In early 2016, Manuka Sports Event Management was hired by the Montego Bay Yacht Club to restore one of the oldest offshore races on the calendar, The Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race, to prominence. Manuka will oversee all shore side events, marketing, sponsorship and promotion of both the Pineapple Cup and the newly formed Cuba Cup, together forming the Western Caribbean Series.
The Pineapple Cup was started in 1961, making 2017 the 33rd edition of the venerable 811 nautical mile race. Immediately after the start, racers cross the Gulf Stream for the Northwest Providence Channel. The middle of the race offers a fetch down the eastern side of the Bahamas Island Chain toward the tip of Cuba. The final stretch is typically a sailor’s dream: a 240-mile downwind sleigh ride from Cuba’s eastern tip, known as the Windward Passage, to the finish at Montego Bay.
New for 2017, the Cuba Cup will take place after a brief stopover and awards ceremony for the Pineapple Cup in Jamaica. In its inaugural year, the Cuba Cup will consist a 640 nautical mile course from Montego Bay to Havana. The two events make up the 2017 Western Caribbean Series and will include divisions for IRC, PHRF, double-handed and multi-hulls.