WATCH: Favourable winds for final day of Swiftsure International Yacht Race help to make the event a big success
Despite some challenging conditions in the first few hours of the race, the 73rd edition of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race is being hailed a big success.
“The boats are finishing in good time and we had some winners from the previous races who have done well again,” says Swiftsure organizer Vern Burkhardt.
Pushed by favourable winds that picked up later in the day Saturday, the first boats made their way across the finish line Sunday morning.
“Less than 12 hours coming back makes for a good day,” says participant Jeff Johnson.
“It went pretty good,” adds participant Daryl Thomas. “Really light winds during the early part of (Saturday) evening and then it picked up overnight.”
More than 200 boats took part in this year’s Swiftsure in the four long races, making for one of the biggest races in a decade.
Swiftsure line honours announced
Overall winners won’t be announced until all the boats are back, but line honours — meaning the first boat to finish each race — were announced Sunday afternoon and are as follows:
Light Ship Classic – Rage
Hein Bank – Glory
Cape Flattery Multi-hull – Big Broderna
Cape Flattery Mono-hull – Mischief
Juan de Fuca – Tippy