SIGHTINGS hawaii race updates This 2014 races to Hawaii — the Singlehanded TransPac and the Pacific Cup — will both begin early this summer from inside San Francisco Bay. This year marks the 19th running of the biennial Singlehanded TransPac race from San Francisco to Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, a rhumbline distance of 2,120nm. Twenty intrepid skippers will compete in a greatly varied fleet, ranging from Peter Heiberg’s Palmer Johnson 49 Scaramouche V to Brian Cline’s Dana 24 Maris. Leading up to the June 26 start, there will be several more pre-race seminars that are well worth attending, on topics ranging from weather to medical issues. (See: http://sfbaysss.org/shtp/seminars). The start will be off Tiburon’s Corinthian YC. We encouage you show up and cheer on these daring, self-sufficient sailors. On July 6, just ten days after the Singlehanded TransPac starts, the first of several 17th Pacific Cup starts will take place off the Cityfront. (The last divisions will start no later than July 12). The entry list for the so-called "fun race to Hawaii," which ends at Kaneohe on the island of Oahu, is practically bursting at the seams with 70 boats
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sign-ups begin for A mere six months from now the dreams of hundreds of adventurous sailors will finally be realized. How so? Because the difinitive starting date of the 21st Baja Ha-Ha cruisers' rally — October 27 — will force them to finally quit procrastinating, throw off their docklines, and put their dreams in motion. Now that the much-publicized impoundment fiasco has fizzled, the Mexican government is taking steps to streamline the paperwork process (see Good News from Mexico later in this section). And the folks at Mexico Tourism are eager to put that public relations nightmare behind them and once again start welcoming mariners to the wonderful cruising grounds of Baja, the Sea of Cortez and the Mexican mainland.
The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.