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Vic-Maui Preliminary Start Dates and Times, Vic-Maui Qualifying Races

by Vic-Maui, April 5th, 2018






Vic-Maui Notice to Competitors 1 - Preliminary Start Dates and Times

Preliminary start dates and times have been published in Notice to Competitors 1

The first group of boats will start on Canada Day, Sunday July 1, 2018

The second group of boats will start on Independence Day, Wednesday July 4, 2018

Click here for Notice to Competitors 1



Vic-Maui Qualifying Races - schedule for planning purposes

There is a busy season ahead of qualifying races for teams preparing for the 2018 & 2020 Vic-Maui's.  

2018 Oregon Offshore - May 10 - 13, 2018

2018 Swiftsure - May 24 - 28, 2018

2019 Van Isle 360 - June 1 - 14, 2019

2019 Southern Straits - April 19 - 21, 2019


Vic-Maui Fleet at Southern Straits Race

Vic-Maui boats from the most recent race, 2016, and the upcoming race, 2018, were prominent competitors at the 2018 Southern Straits Race which was hosted by the West Vancouver Yacht Club over the Easter Weekend.  

On the long course, The Shadow II took line honors and 2nd ORC while Longboard took 2nd PHRF.  They were followed by Joy Ride and Salient who went the distance.   

On the medium course, Equus, Kraken, and Serenite competed.  

Click here for complete information on the Southern Straits Race.  


 Next Up:  The Oregon Offshore Race


Next up in the schedule of Vic-Maui Qualifying Races is the Oregon Offshore Race.  

2018 dates are May 10 - 13.  

Vic-Maui veterans Salient and Turnagain have entered this year's race.  

Click here for complete information on the Oregon Offshore Race.  



Vic-Maui Entries & Advance Registration

Boats that enter early receive a reduction to their entry fee, and are offered advance registration opportunities to some pre-race events such as the Offshore Personal Survival Course (Safety at Sea), Vic-Maui preparation seminars, offshore weather courses and offshore first-aid courses.  

The early entry deadline was September 15, 2017.  

The final entry deadline was February 5, 2018. 

Click here to see the Vic-Maui fleets for 2018 and 2016



2018 Vic-Maui Notice of Race

The 2018 Vic-Maui Notice of Race and NoR Amendment 1 have been published.  

Click here to download the complete 2018 Vic-Maui Notice of Race with Amendment 1

Click here to download NoR Amendment 1 only



The 2018 Vic-Maui & Key Dates 

  • Vic-Maui, first sailed in 1965, celebrated its Half Century in 2016.  

  • 2018 will mark the 53rd year and the 27th running of the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.  

  • Entries opened June 15, 2017.  
  • The early entry deadline was September 15, 2017.  
  • The final entry deadline was February 5, 2018.  
  • The fleet size limit is 25 boats.  

  • Victoria start venue opens June 28, 2018.  
  • Start dates will be July 1 & July 4, 2018.  
  • The awards banquet will be held July 21, 2018.  



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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



Navis Marine Insurance • Pacific Yachting  Martin Marine  



CSR Marine • Eggbeater Creative  • First Yacht Services 
• Greater Victoria Harbour Authority • Harken • North Sails 
• Pioneer Inn • Pro-Tech Yacht Services 
• Ralph's Radio • Signature Yachts • Survitec Group  




Mount Gay Rum • Hester Creek • Whistler Brewing • Mustang Survival

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 • Pioneer Inn • Sheraton Maui


 Vic-Maui Qualifying Races


Southern Straits • Oregon Offshore • Swiftsure • Van Isle 360




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Shackles & Cotterpins is published by the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.  We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

You can contact us at shackles.editor@vicmaui.org.  You can also contact us at:

Vic-Maui International Yacht Race
3811 Point Grey Road
Vancouver, BC   V6R 1B3

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