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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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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
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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TUESDAY, February 7 Update

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2017 Pineapple Cup is Underway!
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11 Teams Set Off for Jamaica in the 33rd Pineapple Cup - MoBay Race!
 

Wizard and Prospector in a Tight Battle in IRC, Dragon Chasing Renegade for the Lead of PHRF
11 teams started the 33rd Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race at 2:05 ET today under sunny Miami skies in a very light 5 knots of breeze. The R/P 74 Wizard was first across the line in the IRC division just edging out the Mills 68 Prospector and TP 52 Heartbreaker. The Frers 62 Merrythought slipped across the start line of the PHRF division slightly ahead of Santa Cruz 52, Renegade. Five hours into the race, competitors are continuing to see light air as they head toward the first turning point of the race around the Bahamas' Great Isaac Island. Prospector has pulled ahead of Wizard to take the lead of the IRC division and Renegade has overtaken Merrythought for the lead in the PHRF division. 

As of now, the PredictWind weather routing is showing the fastest boats arriving into Montego Bay late Monday evening. Race tracking is available on the homepage of the Pineapple Cup website and will update every hour on the hour!

Nigel Knowles, Commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club, “Having sailed twice before myself and never seen the boats line up, it was quite a site to see. Being on board Commodore Munroe’s boat with the BBYC and our valued sponsors. Even though the winds were light you could see the excitement in the crews as they crossed the start line on this fantastic adventure.
I am very much looking forward to seeing all the teams in Jamaica as we give them our world famous Montego Bay Yacht Club welcome.”

Hugh Piggin, Race Director, “It was an extremely challenging start in light air, but the boats are on the way and the wind will pick up as they carry on. The forecast is for a solid east, northeasterly breeze and once they make the turn around Eluethera it will be champagne reaching and running conditions. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing who comes out on top”
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The Fleet
Amhas, Class 40
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
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SUNDAY, February 4 Update

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2017 Pineapple Cup - Day 2 Recap
 

Wizard and Prospector Expected to Arrive in MoBay Monday AM

Plus PHRF Fleet in a Tight Battle!
Prospector and Wizard, leading the IRC fleet, rounded the waypoints off Cuba's east coast this morning and are currently south of Guantanamo in an ENE breeze of about 14 knots. Prospector continues to lead on corrected time while Wizard is in contention for line honors. The PredictWind forecasts show this breeze staying in the 8-20 knot range from this same direction for their duration of the race. Expected arrival time into Montego Bay for Prospector and Wizard is tomorrow morning. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for live updates!

The tight PHRF fleet is making their way through the Bahamas and are certainly keeping things exciting! Renegade, Amhas and White Rhino are leading the fleet, all within a 5nm range of each other, but it's Hermie Louise who is coming out on top when corrected time is taken into account! This is anyone's race! The fleet is forecasted to get into stronger breeze as they near Cuba so it's a race to see who gets there first and can make some gains on the rest of the fleet. Stay tuned to see who can come out on top!
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Onboard Updates






Woah! Amhas captures footage of the rare but infamous double rainbow!



Photos from day 1 onboard Prospector, taken by Matthew Landry, who is on the bow for this race with Robbie Kane.
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Countdown to start: 3 days!
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Varying Weather Forecasts
Ahead of Start

 

 Potential for Record Breaking Race!
Race management here, reporting from the beautiful Biscayne Bay Yacht Club (pictured above)! We're three days from the start of the 2017 Pineapple cup and more teams are arriving in Miami and making preparations for the start on Friday! There is a little variation in the weather forecast models, which is to be expected a couple days out from the start date. Some forecasts are showing strong wind speeds that would be favorable for the faster boats in the fleet to potentially beat the current race course record which is currently held by Titan12! They set the record in 2005 at 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds.

Using PredictWind's Professional level service, race management is able to use the most in depth level of the weather service to review forecasts ahead of and during the start. Race competitors will also benefit from these insights when the models will be reviewed at the skippers meeting on Thursday. 

We caught up with Rob Windsor, who is racing on MacKenzie Davis' Class40, Amhas, on the various forecasts,
"One of the forecasts says we’re going to go super fast and get there really quickly and then one of them says it’s going to take four and a half days. We’re [looking at the] PredictWind model, the GFS model and the European model. We’ll have to see what happens [with the forecasts] tomorrow and the next day, it’ll probably become a little more defined. Hopefully the wind will be decent -- the Class40’s need wind, so if we get wind on a reach, that’ll be really nice."

"It looks like it’ll be upwind going towards the Bahamas and then it should be really fast going down the Bahamas and towards Cuba. The best part about this race is putting up the big kite and sailing from Cuba to Jamaica. Nice big swells, trade winds and all that, that’s what makes the race fun, in my opinion. We did really well in 2015, we’re hoping to defend our title. There are a couple of different boats in the PHRF class this time so we’ll have to see how we do!
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Scott Giering, sailing on Senara, stopped by the Race HQ this afternoon. He's been tracking the weather forecast and in particular looking at the wind direction and speed for the start and first leg of the race: "From yesterday to today [the wind direction has] backed about 8-10 degrees and the velocity has come down a little. The estimate currently is that the Gulf Stream is on this first third of the crossing, a strong three knots for a narrow band of 6 miles and then tapers back really quickly. Whoever doesn’t have to tack to get around the Issacs [the first turning point of the race] will have a considerable lead."

This will be Giering's second time racing in the Pineapple Cup, returning after his first appearance in 1992. When asked what his favorite part of the race was he replied, "Love the concept of backing your boat up [in Jamaica] and dropping a case of Red Stripe in there, I think that’s a classy way to finish a race!”
Happy racers receiving Red Stripe upon arriving at the Montego Bay Yacht Club after competing in the 2015 Pineapple Cup!
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Race Prizes

Along with the perpetual awards, Pineapple Cup competitors have some exciting prizes they'll be battling for!

The winner of each division will be receiving a $100 gift certificate to Landfall Navigation. The Jamaica Tourist Board is supplying each competitor with a JTB/Jamaica Sport Bag filled with swag. Some competitors will have a chance to win the following: PredictWind's premium level access to their weather forecasting subscription service, JetBlue flight vouchers, passes to VIP Attraction's premium airport services. 
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Race Information

Register Here:

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Cuba Cup


Notice of Race:
Pineapple Cup
Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

Miami
Jamaica
Cuba
Pineapple Cup Entry List:

Amhas, Class 40
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
Event Schedule
Skippers Meeting & Pre-Race Party
  Biscayne Bay Yacht Club
  Thursday Feb. 2nd 5:00pm

Race Start
  Friday Feb. 3nd 2:00pm

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

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

Awards Presentation Dinner Dance​
  Montego Bay YC
  Friday Feb. 10th 6:30pm-Midnight
Awards
Robert McNeil Mobay Course Challenge Trophy will go to any monohull that breaks 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 


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!
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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! 

 

Wright Maritime Group is the quiet giant with an underlying goal that everything and everyone it influences is better off.  
 
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."
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Notice of Race:
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Cuba Cup

Pre and Post Race
Logistics:

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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


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Dragon, Class 40
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
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Pineapple Cup Day 4 Recap
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Renegade First Across Line in
PHRF Fleet 

 

Dragon, White Rhino & Hermie Louise Finish within 10 minutes 16 seconds!
There was a lot of excitement in the PHRF division this evening! The competitive fleet condensed around the Bahamas and have been battling it our for the past 811nm, with frequent lead changes. At around 4:30pm, Tom Slade's Santa Cruz 52, Renegade, crossed the finish line first in the PHRF division! Less than 30 minutes later, Class40 Amhas, skippered by Micah Davis crossed the line. Shortly after that, Dragon, White Rhino and Hermie Louise finished within 10 minutes and 16 seconds of each other!

Provisional PHRF standings show Leah and Gerald Harris' Little Harbor 78, Hermie Louise, in first on corrected time, with Renegade and Amhas in second and third respectively. Next up to finish will be the Farr 395, Senara; they're expected to arrive in MoBay tomorrow afternoon!

Gerald Harris, Co-Owner, Hermie Louise, “This was great. The boat does sail well on a reach, but we got a little lucky, a few wind shifts here and there, very tenacious on the sail trim and a lot of sleepless nights. 

How often can you sail for hundreds of miles in sight of land, it’s just a special treat. A special shout out to the MoBay yacht club, the hospitality is legendary and that’s one of the reasons we’re here, look at all these great boats!"

Leah Harris, Co-Owner, Hermie Louise, "How often do you sail 800 miles and finish with two other boats in sight, that was amazing! This was a special time for us, we filled the boat with old friends. But, we have to give credit, we affectionately call [the boat] our fat bottomed girl, and she definitely sailed very well and we had a fabulous crew.”


Tom Slade, Owner, Renegade: "We’ve been racing together for a long time, this is Renegade’s sixth race, we’ve seen all kinds of conditions, some of which were pretty extreme…epic is a good word. This year’s race set up pretty well, when we looked at our competition we thought we would struggle a little bit because there were boats bigger and faster than us. But we started and raced hard, stayed at it all the time, so when we got here, we found it looks like we’ve done ok! So, it’s a real testament to each of these guys that sail with us and them pushing a boat which is pretty capable of being pushed."

Micah Davis, Owner, Amhas: "The race was exactly what we hoped when we came here, a little bit light to start but we got a little bit of pressure and then we had that beautiful magic carpet through the Windward Passage to here. This is our fourth race we've done in a row. I think given the conditions we did pretty well."

IRC Division

Heartbreaker was the third boat to cross the finish line in the IRC fleet in the early hours of the morning. Provisional results show them in 3rd place.

We caught up with Heartbreaker's owner, Bob Hughes: "Heading out of Miami it was very light and took a while to get going. Going around the Bahamas it was very tight reaching, the longer waterline boats were just faster than us so they got away a bit. But, then we started hitting the windward passage and we got the kite up and were really ripping, we started catching those guys. We were hoping that we’d be able to carry that the last hundred miles past Cuba and here but the wind lightened up on us and they never got that. The guys sailed the boat hard, the scenery was beautiful, everything from the dolphins to the stars in the sky and the beautiful warm water and you can’t beat the welcome!"
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Finish Photos
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Early Bird Cocktail Party
The early bird cocktail party is underway at the Montego Bay Yacht Club! Members from Wizard, Prospector, Heartbreaker, Renegade and Amhas are all in attendance! 
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Results are provisional
PHRF Division
Positions as of 20:00 EST, results are provisional
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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.

Media Contact:
Julianna Barbieri
Manuka Sports Event Management
+1 917-693-1656
julianna@manukasem.com 







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Pineapple Cup Day 3 Recap
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Wizard Take Line Honors, Prospector in First Place on Corrected Time
 

Tight battle continues for PHRF with the first finishers anticipated late Tuesday evening
Peter and David Askew's Wizard crossed the finish line in Montego Bay at 09:00:15 ET this morning to capture line honors for the 33rd Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race! One hour 38 minutes and 50 seconds behind Wizard was the Shelter Island Partners' Prospector. If the provisional results are confirmed, Prospector’s finish is close enough to propel them ahead of Wizard for 1st in IRC and overall Pineapple Cup winners.

Ken Read, Prospector Strategist on the potential win, "It was a great race for Prospector. It’s a really good group, a bunch of old friends, a really good team. Really good boat. It’s a handicap, corrected time game for us and so far it looks good for us with Wizard. We worked hard I can tell you that, this boat is new to them and it was fun, but it’s bloody hard work.”

On sailing in the Pineapple Cup, “You know I’ve sailed around the world a couple of times and two of the prettiest nights I’ve ever been out on the water for were in the last two days. Bright moon, stars, just gorgeous sailing conditions. I just did an 800-mile race and I didn’t tough my foul weather gear, so it’s heaven. For people not to consider this race as part of their bucket list if you have a boat that even semi races is crazy, because this is about as good as it gets.

Paul McDowell, co-owner, Prospector, “It was our first time doing it — Larry Landry, Dave Siwicki and I. We bought a Farr 60 a few years ago to do bucket list races. We did the Transatlantic Race, we did the Fastnet Race, we did the Middle Sea Race, some of the iconic ocean races. And we had so much fun doing that, we said 'let's buy a boat that’s bigger and faster and even more exciting and lets continue to do all these different programs’. The Pineapple Cup was one of those races that you remember from way back in the day. I used to do a lot of IOR races in the 1980’s, so you’d see Kialoah and Windward Passage win [the Pineapple Cup]; some of the greatest ocean racers of all time have won this race. So we said ‘this has got to be one on our bucket list that we have to do, the Pineapple Cup.’ And so here we are! The race couldn’t have been better, it really was spectacular all the way along. It’s one of those rare things where you get to race through amazingly scenic islands, the weather is good, the wind is from the right direction, and you come to a spectacular place."

On the Prospector team, "We have a mixture of professionals and corinthians, we’re not one of the all professional crews where you have just owners and nothing but professionals; we race with our friends. Ken Read is one of the top professionals in the world but he’s been my friend of 35 years, so he raced with us as a friend, not as a professional. [We said] 'Let's go have fun like we used to back in the day.’ We came to race with our friends, but we take it seriously. We have all the weather data, the grib files, our own weather router, and we pay attention to all that, so we take the racing part seriously. But when we’re out on the boat we have a ball. We’re very intense but a lot of fun, a lot of laughs."


Peter Askew, co-owner of Wizard, "This was my first time doing the race. I grew up in the days of IOR boats and always wanted to do this as a kid and was happy to be able to do it. Dave [Peter’s brother] and I bought this boat so we could go around and do a bunch of these races that we always admired doing, so it’s fun. I would love to come back and do it again."

On what he liked best about the Pineapple Cup, "The whole race! Doing it in February - it’s nice to come down to warm weather. We did the Key West Race and then this one a month later and it’s good to put them back to back like that. Downwind once we turned from Cuba in was awesome. The boat does really well in that type of stuff and reaching down the Bahamas was really cool. It sure beats a bad day at the office."


Ralf Steitz, crew member onboard Wizard, former Americas Cup sailor and President of the USMMA Sailing Foundation "It’s great to see that we have two of these boats around to compete against each other. It gets pretty boring when the size gap is huge so to have Prospector on the water where we can push each other was really good.
 
On the Pineapple Cup,
"The Pineapple Cup is one of the greatest offshore races you can do. You have land in sight for pretty much the whole race and there’s really no other race that’s 800 miles where you have that. The Bahamas are beautiful. If you’re hitting it right and even if it you’re hitting it wrong you’re seeing some amazing sights."

Stay tuned, more action is coming! Heartbreaker is expected to finish in the early hours of Tuesday morning and the front of the PHRF fleet are expected to arrive Wednesday.
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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.”