May is Distance Racing Month
We are already half way through May - how the season flies by.
WVYC hosted the Halibut Bank race, this year on April 30, to kick off the month. Lightish air but really gorgeous conditions saw a fleet of 43 boats on 3 different courses spend the day thrashing it out. A couple of upsets on the long course, with Valkyrie leading the first half of the race, to be passed by the TP52 Kinetic on the way home. First victory for Kinetic in that rivalry, which can only heat up from here. In Div 2 Manana took the win, SINGLEHANDED, after an all-day battle with Excalibur that in the end was settled by about 1 boatlength.
Oregon Offshore has just wrapped up. Wylie 70 Rage was first in with Kinetic hot on her heels. Full results are still being digested, but it looks like this was not one for the record books. We've yet to hear a bad review of this race, ever, though.
This weekend will be Round Saltspring. With 105 boats registered, tides set for a clockwise rounding, and some more-than-zero breeze in the forecast, this should be a great race. More "normal" division splits than usual have been posted, and it is impossible to pick a favourite at the moment.
And Saltspring of course always precedes Swiftsure out of Royal Victoria YC. 100 boats signed up with two weeks to go still. A few notable out-of-town visitors this year including the ex-ORMA 60 trimaran Tritium, sporting amas designed for the Artemis AC72 trial boat. Pretty much a lock for a course record.
Coming up in June we have RNSA Singlehanded, Schooner Cove / Lasquetti Race, Round Bowen, and then finally a rest!