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Vic-Maui International Yacht Race under way

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

The winning yacht from the 2008 Vic-Maui, "Strum" of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club crosses the finish line on July 4. The Riptide 50 made the crossing in 12 days, 11 hours, 22 minutes and 26 seconds.

LAHAINA — Teams in the 22nd Vic-Maui International Yacht Race have left Victoria, British Columbia, and are headed to Lahaina.

The boats left on July 1 and 3 and are expected to begin arriving on Maui about July 13.

The time limit for the 2,308-nautical-mile race coordinated by Lahaina Yacht Club and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club is set for July 22.

Since 1968, the two yacht clubs have hosted a biennial international yacht race from Victoria to Lahaina.

Vic-Maui is the only international yacht race that starts in a foreign country and finishes in the U.S.A. — right here in Lahaina.

Vic-Maui has become one of the most exciting and prestigious seafaring events in the world, said Patti Link, Lahaina Yacht Club Vic-Maui event chair.

Every two years, experienced yachtsmen from all over the world converge in Victoria, and from this historic Canadian seaport on the Pacific Ocean, they embark on an adventure that will take them across thousands of miles of untamed waters to Lahaina.

“Lahaina Yacht Club, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the yacht race teams, their visiting families and friends are most appreciative of the local support offered during our historic race,” said Link.

 “Your continued support shows Maui’s true aloha spirit as we celebrate the excitement of our 22nd Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.”

Lahaina Yacht Club welcomes local sponsors to volunteer, make a donation, assist with greetings or attend the outdoor dinner awards banquet.

Lahaina Yacht Club invites the Maui community and visitors to join in the fun at the Vic-Maui Awards Banquet at Lahaina Jodo Mission, located right on the ocean near Mala Wharf at 12 Ala Moana St., on Saturday, July 24, from 5 to 10 p.m.

Guests can meet the brave captains and crew from the yachts and hear about their great sailing adventures while crossing the Pacific.

The event will feature a gourmet buffet dinner by Cilantro Mexican Grill and Pizza Paradiso, the awards presentation and entertainment by Haiku Hillbillies. Guests can dance from 8 to 10 p.m. under the stars.

Reserve tickets now — seating is limited. Cost is $35 for adults and $20 for keiki ages 12 and under, plus tax. The price includes entry, dinner and entertainment only; tickets can be purchased at the event for libations.

To order tickets, contact Lahaina Yacht Club Banquet Chair Bonnie West at 269-0118 or bwest@asbhawaii.com.

For other Vic-Maui information, contact Link at 214-2868, e-mail patti@mauiadvertising.com or visit www.vicmaui.org or www.lahainayachtclub.org.

Vic-Maui logowear is now available for purchase at Lahaina Yacht Club’s Ship’s Store in front of the 835 Front St. club or online at www.vicmauilogowear.com.