Joyride wins Victoria-Maui overall


22 July 2018

  The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club, got underway July 1st. The 2,308nm course went from Victoria, British Columbia to Maui, Hawaii and finishers have been coming in for the past week or so.

The lone J/Crew sailing the race was the gorgeous J/122E JOYRIDE from Seattle, WA skippered by her owner- John Murkowski from Seattle YC. They are one of the most.

One of the most successful offshore racing teams in the Pacific Northwest - John Murkowski’s J/122E JOYRIDE from Seattle YC - took not only Class I honors, but she also won the Vic-Maui Race in overall ORC scoring as well. JOYRIDE finished at 0959 hrs in the morning of July 14th, completing the course in 13d 2h 59m and corrected out ahead by 3h 6m. This was JOYRIDE’s first Vic-Maui and adds more silver to the trophy room after winning the Round Saltspring Race earlier this year.

At the finish it was a gorgeous morning in Lahaina, the site of the finish line on Maui, and after hitting the dock to the traditional call of the conch shell and the welcome of their families, the JOYRIDE crew then celebrated with a swim off the transom. It was all fun until one of the family threw in a bar of soap as a reminder!

“The trip of a lifetime and everything that was promised,” is how John, navigator Bron Miller, and Alex Fox all described their first adventure across the Pacific. The only negative came from Bron, who described the plastic littering the ocean as more intense than he remembers from past trips - a sad reminder to us all.



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