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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


2020 Vic-Maui cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic - see news article below 

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:


by Race Committee, July 19th, 2016

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES ON THE RACE TRACKER ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE TO HAWAIIAN STANDARD TIME. As the boats get closer to Maui, the focus of the race changes to the families waiting and the greeters who meet each boat. The Leaderboard times (estimated finish time, time of start, etc.) will shortly switch to Hawaiian Standard Time. Do not be alarmed by the jump backward by 3 hours. Read

The Goldilocks Gybe

by Brad Baker, July 19th, 2016

Brad Baker gives the armchair sailors insight on the line to the Finish. The fleet has pretty much made their beds and now they have to sleep in them. In my last post I talked a bit about what was then, the upcoming decision on when to jibe. I coined the term “goldilocks jibe”, not to early, not to late but just right. I also wrongly said that it wasn’t rocket science and that the wind shift would dictate when the jibe would happen. I should have remembered how much time I’ve spent fretting over when to make the move. I always joke that my bald head isn’t due to male pattern baldness but rather all the head scratching I’ve had to do fretting over decisions like this. As it turns out the decision on when to make the jibe from starboard jibe to port was/is a very important one that will have a huge impact on the odds of boats having a good finish. Another factor is just plain luck. The boats further ahead have found themselves very much in a rich get richer situation. Read

Don't Worry about the Kraken

by Mark Malacek, July 19th, 2016

No, Kraken has not been hit by a whale to start their own version of In the Heart of the Sea. Their tracker battery has simply run down. Instructions to re-charge have been sent to Kraken and we hope they packed the right cable. But Mark Malacek gives us a glimpse of life on board in a blog post. Read

Everyone is Going Fast

by Race Committee, July 19th, 2016

The focus is on who is taking charge of the Leaderboard. Read

Water over the deck of Kinetic

Sheesh - What A Day

by Race Committee, July 18th, 2016

Race Committee’s day began very early with a note from Kinetic that they had just passed Longboard about 1 mile off. And Longboard had picked that time for a broach, followed by an accidental gybe. It is too bad the early morning murk prevented a photo but all’s well that ends well. Read

The Race is On - Cruising Style

by Richard Ballantyne, July 18th, 2016

Travis McGregor’s Turnagain suffered a failure of their steering quadrant today. Based on their available options, steering the last 1000 miles to Maui in 20 kts of breeze with a short emergency tiller did not seem like the best one. They decided to retire from the race and start using the auto-helm. Until they mentioned the upcoming lamb roast, Race Committee was almost feeling sorry for them. Read

Atalanta and Valkyrie from Kinetic

Still Blasting Toward Maui

by Race Committee, July 17th, 2016

The wind has backed again and all boats are once again pointed almost strait at Maui. Across the fleet the wind continues in high teens to low 20's. As long as spinnakers, halyards, sheets and the stuff lasts, everyone is making great time. I have warned the fleet of the old adage "that to finish first, you first have to finish" - but I think they are having too much fun to take advice from shore. Read

Crossfire is Almost Home

by Crossfire Crew, July 17th, 2016

At 1400 PDT on July 17 Crossfire was 95 miles from Cape Flattery. She had been progressing for Seattle under sail, but last night they suffered a failure of the forestay fitting. While the mast was secured to prevent a failure, they were motoring for home without enough diesel to get to Neah Bay. USCG Seattle was contacted as a contingency, but problems seem to be solved now. The boat has sent a note to supporters and well-wishers. Read

Casting Away False Idols


by Race Committee, July 16th, 2016

Casting away false wind idols. Or welcoming aboard Badger Bob and King Neptune. These are traditions from old time sailors that recognized the accomplishment of crossing the Equator. Vic-Maui's version is the Half-way party. A number of boats including Longboard, Kinetic, Valkyrie, Westerly, Equus and Atalanta will likely reach Half-Way overnight. The celebrations may be mute while the crew thinks about how to shave distance off the competition, or a celebration over what has been accomplished so far. Read

The Heat is On

by Race Committee, July 16th, 2016

Every boat was roaring along their own slot on the line to Maui. But the stronger winds have now veered to the west forcing boats into decision time on the fastest approach. Do you gybe early and take a southerly approach? Or do you ride out the changing wind direction and gybe late and approach from the north? Or do you stay in the middle and get lots of practice at doing multiple gybes throughout the night? Read

Insight into Crossfire's Retirement Decision

by Kurt Hoehne, July 16th, 2016

Blogger Kurt Hoehne at sailish.com provides insights into decision making aboard Lou Bianco's Crossfire, courtesy of navigator Bruce Hedrick. Read

Mountain is Retiring

by Race Committee, July 15th, 2016

At 1640 HST (730 pm local time) Reed Bernhard from Mountain, the J-109 from Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Seattle, contacted Race Committee to inform Vic-Maui that they are retiring from the Race and diverting to Los Angeles. Read

Todays Weather Map

A Marathon Not a Sprint

by Race Committee, July 15th, 2016

The wind continues to blow and all boats are sailing in perfect Vic-Maui conditions. With winds over 20 kts, all boats have the spinnakers up and are broad reaching at top speed. Each boat seems to have picked a lane and all are pointing more or less at Maui. The trick will be staying in the correct lane, picking the right time to gybe and keeping the pieces together. Read

Weather Routing Update from the Guru

by Brad Baker, July 15th, 2016

THE SLEIGH RIDE BEGINS - First off my heart goes out to Lou and crew aboard Crossfire as they have retired from the race. I don’t know the details as to why beyond what was reported on the website, that they had a couple of gear failures. You can see on the tracker that they are now on starboard tack beating their way back home to Seattle. I hope that all are well on board and wish them a safe trek back.In the last blog I predicted a fast race, record breaking in fact. That is still very much a possibility, even with the fastest boat out of the mix. The weather models continue to show a high pressure system, which currently is around 1035 mb, to build to 1040 mb and obligingly move West and North for the fleet. Read

Crossfire has retired

Crossfire Announces Retirement from Race

by Race Committee, July 14th, 2016

At 1729 HST (20:29 Pacific Time) Race Committee received a message from Crossfire, Lou Bianco's Reichel Pugh 55, announcing their retirement from Vic-Maui 2016 after a couple of gear failures. It was indicated that for safety reasons, it was their intention to return to Seattle under their own power. The Race Tracker shows Crossfire has turned around and is making 7 kts northward. More information will be provided when it becomes available. UPDATE at 0630 HST (9:30 am local) - Crossfire confirms that no one is hurt, all is well, and they are making good progress under sail home to Seattle. Vic-Maui wishes Lou and the crew godspeed and good fishing. Read

Longboard - 2014 Champion

Simple Equation: Better Wind = Better Speed

by Race Committee, July 14th, 2016

With only a couple of exceptions, today's Daily Roll indicates that all boats were sailing in winds over 20 knots. The increase in windspeed has certainly impacted the boat speed visible on the Race Tracker. The bigger winds are pushing the big high-performance boats over 14 kts. and they are making big gains. Read

VMG, SchmeeMG

by Race Committee, July 13th, 2016

Several people have inquired about the VMG on the YB Race Tracker Leaderboard. Depending on how you push the buttons Kraken goes from 1st place to 7th Overall and Longboard moves up from 6th to First. And just what is this VMG anyway. Read

The Kraken

Excerpt from the the Log of the Kraken

by Mark Malacek, July 13th, 2016

Mark Malacek, skipper of the Beneteau First 40.7 Kraken, gives you his view of life on out on the high seas Read

The Fleet at 0900 PDT

Wednesday Morning

by Race Committee, July 13th, 2016

As the arm-chair sailors wake up on Wednesday morning, it has been an interesting night for the Vic-Maui fleet. As forecast, the Pacific High is re-establishing itself and moving eastward toward the Oregon Coast. Its impact on the fleet depends on where boats positioned themselves. But it is starting to look like a traditional Vic-Maui, but more interesting things are still to come. Read

Hurricane Alley

by Race Committee, July 13th, 2016

Race Committee has received a couple of questions regarding hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific and their potential impact on the Vic-Maui fleet. These are both an important and an interesting questions. Hurricane Blas has already formed and dissipitated. And at Race HQ we pay attention to the National Hurricane Centre run by NOAA and it is tracking both Tropical Storm Cecilia and Tropical Storm Darby. Read

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