Swiftsure’s TWO ISAF certified appointees; John Abel & Mike Turner

BC Sailing announced on November 12, 2015 that the International Sailing Federation now includes two appointments of members from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in prestigious positions. They are both actively engaged with the Swiftsure International Yacht Race.

  • John Abel, Swiftsure’s PRO, has been appointed as an International Race Officer. John is one of just 3 IRO’s in BC of the 7 in Canada, and of which there are only about 200 in the world.

John Abel has raced since age 12 in many, many sailing craft. He has been, and is, very actively involved with the BC Sailing Association and Canadian Yachting Association. Over the last decade, John has worked toward this international certification – a rigorous process he tackled with gusto. Last fall, Swiftsure wrote an article about John as we were excited that John accepted the role of Swiftsure’s Principal Race Officer, a role in which he will continue and now with even greater stature in the racing community.


Presently, John is Chair of Sail Training & Youth Programs and Principal Race Officer for the Swiftsure International Yacht Race of Royal Victoria Yacht Club and is President of BC Sailing.

Michael Turner is an experienced match and team race umpire and active racer. With more than 40 years of experience, he has competed in everything from dinghies to 12m yachts, racing round the buoys, long distance, and offshore. Mike has served on international juries at several World and Continental championships throughout North America including the 2015 Pan AM Games. He has many years of experience chairing protest committees for major local events including Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the Oregon Offshore Race and the Van Isle 360.

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Michael Turner will continue as Swiftsure’s Chief Judge.

John and Mike are truly remarkable – both are highly respected and they reflect the great pride the Royal Victoria Yacht Club embodies in the field of international yacht racing. John and Mike now qualify to act as Race Officer and Jury, respectively, at any level of event including the Olympics!

Two Multihull Experiences from Cape Flattery 2015

Swiftsure has incredibly active multihull racers. Key to the success of the group is Royal Victoria Yacht Club Past Commodore John Green’s engagement; John has actively promoted multihull racing in Swiftsure for a number of years and 2015 was a pinnacle with 11 registered to race the Cape Flattery Multihull course. John and Marg Green host a Friday pre-race dinner at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club for the group, building terrific camaraderie in the multihull fleet – possibly the one time during the year all come together to share stories and tales.

Two well-written articles from competitive yachtsmen are shared here; that of Douggie Barlow with Aliikai experiencing his first Swiftsure race, and Vincent DePillis racing his Freda Mae for the fifth time in Swiftsure; Vincent is president of the Northwest Multihull Assocation.

Swiftsure is pleased to highlight these two well-written articles from the NWMA Swiftsure Log – you’ll feel the thrill as each multi approaches and blasts through Race Passage on their way to the finish.

Epic 2015 Race? Yup.

Ladies and Gents

Swiftsure 2015 had the best elements of a near-perfect race!  Good winds, smooth waters, incredible competitors from far and wide, the largest complement of racers in years.

First across the finish line was Dragonfly in 9 hours and 9 minutes. Continue reading

What’s New for Swiftsure 2015?

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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. Continue reading