Kaneohe, HI, Saturday, July 30, 2016 – The 2016 Pacific Cup will be remembered for the big wind and seas that challenged some racers with broken boats and bodies, but pushed many in the fleet to record breaking passages. 
Manouch Moshayedi’s super maxi Rio100 sped across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup Fastest Passage record. With an elapsed time of 5 days, 2 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, Rio100 knocked two hours off the record set in 2004 by Robert Miller, whose 139-foot Mari Cha IV finished with an elapsed time of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds.
The overall Pacific Cup was won by the Moore 24, Mas!. Double handers Mark English and Ian Rogers pulled off a grand slam, also taking honors in overall PHRF and the Kolea Division (Double Handed 1). They also broke the previous Moore 24 Pac Cup record of 11 days 9 hours, 48 minutes, 25 seconds that stood for 18 years.

Mark English and Ian Rogers, 2016 Pacific Cup Champions. 

Second in the Kolea Division and fifth overall in both PHRF and the Pacific Cup went to Rhys Balmer and Martin Gibson on another Moore 24, Evermoore. The duo also took the Best First Passage trophy which is awarded to the best passage by a "rookie" yacht and crew as determined by the Race Committee. In a hard fought battle for third, were Rowena Carlson and Robb Walker on Nozomi.
Second overall in the Pacific Cup and PHRF, and first in the North Sails Division (Double Handed 2) was the MORC30 Wolfpack, skippered by Melinda and Bill Erkelens. They were also awarded the Latitude 38 Performance Trophy which is awarded to the yacht with the most convincing win relative to its own division. Also in the North Sails Division, this year’s award for Best Prepared Yacht went to the Schumacher 28 Spadefoot, skippered by Christina and Justin Wolfe. This award is presented to the yacht, identified by the chief inspector, with input from all inspectors, that best demonstrates a thorough, thoughtful, and seamanlike preparation for the race including implementation of the Equipment Requirements. New this year, the Passage Nautical trophy for best performance by a Beneteau went to Charles Devanneaux and Fred Courouble on Sailing for ALS.
In the Honu Division (PHRF A), Walter Smith's Cal 40, Redhead, came in first, with a third in both overall PHRF and the Pacific Cup. Redhead’s navigator, Rowan Fennell, was awarded the Henri Lloyd Navigator’s trophy. This coveted award is presented to the navigator of a division-winning yacht who is deemed the most skillful in navigation and routing by a panel comprised of all division-winning navigators. In second and third place respectively in the Honu Division were Kerry Sheehan's Windswept Lady and Kit Wiegman's Cassiopeia.
In the Weems & Plath Division (PHRF B), the J/42, Tiki J, took division honors as well as the Best Family Trophy. The Best Family Award goes to the best performing yacht crewed by family members. Skipper Scott Dickinson’s crew included his wife Kim Worsham, her brother Brad Worsham and their two sons Max, 12, and Cody, 9. Wayne Koide's Encore was second in the division, and Bill Williams Viajante was third.
Placing first in the Alaska Airlines Division (PHRF C) was Shawn Ivie's Express 37 Limitless, which also placed fourth in PHRF and fourth in the overall Pacific Cup. The division included three other Express 37s, but second went to the Farr 36 Sweet Okole who was in a tight race with Limitless for much of the crossing. Limitless was also awarded the Carl Schumacher Trophy for best performance by a Schumacher designed boat.       
The Santa Cruz 50s swept the Pasha Hawaii Division (ORR D). J World’s Hula Girl came in first, setting a new Santa Cruz 50 Pac Cup record and coming in second in the ORR Group. J World's Hula Girl also took home the inaugural Bill Lee "Wizard" perpetual trophy for best performance by a Bill Lee designed boat. Michael Moradzadeh's Oaxaca and Shana Bagley Howe's Adrenalin placed second and third in the division and third and fourth in ORR. Gib Black's Chasch Mer was awarded the perpetual trophy for First Hawaiian Boat to Finish. 
In the BMW of San Rafael Division (ORR E), Roy P. Disney's Andrews 70 Pyewacket came in first, also nabbing top honors in the overall ORR Group. Edward Marez's Santa Cruz 70 Buono Sera and Hector Velarde's Andrews 70 Runaway were second and third in this division.

In other awards, the team trophy for best total performance by a three-boat team from a single yacht club went to Richmond Yacht Club's trio Mas!,  Rufless, and Wolfpack.
The Latitude 38 Cruising Division was not racing officially – but that didn’t mean they didn’t sail hard. Every boat that finished was awarded a trophy for some aspect of the race as noted in their log. Notably, Gene Scott, skipper of Agasea, was presented with the Seamanship Award, for coming to the aid of the J/124 Albion when she experienced chain plate failure. 

2016 Pacific Cup Results     
Name TypeSkipperHailing PortDiv RankGroup RankPac Cup Rank
KOLEA Double Handed 1       
Mas! Moore 24Mark EnglishRichmond, CA111
Evermoore Moore 24Rhys BalmerPortland, OR255
Nozomi Cal 40Rowena CarlsonSan Diego, CA31213
NORTH SAILS Double Handed 2       
Wolfpack MORC30Melinda ErkelensRichmond, CA122
Sailing For ALS Beneteau First 30ECharles DevanneauxMarina del Rey, CA21112
California Condor Antrim Class 40Hill Blackett IIIRichmond, CA31822
HONU Division A       
Redhead Cal 40Walter SmithRichmond, CA133
Windswept Lady X-Yachts X-362 ClassicKerry SheehanRio Vista, CA21517
Cassiopeia Islander 36Kit WiegmanAlameda, CA32534
WEEMS & PLATH Division B       
Tiki J J/42Scott DickinsonSan Mateo, CA11011
Encore Sydney 36 CRWayne KoideRichmond, CA21719
Viajante J44Bill WilliamsSan Francisco, CA32026
ALASKA AIRLINES Division C       
Limitless Express 37Shawn IvieSan Pedro, CA144
Sweet Okole Farr 36Dean TreadwayRichmond, CA266
Elan Express 37Jack PeurachSan Francisco, CA377
PASHA HAWAII ORR Division D      
J World`s Hula Girl SC50 ModWayne ZittelSan Francisco, CA1215
Oaxaca Santa Cruz 50Michael MoradzadehTiburon, CA2316
Adrenalin Santa Cruz 50 CustomShana Bagley HoweRichmond, CA3420
BMW OF SAN RAFAEL ORR Division E      
Pyewacket Andrews 70Roy DisneyHonolulu, HI1110
Buona Sera Santa Cruz 70Edward MarezSanta Cruz, CA2521
Runaway Andrews 70Hector VelardeSt. John3624

Award Summary:
Latitude 38 Performance Trophy: 
Melinda and Bill Erkelens, Wolfpack
Best First Passage: Rhys Balmer and Martin Gibson, Evermoore
Best Prepared Yacht: Christine and Justin Wolfe, Spadefoot
Henri Lloyd Navigator’s Award: Rowan Fennell, Redhead
Team Trophy: Richmond Yacht Club – Rufless, Mas!, Wolfpack
Passage Nautical Trophy: Charles Devanneaux and Fred Courouble, Sailing for ALS
Fastest Family Trophy: Tiki J
First Hawaiian Yacht to Finish: Gib Black, Chasch Mer
Record Passage: Manouch Moshayedi, Rio100 – 5d 2:41:13
Fastest Passage: Manouch Moshayedi, Rio100
Best PHRF Performance: Mark English and Ian Rogers, Mas!
Best ORR Performance: Roy P. Disney, Pyewacket

Photo: Mark English and Ian Rogers, 2016 Pacific Cup Champions.  Image requests should be directed to official race photographer Leslie Richter at Image galleries are online at Rockskipper Photography.

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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