Pacific Cup and Sailors for the Sea Renew Partnership for 2021-2022

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pacific Cup yacht race, which calls itself “the FUN Race to Hawaii,” has renewed its efforts to be the “Green Race to Hawaii” in partnership with the environmental organization Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana. Race organizers will continue their efforts from 2020 and strive to achieve Gold-level Clean Regatta status through advocacy of ocean conservation awareness and lifestyle changes for the racers themselves.

The Pacific Cup, first organized in 1980 and run in every even year, attracts around 70 boats and 300-400 sailors to its series of preparation seminars, events and, finally, a 2070 mile voyage across the Pacific Ocean to Kaneohe Yacht Club on the island of Oahu. “Since our first races, Pacific Cup has encouraged environmental best practices,” says Pacific Cup Yacht Club Commodore Jim Quanci. “We are thrilled that our partnership with Sailors for the Sea formalizes and extends this effort by guiding participants to integrate clean boating best practices into their race and everyday lifestyle.”

Pacific Cup will strive for Platinum-level Clean Regatta status in Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program, which calls for the organizers to commit to and accomplish a range of practices, from plastics reduction to paperless entry management to promotion of water-only washdowns and reef-safe sunscreens, to name a few. “The Pacific Cup has embodied many of these sustainability practices. We have enjoyed working with them to find ways they can really make a positive impact on the environment and instill a lasting sense of stewardship in their participants,” said Paige Myatt, Sailors for the Sea Program Manager.

With a start and finish line located over 2000 miles apart, and with events held at a variety of locations, fulfilling the exemplary standards of “Gold” regatta certification requires attention to detail and many hands on deck. “We are working with our host clubs, including Richmond Yacht Club here in California and Kaneohe Yacht Club in Hawaii to eliminate plastic straws and reduce single-use plastic. As we head into our second race cycle partnering together on this initiative with Sailors for the Sea, it is rewarding and inspirational to look back on the difference we have made,” reported Julia Paxton, PCYC Environmental Chair.

The Pacific Cup’s “green team” is scrutinizing every aspect of race organization, including how we partner with our sponsors and local organizations and the content we develop. “Our partners are excited to join and amplify our efforts to reduce waste and promote solutions for environmental best practices,” said Caitlin Gutekunst, PCYC Sponsorship and Marketing Chair. “We scrutinize what swag will go into our skipper bags and thoughtfully highlight our partners’ efforts to provide alternative solutions, like electric powered boats or gear made from recycled materials, to help our race participants live a greener lifestyle.”

A key group of contributors to the effort will be the racers themselves. Around 400 sailors will be called on to keep their waste to a minimum, and to dispose of it responsibly only on shore. As in prior races, Pacific Cup participants will be supportive of these directives and even go beyond outlined best practices, acting as spotters for ocean debris and participants in NOAA and other scientific organizations’ research efforts to spot surface pollution and to track ocean wildlife such as whales.

The race begins the week of July 4, 2022 at Saint Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.

For more information, please contact:
Pacific Cup Yacht Club
Caitlin Gutekunst, Sponsorships and Marketing Chair
(914) 330-3773

About Pacific Cup Yacht Club
The Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) is a non-profit organization that is responsible for organizing the biennial Pacific Cup, dubbed “The FUN Race to Hawaii.” Since 1980, the 2070-mile Pacific Cup has been sailing from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii in even years, and since 1988, the finish has been in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. The Pacific Cup Yacht Club’s volunteer membership is committed to running a race that is competitive, fun and safe. For more information about the Pacific Cup, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Pacific Cup Race
The 2022 Pacific Cup, dubbed “The FUN Race to Hawaii,” will kick off on July 4, 2022.  Seventy boats will leave San Francisco Bay and reach down the coast before turning downwind towards Hawaii where the race will culminate in the trade winds as they head to the finish line in Kaneohe Bay typically ten to 14 days later.  Kaneohe Yacht Club, host of the finish line, greets all racers with their famous “leis and trays” welcome committee and hosts a variety of social events including a luau and awards party.


About Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana:


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 our solution-oriented programs, including Clean Regattas, we unite a core constituency of sailors and boaters, whose support helps to save the world’s oceans. Clean Regattas is the leading sustainability certification for all on-the-water, near-the-water, and water-loving events. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over 2,600 events have shown their commitments to sustainability by hosting Clean Regattas reaching over 715,000 sailors and attendees in over 40 countries. Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana is creating a global network of active, engaged ocean champions within the sailing and boating community who are taking action to save our seas. Please visit the website for more information.



Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana

Paige Myatt, Program Manager


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