On Saturday morning we walked about a kilometer and a half, through the park to Clover Point where Swiftsure 2012 was set to get underway at 10 a.m.
It was such a warm and beautiful morning… just right to sit outdoors and enjoy a hearty pancake breakast. But unfortunately, not the desired start to a sailing race! It was much too calm and the first of the 4 races was delayed by about 20 minutes… waiting for the wind to freshen a bit.
We could hear mumblings of driftsure and slowsure in the crowd.
There were 4 races in all, of varying lengths… the main race is the longest and takes the yachts out into the Pacific and back… total length about 257 km and it can take 24 hours easily. They race through the night, in whatever weather and water conditions Mother Nature decides to throw at them.
I took several pictures and put a little movie together if you want to have a look at the start.
By early afternoon the wind had picked up considerably and the racers were sure to have had some excitement! Can’t wait to watch the local news to see how it all finished up.
What are you doing this weekend?
Have you even been sailing?