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Swiftsure Droning the Race Starts & Clover Point Events May 3, 2016

Pacific Yachting Magazine’s May edition has a super article in the Currents section, written by Marianne Scott about Swiftsure having a drone to record the race start and events ashore at Clover Point.

From 8 AM on Saturday, May 28, spectators can hear the live commentary of Swiftsure starts from two experienced racers, host Royal Victoria Yacht Club members Heather Seaman and Ralph Lapp. Take in a pancake breakfast, observe Songhees and Esquimalt Elders conducting a Blessing of the Fleet (Swiftsure starts & ends on traditional Lekwungen territory) and, after the 5 race starts are complete, watch the Royal Canadian Air Force conduct an over-and-on-the-water Search And Rescue Demonstration from a 442 Squadron Cormorant helicopter.

Swiftsure Celebrates 2016 Sponsors at a Luncheon April 22, 2016

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Swiftsure International Yacht Race celebrates our richly engaged sponsors each year. One event we hold in the spring, just before the race organising becomes frenetic.

The 2016 Swiftsure Sponsorship Luncheon was held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on April 13th, where we feted sponsors, recognising their contributions to the success of Swiftsure and introducing them to each other. This year, we enjoyed the company of RVYC’s Commodore Dunnery Best, Vice Commodore Gordon Wilkinson and several members of the Swiftsure Committee. Event Chair Vern Burkhardt engaged the guests with an outline of the race, what’s new and exciting for 2016, and an invitation to join in upcoming VIP festivities such as experiencing the start of Swiftsure from aboard either a Royal Canadian Navy Kingston class vessel, HMCS Whitehorse this year, or Swiftsure sponsor Prince of Whales’ Whale Watching’s Ocean Magic – both exceptional experiences.

Swiftsure Event Chair Vern Burkhardt

Swiftsure’s sponsors are very engaged in their enterprises, and still they find it in their heart to continue to support the race, understanding that without their generosity in so many ways, this race could not happen.

And so, it is with deep gratitude, Swiftsure thanks our committed sponsors. Some have been with us since the 1950’s and all are amazing to know – we gladly ask you to support their businesses.

Below are photographs of some of our incredible sponsors!

Raven Marine's Anthony Utley & John Nassichuk with Don Prittie of Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard

Raven Marine’s Anthony Utley & John Nassichuk with Don Prittie of Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard

 

Steamship Grill & Bar's Mark Fenner, Jim Rohmer & Hanif Mamdani

Steamship Grill & Bar’s Mark Fenner, Jim Rohmer & Hanif Mamdani

L-R; Shaw TV's Lisa Pysmenny, Chad Grice of Swiftsure, Spinnakers' Sasha Laurin, Charlotte Gann of Swiftsure & Shaw TV's Daphne Goode

L-R; Shaw TV’s Lisa Pysmenny, Chad Grice of Swiftsure, Spinnakers’ Sasha Laurin, Charlotte Gann of Swiftsure & Shaw TV’s Daphne Goode

GVHA's Kirsten Denham

GVHA’s Kirsten Denham

 

 

 

IRIS The Visual Group's Lynn Reiter and Roxy Beswetherick

IRIS The Visual Group’s Lynn Reiter and Roxy Beswetherick

AC Design's Alastair Chesson

AC Design’s Alastair Chesson

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Gann of Swiftsure with Roy McKenzie of CHEK News

Charlotte Gann of Swiftsure with Roy McKenzie of CHEK News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Yachting's Kathy Moore

Pacific Yachting’s Kathy Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swiftsure Technical Night with Canoe Cove Marine Community April 18, 2016

An informative Swiftsure Technical Night was held Wednesday, March 30 at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. With presentations from knowledgeable and entertaining fellows from Blackline Marine and Raven Marine Services, and Vern Burkhardt, Swiftsure Event Chair, Don Prittie of Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard kicked off the evening, telling the assembled crowd of a secret spot beyond Sidney with protected moorage, a sailing club, complete marine services and 2 restaurants. Don also reminded us of the upcoming Maritime Museum of BC Massive Marine Sale on Saturday, May 23rd at Ogden Point.

Don Prittie with Vern Burkhardt and Charlotte Gann

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Registered Yachts

Name Type Race Rating
Nordic Sun II Hylas 44, model 1, 1984 INF 400
Noflyk Jeanneau SO37 JF 156
Melaque Custom 29 INF 150
Terremoto Riptide 35 CF 30
Nirvana Beneteau 40.7 CF 57
Dominatrix X-119 CF 76
Mata Hari Catalina CF 147
Dark Star Crown 34 JF 148
Electra Aphrodite 101 INF 141
Freeflyte Freya 39 JF 180
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