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Space Available in Safety at Sea classes in April; Valkyrie takes Line Honours at Straits Race; Official Merchandise

by Vic-Maui, March 30th, 2016






Safety at Sea training - space is available in April classes:  


Race crew?  Delivery crew?  Heading offshore soon?  

There are two Safety at Sea classes scheduled in Vancouver for April 15-16 and April 17-18.  These are the last classes scheduled in the region before Vic-Maui in July.  A small number of spaces are available in each class.  Registration is first come, first served.  

Course information and registration is available at www.vicmaui.org/opsc-safety-at-sea.     



Vic-Maui Fleet at Southern Straits Race:


The 2016 Vic-Maui fleet was well represented at Southern Straits race, a Vic-Maui Qualifying Race.   

On the 138nm long course, in light air conditions, Valkyrie took line honours, second in division 1, and second overall; Longboard was first in division 2 and third overall; and Kinetic V was third in division 1 and fourth overall.  Westerly, Alegria X, Amiskwi, Red Sheilla, Equus, Miles, String Theory, Starblazer, Expresso, and Kraken also sailed the long course, while Salient and Turnagain sailed the medium course.  


The next Vic-Maui Qualifying Races are Oregon Offshore (May 12-15) and Swiftsure (May 28-30).   




Vic-Maui Official Merchandise


Vic-Maui Official Merchandise including shirts, jackets, gear bags and more is now available for online order.  Selected products are also available for purchase in person in Lahaina at the Lahaina Yacht Club Ship's Store.  Kit up your team, family, friends, and fans with 2016 Half Century Vic-Maui gear.  See the lineup at Vic-Maui Official Merchandise.  



Vic-Maui Preliminary Start Dates and Times


Notice to Competitors 1:  Preliminary Start Dates and Times has been published.  

There will be starts on July 9, 10 and 12.  

Final start dates, times and class-division breaks will be provided by April 30, 2016.   

Download Notice to Competitors 1 or visit the Official Notice Board.  


Vic-Maui Wind Matrix and Distance


Notice to Competitors 2:  Vic-Maui Wind Matrix and Distance has been published.  

The Vic-Maui Wind Matrix that is used to construct the course conditions for Vic-Maui has been updated for 2016. The daily wind observations for the 6 most recent Vic-Maui races (2004-2014) have been compiled and analyzed.  The resulting wind information has been blended using a 50/50 weighting with the previous Vic-Maui Wind Matrix which was derived from the North Pacific Ocean July Pilot Chart produced by the U.S. Government.  The updated Vic-Maui Wind Matrix indicates a little more reaching, a little less running and more wind at the light and heavy ends of the matrix. 

Our analysis of the last 6 races shows that while the typical course stays to the east and south of the Pacific High, enough boats sail close to the rhumb line  to statistically limit the deviation and make it difficult to justify using a distance other than the rhumb line distance.  

Download Notice to Competitors 2 or visit the Official Notice Board.  



Vic-Maui Fleet Update


The final entry deadline was February 3, 2016.  The 2016 Vic-Maui fleet has settled in at 22 boats, the largest fleet in twenty years.  Insignia and Casey Jr have withdrawn.  The 2016 fleet is profiled at 2016 Vic-Maui Fleet.  

Official documents:  

  • The Official Notice board is online at:  Official Notice Board.  
  • The Notice of Race has been published for the 2016 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.  It is available for download: Notice of Race
  • Appendix A to the Notice of Race has also been published.  It is available for download: NoR Appendix A
  • Appendix B to the Notice of Race has been published.  It is available for download:  NoR Appendix B.   
  • Notice to Competitors 1:  Preliminary Start Dates and Times has been published.  It is available for download:  Notice to Competitors 1.   
  • Notice to Competitors 2:  Vic-Maui Wind Matrix and Distance has been published.  It is available for download:  Notice to Competitors 2.   



Vic-Maui Qualifying Races - Plan Your Sailing Schedule!



Four major overnight distance races are designated as Vic-Maui Qualifying Races.  The Vic-Maui fleet is encouraged to participate in these events as part of their crew and boat preparations.  



Dates for the 2016 Southern Straits race, 2016 Oregon Offshore race, 2016 Swiftsure race and the 2017 Van Isle 360 race have all been set.  

See Vic-Maui Qualifying Races for more information on qualifying races, and Vic-Maui Events for a summary of 2016 event dates.  


Featured Events:  

Stay tuned for upcoming information on:

June 18:  Vic-Maui Alumni Reunion - Vancouver

July 25:  Waiting Wahine Luncheon - Lahaina

July 30:  Vic-Maui Awards Banquet - Lahaina


More Vic-Maui Events are listed on the frequently-updated Vic-Maui Events Calendar


Featured Sponsor:  Greater Victoria Harbour Authority




The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority was established in 2002 to act as an advocate and steward for Victoria's beautiful harbour. We are passionate about the power of the harbour to act as a catalyst for Victoria to fulfill its destiny as having one of the most outstanding harbours in the world.

The GVHA is proud to sponsor marine-based festivals and events on its properties for all to enjoy. We envision a harbour where people live, learn, work, and play; a spectacular gateway into Victoria's past and into its future, monumental in look and feel, linking communities and all people together.

Website: http://www.victoriaharbour.org/


See more Vic-Maui sponsors at: http://www.vicmaui.org/sponsors 



Vic-Maui Crew Bank:  where crew looking for boats meet boats looking for crew

Want to crew on a Vic-Maui boat?  Register on our Crew Bank.  

Skippers looking for crew?  Check the Crew Bank.  



Vic-Maui Half Century


  • Vic-Maui, first sailed in 1965, is celebrating its Half Century in 2016.  
  • The early entry deadline was September 15, 2015.  The final entry deadline was February 3, 2016.  The fleet size limit is 25 boats.  


We invite you to join the 2016 Vic-Maui for 
Challenge • Adventure • Teamwork.   



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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 
• Mustang Survival



CSR Marine • Eggbeater Creative • First Yacht Services • North Sails • Signature Yachts
Harken • Survitec Group • Pioneer Inn • UK Sailmakers • Ralph's Radio




Mount Gay Rum • Hester Creek • Whistler Brewing

Tremewen Art • Kingwell Island Art • West Maui Sail & Canvas • Trilogy Excursions • Burn'n Love

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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