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Pacific Yachting’s Coastal Characters by Marianne Scott December 1, 2017

There’s a well-known racer of some repute that has many, many Swiftsure’s under his PFD.

Marianne Scott, a regular contributor to Pacific Yachting articles, ran Ron MacKenzie to ground and captured some of his Swiftsure race adventures aboard his Future Primitive.

A good read, shared with permission from December’s issue of Pacific Yachting; Ron MacKenzie Future Primitive, PY Dec 2017.  Editor Dale Miller had neat personal stories to share in his ‘View From Here’ editorial – you’ll need to get the December issue but it’s well worth the effort. 

 

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Pardon My French but that was SPECTAC! August 28, 2017

Pardon My French epitomises the Swiftsure Spirit. This video captures their first ever Swiftsure and they’ll be back!

Hunger, Sleep Deprivation and Chill could not dull the thrill.

Skipper and crew of Pardon My French, Frederick Savoye’s Hunter-Legend 40.5 from Sloop Tavern Yacht Club, decided to make Swiftsure their first big race and they have the heart, the spirit and the stamina to go the distance. When others pulled out, they dropped their hook in Race Passage for 8 hours, determined to stay the course. Everything they did was spot on for preparation of the boat and crew with a focus on safety. Swiftsure is pleaseed to have Pardon My French and her crew show us commitment gets results. Fifth in her division – a fine result for a first-ever Swiftsure. And 12-year old Alec on the helm – a proud moment.

Skipper: Frederick Savoye
Crew: Eric Maffre, Antoni Kew, Toby Willis, Alec Savoye, Antoine Deux, Shannon Dean

See you in 2018, PMF – until then, bonne chance.

1961 Swiftsure; A Fine Year June 17, 2017

In 1961, Winsome III from Royal Vancouver Yacht Club became the first Canadian boat to win the Swiftsure Lightship Race since 1931. Bonar Davis was skipper as owner Ches Rickard was away. In this year, 62 race yachts were registered for the Swiftsure Lightship Classic, and this was the last year Jack Gann was the Swiftsure Race Chair. The following year saw the creation of the Juan de Fuca Race but in 1961 there was only the single course – to the Swiftsure Lightship.

In the spring of 2017, from the annals of Swiftsure history, a reel of 16 mm film was discovered by Charlotte Gann. The retrieved canister of cellulose film, marked ‘1961 Swiftsure’ had survived well and, after consulting with Swiftsure Chair Vern Burkhardt, a skillful studio was sought to take on conversion of the 16 mm film reel; the film was reviewed, quality confirmed and conversion completed.

What follows is the result of this discovery.

Just in time to celebrate the 75th running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, a piece of history is presented.

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