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.
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
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
Swiftsure, in cooperation with sponsors Blackline Marine of Canoe Cove’s Marine Community, The Sailing Shop at Trotac Marine and West Marine, will present an evening for Swiftsure racers from around Vancouver and Gulf Islands. Speakers Vern Burkhardt, Brent Jacobi and Alex Fox are very well known in their fields of Safety, Rigging and Sail Trim. Continue reading