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It's a baker's dozen! Vic-Maui welcomes CrossFire and String Theory

by Vic-Maui, August 19th, 2015










It's a baker's dozen!  Vic-Maui welcomes CrossFire and String Theory

Vic-Maui welcomes more early entrants for the 2016 Vic-Maui:

  • Lou Bianco's Reichel/Pugh 55 "CrossFire", a Reichel/Pugh designed and McConaghy built custom race boat, sailing for the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club; 
    see the CrossFire team profile at http://www.vicmaui.org/teams?itemid=101.  
  • John Mortimer's Beneteau First 47.7 "String Theory", returning for 2016 after a successful 2014 Vic-Maui campaign and sailing for the Vancouver Rowing Club; 
    see the String Theory team profile at http://www.vicmaui.org/teams?itemid=103.  

Profiles for each of the entered boats are online at http://www.vicmaui.org/teams.  

Vic-Maui, first sailed in 1965, is celebrating its Half Century.  
The early entry deadline for the 2016 Vic-Maui is September 15, 2015 and the final entry deadline is February 3, 2016.  

Please join the 2016 Vic-Maui fleet for Challenge • Adventure • Teamwork.   


Notice of Race Appendix B published

Appendix B to the Notice of Race - Safety Consultation Checklist has been published.  

New for 2016, Vic-Maui is using a short-form checklist.  

Visit http://www.vicmaui.org/official-notice-board to view or download the PDF file.  




Featured Sponsor:  First Yacht Services



Based out of Vancouver, Canada, First Yacht Services provides specialty marine services for British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.  We specialize in yacht commissioning, Webasto Marine heating systems, Raymarine electronics and electrical upgrades. We proudly work with Westerly Yacht Sales in Coal Harbour Marina.  We measure our success by the satisfaction of our customers. 

Website: http://firstyachts.com/


See more Vic-Maui Sponsors at the end of this newsletter. 


Tech-Tips:  VHF Antenna Cables

A top-notch VHF radio installation includes paying close attention to antenna cabling and connections.  Requirements are outlined in section 3.29.1 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations.  Do you have the right antenna cable?  Old or undersized antenna cable may not get the job done when you really need to communicate.  Because it is installed inside the rig, masthead antenna cabling is best dealt during your pre-race rig inspection and service.  

Well-known offshore navigator Stan Honey has published a convenient antenna cable loss calculator - you can download it here.  



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Safety at Sea - Fall 2015 Schedule

The Fall 2015 preliminary schedule has been published for BC Sailing's Sail Canada - ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course.  For more information, see BC Sailing Safety at Sea.  



The 2016 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race is open for early entries  

Online entry for the 2016 Vic-Maui is now open at: Official Notice Board and Online Entries.  

The early entry time window runs from March 15, 2015 to September 15, 2015; the final entry deadline is February 3, 2016.  

The Notice of Race has been published for the 2016 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.  It is available for download: click here for Notice of Race

Appendix A to the Notice of Race has also been published.  It is available for download: click here for NoR Appendix A

Appendix B to the Notice of Race has been published.  It is available for download:  click here for NoR Appendix B.   

Vic-Maui is celebrating the Half Century mark in 2016.  We invite you to join us!  



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Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race


The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race is hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club.  First contested in 1965 and sailed every second year since 1968, Vic-Maui is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing. Vic-Maui starts in July off Victoria, British Columbia and finishes 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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Vic-Maui Sponsors



Royal Vancouver Yacht Club • Lahaina Yacht Club



Greater Victoria Harbour Authority • Navis Marine Insurance • Pacific Yachting • Westerly Yachts



CSR Marine • Eggbeater Creative • First Yacht Services • North Sails • Signature Yachts
Harken • Survitec Group




Mount Gay Rum • Hester Creek • Whistler Brewing

Tremewen Art • Kingwell Island Art • Serendipity Maui • West Maui Sail & Canvas • Trilogy Excursions

Victoria Preferred Accommodations

Harbour Towers Hotel • Hotel Grand Pacific • Sandman • Strathcona Hotel

Maui Preferred Accommodations

Aston Kaanapali Shores • Outrigger Hotels and Resorts • Pioneer Inn • Sheraton Maui



 Vic-Maui Qualifying Races


Southern Straits • Oregon Offshore • Swiftsure • Van Isle 360


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