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2014 Fleet Grows; Victoria & Lahaina Preferred Accommodations and Information Bulletins

by Vic-Maui International Yacht Race, December 5th, 2013


Shackles & Cotterpins

The Vic-Maui Newsletter



Attention Sailors:


The Vic-Maui 2014 fleet continues to grow!  The latest entry is John McPhail's J-160, JAM, a veteran of many Swiftsures, two Pacific Cups and the 2004 Vic-Maui race.  JAM sails out of Fox Island, WA for the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.  Check out JAM and the rest of the 2014 Vic-Maui fleet at http://www.vicmaui.org/teams


Featured Sponsor:  Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

Vic-Maui is proud to partner with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. 

Victoria Harbour, gateway to British Columbia and Canada, is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. The harbour has a long history, starting with its use by First Nations. Recreational vessels and small cruise ships can moor in the centre of this famous heritage city, just steps from its historic streets and distinctive architecture. During the summer months, the harbour is the focus of festivals, shows and music.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.victoriaharbour.org


Recent and upcoming events:

Offshore Personal Survival Course (Safety at Sea)


BC Sailing classes (Sail Canada - ISAF Approved):  The October 4-5 class in Vancouver was fully booked and received very positive feedback from attendees.  The upcoming November 15-16 and November 17-18 classes are fully booked.  The next scheduled class is January 24-25, 2014, also in Vancouver.  More information and online registration is available at http://www.vicmaui.org/bc-sailing-safety-at-sea


Sea Survival and Bluewater Cruising Association - Calgary have an Offshore Safety and Sea Survival course (Sail Canada - ISAF Approved) planned for November 30 - December 1, 2013 in Calgary.   For more information, please check http://www.bluewatercruising.org/events/event_details.asp?id=302674.   Note that online registration has closed, however manual registration may be available through the email contact listed on the linked page. 


The Sailing Foundation has a Safety at Sea seminar (the two day version is US Sailing - ISAF Approved) planned for February 22-23, 2014 on Bainbridge Island.  For more information, please check http://www.thesailingfoundation.org/new_sas_seminars_2014.htm


Marine First Aid course: 

Tentative date is February 1-2, 2014 in Vancouver.  Details to follow as soon as they become available. 


Vic-Maui Qualifying Races:

Vic-Maui boats and crews often do overnight distance races or passages as part of their Vic-Maui preparations.  The 2014 sailing season is just around the corner.  Vic-Maui Qualifying Races are: 


Recent Vic-Maui events have been very well attended. 

  • Thank you to Ullman Sails for hosting the Information Meeting in Anacortes on October 16.
  • Thank you to Cooper Boating for hosting the Information Meeting in Vancouver on November 1. 
  • The Preparation Seminar was held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on November 2, and was very close to a full house.  Thank you to all the presenters, including representatives of North Sails and Pro-Tech Rigging. 
  • The Offshore Weather course was held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, on November 3-4, and was fully booked. 


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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.

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The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race is hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club.  First contested in 1968, Vic-Maui 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 Challenge - Adventure - Teamwork!



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