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Shaw TV South Vancouver Island created this video inviting you to volunteer for the largest yacht race on North America’s entire west coast. Volunteer in 2019 and become a part of Victoria’s maritime traditions.

Swiftsure Orientation

Swiftsure 2019 Orientation session will take place May 2nd (Thursday) at 6:30 pm in the Main Lounge at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road.  Please plan to attend.

Volunteers will receive Swiftsure’s Volunteer Handbook and Safety Plan for the Swiftsure 2019 races.

Volunteers’ & Sponsors’ Recognition Night and Silent Auction

The 2019 Volunteers’ & Sponsors’ Recognition Night and Silent Auction will be held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road on Tuesday, May 28th from 5:30 PM.

Communication with Swiftsure’s Volunteer Coordinator

For further information, please communicate with Swiftsure’s Volunteer Coordinator at

The Swiftsure Administrator will be pleased to answer your race-related inquiries or pass them on to the appropriate person for a response.

By Email

Registration Inquiries:

Swiftsure Volunteer Coordinator:

General Inquiries:

By Phone

Swiftsure Office at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club: 250.592.2441

The office is open Monday to Saturday, 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:00 Pacific time.

By Mail

Swiftsure International Yacht Race
c/o Royal Victoria Yacht Club
3475 Ripon Rd.
Victoria, BC
V8R 6H1   Canada

2019 Swiftsure Committee

Event Chair:  Andrew McBride
Special Advisor:  Vern Burkhardt
Principal Race Officer:  John Abel
Logistics:  Brian Shorter
Media Relations:



Race Director:  Mike Cowley
Sponsorship Relations & Silent Auction:  Deborah Tolman
Technology:  Dennis McMillan
Trophies & Award Records:  Guy Tyrwhitt-Drake
Volunteer Coordinator:  Peter Testemale


Other Contacts

Swiftsure Office Administrator:  RVYC Administrator
Swiftsure Registrar:  Ann Steele
Handicap Rating:  Kirk Palmer
Multihulls Promotion:  Tim Knight
SPOT Transponders:
Inspection Dock:  Keith Beange
Dockmaster:  Brian Dodsworth
Events Coordinator: