Sonnen BMW Returns as Flagship Sponsor of 2016 Pacific Cup

Sonnen BMW Returns as Flagship Sponsor of 2016 Pacific Cup

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) is pleased to announce Sonnen BMW as the Flagship Sponsor of the 2016 Pacific Cup. As they did for the 2014 race, Sonnen BMW is sponsoring both the Bon Voyage Party and a named division of the race.

In addition, Sonnen BMW’s General Manager, Andy Costello, has just entered the 2016 race in his J/125, Double Trouble, to challenge again for top honors in a very competitive division. Costello is an accomplished sailor with an impressive list of wins in major regattas. “The Pacific Cup is one of the most fun ocean races,” says Costello. “You sail out of San Francisco Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge knowing that within days you’ll be surfing downwind toward the warm breezes of Hawaii and the fantastic hospitality of Kaneohe Yacht Club. I am very pleased that Sonnen BMW is continuing as a Pacific Cup sponsor for 2016.”

“During the 2014 race cycle, Sonnen BMW’s sponsorship made a huge contribution to the race,” says PCYC Commodore, Gary Troxel. “They provided a fleet of BMWs to support the Pacific Cup Village and enabled us to throw a fantastic Bon Voyage Party for the competitors. We are extremely pleased to have them back for 2016 as our Flagship Sponsor and delighted that Double Trouble will be racing.”

The start of the Sonnen BMW division at the 2014 Pacific Cup.
The start of the Sonnen BMW division at the 2014 Pacific Cup.

To date, twenty-six boats have entered the 2016 Pacific Cup. Our pre-race training begins on May 17 with a US Sailing Certified Safety at Sea seminar at Encinal Yacht Club, and the first of two Pacific Offshore Academy seminars at Richmond Yacht Club on June 13. We will also be presenting an introductory seminar at the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show on Saturday, April 11, at 3:30pm followed by a Mai Tai party at the Easom Rigging booth.


About Pacific Cup Yacht Club

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club is responsible for organizing the biennial Pacific Cup, dubbed the "FUN race to Hawaii." Since 1980, the Pacific Cup has been sailed from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii every other year, and since 1988 the finish has been at the warm and welcoming Kaneohe Yacht Club on Oahu. With an emphasis on pre-race preparation for the 2070-mile race, PCYC’s volunteer membership has helped to ensure that thousands of racers have been delighted with their Pacific Cup experience. For more information about the Pacific Cup, visit, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Sonnen BMW – Based in San Rafael, California, Sonnen BMW has been devoted to helping and serving our customers and community for over 35 years. As a family run business, we are proud to be a regional dealer of BMW luxury/performance vehicles. We take pride in providing excellent service. Our business philosophy, personal philosophy and community involvement are basically one and the same. We don’t get involved in the community and charity just because it is good for business: we do it because it is the right thing to do and it makes us happy.



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