Swiftsure yacht race, final boats coming in

When the Swiftsure Lightship Classic race wound up on Sunday, it appeared that Korina Korina skippered by John Knudson of Washington state was the winner.

Results are preliminary because yachts are handicapped and on Sunday night two of the boats in that race had not finished.

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

Sailors racing in this year’s event told Randy Diamond, event chairperson: “This was one of the better Swiftsures that they’ve done, and some of them have done 30-35 Swiftsures.”

It was a challenging race because there was a “strong, adverse current at the start. The wind was light, not non-existent, so they were always moving. Then it became quite windy through the night,” he said.

Coupled with bigger waves, sailors described it as quite exhilarating, he said.

The 2022 Swiftsure International Yacht Race is in its 77th year. It is presented by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and resumed after missing two years due to the pandemic.

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

This year, an online charity auction was put on for the first time. Proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation and SALTS (Sail and Life Training Society) It is at hibid.ca/events/swiftsure-2022-charity-auction.

About 120 yachts, including Victoria entries, took part. Hundreds of spectators lined Clover Point and the Victoria waterfront to watch the spectacle of boats with their colourful spinnakers heading out on Saturday morning.

The first competitors in in the shortest race returned that afternoon.

Once yachts pass the finish point, they take their sails down and motor to Ship Point in Victoria Harbour to tie up at the inspection dock, some in the middle of the night.

That’s where they were greeted with donated hot soup which is “very well received,” Diamond said.

Safety equipment is checked and a satellite tracking device is handed in at the inspection dock.

About 40 to 50 boats were planning to stay overnight at the docks in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, he said Sunday.

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

In the Cape Flattery race for monohulls, Annapurna, with skipper Iain Christennson as skipper, was first.

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

And the Juan de Fuca race for multi-hull boats saw Dragon, with skipper Duncan Gladman, placed first.


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