Swiftsure yacht race, last boats arrive

When the Swiftsure Lightship Classic race ended on Sunday, Korina Korina – skippered by Washington State’s John Knudson – had won.

The crew was made up of residents of Victoria and Washington states who came together to brave high winds and rough seas in a “fantastic” race, Victoria crew member Duane Pinkney said Monday.

In second place, Planet Express, based at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, with skipper Adam Serediuk.

Event chairman Randy Diamond said sailors at this year’s event had told him it was one of the best Swiftsures – “and some of them have done 30 to 35 Swiftsures “.

It was a difficult race due to strong and unfavorable current at the start, he said. “The wind was light, not non-existent, so they were still moving. Then it was very windy all night.

That, coupled with bigger waves, made it exhilarating for sailors, he said.

The return of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, now in its 77th year and presented by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, follows two years without racing due to the pandemic.

It took a little extra work to organize this year’s event because of the break, Diamond said.

This year an online charity auction was held for the first time as part of the event, with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish-Foundation and SALTS (Sail and Life Training Society). The auction, which ends at 9 p.m. Tuesday, takes place at hibid.ca/events/swiftsure-2022-charity-auction.

Around 120 yachts, including entries from Victoria, took part in the races, with hundreds of spectators lining Clover Point and Victoria’s waterfront to watch the boats, with their colorful spinnakers, set off on Saturday morning.

The first competitors of the shorter race returned this afternoon.

Once the yachts passed the finish point, they lowered their sails and proceeded to Ship Point in Victoria Harbor to moor at the inspection pier, some in the middle of the night.

There they were greeted with a given hot soup, which was “very well received”, Diamond said.

Safety equipment was checked and a satellite tracking device was handed over to the inspection dock.

Preliminary results from the Hein Bank race put Blue, with skipper Michael Schoendorf, in first place.

In the Cape Flattery race for monohulls, Annapurna, skippered by Iain Christennson, finished first.

The Juan de Fuca race ended with Setri of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, with skipper Peter Dennis, in first place.

Dragon, with skipper Duncan Gladman, placed first in the Juan de Fuca race for multihulls.

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