An update on the Victoria to Maui sailing race from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club:
The 20th Vic Maui race started in perfect conditions with winds of 15 to 20 knots and under sunny skies. The boats just zoomed out of the Sound past Cape Flattery and now are heading due south before they decide to make a run for Hawaii.
The start was absolutely heart-stopping with Strum, the high tech racing machine, bolting over the line a mini-second before the gun. Even with that minor setback, Strum quickly blasted to the lead and has been getting further and further ahead of the pack. At last count, it had a lead of more than 250 nautical miles and was averaging speeds of 12 to 14 knots.
You can follow all the boats on www.trackinfo.fistracking.com.
The big story , to us, is Seeker, the smallest boat in the fleet, which is more than holding its own against the big boys. To everyone astonishment, Seeker , a Pretorian 35 skippered by Ken Greff, is right up there and we expect it to keep up right across the Pacific.
Better yet, Seeker is doing all this tactical stuff while writing a daily blog. This is great reading and maybe your readers would enjoy the daily reports of sailing out in the Pacific while passing whales, cormorants, Dolphins and some of the Tall Ship fleet.