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September 2, 2011: 2012 Race Entry opens September 1st, 2011

September 2nd, 2011

Shackles & Cotterpins

The Vic-Maui Newletter

September 2, 2011

Attention Sailors:


2012 Vic-Maui Race Entry Opens September 1, 2011. The Race Entry Package is now available for download from the Vic-Maui website at http://www.vicmaui.org/race-package. Included with the race entry package are the race entry form, crew personal information form, owner/charterer declaration form and the crew declaration form. Additional race documents including the Notice of Race are posted on the website at http://www.vicmaui.org/documents.

Marine First Aid Class. Planning is underway to offer the ever popular Offshore Marine First Aid training class, once this Fall and once in January 2012. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

Crew Bank. The Crew Bank is off to a quick start for the 2012 race, with many people interested in finding a boat that needs crew for the race and/or the delivery home. Skippers should monitor the Crew Bank at http://www.vicmaui.org/crewbank.



Vic-Maui Speaker Series. The next event in our Vic-Maui Speaker Series will be on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver. The scheduled speaker is Gunnar Jonsson, an experienced Vic-Maui skipper with lots of insights into the race. Everyone is welcome to attend - skippers, navigators, crew and anyone with an interest in Vic-Maui.

Safety At Sea Seminars. The Vic-Maui race requires (see ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 6.01) that at least 30 percent of each yacht's crew, including the skipper, complete a qualifying Safety at Sea training within five years prior to the race start. Some Vic-Maui skippers require 100% of their crew to take this training, using it as a team building exercise and to ensure everyone has the same level of training.

Qualifying ISAF Safety at Sea training courses are offered:

  • in the Seattle area by The Sailing Foundation, approved by US Sailing/ISAF (next class may be in February 2012)
  • in the Vancouver area by BC Sailing, approved by Canadian Yachting Association/ISAF (next two classes now scheduled for Fall 2011)

Two BC Sailing classes have been scheduled for Fall 2011:

Class 3 - Friday & Saturday, September 30 - October 1, 2011. Click here to register for Class 3, Friday-Saturday, Sep 30-Oct 1.

Class 4 - Saturday & Sunday, October 1-2, 2011. Click here to register for Class 4, Saturday-Sunday, Oct 1-2.

Shackles & Cotterpins welcomes your feedback, comments and suggestions. You can contact us at shackles.editor@vicmaui.org  . You can find a list of all other Vic-Maui contacts on our website. We look forward to hearing from you. Click here to unsubscribe.

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The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, first contested in 1968, is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing. Vic-Maui runs every second year, starting in June or July off Victoria, British Columbia and finishing 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.


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