Pacific Cup Sailing Race: Roy P. Disney

Pacific Cup Sailing Race
Roy P. Disney


A sailor since childhood, Roy is no stranger to competitive sailing. This is his second Pacific Cup race, but his 25th race to Hawaii. (He says, "I really like Hawaii.") This total includes 20 Transpacific Yacht Races; he shared the tales of his last two races with us in 2011 and 2013. Roy skippers a 70-foot Ultra Light Displacement Boat named Pyewacket.


Formed in 1987, the Pacific Cup Yacht Club manages its namesake race, a biennial sailing event stretching over 2,000 miles from San Francisco to Hawaii. Membership is open to anyone involved in a past Pacific Cup as either an entrant or a volunteer. Dedicated to an atmosphere of fun, safe competition, the club encourages the participation of sailors of all skill levels and vessels of all sizes.

Pacific Cup Map


NEW – July 19, 2014:  2000 miles. Sailing day and night non-stop. Four hours of sleep then four hours of work. From one of the coldest warm places on Earth, San Francisco, (to paraphrase Mark Twain) to the shores of Oahu. We drifted, we had 30 knots of wind with no moon in total darkness. We sailed past the Fukushima debris field for days. We blew up a spinnaker on the last days. It rained, a lot! But we finished at sunrise and were greeted by friends and Mai Tais. The journey is the point, the finish is the bonus!

July 16, 2014:  Today at 2:30pm marks the end of our 5th day at sea. We have roughly 720 miles to go. The race is 2050 miles long. It is been good sailing but not always smooth. Last night rained all night winds up to 30mph boat speeds up to 23 knots, all in pitch black darkness. We hope to dry out at the dock, sipping Mai Tais!

July 15, 2014:  We are about 800 miles from the finish right now. Spent last night in a lot of rain and a lot of wind. We are still leading the race but we are in a dogfight with a boat called Scarlet Runner who is now 65 miles north of us. The guys on our boat are doing well. A bit sore, a bit hungry and thinking about potential huge meals ashore, but otherwise having a great time.

July 13, 2014:  We have 10 crew on the boat this trip: Robbie Haines, Torben Grael, Gary Weisman, Scott Easom, Dan Morris, Mark Calahan, Hogan Beattie, Ben Mitchell, Tom Addiss (navigator), and me!

Pacific Cup Sailing Crew

July 12, 2014:  Our boat is the Pyewacket, a 70-foot Andrews Ultra Light Displacement built in 1998.

Pacific Cup Sailing Race