July 24 race report

Tuesday morning at the Pacific Cup has been full of action with the first three boats in the ultra-competitive Alaska Airlines C division crossing the finish line within two hours of one another. Getting the party started was Dean Treadway’s classic Farr 36 Sweet Okole, who came in lit up under reaching sails as the breeze shifted south of east and left them very headed. Finishing just after 3 AM, the team which included two very talented Hawaiian crewmembers, sat atop this close division and looked to have it close to wrapped up. Just after Okole, Kyle Vanderspek’s Hobie 33 Aloha limped across the finish line after a long night in which their boom broke and the rudder developed some serious slop and play; both reasons for concern. Aloha sailed a fantastic race yet has slipped well down the leaderboard to fifth in division, again underscoring how ultra competitive this Alaska Airlines C division was. 

Arriving at sunrise to more or less lock in third place in division was Alex Simanis’ Evelyn 32-2 Poke and Destroy, who came in at warp speed over night to take a chunk of miles out of division leaders Sweet Okole and Zaff. The media team was on location in a support vessel to capture some amazing drone footage of their early morning arrival. The video can be seen by visiting this link on your YouTube channel, or on our Facebook or Instagram channels. Speaking of Zaff, the J/92 from Victoria, BC is going to take this one down to the wire as they have now eroded Sweet Okole’s lead and are now beginning to leg out on Okole to try and secure a last minute divisional win. As of this writing, the Canadian boat had opened up a lead of 53 minutes on corrected time with just 24 miles to sail.

Likewise, boats from the Weems & Plath B division are beginning to arrive with the division’s scratch boats Alessandra and Free also both arriving this morning. The Grand Soleil 50 and Swan 46 are already in the barn, and both look to have placed on the podium, but not atop it. That honor looks to be reserved for Karl Haflinger and his crew on the J/35 Shearwater who are now close to 10 hours clear of second placed Free. Benjamin Rummen’s Farr 1220 The Fugitive is lurking just an hour or two behind Free and Alessandra with some 80+ miles left to sail, so division B is anything but done. 

Pasha Hawaii D division is now nearly complete as Starship, Cazan and Six Brothers all arrived overnight and in the early hours of morning today. Only the J/120 Hokulani is still left on the race course with more than 200 miles left to sail as of this write-up.

Gusto, La Bonnie Vie, Wavelength, Blue Moon and Lyric have all finished in the last 24 hours in the Kolea Cruising division. Eight of the 13 boats in division are now in the barn. 

Cruisers, B and C fleet and a few stragglers from other fleets are still coming in around the clock. The Pac Cup media team is compiling a lot of footage; drone finishes, dockside interviews, onboard footage from Go Pro’s and other POV cameras and more. Stay tuned to the website, Facebook and Instagram to see the latest content.

Aloha from Kaneohe and huge congratulations to all of the competitors!