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.
The previous evening the much-relieved Canard, a Seattle Yacht Club Jeanneau 36i owned by Joe Gaffney finished at 19:37; and Turnagain, a Beneteau 50 owned by Travis McGregor of Royal Van (actually a fish packing vessel cleverly disguised as a racing sailboat) finished at 21:21. In the morning Red Sheilla, the Communication Vessel skippered by Jim Innes of Royal Van (and son of one of the Vic Maui founders 50 years ago) crossed the line at 05;05. And not to be outdone, the first Double-Handed entry to complete Vic Maui in its history, Amiskwi a Sidney North Saanich YC Sabre 386 carrying 2 very tried sailors in skipper Chris Read and crew Rick Wunderlich finished at 11:29.
The last part of the standings were not determined until the final boat, preserving some drama until the bitter end.
Joe Gaffney’s Canard finished quick enough to edge out Expresso in Division 3 for the honour of second place behind Rain Drop.
Amiskwi was the winner of the Double-Handed Division on the strength outlasting their rival Mountain who had to retire with rudder bearing problems.
And at the last, Forty won the shortened and re-started Cruising Division race for the last 1006 miles, on the strength of sailing all the way while Turnagain ran their engine for a considerable period – probably trolling for more fish to simply overwhelm the competition for the information fishing derby.
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