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Seven adventurous teams lead the early entries for the 2016 Vic-Maui!

by Event Committee, April 28th, 2015

Shackles & Cotterpins

The Vic-Maui Newsletter


Attention Sailors:




Seven adventurous teams lead the early entries for the 2016 Vic-Maui!  

The first entrant, Red Sheilla, skipper Jim Innes, (see team profile here) is joined by:


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


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



Featured Sponsor:  Pacific Yachting


For over 40 years, Pacific Yachting has been the voice of boating in British Columbia. Good luck to all Vic-Maui participants!


Website: http://www.pacificyachting.com/


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


Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vic-Maui co-host, at Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Week

Vic-Maui co-host the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club will have its traditional delegation at the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Week.  The Canadian Reception is Thursday April 30 and the Mai Tai party is Friday May 1.  Note that some events may require reservations and/or invitations.  


  • Pop Quiz:  which Seattle Yacht Club boat sailed in the inaugural Vic-Maui in 1965?  
  • Find the answer here, and browse for more history at the Vic-Maui archives.  


More information about Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Week.  



Oregon Offshore Race

The Oregon Offshore Race is a Vic-Maui Qualifying Race.  

Look for 2016 Vic-Maui early entrants Ion and Turnagain , and 2014 Vic-Maui veterans Avalon and Passepartout, in Astoria and Victoria!  

Find out more at the Oregon Offshore website.  


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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.  


Vic-Maui Half Century Poster:  1965 - 2016

Vic-Maui was first sailed in 1965 and has been sailed every two years since 1968.  During the 2016 Vic-Maui cycle, we will be celebrating a Half Century of Vic-Maui. 

The Vic-Maui Half Century poster features "Long Gone", the winner of the 1965 race, skippered by Vic-Maui's founder, the late JG (Jim) Innes. 

The poster is available for download: click here for 2016 Vic-Maui Half Century poster



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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. Click here to unsubscribe.


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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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