Southern Straits Smashup
This year’s Southern Straits race, held April 2 by the West Vancouver Yacht Club, was hammered by big winds and even bigger seas, which forced most of the fleet to retire and sent one boat to the bottom: the 30-foot custom racer Incisor.
The race, which was marking its 42nd year, features a three separate course across the Strait of Georgia measuring between 58 and 127 nautical miles. Sustained winds of 35-45 knots with gusts in the 60s, created breaking seas measuring 6 to 12 feet.
Despite numerous injuries, there were no fatalities. Although Incisor reportedly went down so quickly there wasn’t even time to broadcast a mayday, her crew of six was recovered by another competitor that had recently retired from racing after being dismasted.
For more on the race, click here. To get an idea what of what the fleet had to contend with, check out this onboard video from the J/109 Astral Plane.
Kudos to the Astral Plane crew - Tyler, Kyle, Phil, Matt, Tammy, Adam, Kate, Sue, Matt, Mike, and Colin. And thank you to reader Fray for alerting us to such an awesome video.