The 79th running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, got off with a bang. Skies were overcast but dry. Winds were present in a big way, well into the 25 to 35 kts range. Its Cape Flattery Race is a 101.0nm dash up Juan de Fuca Straits to a buoy off Cape Flattery and return. Only two boats finished the course in a fleet of 26 boats. Winning was John Aitchison’s J/105 MOOSE UNKNOWN by the enormous margin of 10 hours. For full event details, visit

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