June 19th, 2020 – Relentless racing with be joining the Pacific Cup Regatta from San Francisco to Hawaii a premier sailboat racing event.

The Pacific Cup is the:

"THE FUN RACE TO HAWAII" The FUN Race to Hawai’i runs every other year (on even years) between San Francisco and Hawaii.  Started in 1980, the race has been enjoyed by thousands or racers sailing well over a million miles in total.

Relentless Racing Announces Pacific Cup 2020 Will race in https://pacificcup.org/ in June 2020

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club was formed to run the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii. The Pacific Cup is set to host its Pacific Cup Regatta  On June 29, 2020.

Over 61 Sailboats are registered from around the world will be sailing 1/2 way across the Pacific Ocean to compete for the trophies listed below.  A breakdown of the prizes is below:

Perpetual Trophies

  • Pacific Cup, for overall first place monohull on corrected time.
  • Fastest Passage Trophy, for the shortest elapsed time without time allowance.
  • New Record Passage, for the fastest passage on record for the Pacific Cup Race. The time to beat is Rio 100: 5 days, 2 hours, 41 minutes and 13 seconds set in 2016 by Manouch Moshayedi.
  • First Hawaiian Yacht to Finish Trophy to the first boat to finish on corrected time, skippered by a full-time resident of Hawaii, and for which the boat is registered and maintained in Hawaii and sails under the burgee of a Hawaiian yacht club.
  • Carl Schumacher Trophy, for the first Schumacher-designed boat, to finish on corrected time.
  • Bill Lee “Wizard” Trophy, for the first Lee-designed boat, to finish on corrected time.
  • Moore 24 Trophy, for the first Moore 24 to finish on corrected time.
  • Team Trophy, to the three-boat team from the same yacht club with the best total performance-based on finishes in their respective divisions.
  • Pacific Cup Navigator’s Award, to the navigator of the division winner who achieves the win, judged most skillful in navigation by a poll of division second place navigators.
  • George R. Barrett Memorial Trophy, to an individual, chosen by the PCYC Commodore, has exhibited outstanding seamanship as well as distinguished service, dedication, and enthusiasm for the Pacific Cup Yacht Race.
  • Doug Vann Memorial Trophy, to an individual chosen by Kaneohe Yacht Club who, through enthusiasm and dedication, best exemplifies the spirit of the "Fun Race to Hawaii".

Division Awards

  • For each Division (including the Cruising Division): First, second, and third-place boats on corrected time (depending on the number of entries in each division) receive a trophy.
  • For each One-Design Group of three or more boats: First place boats on corrected time (separate from division trophies) receive an award.

"Best" Awards:

  • Latitude 38 Performance Trophy, awarded to the division winner having the widest statistical margin over its competition using methods described on our website.
  • Best PHRF Trophy, awarded to the boat competing in any of the PHRF divisions with the best corrected time of all the boats in those divisions.
  • Bjorn Johnson Best ORR Trophy, awarded to the boat competing in any of the ORR divisions with a best-corrected time of all the boats competing in those divisions.
  • Passage Nautical Trophy, awarded to the Beneteau boat with the fastest 24-hour passage under sail, without auxiliary power, on corrected time, measured between daily position reports. Both racing and cruising division Beneteau boats are eligible.
  • Best First Passage awarded to a “rookie” boat and crew as defined in the SIs and identified by the RC.
  • Best Prepared Yacht awarded to the boat that demonstrates the best preparation for the race, including implementation of the Pacific Cup Equipment Requirements.
  • Family Trophy awarded to the boat with the best corrected time that has registered for the trophy and where and one (if double-handed) or two or more (if fully-crewed) crew are related to the Skipper as spouse, parent(s), children, grandchildren, sibling, uncle/aunt, or niece/nephew.

An interesting fact about the race:  Somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii is the farthest place from land anywhere in the world.

About the Skippers:

Peter Fray:

Peter has over 20,000 Ocean miles raced.  He had completed the following sailing events:

  1. 12 Chicago Mac Races
  2. 2 TransPac Races
  3. Newport to Cabo (Skipper)
  4. Newport to Ensenada (Skipper)
  5. Sydney to Hobart (Main Trimmer)
  6. 1 Cruise from St. Lucia to Plymouth England (Rotated from trimmer to driver)
  7. Several Hundred Buoy Races
  8. 9 Chicago Tri/BI-State Races
  9. 8 Chicago to Waukegan races
  10. 1 100 Mile Solo race
  11. J/105 NA's in Chicago
  12. Viper 640 NA's in Sarnia - 2011

Jim Nachtman:

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About the Skippers:

Peter Fray:

Peter has over 20,000 Ocean miles raced.  He had completed the following sailing events:

  1. 12 Chicago Mac Races
  2. 2 TransPac Races
  3. Newport to Cabo (Skipper)
  4. Newport to Ensenada (Skipper)
  5. Sydney to Hobart (Main Trimmer)
  6. 1 Cruise from St. Lucia to Plymouth England (Rotated from trimmer to driver)
  7. Several Hundred Buoy Races
  8. 9 Chicago Tri/BI-State Races
  9. 8 Chicago to Waukegan races
  10. 1 100 Mile Solo race
  11. J/105 NA's in Chicago
  12. Viper 640 NA's in Sarnia - 2011

Jim Nachtman:

I have been sailboat racing since college in 2002. In 2004, I started racing keelboats offshore in Chicago and have actively raced ever since. I have done just about every race there is out of Chicago and in any position on the boat. I have been skipper, main trimmer, jib trimmer, spin trimmer, mast person, foredeck, and navigator. My key racing history includes

  • 15 Chicago to Mac races including aboard a Peterson 34, J88, and two J111s. I have been on the podium the last five years including two first in section finishes
  • I have done several double-handed races of about 60 miles on Lake Michigan on a Catalina 30and once on a J111
  • I did the Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea on a Pronavia 37
  • I match raced 37 footers in Denmark
  • I double handed a Mini Transat Prototype from St Pete Florida to Cuba and did the delivery back double handed
  • Recently I completed the Interline Regatta on a Moorings 42 in the BVI, primarily as the helmsman
  • In addition to racing, I have done two bareboat charters as captain, including a Catalina 30 on lake Superior and a Catalina 35 on the Pacific Ocean
  • I also did a double-handed delivery of a J88 333 miles from Mac Island back to Chicago.
  • Between these races and other races like the Queens Cup and Bi-State races on Lake Michigan, I would estimate I have approximately 100 nights of offshore racing. In addition to sailing and racing, my engineering collegiate studies included a course in performance Yacht Theory and Practice. I have also taken two safety at sea courses. I used to volunteer at the Chicago Columbia Yacht Club as well as teaching sailing on the water.

When I get asked about the Pacific cup the conversation usually goes like this:

Me:  "Im sailing the Pacific Cup from San Fancisco to Hawaii"

Friend:  "Thats cool.  what kind of boat?"

Me: "Its a Mini Transat Prototype"

Friend:  "How big is she?"

Me:  "She is 21 feet or 6.5 meters long"

Friend:  "To Hawaii? From San Fran? Huh.  Have you spoken to a psychiatrist?"


For more information on Relentless Racing, visit us online at http://blog.peter-fray.net my email is: sail50638@gmail.com