Two biennial yacht races to Hawaii canceled

A duo of trans-Pacific yacht races from North America to Hawaii, the Pacific Cup and the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race, have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers for the events recently announced.

The Pacific Cup, which starts in San Francisco and ends in Kaneohe on Oahu, and the Vic-Maui, which begins in Victoria, British Columbia, and ends in Lahaina on the Valley Isle, were scheduled to kick off in July. The fastest teams complete the races, which take place every two years, in about a week.

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club said in its announcement the next race would not be held until July 2022.

“We’re terribly disappointed to take this step to cancel the 2020 race, but the health and safety of our participants, partners and the many supporting volunteers must take priority,” Pacific Cup commodore Michael Moradzadeh said in a statement.

The Vic-Maui has been held every other year since 1968.

“The decision to cancel the 2020 Vic-Maui has been taken now rather than later in order to allow competitors, volunteers, families, friends and supporters to focus on being safe and staying healthy, and to encourage compliance with public health advice during the boat preparation and team development phase prior to the race itself,” a statement on the race website said.

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