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Vic-Maui: Done and Dusted

Published on August 2nd, 2016

The 2016 edition of the 2308 nm Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race was 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 the final report..

The Final Boat

Near midnight on Tuesday night (July 26), Forty, a Tartan 4100 owned by Michael Boldt of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, was the final boat to complete Vic Maui 2016 and bring to an end the racing part of the celebration of a Half Century of Vic-Maui racing. The drama of the last few standings for prizes waited for the final boats to finish put into the books an absolution classic.

The previous evening the much-relieved Canard, a Seattle Yacht Club Jeanneau 36i owned by Joe Gaffney finished at 19:37; and Turnagain, a Beneteau 50 owned by Travis McGregor of Royal Van (actually a fish packing vessel cleverly disguised as a racing sailboat) finished at 21:21.

In the morning Red Sheilla, the Communication Vessel skippered by Jim Innes of Royal Van (and son of one of the Vic Maui founders 50 years ago) crossed the line at 05;05. And not to be outdone, the first Double-Handed entry to complete Vic Maui in its history, Amiskwi a Sidney North Saanich YC Sabre 386 carrying two very tried sailors in skipper Chris Read and crew Rick Wunderlich finished at 11:29.

Stacking Up the Silverware
• KINETIC V – The Overall Winner on corrected time is Kinetic V – a TP-52 owned and skippered by David Sutcliffe and sailing for Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Kinetic’s finish time was 8 days 14 hours.

Kinetic V takes home the Royal Vancouver Yacht Trophy for First Overall, the LYC Past Commodore’s Trophy for First in Division A, the RVYC Chairman’s Trophy for First RVYC boat, and the Jim Innes Trophy for First Canadian boat. Navigator Chris Lewis (“Lew”) feat in picking the right course is recognized with the Captain George Vancouver Trophy.

• VALKYRIE – Skippered by Gavin Bracket and owner Jason Rhodes and sailing for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Valkyrie had an epic run to Maui and Smashed the Elapsed Time record with a time of 8 days and 9 hours beating the old record, set in 2000 by Grand Illusion, by an unbelievable 17 hours.

Valkyrie wins the Lahaina Yacht Club Trophy for Elapsed Time Line Honours, the RVYC Aloha Trophy for 2nd Overall corrected time, Maui Boat and Yacht Club Trophy for 2nd in Division A, the RVYC Race Committee Trophy for 2nd RVYC boat, and the LYC Race Committee trophy for first American boat. Navigator Peter McCarthy wins the Gabrielle 3 Trophy for his work in the picking the right line leading the fleet into Maui.

• FORTY – It would normally be considered unusual for a boat to both be a Division Winner and be the last finisher. But competing in his first Vic-Maui, Michael Boldt’s Forty, a Tartan 4100 from Royal Vancouver Yacht Club did just that. Forty takes home the Beneteau Trophy for First in Cruising Class and the highly coveted GFY Turtle Award for last to finish.

• ION – The YB Race Tracker has brought the race into the hands of thousands of on-shore lookers and arm-chair sailors and allows Race Committee to see the exact course each boat sails. Ion, Bill Jones’ Beneteau 43 from Nanaimo Yacht Club covered 2669 miles of ocean to reach Maui. To recognize sailing more than 200 miles more than most competitors, and 361 miles than the shortest course, Ion wins the Lahaina Yacht Club Trustees Trophy.

• LONGBOARD – The 2014 Overall and Line Honours Champion, Longboard, returned in 2016 for the chance of a repeat. But Peter Salusbury’s Riptide 35 from West Vancouver Yacht Club was in tough this year, but challenged Kinetic and Valkyrie right to the end. Longboard Takes home the RVYC Kla-How-Ya Trophy for Third Overall, and the Canadian American Resources Trophy for Third in Division A.

• STRING THEORY – John Mortimer and his Beneteau First 47.7 from Vancouver Rowing Club put on a great show in 2014, taking a very bold course line to finish second overall. Proving it was not a one-shot wonder, John and his crew pushed String Theory hard this year and were rewarded with a corrected time win in Division B. String Theory wins the Founders Trophy for First in Division B. Navigator Gunnar Jonsson wins the Lahaina Restoration Foundation Trophy for his work in finding the right path to keep pace with the sleds.

• EQUUS – Dean Conti’s first Vic-Maui was a memorable one. Sailing for Three Tree Yacht Club, Dean launched the brand spanking new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509 in the Fall of 2015 and had a great battle with String Theory to lead the Division B boats to the finish, and come second on corrected time. Equus wins the LYC Imperial Trophy for Second in Division B.

• KRAKEN – Mark and Annette Malacek’s Beneteau First 40.7 from West Vancouver Yacht Club had the added challenge, besides the regular race, of a race for against two identical sisterships Salient and Starblazer. Kraken not only beat her First 40.7 competition, but also bested most of the boats in Division B. For her third place corrected time finish, Kraken wins the Eldred Curtis Memorial Trophy.

• RAIN DROP – Joby Easton’s Cascade 36 from the Rose City Yacht Club in Portland was the smallest and oldest boat in the race. But with a previous overall win at Pacific Cup and Transpac, Rain Drop was a choice of many as a potential dark-horse winner of Vic-Maui. Joby and crew proved their capability by holding a leading position until close to the finish and not only lead Division C, but also beat most of the bigger boats in Division B and correcting ahead of all of them. For her great performance in winning Division C Rain Drop wins the County of Maui Trophy. Bill Huseby also win the RVYC Past Commodore’s Trophy as winning Navigator for Division C.

• CANARD – This was the first offshore adventure for Joe Gaffney and his crew aboard Canard, a Jeanneau 36i from Seattle Yacht Club. After making a course detour to miss Tropical Storm Darby, Canard raced to the finish, and in the shaky winds behind Darby managed to make up 50 miles and four hours of corrected time on Expresso while George Bishop languished looking at the finish. For the Second Place finish in Division C, Canard takes home the LYC Boonvanger’s Trophy.

• AMISKWI – Chris Read and Rick Wunderlich exemplify what it means to be a sailor. Sailing a Sabre 386 for the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club, they took on and survived the challenge of the first double-handed boat to finish Vic Maui in its Half Century of existence and in one of the toughest Vic-Maui races in years. All sailors can recognize and salute this accomplishment, which is acknowledged with the Lahaina Yacht Club Foundation Award. For winning the Double Handed Division, Amiskwi takes home the Province of British Columbia Trophy.

• ATALANTA – The 74 ft. Tripp designed ocean maxi skippered by Louis Hoffer out of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, is a 5 time Vic-Maui veteran and Overall winner in 1994. In the heralded and close battle with Longboard in the Old School versus New School challenge, she showed that the years and technology advance has not made Atalanta obsolete. Navigator Stuart Lochner takes home the Andreas Schuller Memorial Trophy for the making the closest estimate of Finishing Time at the last roll call.

• MOUNTAIN – It is a shame that Reed Bernhard’s J-109 sailing Double Handed for the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club, was unable to complete the race. The very first boat across the start line of Vic-Maui 2016 put on an impressive display early in the race. Right on the line – Right at the horn – and a full minute ahead of their competition, Mountain’s exceptional start wins the Sea Q Trophy.

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