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What’s New for Swiftsure 2015? March 29, 2015

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  1. New Long Course – Hein Bank Race

This 118.1 nautical mile race is open to all PHRF and IRC handicapped monohull yachts.  It is a fourth “Long Course” option for racing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The course goes from a starting line at Clover Point, leaving a mark at Neah Bay to port, leaving to port the ODAS 46088 (located about 5 nautical miles bearing approximately 2380 M from Hein Bank), and crossing a finish line across the Victoria Harbour (at Ogden Point Breakwater).  See the Notice of Race for the Four Long Courses and the Safety Equipment Requirements for Monohulls on Swiftsure’s website under Race Info.

  1. New Location for Swiftsure Centre

In previous years Swiftsure Centre was located in a large tent on Ship Point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It is being re-located to the Steamship Grill and Bar located on the south side of the Victoria Inner Harbour (on Belleville Street across from the Parliament Buildings). This is the location for skippers to check in and pick up their skippers’ package, and where the Swiftsure party will occur on Thursday May 21 and Friday May 22. The Swiftsure party will be complete with beer, rum, wine, and bands playing from 2000 to 2300. At the new Swiftsure Centre racers, their friends and relatives, and the public will be able to escape from the music volume if they wish to have a more relaxed atmosphere.

A Full House for the Swiftsure Safety & Technical Night March 21, 2015

Swiftsure’s Safety and Technical Night on March 18th was held at race host’s Royal Victoria Yacht Club to a full house.Full House on March 18

The crowd heard from Swiftsure’s Chair, Vern Burkhardt about the culture of safety Swiftsure has enhanced year-over-year.  Vern spoke of the fundamentals of safety preparations, the key players – Racers, the Swiftsure Organising Authority and the many Agencies involved to keep the fleet safe.  Safety is a primary focus for Swiftsure and we are recognized among the local races as a leader in this field. More

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Registered Yachts

Name Type Race Rating
Canard Jeanneau JF 129
Prairie Sun Sun 27 JF 225
Dream Weaver Tanzer 26 INF 207
Akasha Bavaria CF 141
Bonni Jean Beneteau 44.7 CF 48
Muffin Bill Lee Yachts- Santa Cruz 33 JF 117
White Raven Cavalier 45 JF 126
Zephyr C29 INF 201
Annie C&C 24 INF 237
Jolly Rumbalow C&C 34+ JF 135
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