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Swiftsure 2016 Photos through Artbox Event Photography May 23, 2016

Swiftsure has Artbox Event Photography establishing a professional platform for Swiftsure 2016 photographs. Through their suite of carefully selected photographers, an ever higher quality of photography will be Swiftsure’s bounty.


Check out Artbox Event Photography at their booth in the Swiftsure Centre at Steamship Terminal.  Order your favourite photos direct.

Or follow their photographs online through Swiftsure. Here’s a link to 2016 Swiftsure photographs from Artbox Event and a link for 2015 Swiftsure photographs.

Throughout the Swiftsure events, you’ll see Artbox Events Photography covering every aspect of the race, from  Captain Jack Sparrow on the docks, through the Swiftsure Awards Presentation & Skipper’s Meeting and, on race day, Clover Point – both on the water and ashore. Then capturing the boats as they cross the finish line near Ogden Point and on to the Inspection Dock at the Inner Harbour where cold, tired and hungry racers will be served hot soup (thank you SYSCO Victoria) and exchange their wild tales.

“Swiftsure, Always A Challenge.” Proudly hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.







Swiftsure Skippers Series: #7 Doug Fryer and his Night Runner May 12, 2016

Doug Fryer stands alone. He has raced more Swiftsure races than some of us are old. He’s seen the race grow from being small and little known beyond racing circles (75 entrants in 1963) to the heydays of the 80’s when over 400 race boats clogged Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Doug said “If I do it often enough, I might win.” And went on to do just that; Night Runner was the 2013 Swiftsure Lightship Classic Overall Winner.

Doug’s beautiful Night Runner, a 42 foot one off Perry design, is an illusion. She looks, for all the world, like a classic sailboat with all the comforts and warmth of times past. But she is slippery. And Doug makes her dance. You learn this through many, many Swiftsure races.

Doug is, as we speak, racing the 2016 Oregon Offshore Race, another true test of skill and wiliness – who better than this grey fox. And the legend continues…Night Runner

Q1: Name Doug Fryer

Q2: How many Swiftsure races have you done? 46

Q3: What year was your first Swiftsure? 1963

Q4: What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or your crew when racing in Swiftsure? Catching salmon on Swiftsure Bank back in the days when a fishing license was not required

Q5: What was the most exciting or interesting thing that occurred while you were racing in Swiftsure?

1976 Swiftsure; a southerly wind of maybe 30+ knots created a real sea on the ocean. On Ragtime, a 62 foot sled, it took us one hour from Cape Flattery to the Lightship and one hour back,. This was a distance of 25 miles reaching with #4 jib and 3 reefs in main.

1979; Dorade collided with Zuben Ubi IV just ahead and sank her in minutes. Her crew took to the life raft and we picked them up. The sinking was like a scene from Moby Dick.

Q6: What advice would you give someone who’s thinking of racing Swiftsure for the first time? 
Get rest and stay sober the night before as the race can be won or lost when the winds lessen at night, and the ocean rollers come into the strait entrance.

Deadline May 16 for Swiftsure Custom Embroidered Garments May 11, 2016

Skippers, racers, family and friends – Monday, May 16th is the deadline to place your order in time to pick it up at Swiftsure. After looking over the Official Merchandise page, you can place your order here.

The garments are terrific quality Stormtech pieces; Swiftsure Committee members ordered these. They look sharp, wear like iron, fit smoothly and are great for our wet west coast weather.

Check out these images of the waterproof jacket, the polo shirt & the 1/4 zip pullover.

XSJ-1W Jacket Front

XSJ-1W Jacket Front

XSJ-1W Jacket Back

XSJ-1W Jacket Back

IPS-4 Polo Shirts and PL-2 Pullover

IPS-4 Polo Shirts and PL-2 Pullover


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Registered Yachts

Name Type Race Rating
Dream Weaver Beneteau First 35S5 JF 156
Wild Oats C&C 30 INF 186
ClaraALLEGRO Beneteau 36.7 CF 81
Moonlight Mile J35 CF 72
Meander Catalina 34 INN 183
Absolutely Farr 39ML HBO L: 1.1210
M: 1.4130
H: 1.6142
Starblazer Ben F40.7 CF 57
Sunshine Girl J 35 JF 72
Ha 'a Koa One Design 48 CF -45
Kaysaren Beneteau 285 JF 195
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