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Type: Beneteau 49
Skipper: Jim Innes
Class: Racing Class, Fully Crewed
Hailing Port: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hull Colour: White
LOA: 49.54'
Beam: 14.73'
Draft: 6.89'
Yacht Club: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Designer: Berret Racoupeau
Builder: Beneteau America
Launch Date: 2008
Rig: Sloop
Sail Number: CAN 74427
Status: 1a entered

 

 

“Red Sheilla” is the first boat to enter the 2020 Vic-Maui!  

 

Red Sheilla previously competed in the 2010, 2012, and 2016 Vic-Maui's. In July 2020, Red Sheilla skipper Jim Innes will sail in his fourth Vic-Maui, following the pioneering course sailed by his father JG (Jim) Innes in 1965. "We are returning in 2020 with an experienced crew which includes Nigel Barron (Crossfire), Paul Doran, Paul Thompson, Sean Stephenson, DJ Feinstadt, and Craig Plautz.  Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/redsheillasailing and Red Sheilla's website http://globalfusion.com.  

 

The first Vic-Maui was sailed in 1965. The race was a dream of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club member JG (Jim) Innes who at that time was a Captain for Canadian Pacific Airlines.  Jim convinced three other skippers to start with him off Brotchie Ledge in 1965.  With Jim in his Lapworth 36' "Long Gone", there was Lol Killam of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club with the 45' sloop "Velaris", Ron Ramsay of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club with the 45' ketch "Norena of White" and Boo Paskel from Seattle Yacht club with his 73' ketch "Tatoosh".  

The 1965 race and weather were typical; Westerlies in the Juan de Fuca Strait, a left turn down the coast to about the latitude of San Francisco, followed by a right turn under the North Pacific High and a gybe with the Northeast trade winds filling spinnakers for the sunny run to Maui.  

"Long Gone" won the first Vic-Maui with a time of 15 days, 6 hours and 55 minutes.  Records have been broken many times since 1965. The current record holder is "Valkyrie", skippered by Gavin Brackett and sailing for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, who completed the race in 8 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and 50 seconds in 2016, beating out the previous record of 9 days, 2 hours and 8 minutes set in 2000 by "Grand Illusion", skippered by James McDowell of the Lahaina Yacht Club.  

 

We invite you to join us! 

Jim

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