We're not sure the Hawaiians have a word for "frenzy," but it surely applies to many of our participants and volunteers in the 2010 Pacific Cup.
As we approach the first start on Monday, docks around the bay can be seen littered with piles of "keep or take" sorted items, numerous cans, bags, and boxes of food find their way into remote corners of the boats (please remember where you put it all) and crews are getting their gear pulled together for the trip of a lifetime.
Each boat will be represented at the Skippers Meeting at Richmond Yacht Club Registration is at 2:00 and the meeting starts at 2:30. Steve Chamberlin will be providing an advance talk at 1:30 regarding his Excel tracking model.
Of course, after the skippers' meeting will be the Bon Voyage party. Come by and wish your favorite sailor fair winds. A limited number of tickets remain.
Speaking of Frenzy
The Coast Guard has issued our permit to race. We had a little frenzy collecting EPIRB registrations a few days earlier than our race deadline, but thanks to the cooperation of race committee and crews, we got them all. It's good to know that they are always ready when they might be needed.
Pacific Cup has always been a "low-impact" regatta, with an emphasis on responsible boating. As part of our general commitment to clean and responsible boating, PCYC has registered with Sailors for the Sea as a clean regatta. This involves maintaining and documenting our existing practices. Kaneohe Yacht Club also practices excellent environmental stewardship, contributing to the certification level.
Sailors are encouraged to follow clean sailing guidelines, including those described in SFTS' letter, attached.
Return trip sailors will be invited to participate in a plastic trash tracking program sponsored by NOAA and Patagonia. Information on that will be made available in Kaneohe
Speaking of Green, how about a Lei for your boat?
Friends, family, and followers often like to have a yacht-sized lei delivered to their boat on arrival. A civic fundraiser, in cooperation with KYC will take care of just that. Order a Lei and it will be there to welcome the boat, with your note at the finish!
West Marine Tether Recall
West Marine has issued a recall on its newer yellow stretchy double tethers. The ring-ding on the pull thingie (no, we are not quoting the official recall notice) is substandard. If you have one of those yellow stretchy double tethers, bring or send it to the skippers meeting, and a West Marine rep will replace the ring-ding.
Events in Kanoehe
Sales on events are going fast. Most always sell out, so we are urging participants to get their tickets NOW! In the spirit of Aloha, participants who are on the water when the event takes place will get their tickets refunded on request. To help with planning, tickets are at lower prices before July 17, but will increase after that. Don't be left out in the cold. It's time to plan to party.