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Vic-Maui International Yacht Race

Co-hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club Lahaina Yacht Club

 

Preliminary dates for the 2020 Vic-Maui:  
Entries:  Super-early - March 31, 2019  ●  Early - October 31, 2019  ●  Final - February 28, 2020
Victoria Start Venue:  Opens July 7, 2020  ●  Start date range July 10-17, 2020
Maui Finish Venue:  Opens July 24, 2020 ●  Finish Time Limit July 31, 2020 ●  Awards Banquet August 1, 2020


 Vic-Maui News:

Day 14 - Two Boats Drinking Mai Tais - Overall Winner Still for Grabs

by Race Committee, July 14th, 2018

With both Firefly and Joy Ride finishing today, the prizes for Line Honours and Division 1 are sorted out. But the Overall Winner is still up for grabs. Turnagain, Salient and Kraken are sailing very hard to an expected finish around 6 am on Sunday morning - and not much is separating them. If they keep their speed up, they can finish ahead of Joy Ride on corrected time; so it is going to be an interesting 18 hours. Read

Joy Ride Finishes

by Race Committee, July 14th, 2018

John Murkowski's Joy Ride, hailing from Seattle Yacht Club, was the second boat to cross the line, finishing at 9:59 this morning. It was a beautiful day in Lahaina (aren't they all) as Joy Ride made its way along the Kaanapali coast under a colourful spinnaker, completing the course a few hours behind Firefly. Read

Firefly is First to Finish

by Race Committee, July 14th, 2018

It was a dark (but warm and not particularly stormy) morning off Honokowai Beach when Firefly crossed the finish line at 4:41 am HST. A welcome relief to Bob Strong and his crew after a challenging 14 days of racing. While Line Honours is clearly theirs to celebrate, the waiting game now starts to see how far behind Joy Ride (and potentially Kraken or Salient) will finish and who will be the Overall Winner. Read

Day 13 - The End is Near

by Race Committee, July 13th, 2018

The trade winds got stronger overnight and propelled the whole fleet much closer to Hawaii. They can't quite see it, but everyone aboard will be starting to sense it. And we finally got to see what the performance boats Firefly and Joy Ride are capable of. While Turnagain, Salient and Kraken all had stellar 24 hour runs, the two lead boats legged out by over 30 miles in fast reaching conditions and are now 170 miles away and will finish Saturday morning. Read

The Weather Eye, July 12 - Drag Racin' in the Trade Winds

by David Sutcliffe, July 12th, 2018

The weather – observed and predicted – now looks like a normal summer pattern in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Finally! Amazingly, after sailing for 1600-2100 nautical miles and through a series of complex weather systems and transitions, the fleet are all on very similar final approach lines. That in itself is a bit unusual. A more normal situation would be for boats to be converging into the finish from a wider range of laylines and optimal gybe angles. ... So, it’s a lot simpler now, right? In one word, yes! But, there's always a few more things to think about … Read

Day 12 - Mad Dash for Mai Tai's on Maui

by Race Committee, July 12th, 2018

The drone photo shows leader Firefly last evening with reasonable trade winds at their back. They and all the boats on her tail are reporting winds over the port stern at 15-18 its and making good speed to Maui. Firefly, Joy Ride and Kraken all racked up over 200 miles in the last 24 hours. It is simply astounding that at this stage in the race, competition for Line Honours, First Overall and First in each of the Racing Divisions are all still up for grabs with the above boats joined by Salient and Turnagain in the mix. Getting the angles right for this final 400 miles mad dash will be critical for trophies, bragging rights, and the coldest mai-tais. Read

OxoMoxo and the Lucky Turtle

by Vic-Maui, July 11th, 2018

Today, July 10, Vic-Maui International Yacht Race competitor OxoMoxo saw a sea turtle entangled in a ghost fishing net, took down the spinnaker, sailed back to the turtle, stopped the boat mid-ocean over 900 miles North-North-East of Hawaii, freed the turtle from the net, and removed the net from the water so it could not continue ‘fishing’. Read

Day 11 - How Do You Spell Relief

by Race Committee, July 11th, 2018

We are now eleven days into the 2018 version of Vic-Maui and finally the fleet is getting relief from the the case of the calms and moving into the promised trade winds for the final dash to Maui with Firefly still leading the pack. Not strong trade winds, but consistent enough to get everyone sailing with spinnakers up and pointing towards Maui. While the photo shows Kraken at sunset last night still on white sails, you can bet Mark and crew having their whumper up today. Read

Day 10 - Coffee Grinding and Cookie Crumbling

by Race Committee, July 10th, 2018

Day 10 finds the boats doing everything to eek out a mile and get closer to the promised trade winds. At one time this morning, the three leading boats were all pointed to Baja, doing 1 kt with an ETA sometime this fall. This is giving time for boats like Turnagain to get lots of practice on their big-boat "coffee grinders". As the Weather Eye said this morning "the cookie will crumble based on hard work, skill, and luck" Read

We're Going to Hawaii

by Race Committee, July 10th, 2018

The race clock has switched to HST, local Hawaiian Time. This is a 3 hour difference in how data on the Race Tracker is displayed and makes sense as boats getting closer to Maui. Read

The Weather Eye, July 10 – This Too Shall Pass, and Which Way Will the Cookie Crumble?

by David Sutcliffe, July 10th, 2018

This morning the fleet is in the grips of … almost no wind. The two Highs have consolidated into one, the center of the combined High has drifted East, the Northerly Low has migrated North and out of the picture, and the Southerly low (the Tropical Storm formerly known as Fabio) has become a remnant disturbance in the Trade Winds. What will save the day? Which way will the cookie crumble? Will the summer weather textbook ever come true? Read

Day 9 - Stuck on Starboard

by Race Committee, July 9th, 2018

The trade wind run under spinnaker to Hawaii beckons, but more changeable winds are still in the way of the Vic-Maui fleet. For now the boats are stuck close reaching on starboard tack and getting sick of it. At Roll Call Firefly is 901 miles to the finish. Joy Ride +22, Salient +84, Turnagain +115, Kraken +137, Anjo +190, Oxomoxo + 224, Serenite +278 Read

The Weather Eye, July 8 – To Half Way and Beyond, or “What the Heck is a Perpendicular Bisector?”

by David Sutcliffe, July 8th, 2018

Sooner or later, each Vic-Maui boat crosses the Vic-Maui perpendicular bisector, an imaginary line or plane on which all positions are equally distant from the start and the finish. Meanwhile, in weather, Low 1 forces the fleet to beat or close reach, the plateau connecting High 1 and High 2 is devoid of both wind and mercy, and Low 2 (the remnants of ex TS Fabio) lurk to the South. It's all very interesting! Featured Sponsor: Survitec Group Vancouver Read

Day 8 - Half Way to Maui

by Race Committee, July 8th, 2018

Most of the fleet reached the half-way point in last 24 hours, or will shortly. As the picture of Firefly’s Bob Strong shows, it is certainly a time for celebrations aboard (and perhaps the first shower in a week). But it is also time to contemplate how far the boats are from anything - nearest land is over 1000 miles away. But from now on, the nearest land will be Hawaii – how good is that? Read

Day 7 - Warmer and Drier, with a faint whiff of Tuna and Gray Whales

by Race Committee, July 7th, 2018

Day 7 Roll Call shows the fleet still fairly tightly clustered, with one notable exception. Geminis Dream has experienced mainsail furling equipment damage, has retired from the race, and has altered course. All onboard are reported safe and well. Race Committee will stay in close communications with Geminis Dream until they reach their next port. Meanwhile, the rest of the fleet has a faint whiff of Tuna and Gray Whales ... Read

Window of Opportunity on Salient

Day 6 - Window of Opportunity

by Race Committee, July 6th, 2018

Day 6 Roll Call finds the fleet well offshore and now about 750 miles off Cape Mendocino and still sailing west of the direct route to Maui. As the photo shows, there is a window of opportunity to get the course to Maui right. But this morning’s Weather Eye lays out the myriad of issues facing the fleet as all boats look to pick the right weather route, with choosing the wrong window likely to be costly. Read

The Weather Eye, July 6 – One Third Down, Two Thirds to Go; Baby Bear's Porridge

by David Sutcliffe, July 6th, 2018

Let's review. One third down, two thirds to go! What’s next in weather and routing? The middle third (the next several days). Baby Bear's Porridge. Woe betide the navigator who serves up the wrong porridge! The final third (looking well ahead). Read

Kraken On

Day 5 - The Middle Sea

by Race Committee, July 5th, 2018

Roll Call finds the boats generally about 550 miles west of the Oregon/California border and the leaders are now about 1500 miles from Hawaii. But winds are easing. This is definitely the Middle Sea and the most difficult part of the race to figure out. Read

Day 4 - What A Difference A Day Makes

by Race Committee, July 4th, 2018

Happy 4th of July. The low that boats ran into around Roll Call yesterday has mostly moved to the east and strong northerly winds have filled in its wake. Boats are again moving quickly but the sustained winds of 20 kts or better is starting to take its toll on gear. At Roll Call today, the fleet was generally about 400 miles west of Florence, on the Oregon coast still more or less pointing straight towards Maui and going fast. Read

The Weather Eye, July 4 – One, Two, Three Big Things to Think About

by David Sutcliffe, July 4th, 2018

This is not a textbook year! The weather situation for this Vic-Maui is developing into a true ocean racer’s challenge, where seemingly small decisions and a few miles one way or the other early in the race could make for big gains and losses. Featured sponsor: ProTech Yacht Services. Read

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