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 Aloha and Welcome to the 
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race
1965     Half Century     2016

Co-hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club Lahaina Yacht Club
 
Victoria:  Docks Open July 5-12, Pre-Start Parties July 8 & 10, Starts July 9-10-11-12 
Lahaina:  Waiting Wahine Luncheon July 25, Finish Time Limit July 29, Awards Banquet July 30 

 Vic-Maui News:

Brad Baker - www.swiftsureyachts.com

Reflections on Vic-Maui 2016 - What a Ride

by Brad Baker, July 27th, 2016

Race Committee will leave it to the Vic-Maui Guru to Summarize a Vic-Maui that will become a Classic. With the Vic-Maui a done deal, I thought I’d reflect a bit on the 2016 race. I don’t know about you other armchair sailors, but I have had a tremendous amount of fun watching this year’s race. It’s had a little bit of everything. It’s had some drama with Crossfire’s early retirement from the race. I sincerely hope that after licking their wounds, and taking a few lessons from the experience, that they will be back in 2018. I suppose I was a harbinger of doom when in my third installment I said there would likely be boats with steering issues. I think it was the day after writing that the J-109, Mountain, retired with rudder bearing issues. Later, Forty had their steering quadrant fail. There were lots of reports of broken halyards and blown up spinnakers. Most recently the specter of tropical storm Darby made things interesting. What is foremost in my mind, though, was the weather pattern itself. It turned out to be a near perfect scenario for an elapsed time record breaking pace. And there were four boats in the race capable of breaking the record — a perfect storm. Read

The Final Boat of Vic-Maui 2016 Finishes

by Race Committee, July 26th, 2016

Near Midnight on Tuesday night Forty, a Tartain 4100 owned by Michael Boldt of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, was the final boat to complete Vic Maui 2016 and bring to an end the racing part of the celebration of a Half Century of Vic-Maui racing. The drama of the last few standings for prizes waited for the final boats to finish put into the books an absolution classic. Now attention turns to the silverware and excitement of the Awards Celebration on Saturday July 30 on the Ocean Lawn of the Sheraton Maui Resort in Kaanapali. Read

Who Broke What, Who Beat Who

by Race Committee, July 25th, 2016

It was a madcap day that saw the finish of Expresso, Starblazer, Ion, Salient, and Miles this morning. The Pioneer Inn was full of racers, families, greeters, well-wishers and to top it all off, Elvis was in the Building at the Waiting Wahine luncheon. Read

Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016

by Race Committee, July 25th, 2016

Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016. Valkyrie wins Line Honours and 2nd Overall, Longboard takes 3rd Overall. With most of the competitors now finished, it is clear that Kinetic V, a TP-52 owned by David Sutcliffe and sailing for co-host Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, will be the Overall Winner of Vic-Maui 2016. David a 6 time Vic-Maui veteran previously won the Overall prize in Vic-Maui in 2010 in Kinetic II. Kinetic V completed the course in 8d 14h 16 m and corrected out 2h 30m ahead of Valkyrie at 8d 3h 57m. Read

This is Crazy

by Race Committee, July 25th, 2016

Are you kidding me? All boats flew at top speed across the Pacific, followed by an anxious wait for Tropical Storm Darby to approach Maui and the fleet. Then we watched the poor anchor watch on Atlanta and Kinetic V suffer the 35 kts of wind and associated waves in the Lahaina Roadstead. But wind was a constant. At least it was until Expresso approached the finish line. After more than 5 painful hours without wind off of Kaanapali, George Bishop’s Express 37 out of Nanaimo Yacht Club crossed the finish line around 5:30 am local time. Read

One Design Racing

by Race Committee, July 25th, 2016

There are many Vic-Maui sub-plots in a larger story. There was the race for the elapsed time record between the TP-52s, Old School vs. New School, and Tropical Storm Darby. Another story out of many is the One Design race between three almost identical Beneteau First 40.7s. While they have slight differences in ORC ratings for this race, in the minds of the skippers and crew they are racing each other boat for boat. At stake are big bragging rights. Read

Vic Maui 2, Darby Still No Score

by Race Committee, July 24th, 2016

Eberhard Heinzemann’s Alegria X, a Dufour 45e from Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, finished just before midnight last night. Earlier forecasts had pegged the arrival of the front edge of Tropical Storm Darby at the same time – clearly Race Committee had concerns. But in reality, Alegria X ghosted through the Finish Line in fading wind and perfect night conditions and joined other boats inside Lahaina Harbour. Read

Riding Out Darby

by Race Committee, July 23rd, 2016

There is some interest in how the boats plan to ride out Tropical Storm Darby. Everybody (still racing and those ashore) are on tender-hooks waiting to see what happens as the storm front approaches. At 1700 HST it is reported to be entered on the SE corner of the Big Island and heading toward the south side of Maui at 10 kts. The forecast is for arrival and nasty weather overnight. Read

Kraken 1, Darby No Score

by Race Committee, July 23rd, 2016

In a real race, not the artificial ones that sailboats make up between themselves, Kraken has beat Mother Nature’s child – Darby. Mark and Annette Malacek’s Beneteau First 40.7 from West Vancouver Yacht Club crossed the finish line around 1:45 pm local time. It was great relief to the many family and fans that greeted Kraken's arrival. Read

Rain Drop Arrives to Early Morning Fanfare

by Race Committee, July 23rd, 2016

Looking like winners in their division as Darby split their competition behind them, Rain Drop finished this morning. Joby Easton aboard his Cascade 36, a very early example of fibreglass production boatbuilding and sailing for the Rose City YC in Portland, arrived just before 4 am on Saturday morning and joined Equus and String Theory safely in the harbour to wait out Darby's arrival. Read

Darby Update - O Dark Hundred - Saturday

by Race Committee, July 23rd, 2016

The good people at Commander’s Weather, a pre-eminent provider of offshore weather and routing advice to racing and cruising sailors have been very kind to share their views of Tropical Storm Darby. At 2:30 PDT Saturday, Darby was centered near 18.8N 153.5w, about 335 miles ESE of Honolulu ,Hawaii, moving 280 degrees at 8 kts. Top winds are 50 kts mostly in squalls now near and S of the center. Read

String Theory Follow Equus In

by Race Committee, July 22nd, 2016

Looking like winners in Div 2, String Theory arrived at 4:25 pm local time on Friday. John Mortimer's Beneteau First 47.7 from Vancouver Rowing Club came in 4 hours behind Dean Conti's Jeanneau 50 Equus sailing for 3 Tree Yacht Club in Des Moine, WA. But with the handicap it is likely that String Theory will correct ahead of Equus, very close rivals for Div 2. Read

Old School vs. New School

by Race Committee, July 22nd, 2016

Both Longboard, Peter Salusbury’s Riptide 35 and 2014 Vic-Maui Overall winner, and Atalanta, the 74 ft, Tripp designed Maxi and 5 time Vic-Maui veteran skippered by Louis Hoffer arrived on Thursday ending their battle of Old-School – New School that started 10 days ago in Victoria Read

Hurricane Darby Update JUL 22 1200

by Race Committee, July 22nd, 2016

The National Hurricane Center issued a new update at 1100 HST today. The update has the centre of Darby approaching the Big Island at 2 pm on Saturday July 23 – tomorrow. It is forecast to pass just north of Maui around 2 am early on Sunday. Read

Fleet and Darby location at 0900 HST Jul 21

Tropical Storm Darby Update

by Race Committee, July 21st, 2016

Boats have been sent the latest information from the National Hurricane Centre about Darby, and Race Committee has allowed competitors to seek outside help with routing around the storm. The routing forecasters (Eric Holden, Brad Baker and Commander's Weather) have been kind enough to share information on storm routing with Race Committee and this has been passed to the whole fleet. Boats appear to be employing 3 strategies to deal with the tropical storm. Read

Westerly Comes in to Complete the Trio

by Race Committee, July 21st, 2016

After Valkyrie's smashing run to the Finish and a new elapsed time record and Kinetic chasing her all the way in to be in position of a possible Overall win, Westerly completed the trio of boats beating the old record with a finish at 1:32 am HST. Stuart Dahlgren's Santa Cruz 70, sailing for Royal Victoria Yacht Club completed the course in 8 days, 17 hours and 32 minutes, about 5 hours ahead of Grand Illusion's 2000 run. In a year without TP-52s, the whole story would be on Westerly great race to Maui. Read

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Vic Maui Record is Smashed

by Richard Ballantyne, July 21st, 2016

Keeping the pedal to the metal all the way to the Finish, Valkyrie, a TP-52 sailing for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and skippered by Jason Rhodes and Gavin Brackett, has smashed the record which has stood for 16 years. They finished at 5:17 local time for an unofficial new record of 8 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and 56 seconds. Read

Tropical Storm Darby

by Race Committee, July 20th, 2016

Tropical Storm Darby, which was earlier forecast to dissipate south of Hawaii, has not. The National Hurricane Centre has issued a Warning that sustained winds of 50 knots can be expected to be associated with the storm and 60 miles to the northwest of the eye. The storm is approaching Hawaii from the west and is forecast to pass north of Hawaii sometime this weekend, possibly impacting the later finishing boats. Read

Stampede to the Finish, but Looking Over the Shoulder at Darby

by Race Committee, July 20th, 2016

At Roll Call, Valkyrie was only 61 miles form the finish and expected to cross at 5:20 pm local time in Hawaii (8:20 pm PDT), eclipsing the Vic-Maui record by about 14 hours. Read

Will Records Fall?

by Race Committee, July 20th, 2016

Today all eyes are on the Vic-Maui Elapsed Time Record, currently 9days, 2 hours, 8 minutes set in 2000 by James McDowell on the Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion. Over the next 24 hours Valkyrie, Kinetic V, and Westerly are all lined up to not just beat it, but to smash it. Read

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