I am worried that you're not taking this race seriously enough. Don't you know that no less an authority than MSNBC said that this is "one of the most difficult sailboat races in the world", and is across the "farthest expanse of ocean between any two points of land".
See, MSNBC is in the business of selling bytes of electronic fiber optic pulses to the masses. They have to hype up this race to ensure that we read their pixels. Their ones and zeros are useless if we don't read them. So, they make it seem "dangerous" and "difficult".
But, in reality, this is the "Fun Race to Hawaii." Not like the SHTP or Trans-Pac or Vic-Maui, all of which are serious and somber races. No, the Pacific Cup is a fun race. We get to fish and we get to make up phrases like "one of the most difficult sailboat races in the world." Now that's fun. So, until they change the slogan of this race to "disastrously difficult and boring race to Hawaii", I'm going to have fun with it.
Of course, I'm still preparing for the sea monsters just in case. They are decidedly not fun.