Start: 0800 hrs. The start is across the previous day’s finish line. Many will opt for a longish offshore leg to avoid the turbulent waters off Brooks Peninsula. At 138 nm this is the longest leg of the race. Storm force winds are not uncommon in this area at any time of the year.
Finish: The race committee will be on station at the Amphitrite Point lighthouse. The finish will be from the lighthouse to the Red whistle buoy Y42. Good spectator viewing. Depending on conditions the faster boats may finish in daylight hours. It is more likely that this will be a night finish and the entrance to Ucluelet can be challenging especially at night. Coast Guard Auxiliary 38 will be on hand at the finish to provide safety escorts to those who need it. This will be weather dependent and all racers should exercise extreme caution in this area.
Finish Time: Boats have until 1200 hrs on June 21 to finish this leg.
Moorage: Moorage is “hosted” in the municipal marina “boat basin” near the Canadian Princess downtown, courtesy of the District of Ucluelet. (see the marine facilities link at www.dist.ucluelet.bc.ca/frame.html for more info.) Boats drawing more than ten feet may be required to tie up at the outer float in the same area.
Facilities: Shore power, water, fuel, showers, laundry, shopping all available and close by.
Accommodations: The Tauca Lea Resort & Spa is a sponsor of the event once again. They offer one and two bedroom suites and an excellent restaurant, located on the water a five minute walk from the marina.
Welcome Reception & Awards: A tasty dinner and awards presentation has been organized by the local community at the Community Hall on Tuesday June 27. Time TBA.
The Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce sends the following message:
“A special member of our community will meet the individual boats upon arrival. Some of our greeters vie for the same yacht year after year as they have created a special bond with the crews. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and the greeter Co-ordinator work closely together to ensure the greeters are there for arrival and docking. Each greeter welcomes the boat with special information packages which include goodies from various businesses and sometimes their own home cooked fare.
The crews and followers have a chance to experience “Life on the Edge” for a day or so while Tuesday evening always proves to be a fun and entertaining night. Ucluelet shares its West Coast Hospitality with a BBQ and award presentation.
From vantage points at Amphitrite Point and the Wild Pacific Trail, the community watches the yachts depart with a wave and a smile in anticipation of their arrival again next year.“