The Art of Sailing: Swiftsure
This year’s Swiftsure International Yacht Race was a test of endurance for sure. Following the race, I attended the volunteers appreciation BBQ and was asked to put some perspective on why…. why do this race? What brings sailors back to compete in this iconic northwest event year after year?
If you were around the 2013 race or know any sailors who competed, you may possibly have heard “That’s it, never doing that race again”. Since I competed in my first Swiftsure some forty years ago, I know I’ve uttered those same words at some point, however like most others here I am, a lifetime fan of the race. Future Swiftsure races will no doubt continue to be boldly circled on the calendar of sailors and non sailors from Oregon to Alberta. Here’s my top ten answers in no particular order as to, why do this race?