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Type: Beneteau 43
Skipper: Bill Jones
Class: Racing, Fully Crewed
Hailing Port: Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Hull Colour: White, with grey boot stripe
LOA: 43'
Beam: 13.5'
Draft: 7'
Yacht Club: Nanaimo Yacht Club
Designer: Berret Racoupeau
Builder: Beneteau America
Launch Date: 2009
Rig: Sloop, Fractional
Sail Number: 74424
Website: billjones430.wordpress.com
Status: Entered f

Ion, a Beneteau 43 from Nanaimo, BC, is ready to take on the challenge of racing to Maui and sailing back safely in 2016. The skipper is a veteran of five Van Isle 360’s and several Swiftsures and Southern Straits races. Score three Oregon Offshore adventures as well, and a Vic-Maui seems the obvious “next step.”  

While only one member of the crew has done the Vic-Maui race before, the team has been practicing hard and Ion's preparation for the event has been evolving over the past couple years.