The Green Race to Hawaii

As longtime advocates of the sea, Pacific Cup is dedicated to doing our part to protect the oceans that we love, promote responsible enjoyment of the water, and inspire good environmental stewardship within our sailing community.  

We have launched our Green Pages, a  section of the Pacific Cup Knowledgebase dedicated to highlighting best practices from our race community. The Green Pages will also be providing inspirational stories about racers who have adopted a "clean" approach, and will introduce our strategic partnership with other ocean conservation groups.

SFTS LogoPacific Cup has established a strategic partnership with Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana, the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community toward restoring ocean health.  Pacific Cup and Sailors for the Sea will be working together to educate our boating community about the dangers facing our oceans, and unite the community in solution-oriented programs.  

Together, we have reviewed our organizational practices and made significant changes in race operations, from sponsorship alignment to clean preparation suggestions and event-level engagement optimization.  Because of these efforts, in 2020 Pacific Cup is on target to attain Gold status in Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regatta program - a badge we will share with pride in all of our outgoing communications.  Learn more about Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regatta program and their Clean Boating pledge here [active link to the other Sailors for the Sea landing page].

In the spirit of this environmental initiative, Pacific Cup has also started an initiative to embrace and support new environmental partners.  The race sees hundreds of sailors cross the Pacific in both directions, who are not only ready to support the efforts to keep the seas clean, but also participate in a variety of impactful efforts, including:

  • Promotion of ocean-responsible education and advocacy
  • Behavior modification toward environmental conservation both offshore and in-port
  • Direct participation in citizen science
  • Financial contributions

Pacific Cup is proud of our legacy in this field and will continue our efforts.  We are today associated with the following efforts and projects:

Our Eco Partners


Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana is the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community toward restoring ocean health. Boaters see firsthand many of the issues that our oceans face, from plastic pollution to oil spills to marine habitat destruction. Through their solution-oriented programs, including Clean Regattas, they unite a core constituency of sailors and boaters, whose support helps to save the world’s oceans.

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From OVI: We believe the most financially viable and currently available methods are using existing maritime equipment and adapting it to professional ocean cleanup solutions. We are committed to addressing the proliferation of toxic consumer plastics and derelict fishing gear which entrap sea life, kills reefs and damages marine habitats.

With over 40 years of maritime expertise, Ocean Voyages Institute has proven that significant ocean cleanup can be accomplished through utilizing sailing cargo ships, fishing vessels, and workboats. Our 2019 25-day expedition successfully removed more than 84,000 pounds of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the area known as the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, or more commonly known as the Pacific Gyre. It was through adaptation and innovation such as using GPS satellite trackers to tag ghostnets and flying drone patterns from the ship to find additional debris. This combination allowed us during our expedition to achieve the largest ever ocean cleanup of plastic trash and ghostnets from the North Pacific Gyre to date.

Please visit us at

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International Bird Rescue operates crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska. Our mission is to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis. We dream of a world in which every person, every day, takes action to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves. 

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The Marine Mammal Center works to rescue and humanely treat ill, injured, or orphaned marine mammals and to advance knowledge about marine mammal health. Explore The Center's website to find out how you can help support marine mammal conservation.


To learn how your organization can become aligned with Pacific Cup, please contact our Environmental Officer, Rowena Carlson:

To learn how you can come on board to help sponsor this important initiative, please contact our Sponsorship Chair, Caitlin Gutekunst:

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