Please select your home edition
Edition
Helm Events 728x90

Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2013 - From Canvas to Carbon

by Fiona Cubitt on 12 Dec 2012
2012 MASTER RVYC Swiftsure International Yacht Race, Victoria,Canada Brenda Jacques
Swiftsure is no ordinary yacht race; it's a festival of excitement and camaraderie that draws the Pacific Northwest's best racers and an international audience to Victoria. 2013 will see the Royal Victoria Yacht Club host the 70th Swiftsure International Yacht Race on May 25 to 27, 2013. This year's 'canvas to carbon' theme celebrates the incredible change in technology that has occurred throughout the race's lifetime; some of today's leading racing yachts use carbon fiber sails, and some even have hulls that are made of carbon.

Over 1600 racers from Oregon, Washington and all over British Columbia's coast, on 200 yachts, ranging in length from 24 to 125 feet, will descend on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour to participate in the Pacific Northwest’s most prestigious sailboat race. The harbour becomes a buzzing hub of story-telling, last minute preparation, and high-performance racing yachts. Visitors can feel the camaraderie, the excitement, and the passionate competitiveness.


For racers, the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a busy commercial shipping lane that brings swiftly changing unpredictable winds and challenging currents. Swiftsure has four courses, ranging from an inshore day race, to the ultimate challenge; an overnighter to the race’s namesake, Swiftsure Bank, on the Pacific Ocean.

Although the majority of boats are fully crewed, double handed competitions up the ante with short-handed sail changes and increased sleep deprivation.

For spectators, the Victoria waterfront affords a fantastic view of the boats scrambling for best position just in time for the Royal Canadian Naval vessel's start gun. The race also draws an international audience through its tracking system which plots each competitor’s progress in near real time throughout the race.

'The Royal Victoria Yacht Club invites all sailboat racers to participate in Swiftsure 2013', said Vern Burkhardt, the Chair of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race. 'Swiftsure is the epitome of friendly competition among highly skilled racers.'

Chair Vern Burkhardt also looks forward to meeting visitors and local residents in the Inner Harbour during race week as they enjoy the festivities. Walking the docks to look at the sailboats and talk to racers is always a treat. Sailors are always willing to talk about the sport they love. 'Come on down and join us for a beverage at the Ships Point Swiftsure Centre in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Swiftsure 2013 website

NaiadBakewell-White Yacht DesignMackay Boats

Related Articles

Nic Douglass reports on day 1 of Quantum Key West Race Week
Like the trooper he is, Silas was on the dock to send his team off today for the first day of racing. If anyone is going to be living vicariously this week through everyone in Key West, it will be Silas Nolan, the mid-bowman for the RAN TP52.
Posted today at 11:21 am
Day 72 – Photo-finish predicted in Vendée Globe thriller
The race is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles Thomson has been playing catch-up since Le Cléac'h took the lead on December 2 but as the race enters its final few days he has transformed from the chaser into the hunter, ruthlessly stalking his French rival in the hope of being able to deliver the killer blow before the race is up.
Posted today at 10:41 am
Jules Verne Trophy - A welcome rest
Blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures… It was a quiet fifth Sunday for the crew of the IDEC Sport Maxi Trimaran Blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures… It was a quiet fifth Sunday for the crew of the IDEC Sport Maxi Trimaran, which they used to get some rest and carry out a few odd jobs. It was slow sailing in an area of light winds off the South of Brazil, but Joyon’s men also needed to remain vigilant and react quickly to any wind shifts.
Posted today at 6:13 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson marks time with 60hrs sailing time left in race
British solo sailor Alex Thomson has improved only 10nm in 24 hours, and remains 75nm behind the race leader With around 60hrs sailing left in the 2016/17 Vendee Globe Race, British solo sailor Alex Thomson has improved only 10nm in 24 hours, and remains 75nm behind the race leader Armel Le Cleac'h in Banque Populaire V. According to the latest positions (as of 0500FR or 0400UTC) the two competitors were almost on the latitude of the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne
Posted today at 5:10 am
Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 1 action-shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Max Ranchi was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 - Race one and two action.
Posted today at 5:09 am
Quantum Key West Race Week opens with epic conditions
The comments from the first day of the 30th Quantum Key West Race Week, the City of Key West Day, were nearly unanimous The comments from the first day of the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, the City of Key West Day, were nearly unanimous - epic sailing conditions in one of the best racing venues in the world.
Posted today at 4:35 am
Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 1 action-shots by Nico Martinez
Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.
Posted today at 3:47 am
Double Bullets for Platoon spells a perfect start in Key West
For Harm Müller-Spreer and his international crew on Platoon, 2017 52 Super Series is off to the best possible start. For German owner-driver Harm Müller-Spreer and his international crew on Platoon, the 2017 52 Super Series is off to the best possible start. Under clear blue skies and in a meaty 15- to 20-knot breeze, the Platoon squad handily won the first two races of Quantum Key West Race Week, the first of six events in a nine-month 52 Super Series season.
Posted today at 3:23 am
52 Super Series, Azzurra starts with a third place
Azzurra begins the 2017 season in third place after first day of racing. Platoon is in the lead after getting two wins Azzurra begins the 2017 season in third place after the first day of racing. Platoon is in the lead after getting two wins, followed by Sled. Quantum is tied for fourth place with Ran followed by Bronenosec.
Posted today at 2:59 am
North Technology acquires North Sails Australia
Renowned Sydney loft joins North Sails worldwide network of owned lofts On January 3rd 2017, the North Sails Australia licensed operation was purchased by North Technology Group. North Sails Australia is the country's leading sailmaker with a diverse market ranging from dinghy, One Design, 18' Skiffs, cruising, racing, Grand Prix and Maxis, dating back to when Australia defended the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987.
Posted on 16 Jan