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Swiftsure Multihull Racers – A Choice of Long Course Races February 1, 2018

Through vigorous expressions of interest from the multihull racing community in the Pacific Northwest and diligent efforts by Swiftsure’s Multihull representatives John Green and Tim Knight, plus others, there is now a choice of Swiftsure Multihull races.

Cape Flattery Race for Multihulls (PHRF handicapped boats), the longer course at 101.9 nautical miles, turns at Neah Bay before heading to the finish line at Victoria.

Juan de Fuca Race for Multihulls (PHRF handicapped boats) is a 78.7 nautical mile course which turns at Clallam Bay and heads back to the finish line at Victoria.

Both multihull races are set as fully crewed and both offer good competition with, if conditions are right, the possibility of finishing before last call in Victoria.

All multihulls will be in the same start.

Here’s Amendment #1 to the Notice of Race for the Four Long Courses on this addition.

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Pacific Yachting Coastal Characters – Trotac’s Campbell Thomson with Marianne Scott January 30, 2018

Trotac Marine, the name combines Trolling and Tackle, has a deep and storied marine history on Vancouver Island. And owner Campbell Thomson, a well-known character on these salty shores, is ever smiling, deeply respected and with a prodigious memory.


Pacific Yachting’s February issue has writer Marianne Scott interview Campbell, learning more about him than any of us knew. Starting fresh from high school, Campbell worked alongside his father Pete, who started the family business in 1972. Now the third generation is taking the lines, with Jessalyn and Ben doing as their father has done.

Two faces familiar in the fraternity of racing work with Trotac; Alex Fox as the sailing and rigging specialist and Liane Kern leading the company’s marketing and promotion.

Trotac has continuously sponsored Swiftsure International Yacht Race through the decades.  

Swiftsure 2018 Registration is now OPEN January 17, 2018

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club has presented Swiftsure since 1951. Prior to that, hosting was shared by the Seattle Yacht Club, the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Royal Victoria Yacht Club under the aegis of the Pacific International Yachting Association, right back the race’s origin in 1930.

Did you know Swiftsure International Yacht Race is the biggest yacht race on the West Coast of North America? And among the longest-standing in the world? Be proud to compete in a yacht race with such deep roots.

Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2018 race registration opened right on schedule on January 2nd and the Notice of Race for the Four Long Courses and the Swiftsure Inshore Classic is available online.

MARTHA 2015 Transpac

In preparation for opening registration for the 75th Swiftsure Race, some final effort was put into beta-testing the process. Swiftsure stalwarts worked on the evening of January 1 to ensure a smooth and successful launch the next morning. As we watched, an unexpected record showed up that had not been created by the team! What the heck? Turns out the schooner Martha was super-keen to register and found the wormhole created by the development team. After a quick phone call to Robert d’Arcy, skipper of Martha, a chuckle was shared and he confirmed that the Swiftsure registration process was indeed smooth and robust. Martha became the de facto 1st to register for this historic running of Swiftsure. Robert wished to share: “It’s great to have MARTHA race in the 75th edition of Swiftsure and appreciate the history and heritage of such a fine event, we wouldn’t miss it for the world! Kind regards and a thanks to the Swiftsure Race Crew for such good work!” 

What’s new with Swiftsure 2018? Three additions to the Swiftsure Inshore Classic races, focused on attracting some racing history:

  • Legends of Swiftsure race; No current PHRF rating? No problem, one will be assigned
    • a) Boats that have previously competed in a Swiftsure long course race (Swiftsure Lightship Classic, Cape Flattery, Juan de Fuca), but have not competed since 2010; and
    • b) Boats built prior to 1967.
  • Six Metre Class race; these will race as a One Design
  • Cruising race; there will be a Flying Sails and Non-Flying Sails class and again, No current PHRF rating? No problem, one will be assigned
  • For the Legends of Swiftsure, Six Metre Class and Cruising races, the safety equipment requirements of the regulatory authority of their country of residence (e.g.; US Coast Guard, Transport Canada) will apply


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