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Vic-Maui celebrates a Half Century - early entries are off to a strong start!

by Event Committee, June 24th, 2015


Vic-Maui celebrates a Half Century - early entries are off to a strong start!  

Vic-Maui, first sailed in 1965, is celebrating its first Half Century.  For this significant anniversary, we have opened the entry window much earlier than usual and eleven boats have already entered.  The 2016 Vic-Maui fleet is off to a strong start.  The latest entrants include:

  • Robbie Robinson's Nordic 46 RS, "Insignia" (Cruising Class), Sloop Tavern YC
  • George Bishop's Express 37, "Expresso" (Racing Class, Fully Crewed), Nanaimo YC
  • Dean Conti's new Jeanneau 509, name TBD (Racing Class, Fully Crewed), Three Tree Point YC
  • Robert Hennessey's Beneteau First 40.7, "Starblazer" (Racing Class, Fully Crewed), West Sound Corinthian YC

There are three American boats among the four latest entries.  There are now three Beneteau First 40.7's entered, which should make for some very close and competitive racing among these matched boats.  Profiles for each of the entered boats are online at http://www.vicmaui.org/teams.  

The early entry deadline is September 15, 2015 and the final entry deadline is February 3, 2016.  

Please join the 2016 Vic-Maui fleet for Challenge • Adventure • Teamwork.   


Notice of Race Appendix B published

Appendix B to the Notice of Race - Safety Consultation Checklist has been published.  Visit http://www.vicmaui.org/official-notice-board to view or download the PDF file.  


Vic-Maui at the 2015 Van Isle 360

Vic-Maui boats, past and future, were active participants at the 2015 Van Isle 360 race, which ran in 9 stages starting June 6 and finishing June 20.  The record fleet of over 50 boats and some 485 sailors enjoyed truly epic sailing conditions, beating, reaching and running in great pressure.  

Participating Vic-Maui boats included Alegria X, Anduril, Bravo Zulu, Double Take, Family Affair, First Sight, JAM, Kinetic, Night Runner, Terremoto, Time Bandit and Zulu.  Anduril took first in Division A, Terremoto took first in Division 1, Zulu took first in Division 2, Alegria X took second in Division 3, and Double Take took third in the Division IRC.  Future Vic-Maui teams swept the podium in Division B.  

For more information about the Van Isle 360, visit http://www.vanisle360.com


Vic-Maui at Swiftsure

The Vic-Maui information session at Swiftsure was very well attended.  Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's Vic-Maui Event Chair David Sutcliffe delivered the presentation and took questions from interested sailors.  A big "thank you" is owed to Swiftsure for their support.  

Swiftsure's 2015 fleet of about 200 boats enjoyed fantastic sailing conditions, a "race for the ages", according to the dock talk after the race.  Vic-Maui boats Longboard, JAM, Terremoto, Time Bandit, Kinetic, Miles, and Ion all reached the podium in their respective classes.  Kraken, Family Affair, Kahuna, String Theory, Atalanta, Bravo Zulu, Darby, Double Take, First Sight, HMCS Oriole, Marda Gras, Night Runner also participated.  

For more information about Swiftsure, visit http://www.swiftsure.org



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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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