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Millennium Seagull's reaction upon hearing they'd won the Lahaina Class
Photo: Charlotte Gann

Thrills & Oddities & 2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race Ramblings

by Charlotte Gann, September 21st, 2022

As cool marine fog rolls in and out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on these September days, we savour a wildly successful Vic-Maui race. Back when competitors began preparing for the summer 2022 marathon to Hawaii, few could have imagined the challenge, adventure and teamwork ahead. Under Vic-Maui Event Chairs LYC's Lars Bertelsen and RVYC's Jim Innes, son of the race founder who was also Jim Innes, we have had a thrilling race. But what drives someone to do the Vic-Maui? Read

Millennium Seagull tucked into Port Angeles in time for dinner ashore.

Final Roll Call – The Seagull Has Landed

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 23rd, 2022

Millennium Seagull left Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Honolulu on Oahu on August 6th, and arrived in Port Angeles today at 5:30 PM PDT. We’ve seen the Vic-Maui boats begin their race to paradise on July 4th and 6th. We’ve applauded their arrival in Lahaina between July 16 and 26. We’ve watched as they left Lahaina in late July and early August. And now all the boats with planned deliveries have arrived back in the Pacific Northwest. Read

Planet Express at Victoria Causeway Marina

Roll Call August 21 & Planet Express Has Stopped Sailing

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 22nd, 2022

Midday of August 21, Adam Serediuk's Planet Express quickly cleared customs at Raymur Point and proceeded to Victoria's Inner Harbour Causeway Marina, having enjoyed their last leg of the Maui-Vic delivery sail down the Juan de Fuca Strait. The freezer is half full of mahi mahi and tuna, the crew were greeted by shipmates from the race leg plus loved ones on a dazzling Sunday afternoon. Read

Red Sheilla's final leg homeward.

Final Race Results for the 2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 20th, 2022

Here are the final results for the 2022 Vic-Maui Race for all boats in both the Racing Class and Lahaina Class. Read

Fresh water on sails is a fine thing.

Roll Call August 16 & Many Settling Back Into Life Ashore

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 17th, 2022

In the last couple of days, a number of Maui-Vic boats have arrived and cleared CBSA Customs at Raymur Point in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, then carried on to their home ports or next-to-last stops to fuel up, shower, celebrate with cold beverages, fresh fruit, and pizza. Next work is the dunging out of the boat, washing sails and gear with fresh water and allow this dazzling sun to do its magic. Read

Bit tippy out here - Michael Koster photo

Roll Call August 14 & Won’t Be Long Now

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 14th, 2022

In the next 48 hours, much of our fleet will be approaching or in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (except Millennium Seagull & Planet Express), slithering their way toward their respective harbours. When they touch land, please take the time to reach out to these now-seasoned mariners to greet them home, give them a poke to ensure they’re really here, and congratulate them on the wild journey they’ve just experienced. Read

Walking on water is possible with enough flotation.

Roll Call August 10 & The Sturgeon Moon

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 11th, 2022

As corks fly off in every direction, our Maui-Vic fleet is celebrating the champagne sailing in many ways. Some have held their halfway party on board, with silly hats, cake, balloon toss below decks, a pinata, and a large serving of cocktails. One even reports sailing with blinky-light glasses and tiaras through last night (Phoenix – dudes know how to party). Read

Sunset in the Pacific

Roll Call August 7 & The Variety Fish Pack

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 7th, 2022

Leader of the pack – Amun-Ra is now closest to the pin (JdF Strait) at 45.34 N, 151.11 W, and no doubt using her 2-iron in the calm seas. Xiomara and Red Sheilla are close behind. Wattson, Xiomara’s hydrovane, attempted Flow’s wind instrument strike but this was just not on, and Wattson is back on duty. Red Sheilla calculates they’re now east of the Hawaiian Islands – um, gulp, we thought they left Hawaii behind last week – but if you look at the easternmost end of the Big Island, it’s at 154.79 so yes, Red Sheilla, you are now beyond paradise. Read

Andrea of Flow has a big fish eating grin - Photo thanks to Lukas

Roll Call August 6 & The Delivery Fishing Derby Has Begun In Earnest

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 6th, 2022

Wind and seas are now settling for all, mostly off the nose, the bigger sails are coming out to play, and the fishing derby is now ON. Food – this and water are the basics for human survival. So when the possibility of free fresh food delivered straight to your plate from the ocean is there, the focus is on eating really, really well. Today’s menu is serving up mahi mahi fish tacos, the boats are pulling up to the window for their orders. Read

Looks like the high is split.

Roll Call August 5 for Maui Vic 2022 Boats Sailing for Home

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 5th, 2022

The fleet of Vic-Maui boats returning to the Pacific Northwest continue to progress toward their destinations relatively well. Those who left Hawaiian ports in the last week of July have encountered boisterous and confused seas with winds consistently above 20 knots and on the nose, gusting to above 30. Recently, the romping winds are starting to ease, and with it the comfort aboard the boats increase. Read

Aloha Hawaii - you have been warm and beautiful and we'll be back.

Roll Call of August 1 for 2022 Maui-Vic Fleet & Follow some on FB

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, August 2nd, 2022

The 10 boats in the 2022 return journey from Maui to Victoria (or to home ports around the Pacific Northwest) are making their way northward from the Hawaiian Islands, saying goodbye to our hosts at the Lahaina Yacht Club for another two years. Ten boats are returning. One is staying in the Hawaiian Islands - Lurline sailed in the Vic-Maui race from Canadian waters to her home at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. One - Peligroso - returned to California a bit ago. Read

YB Tracker of 'Vic - Maui Return 2022'

Follow the Yellow Brick Home... Because, because, because, because, because

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, July 29th, 2022

There are 4 (make that 5) Vic-Maui boats that have engaged the use of the YB Tracker devices and will regularly transmit their positions. At present, only Xiomara is enroute, the others are anticipated to make their start homeward shortly. Read

Things got real in February when David Sutcliffe taught the Safety at Sea course in Vancouver from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Jim Innes encouraged all the racers

2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race Awards - Pau!

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, July 28th, 2022

Thanks all - your extensive patience is about to be rewarded. We have learned that 'Pau' is the Hawaiian word for finished, pronounced 'pow' and we think this most fitting to end things with a Pau! The Awards for the 2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race are here for your pleasure. Including some images of the teams during the events following their first smelling land. Read

Annie M found so many greeters waving back.

Annie M - Mea Culpa, Great to Celebrate Your Arrival

by Charlotte Gann, July 28th, 2022

Annie M - you were not forgotten, most definitely not. On July 25, you crossed the Finish Line at 06:01 and headed for Lahaina under escort of the pilot boat. You caught a mooring and the skipper and crew set off for Lahaina. Awaiting you was a throng of greeters, family, friends and some of the Vic-Maui organizing team. We were excited to see you waving back as the pilot boat turned the corner into the harbor and eased alongside. That first step off the boat was tentative but thrilling. That first hug and kiss with your loved ones was very sweet. Many well wishers reached out their hands and handed you cups of coffee - we knew you'd run out some days ago, quelle horreur! Read

Out of the dark looms New Haven - Jim Innes Photo

New Haven Arrival

by Charlotte Gann, July 27th, 2022

New Haven crossed the YB Tracker geofence 'finish line' on July 26 at 21:47, nearly 12 hours after the extended Official Finish Time of 10:00 on July 26. Read

Maui Jim - what else can we say?

2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race Awards Banquet

by Charlotte Gann, July 25th, 2022

The concept of extending awards to a few boats is interesting in the context that every boat that competes and completes the Vic-Maui marathon, among the most complicated yacht races in the world, is in the real sense of the word a WINNER. Perhaps awards are intended as an additional mark of specialty, standing separately from others who compete. Perhaps awards shine a spotlight on the awarder, the group which has made a trophy available for the race to acknowledge a special focus. Yet we hope all competitors who successfully got to this point - of having competed and completed the challenge safely, and learned SO many new aspects about seamanship, navigation, the natural world around them that almost noone on the planet will experience in this intimate way - carry with them for the rest of their life the deep sense of accomplishment through this race, and continue to discover aspects about yourself for many years. You've risen to the challenge of the Vic-Maui race, had a wild adventure and developed teamwork skills in extreme conditions. Read

Two fellows with many Vic-Mauis (and Mai Tais) under their belt - Vern Burkhardt and Guy Walters

July 23 Roll Call Plus Catching up a little

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, July 24th, 2022

What with the Awards Banquet yesterday, a bit tardy on bringing the fleet status up to date – apologies but the party was fun (only slightly sore head this morning). This morning, Millennium Seagull rolled into Old Maui, Lahaina. Fantastic to have her here and she’s rolled into the Lahaina Yacht Club now. Certainly she’ll celebrate her finish in fine fashion. Read

Aloha to the crew of Lurline at LYC on Saturday, July 22

Lurline - such fabulous spirit

by Charlotte Gann, July 24th, 2022

Lurline; Gib Black’s Tripp 47 sailing for Kaneohe Yacht Club, had studied up on past Vic-Maui races and, more importantly, routing plus attendant weather and decided 2022 was the year to bring Lurline home to Hawaii. The cold of the Pacific Northwest was a factor in doing the race and it’s a worthy consideration – it’s take almost a week, usually, to get away from the ocean chill and to warmer ocean temps. Gib got an actual pair of sailing boots, his crew are very experienced the Pac Cup & Transpac races and this was their opportunity to take on the real challenge of Vic-Maui, two races in one. Read

Millennium Seagull arrives at Lahaina

Catching up on Recent Finishers

by Charlotte Gann & Race Committee, July 24th, 2022

Since late on Friday night, two more boats have finished. Flow arrived just before midnight on Friday, some of us missed being present at her arrival (so sorry) but caught up with her on Saturday morning when she cleared customs at LYC and enjoyed a fine meal before joining all the rest of the crews at the Awards Banquet. More on this later. Just a short time ago, Millennium Seagull arrived at Lahaina and a happier crew you probably couldn't find. Read

Hula performers at the July 23 Awards Banquet

Vic-Maui Results to July 23, 2022

by Race Committee, July 24th, 2022

Results at July 23, 2022 Read

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