Press Release – Patos Island Race Tracker Failure

During the recent Patos Island Race hosted by Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club (SNSYC) racers and fans were disappointed in the Race Tracker provided by the Swiftsure International Race organization when it failed during the race.

The  Swiftsure organization deeply regrets this failure that persisted despite making every effort to solve the difficulties during the race. The problem, however, did not originate with the Swiftsure Race Tracker technology which displays the data feed from the SPOT units located on each competing boat. The failure was related to a Globalstar server that receives the data feed via satellite .  They were unable to identify and correct the source of the technical failure before the end of the Patos Island Race leaving the race with no tracking/viewing system. Globalstar has assured us that it has since corrected the problem.

Read the full press release here.

March 31st Draw Winner – Conrad J!

Congratulations to Conrad J’s skippers, Geoffrey Wolf and Adrien Felon – you are Swiftsure’s second winners! You will receive $75 worth of tickets for Spinnakers famous Swiftsure Session Ale at the Swiftsure Centre on Thursday, May 22nd or Friday, May 23rd! You will certainly be popular with your crew.

Everyone else – you still have a chance to win! All other registered boats automatically qualify in the midnight draw on April 30th for Spinnakers beer – for $50 worth of tickets for Spinnakers famous Swiftsure Session Ale at the Swiftsure Centre.

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Not yet registered? Take advantage of the EarlyBird entry fee AND another chance to win and enjoy Spinnakers’ Swiftsure Session Ale.

You can register online by clicking the Register Now button at Swiftsure.org. If you wish, you can fill out a paper registration form which is available online at the Swiftsure Registration page. Continue reading

The Swiftsure Committee sings the Sailors’ Lament

See our hard working Swiftsure Committee show off their musical talents.

Highlighting Vic Maui 2014

Did you know Swiftsure International Yacht Race is one of 3 qualifying races for the 2014 Vic Maui Yacht Race held in July and starting from Victoria’s waterfront? The 3 qualifying races, in order of dates: Southern Straits, Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure.

Vic-Maui Qualifying Races are:

* Southern Straits race (WVYC) – April 18, 2014: http://www.southernstraits.ca/

* Oregon Offshore race (CYC Portland) – May 8, 2014: http://www.oregonoffshore.org/

* Swiftsure International Yacht Race (RVicYC) – May 24, 2014: http://www.swiftsure.org

Vic Maui 2014

The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race is hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club. It was first contested in 1965, and has been sailed every second year since 1968. Vic-Maui starts in July off Victoria, British Columbia and finishes near Lahaina, Maui, a distance of approximately 2308 nautical miles.

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Feb 28th Draw Winner – Peregrine!

Congratulations to Peregrine’s skipper, Steve Smolinske – you are Swiftsure’s first winner! You will receive $100 worth of tickets for Spinnakers famous Swiftsure Session Ale at the Swiftsure Centre on Thursday, May 22nd or Friday, May 23rd! You will certainly be popular with your crew.

Everyone else still has 2 more chances to win! All other boats still qualify and you’re automatically in the draws for March 31st at midnight for Spinnakers beer and again April 30th at midnight.

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Not yet registered? Take advantage of the EarlyBird entry fee AND two more chances to win and enjoy Spinnakers’ Swiftsure Session Ale. Continue reading

Highlighting VIRS Vancouver Island Racing Series

Yacht racing on the West Coast of North America encapsulates many races, both local and international.  Of these, Swiftsure International Yacht Race has become known over the decades as the ‘Granddaddy Race of the Pacific Northwest’ but is only one of the prominent races worthy of attention. Check out some other local races noted on Swiftsure’s website under Race Info.

On Vancouver Island, there is the Vancouver Island Racing Series.  Yachts accumulate points for racing in some or all of Patos Island, THRASH Regatta, Thetis Island, Round Saltspring, Swiftsure, Race Around Lasqueti Island, CFSA Summer Solstice, S.I.N. Regatta, Cow Bay Regatta, Maple Bay Regatta, Sidney North Saanich Regatta, and finishing up with Thermopylae Regatta.  There’s also a Wild Card race.  Check out VIRS on Facebook then consider taking in the race series.  The 2014 season starts up with Patos Island Race on March 22-23.

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Why Should You Enter by February 28? Prize Draws!

The EarlyBird entry fee is available until May 5th but…

Skippers, if you register to race in Swiftsure 2014 before midnight on February 28th your name will go into a draw to win $100 worth of pre-paid beer tickets, which can be used on May 22nd and/or 23rd. There will be two smaller draws among all skippers who are EarlyBirds registered by March 31st and by April 30th. Register in February for a chance in all three draws! Don’t miss out—take advantage of the EarlyBird entry fee and a chance to win and enjoy Spinnakers’ Swiftsure Session Ale. Why are we offering prizes? Everybody loves prizes. Spinnakers_Logo_BPandGH-2

You can register online by clicking on the Register Now button at Swiftsure.org. If you wish, you can fill out a paper registration form which is available online at the Swiftsure Registration page.

There is a racecourse for every taste and level of challenge. The Notices of Race for the three long courses (Swiftsure Lightship Classic, Cape Flattery, and Juan de Fuca) and for the Swiftsure Inshore Classic have been published under the Race Info tab.

Don’t miss out.  Register by midnight on February 28th to qualify.

Vern Burkhardt

Chair

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Online Registration for Swiftsure 2014 is Live!

Royal Victoria Yacht Club wishes all yacht owners and crew a happy New Year and invites you to the 71st running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race from May 24th to May 26th. As in the past, wind, current and weather promise to make this year’s Swiftsure another challenging race. The fun starts with the festivities in beautiful downtown Victoria‘s Inner Harbour on May 22nd  and runs through the weekend.

The Notice of Race (NOR) for the three long courses (Swiftsure Lightship Classic, Cape Flattery, and Juan de Fuca), and the NOR for the one-day Swiftsure Inshore Classic are now posted on the web at http://2014.swiftsure.org/notices-of-race/. You’ll find a challenging course to suit every racer.

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Swiftsure in Scuttlebutt Post

Scuttlebutt newsletter 3989 has an article about putting on a good spectator show and raising awareness of yacht racing.  Swiftsure is among the races mentioned.

Did you know Swiftsure’s race start off Clover Point was chosen as the best position for yachts AND for spectator visibility? True. Swiftsure Inshore Classic uses Brotchie Ledge, off Ogden Point, as a turn mark so spectators have another spectacular view – and the Inshore racers are visible from shore throughout MUCH of their race.

Factoid:  Swiftsure has one more race under its belt than Sydney Hobart. Truly the granddaddy race.

Scuttlebutt Dec 17, 2013 edited article is reproduced here.

Charlotte Gann

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Message from the Chair

Vern Burkhardt - Swiftsure Chair; Photo credit: Lyle Stafford, Times ColonistThe countdown is on to the 2014 Swiftsure International Yacht Race. This will be the 71st running of the race and we hope even more racers participate this year. Mark the May 24 start of Swiftsure 2014 on your calendar and plan to enjoy friendly Victoria and great sailing.

The 2014 Notices of Race will be posted January 3, 2014 and competitors may register online or through a paper registration process. The race courses will be the same as last year — three distance races (Swiftsure Lightship Classic, Cape Flattery, and Juan de Fuca) and the Inshore Race.

Vern Burkhardt
Chair
Swiftsure International Yacht Race