White Noise wins FREE entry into Swiftsure 2015

On Sunday, October 5th at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Thermopylae Regatta signaled the end of the 2014 Vancouver Island Racing Series of 12 races held throughout the year.

Vern Burkhardt, Chair of Swiftsure, provided a gift certificate for a free entry to Swiftsure 2015. At this event, Liane Kern and Alex Fox of Trotac Marine, V.I.R.S. presenting sponsor (also a Swiftsure sponsor!), randomly drew from among the names of yachts present at the regatta for one lucky boat.

White Noise, a Martin 242 owned by Kirk Westergaard, was drawn.  His crew were on hand to receive the gift certificate, pictured here.  Congratulations to Kirk and his crew.

Crew of White Noise, including Marri Todd, gladly receive the free entry gift certificate for Swiftsure 2015 from Charlotte Gann.

Crew of White Noise, including Marri Todd, gladly receive the free entry gift certificate for Swiftsure 2015 from Charlotte Gann.

Thursday’s Child – First Ever Swiftsure – a Winner!

Benjamin Rummen’s Hotfoot 31, Thursday’s Child share the account of team Thursday’s Child first Swiftsure experience, including the excitement of discovering they’d won the Juan de Fuca Light Class, Division 2!  A great team that kept their heads throughout the race, even helping with a man overboard situation.  Way to go Thursday’s Child!

Thursday's Child

Brenda Jacques Photography

Brenda Jacques Photography

Charlotte Gann, Swiftsure Committee

Vic-Maui race yacht Kinetic is returning to Victoria

After successfully completing the Vic-Maui 2014 race, the yacht Kinetic left Kauai on August 4th for Vancouver Island – a delivery of some 2700 nautical miles by Vern Burkhardt, Rob Tape, Mike Cowley and Brian Dearden.  Their daily update of the voyage is shared here; many will find this fascinating, humourous and gripping.

Follow them on the Vic-Maui return race tracker.

Kinetic Final Update August 20th (Day 16) Continue reading

Frank Colistro’s Freshwater News Article

Freshwater News, a publication for Oregon and SW Washington state water-sport aficionados, has published an article by Frank Colistro of Wy’East, a Cascade 36 racing out of Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland. Frank has raced Swiftsure for a couple of decades and finally shared his musings about racing the consistently mercurial moods of Swiftsure.

This truly charming article describes the campaign by the group of Oregon race yachts that challenged both the Oregon Offshore Race and Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2014.  Of the at least 9 Oregon yachts that raced both races, 7 finished Swiftsure and Anam Cara, Riva, Wy’East and Ocelot took hardware.

Enjoy reading Freshwater News July 2014 publication – Frank’s article begins on Page 1.

Charlotte Gann

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Swiftsure 2014 Had It All

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. Continue reading

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

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

Dragonfly is first to cross the line.

Round the County 2012

Dragonfly, skippered by Richard Akrill, of Royal Victoria Yacht Club has crossed the finish line shortly after 20:00 PDT. With an elapsed time of 10:53:34, you can be sure they had a fantastic ride home. Congratulations to Dragonfly!

All races started on time

All starts for the 2014 Swiftsure International Yacht race got away on time. The conditions are perfect for the racers with a fresh breeze, sun and warm spring weather. Amazing the difference a year makes!