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Vic-Maui goes to Swiftsure!

by Vic-Maui, May 20th, 2015






Vic-Maui Information Session at Swiftsure

Sailors interested in participating in the 2016 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race are invited to the Vic-Maui Information Session at the Maple Room at the Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, this Friday, May 22 starting at 1:45 pm.

Vic-Maui, first sailed in 1965, is celebrating its first Half Century. Join us in Victoria at the Vic-Maui Information Session to mingle with veteran Vic-Maui sailors and learn more about Vic-Maui and Challenge • Adventure • Teamwork


Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Swiftsure’s 2015 race week is May 21-25. 


Swiftsure, now in its 72nd running, is one of the premier sailing events on the West Coast.  Swiftsure is also a Vic-Maui Qualifying Race. 

Swiftsure’s 2015 fleet includes:

Find out more about Swiftsure here.  


Featured Sponsor:  Westerly Yacht



BC's First Name in boating!! 

Located in Vancouver, BC, Westerly Yacht Sales is the dealer for Beneteau sailboats and powerboats. From the innovative Sense series to the fuel efficient, re-designed Swift Trawler line, Beneteau is sure to have the right boat for you. And we are the right dealer to make your experience a memorable one.  In combination with our full service division, First Yacht Services, we provide a complete range of products and services required by new and seasoned boaters.  We are happy to put our experience to work for you – whether it be finding suitable moorage, affordable financing or shopping south of the border – we have the answers to your many questions.

Website: http://www.westerlyacht.com/


See more Vic-Maui Sponsors at the end of this newsletter. 


The 2016 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race is open for early entries  

Online entry for the 2016 Vic-Maui is now open at: Official Notice Board and Online Entries.  

The early entry time window runs from March 15, 2015 to September 15, 2015; the final entry deadline is February 3, 2016.  

The Notice of Race has been published for the 2016 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.  It is available for download: click here for Notice of Race

Appendix A to the Notice of Race has also been published.  It is available for download: click here for NoR Appendix A


Vic-Maui is celebrating the Half Century mark in 2016.  We invite you to join us!  




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Safety at Sea - Fall 2015 Schedule

The Fall 2015 preliminary schedule has been published for BC Sailing's Sail Canada - ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course.  For more information, see BC Sailing Safety at Sea.  


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Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race


The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race is hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club.  First contested in 1965 and sailed every second year since 1968, Vic-Maui is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing. Vic-Maui starts in July off Victoria, British Columbia and finishes near Lahaina, Maui, a distance of approximately 2308 nautical miles.  


Vic-Maui challenges navigators to demonstrate their weather routing and navigational skills. Success depends on the navigator’s skill in predicting where the Pacific High pressure zone and trade winds will be, nearly a week into the future.  


The adventure includes sailing around the Pacific High and surfing downwind in the trades. The days pass quickly with the fleet surrounded by dolphins and albatross, spectacular sunrises, sunsets and brilliant starlit nights.  


Teamwork gets the boats to the finish line near Lahaina, where each arriving boat is greeted with an outstanding Hawaiian welcoming party. Family and friends meet the racers to celebrate the accomplishment with hugs, leis and mai-tais. Many crew stay to spend more time enjoying Maui with their families before heading home.


Visit www.vicmaui.org for Challenge - Adventure - Teamwork!


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Vic-Maui Sponsors



Royal Vancouver Yacht Club • Lahaina Yacht Club



Greater Victoria Harbour Authority • Navis Marine Insurance • Pacific Yachting • Westerly Yachts



CSR Marine • Eggbeater Creative • First Yacht Services • North Sails • Signature Yachts
Harken • Survitec Group




Mount Gay Rum • Hester Creek • Whistler Brewing

Tremewen Art • Kingwell Island Art • Serendipity Maui • West Maui Sail & Canvas • Trilogy Excursions

Victoria Preferred Accommodations

Harbour Towers Hotel • Hotel Grand Pacific • Sandman • Strathcona Hotel

Maui Preferred Accommodations

Aston Kaanapali Shores • Outrigger Hotels and Resorts • Pioneer Inn • Sheraton Maui



 Vic-Maui Qualifying Races


Southern Straits • Oregon Offshore • Swiftsure • Van Isle 360


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