It's called the "Fun Race to Hawaii"

Water Ways
Honolulu Star Bulletin (7/18/98)
By Ray Pendleton

And even though the 10th biennial West Marine Pacific Cup's final results are "unofficial" until tonight's awards banquet at the Kaneohe Yacht Club, I think I can go out on a limb and point to a few soon-to-be trophy winners.

First of all, as you already may have read, a new elapsed time record for the 2,070-mile, San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay course has been set by Roy Disney's Santa Cruz Turbo-70, Pyewacket. With a time of 6 days, 14 hours, and 23 minutes, she crossed the finish line well over a day earlier than the previous record holder, Steve Rander's Wylie 70, Rage, in 1996.

Disney spoke at last Monday's Honolulu Quarterback Club's lunch at the Pagoda Hotel and gave some insight into how he was able to take the Pacific Cup title - after winning the Transpac and Vic-Maui - to claim the triple crown of transpacific yacht racing.

"The Pacific Cup, God bless 'em, let us have more sail area," Disney said with a smile. "We couldn't make the boat go under 12 knots ... three days out and we were half way here."

When asked about what he intended to do, now that he had captured all three records, Disney deadpanned, "I'm going to Disneyland."

Another Pacific Cup trophy winner to speak at the QB Club lunch was San Francisco's Dr. Robert Nance whose Newport 30, Water-Pik (did I mention he is a dentist?) took the handicap corrected-time honors in this year's 65-boat fleet.

He addressed some of the differences racing Water-Pik versus Disney's Pyewacket.

"On a 30-foot boat, the first goal is to get here - then it is to get here fast," Nance laughed. "Mr. Disney's spinnaker pole is longer than my whole boat and just his wheel probably costs more."

Nance also noted that sailing across the Pacific even brought religion to one of his previously unreligious crew. Particularly after doing a 720-degree spin, under full sail, down a large wave.

Another winning skipper attending the luncheon was Kaneohe Yacht Club's David Nottage, whose J-44 Kaimiloa took first place in Class D.

The fact that Kaimiloa was even in the race was something of a miracle. She had been dismasted on her way to San Francisco, was brought back to Hawai`i, rerigged, and then shipped to the Mainland just in time for the race back home.

Although none of their skippers were on hand at the lunch, my personal pick for the "Classes Where Everyone Should Get a Trophy," are the two double-handed divisions, DH I and DH II.

On a dozen boats ranging from 24 to 60 feet in length, crews made up of only two sailors raced across the open ocean for a week or more and, of course, had to do the same work to get here as the boats with five times the crew.

But, unfortunately, even in this incredible competition, only the winners take home the trophies.

First place in DH I went to Doug Frolich and John Donovan, racing the aptly named Low Profile, a Moore 24 from Pt. Richmond, Ca.

Bruce Schwab and Jim Plumley from Alameda, Ca. sailed their Azzura 31 to a first place finish in the DH II division.

Aloha and congratulations to all of the Pacific Cup finishers.

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