Vic-Maui: Record at Risk

Published on July 20th, 2016

The 2308 nm Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race is hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club. The fleet of 22 entrants had four staggered starts on July 9, 10, 11, and 12. Here is a report from the race office on July 20…

Will the records fall?
All eyes are on the Vic-Maui elapsed time record, currently 9 days, 2 hours, 8 minutes set in 2000 by Jim McDowell on the Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion. Closing in today on the finish, Valkyrie (TP52), Kinetic V (TP52), and Westerly (SC70) are all lined up to beat it.

At 0400 HST (0700 PDT), The YB Tracker put Valkyrie 164 miles from the Finish Line. If Gavin Brackett and Jason Rhodes can keep the pace up, the TP52 will finish around 5 pm in Maui and shatter the elapsed time record by over 12 hours. And Valkyrie is being pushed hard by the other TP52, former winner David Sutcliffe’s Kinetic V, who is 50 miles behind and will likely break the record herself. And make things even more exciting, Stuart Dahlgren’s Santa Cruz 70 Westerly, is only 50 miles behind Kinetic, in stronger wind, and also poised to break the old record.

This will be fun to watch as the day progresses. We just hope the greeting families booked early enough flights to Maui to match this record run come to climax.

Please note that the times on the race tracker are about to change to Hawaiian Standard Time. As the boats get closer to Maui, the focus of the race changes to the families waiting and the greeters who meet each boat. The Leaderboard times (estimated finish time, time of start, etc.) will shortly switch to Hawaiian Standard Time. Do not be alarmed by the jump backward by 3 hours.

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Source: Vic-Maui Race


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