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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.

From A Racer’s View May 31, 2017

What follows is a photo essay from Stephanie Campbell Schwenk as she raced aboard Denny Vaughn’s Bravo Zulu.

Takes you from the start to the thrill of the hunt, into the dark, the fog, the morning sun and happy faces, and to the finish, including that ever-welcome bowl of soup – using the Swiftsure poster as a coaster. More

Swiftsure Photos Arrive

Jill Fitz Hirschbold, Swiftsure’s Photography Lead, has organised the best group of photographers yet.

Jill, herself, is a professional photographer, honing her skills on the water and ashore.

Watch this page as more and more official Swiftsure photographers’ work arrives. Including shots from Stocksy United, plus the return engagement of Swiftsure photographers over a number of years.

2017 Photos


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2017 Race Results

Final results for the 2017 Swiftsure International Yacht Race have been posted.

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