With just two legs to go in the 10-leg Black Press Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, Tripp Tease is in third place overall in Division 1.
The 580-nautical mile circumnavigation of Vancouver Island wraps up this week as the 42-ship fleet tackles leg nine June 19 from Ucluelet to Victoria and leg 10 June 21 from Victoria. The biennial race ends June 22 in Nanaimo.
Leg eight from Winter Harbour to Ucluelet was a challenging 49-hour test of the crews’ skills. It was run in a downpour and Tripp Tease, the Comox Bay Sailing Club entry, reports on its blog they were happy to reach Ucluelet and dry out themselves and their gear.
Tripp Tease finished third in its division, less than a minute behind first-place Terremoto. Time Bandit was third.
In the overall standings after eight legs, Tripp Tease is third in Division 1 with 302 points. Terremoto leads with 385, White Cloud is second with 347 and Radical Departure is just one point back of Tripp Tease in fourth place.
Tripp Tease skipper Don Gillingham and his crew also put in a long night of sailing on leg seven, which ran June 14 from Port Hardy to Winter Harbour. They finished fourth while the top three spots went to White Cloud, Terremoto and Radical Departure.
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