• Swiftsure Yacht Race


May 24 – 28, 2018

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club presents the 75th annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the largest yacht race on North America’s West Coast, showcasing four overnight race courses (78.7, 101.9, 118.1 and 138.2 nautical miles) and a day-long race course.


Historic photo of Swiftsure


Monohulls and multihulls are welcomed to race. Choose from double handed, and fully crewed divisions. With the start line off the stunning waterfront of Victoria, BC, and racing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca with its rugged coastline and challenging winds and currents, this is a must for all sailors young and old. 2018 will be the 75th race and events begin May 24th.

On Thursday, May 24th competitors’ yachts begin arriving in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and from then through Friday, May 25th it will be filled with sailors checking in for their races.

Saturday the races begin! Clover Point is the best location for those interested in viewing the start. Yachts will jockey for the best starting position in the area off Clover Point and it will be quite a sight. The races continue through the weekend with yachts in the four long distance courses crossing the finish line off the end of the Ogden Point Breakwater during the night of Saturday and continuing all day Sunday, into that evening and night until the race finish time of 6:00 AM on Monday, May 28.

The Swiftsure Race Tracker system will show the live positions of competing yachts as they make their way through the race courses.

Here’s the 2018 Swiftsure Public Schedule of Events.

Here are details about the Swiftsure Race Courses and Start Sequence.

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I've lived in Victoria over 30 years and I still can't believe how great this city really is! My husband, Bruce, and I have traveled the world but coming home to Victoria is still quite often a celebration. Together, we want to share our love of the city and the area by giving you an 'insider's' insights of where to go - what to do - and how to get there!

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