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Introducing the 2020 Vic-Maui Fleet: Ultraman III

by Event Committee, May 20th, 2019

Ultraman III enters the 2020 Vic-Maui

Ultraman III, Jason Saunderson's new Naval Force 3 S-40, emerged in January and promptly dove into a race campaign that includes Southern Straits, Swiftsure, and the VanIsle 360, culminating in entering the 2020 Vic-Maui, racing for co-host Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

Great video from Southern Straits: https://bit.ly/2WWqZPa

Naval Force 3 S-40 background: Commissioned by a now defunct Japanese company called Seahorse (hence the S-40), designed by Joubert-Nivelt and built at the Naval Force 3 Yard in La Rochelle, France in 2006, the yacht was initially designed as an economical 12 metre day racer. Four boats were launched with two ending up in Japan, one remaining in France and now one in Canada. With some modifications at the launch: including a deeper rudder, additional ballast and a carbon rig, the boat has competed successfully offshore including two Transpacs (2013 & 2015). Joubert-Nivelt are renowned designers of almost 100 sailboat designs (including IMOCA 60s) and their designs have launched over 25,000 boats.



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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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