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The 46th Annual Southern Straits - April 18-20, 2014

A warm heartfelt thank you to all the racers, volunteers, sponsors and staff that helped make the 46th Annual Southern Straits Race one of the best races in the history of the event ! From the excellent pre-race party to the spectacular sunny and breezy conditions at the start of the race and certainly the champagne sailing conditions the fleet of 75 entrants enjoyed for the majority of the event …….. it was all just truly spectacular ! I have already fielded many calls from local residents who were able to attend the festivities at the start line in Dundarave and were absolutely blown away with the experience of watching such a large and impressive fleet do battle in such close proximity in such ideal racing conditions.

Personally it was a pleasure to be out on the race course and have a front row seat to watch all the yachts pushing each other during the day. Witnessing the likes of Icon, Glory, Neptune’s Car and Westerly working their way through the fleet was one of the more impressive sights I have seen in my sailing career. At the other end of the spectrum we had many first time Straits racers out on the course this year on smaller, much older production boats – let me be the first to congratulate you on your first Straits race……….. you have just joined an exclusive group of sailors !

I can’t express how grateful and proud I am of our volunteer team ! A special mention to our PRO JC Dale, our Safety Coordinator Lionel Tolan, our Finish line leader Alex Shields and to my right hand man Darryl Stodalka for all their efforts before and throughout the event . You guys are awesome and it’s a privilege working with you.

Our apologies for the technical difficulties with the race tracking portal ………. We know it’s an important avenue for friends and family to participate in the event and we will make every effort to determine exactly why the units and portals were so sporadic.

Stay tuned for a post Straits Racer Survey – We have some spectacular momentum with our event and will continue to make an effort to make the subtle tweaks that have helped us grow.

Once again, thank you for being a part of one of the most memorable Straits races in a long, long time. I look forward to seeing you back again next year.   Mark your calendars !!

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