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Quantum Announced as Official Sailmaker of the Pineapple Cup
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Quantum Announced as Official Sailmaker of the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race and Cuba Cup

 

Competitors will Benefit from Onsite Presence of Quantum Reps!

 

We're pleased to announce that we've partnered with Quantum as the official sailmaker of the Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup! Quantum Sails is one of the premier sailmakers in the world, providing not only sails but a wealth of resources and expertise to their clients. Quantum Sails' mission is simple: to help sailors get the most from their time on the water by offering sails for every kind of sailing. At extreme levels of the sport, Quantum provides fully custom options that deliver the ultimate in speed, performance, and reproducible results. Quantum sails are sold at more than 60 lofts and made at four, state-of-the-art manufacturing centers around the world.

Quantum will have representatives on site at the start of the Pineapple Cup in Miami. We'd like to introduce these reps that will be at the event and invite you to reach out to them now to take advantage of their expertise for your sail planning needs.

Quantum Pineapple Cup Reps:

Marty Kullman
mkullman@quantumsails.com
727-560-0163

Alexander Clegg
aclegg@quantumsails.com
401-301-7068
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Additional Partners Announced!
Pineapple Cup competitors will be able to sample FitVine Wine at the pre-race party at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club! 

FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their healthy lifestyle. Their team is always active, whether it’s CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding or just enjoying the outdoors. They set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability.

FitVine's proprietary process delivers high-quality wine rich in antioxidants with no residual sugar, lower carbohydrates and fewer sulfites. Grown at high altitude in the Sierra Foothills of California, FitVine grapes naturally yield higher concentrations of beneficial compounds such as resveratrol, polyphenols and proanthocyanidins- resulting in a cleaner wine.
Winners in each division of the Pineapple Cup will receive a $100 gift card to Landfall Navigation!

Landfall has been providing top quality equipment to boaters since 1982 and on the web since 1997. Since that time Landfall’s unwavering commitment to safety has remained constant.

That commitment is reflected in the products they sell and the advice we give. Landfall is committed to meeting the needs of the marine community, including recreational boaters, professional mariners and law enforcement, & emergency personnel.

Hop over to the Landfall website now and take advantage of the
Cyber Monday specials that have been extended to 12/5!
2017 Winter Escape Kicks Off
Congratulations to Wizard, Paparazzi and 24 Heures for placing first in their respective divisions of the Wirth Munroe Invitation Race! The Wirth Munroe in the first event in the 2017 Winter Escape series. Competitors raced from Miami to Palm Beach in the 60th edition of the race. If you haven't already, check out the other events that make up the 2017 Winter Escape and work them into your winter schedule!
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Accommodations & Docking
Check out the logistics page of the website to view recommended docking and accommodation for the Pineapple and Cuba Cups! There's a boatshow in Miami the week after the Pineapple Cup so be sure to get your Miami dockage booked now since space will start to fill up.
A Message from the Commodore
#RediscoverJamaica with the Pineapple Cup - MoBay Race

Once you go, you know

"Jamaica has a very special pull on your soul that makes you miss her whenever you are not here.  She has a draw that invites you to share in the vibrancy of the people, culture and landscape.  As the Jamaica Tourist Board says; “once you go, you know”. Jamaica has an essence that it is very hard to put your finger on but one that makes you want to drink it all in and come back for more again and again.

Too many people believe Jamaica is rum, sun and beaches, and although we excel at those three items, that is only the snap shot view of an island and country of remarkable depth, history, changing landscapes, amazing birds and wildlife, the sweetest reggae music.  We are more than a beach and more than fresh sun tan, we are Jamaica, home to the fastest human that ever lived, the best coffee produced in the world, the warmest welcome and the happiest memories that we can share with our visitors.

I hope you all come and gain the same feelings I had when you have left our island and returned to your homes, that feeling of oneness, warmth, smiles, beauty and a happy heart tapping out your own reggae beat.  Irie Mon."
Race Information

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Cuba Cup


Notice of Race:
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Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

Miami
Jamaica
Cuba
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
Blue Runner, J-37c
Cygnette, Swan 441
Dragon, Class 40
Grateful Red, C&C 121
Heartbreaker, TP 52
Longbow, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Metolius, Frers 84
Natalie J, TP 52
Prospector, Mills 68
Raisin' Cane!, J125
Samba, Quest 30
Wizard, RP 74


Cuba Cup Entry List:
Dragon, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
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Less Than 1 Month till the Start of the Pineapple Cup!
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 After almost two years of waiting, hard preparation, detailed organizing and communication with so many people in the sailing community, we are now only a few weeks away from the start of the 2017 Pineapple Cup and the first ever Cuba Cup!
 
Nigel Knowles, Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore, reports from Jamaica, "the excitement at Montego Bay Yacht Club is building quickly with the expectation of an influx of this mass of ocean sailors and racers descending on our beautiful club. Our members and volunteers are looking forward to seeing the array of yachts speeding to the finish as well as offering the legendary hospitality that MBYC and Jamaica are renowned for to all the incoming competitors and spectators."

We're 23 days away from the start of the Pineapple Cup, and we're up to 15 competitors (TP52s,  Swans, Gunboats and more!) that will certainly make for some exciting competition in a great race. The skippers meeting will take place at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club on Thursday February 2nd at 5pm. Immediately following will be the pre-race party that crew and family are invited to attend. 


In keeping up with the fun spirit of the race, we will again be awarding a Log Book Award to the team with the most interesting log record! It can be submitted in any format: written blog, video, poetry, whatever! We encourage you to get creative! The prize will be awarded to the log book that our judges enjoy the most. Highlights of the log will be reported at the awards night!

Race updates will come from this newsletter, Facebook and Twitter leading up to and during the race, so stay tuned and share with your family and friends to follow the action! 
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Welcome Additional Race Partners
Announcing Budget Rent a Car Jamaica as the Official Car Rental Agency of the 2017 Pineapple and Cuba Cups! Support our sponsor by using Budget for your rental needs in Miami and Jamaica. Pineapple Cup & Cuba Cup competitors will receive a special discount for rentals in Jamaica! More details to come.
RMK Merrill Stevens joins in supporting the Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup as a Bronze Level sponsor! RMK Merrill-Stevens is a Miami-based full-service shipyard dedicated to the refit and repair of the world’s finest yachts and vessels. RMK Merrill-Stevens is happy to welcome the Pineapple Cup back to it's original roots of starting in Miami!
We're so pleased to announce we're partnering with PredictWind for the 2017 Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup! Used by VOR and America's Cup navigators, PredictWind is the world leader in wind forecasting, providing models that regularly perform better than the competition. PredictWind forecasts show wind weather updates every hour, including wind speed and direction map.
Announcing Smatt's Rum as the official rum sponsor of the Pineapple and Cuba Cups! Smatt’s is one of the finest rums ever produced, dating back to the earliest days of rum production in the caribbean. Considered by many as the world’s best tasting rum due to its intense smoothness and unique flavors, Smatt’s epitomises the unrivalled quality that has made Jamaica the home of rum.


Thanks to our partners and sponsors, race entrants will have a chance to receive the following as prizes or giveaways!


-Blue Mountain Coffee
-Samples of FitVine Wine
-Jaguar Hospitality Group gift certificate
-Landfall Navigation gift certificates
-VIP Attractions Airport Passes
2017 Winter Escape - Event #2
Today marks the start of the 2017 Lauderdale to Key West Race! It's looking like the weather will provide for a quick trip down for the sailors in this edition of the 160 mile race.

Good luck to all competitors and especially Prospector, Senara, White Rhino and Wizard who will head back up to Miami after this race to compete in the Pineapple Cup!
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Register Here:

Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup


Notice of Race:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

Miami
Jamaica
Cuba
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
Blue Runner, J-37c
Cygnette, Swan 441
Dragon, Class 40
Grateful Red, C&C 121
Heartbreaker, TP 52
Hermie Louise, Little Harbor 78
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Metolius, Frers 84
Momentum, Gunboat 60
Prospector, Mills 68
Renegade, Santa Cruz 52
Senara, Farr 395
White Rhino, Swan 56
Wizard, RP 74

Cuba Cup Entry List:
Dragon, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Event Schedule
2017 Pineapple Cup Event Schedule:

Skippers Meeting & Pre-Race Party
  Biscayne Bay Yacht Club
  Thursday Feb. 2nd 5:00pm

Race Start
  Friday Feb. 3nd 12:00pm

Early Bird Finishers Cocktail Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Tuesday Feb. 7th 6:00pm

Cocktail Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Wednesday Feb. 8th 6:00pm

Crew Dinner
  Montego Bay YC
  Thursday Feb. 9th 12:00pm

Awards Presentation Dinner Dance​
  Montego Bay YC
  Friday Feb. 10th 6:30pm-Midnight
Awards
Robert McNeil Mobay Course Challenge Trophy to the first monohull to break the Montego Bay Race Record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12.

Silver Rose Bowl - 1st monohull to finish

Silver Pineapple Cup - 1st overall corrected time IRC

Silver Seahorse - 1st overall correct time PHRF 

Arawak - 1st overall corrected time multihull


Log Book Award will be awarded to the team with the most interesting log! It can be submitted in any format, we encourage you to get creative! Written blogs, video, poetry, whatever! The prize will be awarded to the log book that our judges enjoy the most. Highlights of the log will be reported at the awards night!
Still looking to register for the Pineapple Cup? Although registration is 'closed' we are still taking late entries, so please email Hugh@ManukaSEM.com to complete the process. 
Nigel Knowles, Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore, "With our race being one of the longer ocean races, at 811 nautical miles long, we always look forward to seeing the variety of boats and crews that take part and to share in their stories, experiences and great humour that comes at the end of a hard fought multiple day and night ocean yacht race. We hope to make the arrival of these racers as much fun as we can for everyone, with various evenings of social events and chances to meet and make new friends as well as maybe show off some of our beautiful island to the visiting crews and families. The Pineapple Cup finish and the start of the inaugural Cuba Cup will make the first couple of weeks of February a blast for everyone at MBYC, we hope you can join us."
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Happy Holidays from the Pineapple Cup!
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Happy Holidays from the Pineapple Cup!

 

Wishing you and your family a happy holidays, from all of us at the Pineapple Cup! We hope that you get some downtime this holiday season, relaxing and enjoying time spent with your friends and family. If you get stuck shoveling snow, just remember: only 42 days left till the start of the Pineapple Cup! With temperatures in Montego Bay in the 80s this week, you can be assured warm weather is right around the corner.

Take part in this prestigious race and enjoy Caribbean sailing at its best! Don't forget to register and book your dockage and accommodations if you haven't already.

It's almost race time, register now!
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Additional Partners Announced!




 

In 1906, Dr. Alexander James McCatty generously donated his Montego Bay property to found the Doctor's Cave Bathing Club. The club got its name because it was used by Dr. McCatty and his friends in the medical profession and, at the time, the beach could only be accessed through a cave. 

Years later, Sir Herbert Barker, a famous British Osteopath, visited the beach and declared that the waters had curative powers. This heightened the allure of the beach and Doctor's Cave became famous overnight as many rich foreigners came to try the water. 

Today, while the Doctor's Cave facilities have been updated (including changing rooms, showers, lavatories and beach equipment that can be rented daily), the translucent waters which the doctors recognized as buoyant and invigorating remain unchanged. Come visit Doctor's Cave Beach when you're in town for the Pineapple Cup! 

 

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Whether or not you are a client of WMG, there is a high likelihood that any business or professional that serves your interest has been influenced or assisted by Wright Maritime to provide the best service and product value.
 
Wright Maritime is an industry leader in new construction, fleet operations, ISM management, charter management and crew employment.
 
Well informed owner’s and their representatives call Wright Maritime for advice and support in ensuring that their yachting experience is the best it can be while protecting their financial interests.
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A Message from the Commodore
#RediscoverJamaica with the Pineapple Cup - MoBay Race

Once you go, you know

"Jamaica has a very special pull on your soul that makes you miss her whenever you are not here.  She has a draw that invites you to share in the vibrancy of the people, culture and landscape.  As the Jamaica Tourist Board says; “once you go, you know”. Jamaica has an essence that it is very hard to put your finger on but one that makes you want to drink it all in and come back for more again and again.

Too many people believe Jamaica is rum, sun and beaches, and although we excel at those three items, that is only the snap shot view of an island and country of remarkable depth, history, changing landscapes, amazing birds and wildlife, the sweetest reggae music.  We are more than a beach and more than fresh sun tan, we are Jamaica, home to the fastest human that ever lived, the best coffee produced in the world, the warmest welcome and the happiest memories that we can share with our visitors.

I hope you all come and gain the same feelings I had when you have left our island and returned to your homes, that feeling of oneness, warmth, smiles, beauty and a happy heart tapping out your own reggae beat.  Irie Mon."
Race Information

Register Here:

Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup


Notice of Race:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

Miami
Jamaica
Cuba
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
Blue Runner, J-37c
Cygnette, Swan 441
Dragon, Class 40
Grateful Red, C&C 121
Heartbreaker, TP 52
Longbow, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Metolius, Frers 84
Natalie J, TP 52
Prospector, Mills 68
Raisin' Cane!, J125
White Rhino, Swan 56
Wizard, RP 74


Cuba Cup Entry List:
Dragon, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
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2017 Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup Announced
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2017 Pineapple Cup Announced

 

33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race Returns with a February 3rd Start in Miami

Cuba Cup Announced - 640 nautical mile race from Montego Bay to Havana starting February 17th

 

Montego Bay, Jamaica (May 16, 2016) – The Montego Bay Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and the Hemingway Yacht Club announced today the 2017 Western Caribbean Series. The Western Caribbean Series will include the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race and the Cuba Cup, a new race from Montego Bay to Havana following the conclusion of the Pineapple Cup. 


The Pineapple Cup is set to start in Miami, Florida, on February 3, 2017 and send competitors on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Following a brief stop-over and Awards Ceremony in Montego Bay, boats may elect to sail in the newly formed Cuba Cup, a 640 nautical mile race from Montego Bay to Havana set to start on February 17th. 

 

The two events will include divisions for IRC, PHRF, double-handed and multi-hulls. Both races may be registered for and raced independently, however there will be an overall series trophy awarded in Havana to the boat with the best combined corrected time. 

The Pineapple Cup will award the Robert McNeil Mobay Course Challenge Trophy to the first monohull to break the Montego Bay Race Record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12.  In addition, the Silver Rose Bowl (1st monohull to finish), Silver Pineapple Cup (1st overall corrected time IRC), Silver Seahorse (1st overall correct time PHRF), Arawak (1st overall corrected time multihull) perpetual trophies will be awarded at the prize giving. The Jamaica Tourist Board Log Award will be awarded to the team with the most interesting log. 

Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore Nigel Knowles,"As commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club I am very excited to be able to announce the 33rd running of the prestigious Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay race.  This event first started in 1961 and has been run either annually or biannually ever since.  Having taken part in 2 of these races myself, I have first hand experience of the pure excitement and strong competition this 811-mile race from Florida offers to crews and spectators alike.  

With the addition of a brand new second race starting from Montego Bay and finishing in Havana, Cuba a short time after the racers complete the Pineapple Cup race, it will offer a new thrilling addition to our historic race and herald in the start of the new Western Caribbean Race Series which we plan to run and expand on each time we host our legendary race."  


Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lee Reichart, "The Pineapple Cup has long been central to Storm Trysail Club's mission, "to encourage the sport of ocean racing".   We are excited to be again partnering with the Montego Bay Yacht club to reinvigorate this classic race.  We think there is great potential in the new Cuba Cup, applaud Montego Bay for expanding its offerings and look forward to the series becoming a staple in the offshore calendar for years to come.”

For more information, please visit: http://pineapplecup.com 


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About the Pineapple Cup
Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. The 33rd edition starts in Florida on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. 
The race is hosted at the start in Miami by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club.  

The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75’ Reichel/Pugh designed maxi boat. For more information, please visit http://pineapplecup.com 

 

About the Cuba Cup
The inaugural Cuba Cup begins on February 17, 2017. The 640 nautical mile race will take competitors from Montego Bay around the southern and western end of Cuba finishing at the Hemingway Yacht Club in Havana. 

The race is hosted at the start in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Havana by the Hemingway Yacht Club.  

About the Western Caribbean Series
The Western Caribbean Series is a new Series including the Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup. The Storm Trysail Club in the USA and the Montego Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) in Jamaica organize the Series, under the auspices of the Jamaica Yachting Association (JYA). Newport, RI based Manuka Sports Event Management will manage the media and marketing along with the commercial rights.

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Welcome Jamaica Tourist Board!
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    Welcome Jamaica Tourist Board to the Pineapple Cup!

 

Plus there's still time for a last minute
entry into the Pineapple Cup!

We're coming up on two weeks till race day and we're very excited to share a big sponsor announcement with you!

Jamaica Sport, a branch of the The Jamaica Tourist Board, has signed on to sponsor the 2017 Pineapple and Cuba Cups!

The Jamaica Tourist Board is charged with the mission of marketing the tourism product so that Jamaica remains the premier Caribbean tourism destination. We happen to agree with them that Jamaica is the most complete, unique and diverse warm weather destination in the world, which makes it the perfect destination for a sailing race!

“The Jamaica Tourist Board is pleased to be aligned with the 2017 edition of the Pineapple Cup, and the inaugural Cuba Cup,” said Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook. “We continue to support the Pineapple Cup because it adds another dimension to our product offering. Jamaica offers excellent sailing options and the Pineapple Cup provides multiple opportunities to showcase the destination. The addition of the Cuba Cup strengthens the appeal of race to a wider pool of participants.”
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2017 Winter Escape
Congrats to Wizard for their outstanding performance in the 2017 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race! David and Peter Askew and crew were the first monohull to finish, win the IRC Class AND break the 12-year monohull record!

Wizard Tactician, Charlie Enright said, “It’s been a successful start to our season, and we are excited about racing to Jamaica through the Bahamas and the windward passage. The Pineapple Cup is certainly one of the cooler races you can do in distance racing and while the record is up for grabs, it’s out of our control. So right now we know we have a great crew and we’re looking forward to a good race against Prospector and the rest of the fleet!"


We're halfway through the third event of the Winter Escape Series, Quantum Key West Race Week and conditions have been ideal so far! We'd like to give a shout out to White Rhino for their stellar start to the week. Keep up the great work and see you in Miami for the start of the Pineapple Cup!

 
Don't forget to follow the Pineapple Cup on social media to get all the latest race updates!
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Race Information


Register Here:

Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup


Notice of Race:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

Miami
Jamaica
Cuba
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
Blue Runner, J-37c
Cygnette, Swan 441
Dragon, Class 40
Grateful Red, C&C 121
Heartbreaker, TP 52
Hermie Louise, Little Harbor 78
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Prospector, Mills 68
Renegade, Santa Cruz 52
Senara, Farr 395
White Rhino, Swan 56
Wizard, RP 74

Cuba Cup Entry List:
Dragon, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Welcome Cafe Blue!
Cafe Blue offers the finest gourmet coffee drinks in Jamaica. AND all Pineapple Cup participants will get to try it once they arrive into Jamaica!

Racers will receive a complimentary bag of Cafe Blue AND Cafe Blue will be fueling the headquarters in Jamaica by providing coffee to keep the race management team running during the week!
Event Schedule
Skippers Meeting & Pre-Race Party
  Biscayne Bay Yacht Club
  Thursday Feb. 2nd 5:00pm

Race Start
  Friday Feb. 3nd 12:00pm

Early Bird Finishers Cocktail Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Tuesday Feb. 7th 6:00pm

Cocktail Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Wednesday Feb. 8th 6:00pm

Crew Dinner
  Montego Bay YC
  Thursday Feb. 9th 6:00pm

Awards Presentation Dinner Dance​
  Montego Bay YC
  Friday Feb. 10th 6:30pm-Midnight
Awards
Robert McNeil Mobay Course Challenge Trophy to the first monohull to break the Montego Bay Race Record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12.

Silver Rose Bowl - 1st monohull to finish

Silver Pineapple Cup - 1st overall corrected time IRC

Silver Seahorse - 1st overall correct time PHRF 

Arawak - 1st overall corrected time multihull


Log Book Award will be awarded to the team with the most interesting log! It can be submitted in any format, we encourage you to get creative! Written blogs, video, poetry, whatever! The prize will be awarded to the log book that our judges enjoy the most. Highlights of the log will be reported at the awards night!
Still looking to register for the Pineapple Cup? Although registration is 'closed' we are still taking late entries, so please email Hugh@ManukaSEM.com to complete the process. 
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Register Now for the 2017 Pineapple Cup and Cuba Cup!
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33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race 
February 3rd Start in Miami

 

Plus the Inaugural Cuba Cup - 640 nautical mile race from Montego Bay to Havana starts February 17th


The leaves are turning, the weather is becoming crisp and the sweaters are coming out...fall is here in most of the northeast which for boat owners and sailors that means it's time to start thinking about your Winter Escape! 

We're excited to bring you information on the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race and the brand new Cuba Cup!  If neither of these races are on your winter sailing calendar, what are you waiting for? These will be two of the most-fun and challenging races of the winter!

The Pineapple Cup is hosted by the Montego Bay Yacht Club with the support of the Storm Trysail Club and the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. The events are open to multihulls and monohulls over 30 feet and will be scored under IRC and PHRF. Both races may be registered for and raced independently, however there will be an overall series trophy awarded in Havana to the boat with the best combined corrected time. 

Read on for more information about these two great races, mark your calendar and register now to be a part of these great winter escape events! 

What They're Saying
Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore Nigel Knowles, "As commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club I am very excited to host the 33rd running of the prestigious Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay race. Having taken part in 2 of these races myself, I have first hand experience of the pure excitement and strong competition this 811-mile race from Florida offers to crews and spectators alike. With the addition of the Cuba Cup, there is a thrilling addition to our historic race which will herald in the start of the new Western Caribbean Race Series which we plan to run and expand on each time we host our legendary race."  

Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lee Reichart, "The Pineapple Cup has long been central to Storm Trysail Club's mission, "to encourage the sport of ocean racing. We are excited to be again partnering with the Montego Bay Yacht club to reinvigorate this classic race.  We think there is great potential in the new Cuba Cup, applaud Montego Bay for expanding its offerings and look forward to the series becoming a staple in the offshore calendar for years to come.”

Race Director Hugh Piggin, "From personal experience, what’s great about Pineapple Cup is the tactical challenge of the 811nm course. The first 60 miles is often the hardest sailing, crossing the gulf stream at tight wind angles to make Great Issac Island where you start the gradual 750nm turn south. Pretty soon and without even realizing it, you have been through the reaching inventory, are into the kites and are on a classic downwind slide in warm tropical waters. The welcome at the Montego Bay Yacht Club is one of the best I have experienced in international sailboat racing. And for those of us the USA, it starts on our doorstep and ends an easy hop from many major US airports, no massive deliveries or logistics to deal with.  When the north is dealing with the February snow, I know where I want be."
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Pineapple Cup
 
Skippers Meeting & Pre-Race Party
  Biscayne Bay Yacht Club
  Thurs Feb. 2nd 5:00pm
 
Race Start
  Biscayne Bay
  Fri Feb. 3nd 12:00pm
 
Early Bird Finishers Cocktail Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Tues Feb. 7th 6:00pm
 
Cocktail Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Wed Feb. 8th 6:00pm
 
Crew Dinner
  Montego Bay YC
  Thurs Feb. 9th 12:00pm
 
Awards Presentation Dinner Dance
  Montego Bay YC
  Fri Feb. 10th 6:30pm-Midnight
Cuba Cup

Skippers Meeting & Pre-Race Party
  Montego Bay YC
  Thurs Feb. 16th 5:00pm

Race Start
  Montego Bay
 Fri Feb. 17th 12:00pm

Cocktail Party
  Havana YC
  Mon Feb 20th, 6:00pm

Awards Presentation Dinner
  Havana YC
  Tues Feb 21st, 6:30pm


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WIMCO Villas in Montego Bay
We're delighted to have WIMCO Villas available as a resource to teams competing in the 2017 Pineapple Cup.

WIMCO Villas is a full service concierge company representing the best villas on the island and in the most prestigious neighborhoods. Their concierge service has the best reputation in Jamaica and they can get or arrange any activity you can think of.

Barbara Pierce and her team at WIMCO are ready to book you a wonderful villa in Montego Bay. She can be reached directly at 401-236-9014 or bpierce@wimco.com to discuss the many options they have for you and your crew in Jamaica.
 
Race Information
2017 Dates:

Feb 3rd - Pineapple Cup Start
Feb 10th - Pineapple Cup Awards
Feb 17th - Cuba Cup Start
Feb 21st - Cuba Cup Awards Party


Notice of Race:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup
 
Where to Stay in Miami
Dockage:
EPIC Marina:
  • 15ft draft
  • $3-5/foot
  • E-mail to reserve
Island Gardens:
  • 20ft draft
  • October special: book before the 30th to receive a rate of $5.40/foot
  • E-mail to reserve

Miami Beach Marina:

  • 11.5ft draft
  • $5-8/foot
  • Reserve here


Hotels & Flights:
Sailing Team Travel

Sailing Team Travel provides travel management for professional and amateur sailing teams and regatta organizers around the world. With personalized know-how and contacts in the competitive yachting industry, STT provides sailing teams with consistent, innovative, and cost effective solutions for flights, accommodation, transportation and other logistical needs. We organize the logistics so that you can focus on winning!

Contact Elizabeth Kratzig to book your travel today.
          D: 305-753-5224
          E: SailingTeamTravel@gmail.com


 

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We had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Barbara Pierce at WIMCO and find out why she loves Jamaica and thinks it's a perfect Caribbean destination. 

Why you should rediscover Jamaica:

Jamaica and Montego Bay are a special destination with people who are extremely warm and show wonderful hospitality.  It is a very welcoming island with mountains, rainforests, reef line beaches and excellent cooks in the villas.  Montego Bay has many of the best resorts and beautiful villas in the Caribbean. I consider it a jewel in the Caribbean and still a bit undiscovered. The hotels and villas are still old world charm, with staff that are so gracious and helpful who will work hard at making your vacation the best ever.
 
Regarding safety: 
Yes, Jamaica had a bad reputation for drugs and crime, however the drug problem has cleared up and the only real spot that has problems is on the other side of the island and it does not affect the Montego Bay area at all. Young families travel to Jamaica constantly without incident…Jamaica is as safe as any island and maybe safer than most US cities.

 
Current Entries
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
Cygnette, Swan 441
Metolius, Frers 84
Raisin' Cane!, J125
Wizard, RP 74


Register Here:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup
Where to Stay in Jamaica
Dockage:
Complimentary dockage space will be provided for Pineapple Cup competitors by the Montego Bay Yacht Club from the finish of the Pineapple Cup through to the awards presentation on Friday February 10th! 

Villas:
WIMCO Villas

Hotels:
Secrets St. James Montego Bay
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Sunscape Splash Montego Bay
Awards
The Pineapple Cup will award the following trophies:

Robert McNeil Mobay Course Challenge Trophy awarded to the first monohull to break the Montego Bay Race Record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12.

Silver Rose Bowl: 
1st monohull to finish

Silver Pineapple Cup: 
1st overall corrected time IRC

Silver Seahorse: 
1st overall correct time PHRF

Arawak: 
1st overall corrected time multihull
The Pineapple Cup is produced in association with:
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Announcing Bainbridge as Partner for 2017 Race
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Bainbridge International Signs as Sponsor of 2017 Pineapple and Cuba Cups

 

Featuring Bainbridge distributed brands AIRX, Karver and Plastimo

We are very excited to announce today that Bainbridge International has signed on as a Gold Level sponsor for the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race and the Cuba Cup! It will be a huge advantage for competitors of the races to have Bainbridge representatives present at the events to help with any last minute equipment needs or help.

Founded in 1917, Bainbridge International is one of the longest established sailcloth manufacturers in the world. With nearly 100 years of experience in producing textiles and allied accessories, Bainbridge has all of our material needs covered. Bainbridge develops and supplies the highest quality, highest performance materials to the marine industry including Karver, manufacturers of sailing hardware, Plastimo, makers of safety equipment, and Bainbridge’s AIRX spinnaker cloth. 


At Bainbridge, success is measured through building valuable long-term business partnerships. We are looking forward to working with the Bainbridge team to provide truly outstanding service and products to our race participants!

Mike Cuscia, Bainbridge USA, CEO, "Bainbridge International Inc. is proud to sponsor the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup and the inaugural Cuba Cup.   The Pineapple Cup is a classic ocean race that demands high performance from the sailors and the equipment they use.  From our Airx spinnaker fabrics to Karver Systems equipment to Plastimo safety products; race competitors can rest assure that these products are up to the task in helping them get to the finish line first.  As we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2017, we remain steadfast and committed to our sailing and marine roots and we look forward to the Cuba Cup becoming a staple of future ocean races.”

Nigel Knowles, Montego Bay Yacht Club, Commodore, "We are delighted to have Bainbridge International and their affiliated brands, Karver, Plastimo and Airx supporting the 2017 Pineapple Cup and inaugural Cuba Cup. The Bainbridge brand embodies the spirit of the Pineapple Cup and we look forward to showcasing the brands and how they fit the offshore racer’s needs." 
 

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AIRX

Bainbridge International harnessed years of experience in producing race winning spinnaker cloth with the latest manufacturing techniques to develop AIRX. Proven time after time, winning race after race – delivering unprecedented strength with performance and quality.

Karver Sailing
Bainbridge is the exclusive U.S. supplier of Karver Sailing hardware, a manufacturer of high end sailboat equipment with an emphasis on innovation, performance, design and service. Karver offers a wide range of products to the cruising & racing markets as well as the Superyacht market.
Plastimo
Bainbridge International is proud to represent Plastimo in the US market. Their ability to offer these products, in conjunction with expanded delivery service, extended hours and now additional branch in Pompano Beach, Florida, will enhance their presence in both the retail and chandlery markets as well continuing growth in the O.E.M. boat building segment.
Race Information

Register Here:

Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup


Notice of Race:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

Miami
Jamaica
Cuba
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
Blue Runner, J-37c
Cygnette, Swan 441
Dragon, Class 40
Grateful Red, C&C 121
Longbow, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Metolius, Frers 84
Natalie J, TP 52
Raisin' Cane!, J125
Samba, Quest 30
Wizard, RP 74


Cuba Cup Entry List:
Dragon, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
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