawaii.” This year’s winner is L. J. Benson, one of the many volunteer “escort boat drivers” who, because of the coral reefs in Kaneohe Bay, greet every Pacific Cup boat out in the ocean at the finish line and lead them safely into KYC. Benson drove an escort boat many days this year including the early morning of July 22nd when torrential rain and high winds made for treacherous transit conditions for several arriving boats.
Finally, the George R. Barrett Memorial trophy is awarded by the PCYC Commodore to an individual who provides extraordinary leadership, dedication, and enthusiasm for the Pacific Cup. This year’s winner was Kim Ickler, the KYC general chair of the finish line events. Kim’s leadership was instrumental in ensuring that every aspect of the race at the finish line – communications, escort boats, social events, volunteer wrangling, etc. – went off without a hitch.

 Robert Date and the Crew of Scarlet Runner -- 2014 Pacific Cup division, ORR, and overall winner

Giles Combrisson and Karl Robrock -- 'Iwi double-handed and overall PHRF winners

Pacific Cup Results  (Top Finishers)
Format: Place, yacht name, type, owner/skipper, hometown, results (division, rating group, overall)

Latitude 38 Division (ORR):
1       Scarlet Runner, Reichel/Pugh 52, Robert Date, Melbourne, Australia, 1, 1, 1
2       Pyewacket, Andrews 68, Roy Disney, Waikiki, HI, 2, 2, 3
3       Invisible Hand, Reichel/Pugh 62, Frank Slootman, Alameda, CA, 3, 4, 6

Sonnen BMW Division (ORR):
1       Hamachi, J/125, Greg Slyngstad, San Francisco, CA, 1, 3, 4
2       Reinrag2, J/125, Thomas Garnier, Portland, OR, 2, 5, 9
3       Swazik, Swan 45, Sebastian de Halleux, San Francisco, CA, 3, 7, 2

Matson Division (PHRF):
1       Por Favor, Hobie 33, John Denny, Sidney, BC, 1, 15, -
2       Aero, Hobie 33, Joe Wells, San Francisco, CA, 2, 15, 26
3       Encore, Sydney 36, Wayne Koide, Point Richmond, CA, 3, 17, 28

Weems & Plath Division (PHRF):
1       Free Bowl of Soup, J/105, Eric Hopper, Portland, OR, 1, 7, 18
2       Coyote, Beneteau First 42, Steve Hill, Richmond, CA, 2, 9, 20
3       Tiki Blue, Beneteau 423, Gary Troxel, Richmond, CA, 3, 11, 23

Alaska Airlines Division (PHRF):
1       Azure, Cal 40, Rodney Pimentel, Alameda, CA, 1, 4, 15
2       California Girl, Cal 40, Victoria Lessley, Portland, OR, 2, 8, 19
3       Back Bay, Cal 39, Peter Schoenburg, Berkeley, CA, 3, 10, 22

Kolea Double-Handed Division (PHRF):
1       Wolfpack, Donovan 30, Bill and Melinda Erkelens, Richmond, CA, 1, 3, 14
2       Thirsty, Beneteau First 30, Charles Devanneaux and  Fred Courouble, Marina del Rey, CA, 2, 5, 16
3       California Condor, Antrim Class 40, Hill Blackett III and Jim Antrim, Richmond, CA 3, 23, 34

'Iwi Double Handed Division (PHRF):
1       Snafu, Moore 24, Karl Robrock and Giles Combrisson, Alameda, CA, 1, 1, 11
2       Blade Runner, Santa Cruz 27, Ward Naviaux and Andy Schwenk, Bellingham, WA, 2, 2, 13
3       Green Buffalo, Cal 40, Mary Lovely and Jim Quanci, San Francisco, CA, 3, 6, 17

Hokulea Multihull Division (BAMA):

1          Humdinger, Walter Greene Acapella Trimaran, Lawrence Olsen, San Francisco, CA, 1 


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About Pacific Cup Yacht Club – 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 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
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, so it's not surprising that the two clubs joined in partnership to establish RYC as the Start Line headquarters for this year's race. For more information about Richmond Yacht Club,

About Kaneohe Yacht Club – Established in 1924, Kaneohe Yacht Club is dedicated to promoting an appreciation of sailing and boating, and has proudly hosted the Pacific Cup finish line since 1988. KYC is located on beautiful Kaneohe Bay, on the island of Oahu’s windward coast, and is home to a full spectrum of competitive and non-competitive racing events that appeal to serious sailors and fun-loving boaters alike, from youth to the young-at-heart. With the magnificent Ko‘olau Mountains as a backdrop, the protected waters of the bay, together with Hawaii’s renowned trade winds, provide a world-class venue for year-round sailing. Each year the club hosts two of the state’s most prestigious sailing events – the IRF Summer Circuit and the Kalakaua Cup – and five state championship regattas, and it has staged national and international regattas, including the 2013 Moth Worlds and the 2013 El Toro Nationals. For more information visit