A collection of tips.
Well, all the events at Kaneohe Yacht Club. But if you have more time, may we suggest, at least on the island of Oahu, a biased list, not necessarily in order:
There is a channel through the reef. If you can sail straight, you can sail straight through it, if you draw seven feet or less. Once through (and it is kind of scary after all that open water) you get a fabulous reach through Kaneohe Bay. Yeah, sail if you can.
All boats should be prepared to anchor. This may arise from an in-race emergency, of course, or a surprise of sorts at Kaneohe, such as heavy weather or a dock failure. Boats over a certain size will almost assuredly need to anchor out to avoid overstressing the pilings at Kaneohe. KYC provides a volunteer shore boat service to these racers!
Accommodations for Pacific Cup Racers, Families and Visitors.
by Steve Hunt
OK, so you made it in the “Fun Race to Hawaii!” Why not go for a “Fun Cruise” of some of the Hawaiian Islands before returning to the rat race? That’s just what my wife Marilyn and I did a few weeks after we finished the 1994 West Marine Pacific Cup race.
Everyone knows how important preparation is for the race. Well, it’s just as important for a successful cruising adventure.
[this article is tagged for updating as some marks have been revised]
by Louis Ickler
Finding Kaneohe Bay is not difficult, but it can be confusing, especially if this is your first time. The mental image you have may not be what you will see. At the end of a long race across the ocean most of us are eager to get in and there is a temptation to skip some of the navigational details. DON'T DO IT!
KANEOHE BAY CHANNEL ENTRY INFORMATION
2014 PACIFIC CUP RACE TIPS