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Swiftsure’s 2015 Report – a Race Insight January 12, 2016

Each year, the chair of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race submits a report of the race experience to the host of Swiftsure, Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s executive. This report is also included in the member’s annual where they can read of the accomplishments of members participating in Swiftsure through racing, partaking as volunteers, and the organising team. Plus many sponsors and donors, without whom Swiftsure isn’t possible.

Take a look at Swiftsure’s 2015 Annual Report – a terrific insight into the many aspects, people, resources, and the community support it takes to put on a race of this calibre.

Also please acknowledge the efforts of so many and of the incredible support of sponsors. This race is of a very high calibre and ‘it takes a village’ to put on Swiftsure each year.

Happy Arrival at Inspection Dock

Happy Arrival at Inspection Dock


Registration Opens for Swiftsure 2016 January 4, 2016

Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Organizing Committee for the Swiftsure International Yacht Race has issued the Notices of Race for the 73rd running of the race. The race will start on May 28th off the beautiful Victoria waterfront, with the gun sounding for the first of five starts at 0900.

The race is open to monohulls and multihulls. Skippers and crew can choose from five different race courses, either racing overnight or in a long day race. Monohulls may race under either a PHRF or IRC handicap while multihulls will race under the PHRF rating system.

Online registration for Swiftsure 2016 went live January 4th. Registration fees are the same as for 2015! When registering for the race skippers and crew can also book to have a buffet breakfast between 0630 and 0830 on race morning at Swiftsure Centre (located at the Steamship Grill and Bar in the inner harbour). The price for the buffet breakfast is also the same as for 2015.

Swiftsure Official Merchandise

Swiftsure Official Merchandise

Online ordering for Official Merchandise is also open. Skippers have the option of ordering specialty Swiftsure garments when they register for the race.

Vern Burkhardt, Chair

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Royal Canadian Navy and Swiftsure International Yacht Race December 9, 2015

There are age-old traditions around the Swiftsure International Yacht Race and likely the longest is that between the race and the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Oriole IV (ships I – III were all posted in Eastern Canada) is the longest serving ship in the Royal Canadian Navy and enters the Swiftsure Lightship Classic each year. She arrived in Victoria from Nova Scotia in 1954, racing her first Swiftsure in 1955 where she placed 14th. Almost each year since, HMCS Oriole has valiantly competed, taking enthusiastic crew for an offshore racing experience. More

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Registered Yachts

Name Type Race Rating
White Squall CAL 40 INF 132
Intrepid J/35 INF 72
Journey Catalina INN -200
Oxomoxo Swan 391 HB 99
Avalanche J105 CF 93
Jack Rabbit Caroll Marine CF 24
Bravo Zulu Beneteau 40.7 CF 57
Pixie Peterson 35 INF 114
Longboard Riptide 35-2 SLC 12
Martha Schooner SLC 111
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