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Swiftsure 2014 Had It All May 26, 2014

Perfect weather to start an international yacht race. A great pancake breakfast by Central Saanich Lions Club. Two skilled racers sharing with the assembled crowd the finer details of yacht racing and the yachts arrayed in view.  Upon the WesternOne cranes above, US and Canadian flags snapped in a breeze perfect for sweeping the yachts through each start.  HMCS Nanaimo stood on as the mark boat from which the Race Committee for Swiftsure did countdowns and a gun signaled each start with a puff of smoke.  After each race successfully started, the RCAF 442 Squadron Cormorant helicopter team put on an incredible Search and Rescue demonstration over the water, with the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue vessel standing by.  Did you see the flashing blue light just beyond, on the water?  The Victoria Police intercepted a vessel attempting to interfere with the SAR demo – and stood between the interloper and the rescue vessels. The demonstration came together like clockwork, the ‘body’ in the water successfully retrieved and deployed to safety.

This describes just the race start!  Swiftsure begins on Wednesday with setting up the tents on Ship Point. On Thursday and Friday, race yachts and crew pour into Victoria, check in for their respective race courses (there are 4) then get down to the serious business of catching up with each other, meeting the new yachts in town, enjoying the many questions from the public and guests to Victoria and taking in some great bands and rums ‘n beers. More

6 AM Monday, No Division 2 and 3 SLC Finishers

The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is complete for another year.

At 6 AM, none of the Swiftsure Lightship Classic division 2 or 3 race yachts had finished  within the time limit. These divisions will be scored on their official rounding times to determine the winners.

HMCS Oriole Withdraws from Swiftsure May 25, 2014

HMCS Oriole withdrew from the Lightship Classic this morning.

Oriole sat off Neah Bay overnight becalmed for 11 hours. We had a fantastic start and made great speed on Saturday in winds up to 25 kts. The crew and ship performed admirably.

Oriole wishes a safe and speedy return to all our competitors.

LCdr Jeff Kibble Captain

HMCS Oriole

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