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Prep Seminar open for registration; plus others

by Vic-Maui International Yacht Race, September 22nd, 2013



Shackles & Cotterpins

The Vic-Maui Newsletter


Attention Sailors: 


The Vic-Maui Preparation Seminar (November 2) is now open for registration.

Vic-Maui skippers, race crew, shore support crew and potential race entrants will learn valuable information, ideas, and techniques in preparation for the challenge, adventure and teamwork of the Vic-Maui race.  A series of informative presenters will address topics including:

    • Rigging for Ocean       Conditions
    • Safety Compliance
    • Emergency Steering
    • Weather, Navigation and       Tactics
    • Crew Training and       Experience
    • Sails and Sail       Maintenance
    • Provisioning
    • Shore Crew &       Logistics
    • Wireless Communications
    • Medical / First Aid       Considerations

Click here for Preparation Seminar information and registration


The Vic-Maui Offshore Weather course (November 3-4) is now open for registration.

The main objective of this course is to explain Global and Offshore, as well as Coastal weather, for the NE Pacific Ocean. Perhaps most importantly, it explains how to interpret a weather map. The course also shows how to use mid level weather maps (500 hPa isoheights) to forecast the movements of the weather systems reported on a surface-analysis map. Examples of sources of weather information and maps are given. Various exercises will be done on the surface and 500 hPa weather maps, to evaluate the weather and forecast the movements of systems. A handout is given, which reproduces some of the most important slides and provides a list of some of the sources of weather information.

Click here for Offshore Weather course information and registration


Vic-Maui online Crew Bank

The Vic-Maui online Crew Bank has been refreshed for the 2014 race. 

Click here to register your interest in crewing on a Vic-Maui boat

Click here to find crew for your Vic-Maui boat


Safety at Sea - October 4-5 - only 3 spaces still available ...

Offered by BC Sailing in conjunction with local clubs, the Offshore Personal Survival Course (Safety at Sea - Sea Survival) is Sail Canada - ISAF Approved and is for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages.

Click here to Register Now for the Offshore Personal Survival Course (class 16, October 4-5, 2013)


Other information:

Vic-Maui has implemented an online entry system.

The race entry form has been streamlined. The early entry deadline of September 30, 2013 is fast approaching, and boats that register by this date qualify for a $200 race entry fee discount and other benefits.
Click here to Register Now for Vic-Maui 2014
     (this link is for skippers who are entering their boat in the race)


Notice of Race - Appendix B - Safety Checklist is Now Available.

Appendix B brings together the safety requirements of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, the Vic-Maui Notice of Race and NoR Appendix A in one convenient checklist format.
Click here for the Notice of Race Appendix B Safety Checklist


Attention adventurous PNW sailors!

A Vic-Maui Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 starting at 7:00 pm at the Seattle Yacht Club. This free event is for skippers and crew who are considering doing the Vic-Maui race. Attendance is open to sailors from all clubs. Come to hear about the spills and thrills on the way to putting a tick mark high on the bucket list! Vic-Maui veterans Tom Huseby (J-145 "Double Take"), Brad Baker (Nine Vic-Maui races!), David Sutcliffe (Beneteau First 47.7 "Kinetic") and Frank Shriver (LYC Race Trustee) will be there to field questions.
Click here to RSVP and get details for the Seattle area Information Meeting


Celestial Navigation:

although not a requirement for Vic-Maui, sailors interested in celestial navigation are advised that Vancouver Maritime Courses is offering a celestial navigation course commencing on November 5, 2013. 
Click here for more information at Vancouver Maritime Courses


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 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. 

Visit www.vicmaui.org for more
Challenge - Adventure - Teamwork!

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