What’s New for Swiftsure 2012?
For those intrepid sailors who like single handed and double handed racing check out the Notice of Race (online) for the revised Swiftsure Inshore Classic and the three long courses (The Swiftsure Lightship Classic, The Cape Flattery Races and the Juan de Fuca Race).
For the first time, a single-handed division will be added to the Inshore Classic if there are enough registrants to create a division. For the three long courses a double-handed division will be added for each of the races if there are at least 5 boats registered as double-handed for that race. This is an exciting opportunity to show off your sailing skills.
The Swiftsure Inshore Classic is also taking on a new look. This year a course will be selected on race day taking into account the winds and tide. The fun part is that the finish line will be in Cadboro Bay at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Sailors will be welcomed to celebrate the end of day racing by enjoying the club’s facilities, including free moorage overnight.
The inner harbor festivities have changed as well. A dock party will be held in front of the Empress Hotel in the late afternoon on Thursday and Friday. We listened to those that answered our Swiftsure Survey and found there was a desire to host events that encouraged pre-race opportunities to meet and greet fellow racers. What a better place than the docks in front of the Empress and at your own boat!
This year the registration tent will be on Ship Point and the skippers meeting and the 2011 Trophy Presentations will be held at a downtown facility within walking distance from the downtown docks.
We look forward to meeting past participants and welcome those who will be experiencing Swiftsure for the first time. There are enough race venues to appeal to all racers and it is a great gathering for sailors of all stripes. See you in May 2012!
Swiftsure Steering Committee