In the beginning of March 2017, I signed up for the "Pacific Cup." The Pacific Cup bills itself as "The Fun Race to Hawaii." Probably to contrast itself from the TransPac, which is a much longer running race (since 1906) which seems to attract more serious racers with more expensive boats.
The Pacific Cup will start in July 2018, and will run from San Francisco to Kaneohe, Hawaii. While it attracts some high end fast boats, it also has family racers, cruisers, small boats (trailer able 24" boats often enter), and in 2018 the 132' Brigantine Matthew Turner. I have thought it would be fun to enter the Pacific Cup for quite some time. But never really thought I could or would do it. The initial fee is only $400 (with more fees to follow) and with nearly 18 months to prep my boat almost on a whim I sent in my money.
I have been reading up on everything involved. The official equipment list will be released at the April boat show in Alameda. It is based off the US Sailing Safety Equipment Requirements for Ocean Racing, of which I have the most recent version. I also have a Schedule, which has a timeline for Safety classes, Seminars, boat shows, the Pacific Cup "village", measurement dates etc.
I went through the equipment list, and using West Marine and Defender websites, priced everything I need to buy. It is A LOT. I added in some items that I feel I need, even though they are not on the official list, and the total comes to about $30,000. I still have some entry fees, and the measurement and weighing I am sure will not be free.
At this point, I feel a bit in over my head, but I am sure that I will get it all together. I have 15 months give or take before the race. Just today I was contacted by the inspector, who will be assigning me a mentor, since this is my first Pacific Cup. Just knowing that I will have a mentor I can call with questions makes me feel like it is more doable. I also have some great fundraising ideas. And likely, many, many weekends working on my boat.