San Francisco, CA, November 22, 2019 – ALASKA AIRLINES, WITH EXTENSIVE ROUTES ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING HAWAII, IS RETURNING AS A MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE 2020 PACIFIC CUP YACHT RACE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW.

The Pacific Cup race, which runs in even years from San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, attracts racers from around the world and is known as “the FUN Race to Hawaii.” 
 
Alaska Airlines will again be the Pacific Cup’s official airline sponsor and also continue as a Division Sponsor and presenting sponsor of the Pacific Offshore Academy series of educational seminars designed to prepare the racers for a fun and safe race to Hawaii.  In addition, Alaska Airlines will play a key role in the pre-race events and help support the racers and their families with discounted airfare as they prepare for or return from their crossing.
 
“We are excited to be the official airline sponsor of the Pacific Cup sailing race for the fourth race in a row,” said Julie Kurtz, Alaska Airlines corporate sales manager. “Alaska Airlines has a deep commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area community and we are invested in supporting events such as this one that draw in visitors to enjoy the beauty of our region and the tropical paradise of Hawaii.”
 
“We’re thrilled that Alaska Airlines is renewing our relationship and can’t wait to activate our program with them again,” said Michael Moradzadeh, PCYC commodore.  This 40th anniversary Pacific Cup race is slated to start in a staggered format between June 29 and July 3, 2020. Once again, Alaska Airlines will be sponsoring the Alaska Airlines racing division. The 2070 mile race includes 70 boats and almost 400 sailors with thousands of race fans following along online. 
 
“Alaska Airlines’ involvement extends far beyond the race itself,” Moradzadeh shared. “They play a key role in the education and preparation for our sailors to have a safe race, and also sponsor a pre-departure event that helps build community among the race participants.  Finally, as our official airline sponsor, Alaska Airlines supports the racers and their families with special discounted airfares to and from Honolulu.  We really appreciate Alaska Airlines’ continued partnership and support of the Pacific Cup, a world-class event that requires determination, spirit, and resourcefulness for all involved.”
 
Many sailors enjoy the mostly downwind trip from San Francisco to Hawaii and then either ship their boats home or hire a delivery crew to avoid the more challenging or uncomfortable upwind return trip. “Nothing goes to weather like a jetliner,” goes a popular saying.


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For more information, please contact:
Pacific Cup Yacht Club
Kim Paternoster
(415) 517-7183
media@pacificcup.org

About Pacific Cup Yacht Club
The Pacific Cup Yacht Club (PCYC) is a non-profit organization that is responsible for organizing the biennial Pacific Cup, dubbed “The FUN Race to Hawaii.” Since 1980, the 2070-mile Pacific Cup has been sailing from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii in even years, and since 1988, the finish has been in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. The Pacific Cup Yacht Club’s volunteer membership is committed to running a race that is competitive, fun and safe. For more information about the Pacific Cup, visit PacificCup.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Pacific Cup Race
The 2020 Pacific Cup, dubbed “The FUN Race to Hawaii,” is the 40th race, starting the week of June 29th.  Seventy boats will leave San Francisco Bay and reach down the coast before turning downwind towards Hawaii where the race will culminate in the trade winds as they head to the finish line in Kaneohe Bay typically ten to 14 days later.  Kaneohe Yacht Club, host of the finish line, greets all racers with their famous “leis and trays” welcome committee and hosts a variety of social events including a luau and awards party.

About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 119 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Alaska Mileage Plan ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs" in the J.D. Power 2016 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report for the last three consecutive years. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service and unmatched reliability at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).