Pt. Richmond, CA, December 14, 2015 – The Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) is pleased to announce a partnership with The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) to provide their Maritime Medical Access (MMA) services to sailors during the 2016 Pacific Cup. This service provides race participants with remote 24/7 access to board certified emergency medicine physicians for assistance in managing any medical emergencies that may occur while at sea on the way to Hawaii or on the return to the mainland. This service is being provided by PCYC at no additional cost to the entrants.
The GW Medical Faculty Associates has over 25 years of experience delivering remote telemedical services to the marine industry through MMA. Based out of a 24/7 communications center staffed with EMTs and paramedics, MMA provides comprehensive, physician-based medical advice and case management services. MMA Physicians are all academic faculty emergency medicine physicians at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Pacific Cup sailors will be provided access to a specially-trained GW Emergency Medicine Physician within minutes of calling MMA. The physician will guide the sailor through appropriate assessments and provide treatment recommendations. MMA staff and physicians will coordinate care for the duration of the transit or until symptoms resolve. “MMA is proud to be providing medical support to Pacific Cup racers,” said Dr. Francis O’Connell, Medical Director for MMA. “Our experienced team will be standing by around-the-clock to assist sailors with any medical needs or emergencies that may arise.”
"We hope our racers don't need to use this service, but should a medical emergency occur, the MMA service will provide medical advice via email or sat phone," said Steve Chamberlin, PCYC Staff Commodore. "We evaluated many options for providing this type of service, and GW MFA's capabilities came out on top."

Also new for 2016, the Pacific Offshore Academy has added a medical seminar covering preparation for, prevention of, and response to common medical situations at sea. To be held on February 13, the speakers will include: marine emergency medical expert Kent Benedict, MD, FACEP; Pacific Cup veteran Mary Lovely, RN, PhD; Ocean Medix founder, Denny Emory, EMT; and GW MMA medical director Dr. Francis O'Connell, MD. The seminar is expected to sell out, so preregistration is recommended.

Gary Troxel, PCYC Commodore added, "The PCYC board is constantly looking at new ways to support racers, from the content in our Pacific Offshore Academy preparation seminars, experienced inspectors/coaches, and now to this vital emergency medical service. As an entrant, I am pleased to know that I will have immediate access to the expertise of board certified physicians should the need arise."

For more information, please contact:
Leslie Richter
(415) 509-1777
GW Medical Faculty Associates
James Betz
(202) 741-2905

About PCYC
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 the island of 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, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MFA

The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) is a non-profit group committed to comprehensive, quality, and accessible patient care in the communities it serves. MFA is the largest independent physician group in the Metropolitan Washington area offering primary care and 52 specialties with more than 750 providers committed to coordinated, patient-centered care built on a rich history of academic medicine. Maritime Medical Access, a program of the MFA’s Department of Emergency Medicine, has been delivering medical advice and services to mariners in all maritime sectors for over 25 years.