Van Isle 360 2017 - The full story in pictures

I am still working on the write up summary of the Van Isle race.  But in doing so I went through the collection of photos I have been sent from various members of the team, and picked the ones that best show the story.

Rather than holding them until I get the writing done, I thought I would publish them now for all to see.

Thanks to:
Karen, Mike Li, Mike G, Leah, Guy, Fabio, Bill, Henry for the snaps and videos.


All photos are copyright of the individual photographers and Occam's Razor Sailing Team

The fleet awaits the start in Nanaimo 
L-R: Guy, Bill, and Ryan enjoy the pre-race atmosphere



L-R: Mary, Andre, and Wally getting acquainted.

The whole crew gets together for dinner.

Leg 1 - Nanaimo to Comox
Parading before the start


Parading past the spectators on shore

Up-close and personal with the spectators

Pre-start manoeuvring in tight quarters

In clear air off the start


The view from on-board as we climb into clear air
Leading the fleet around the corner, out of Nanaimo Harbour



Occam's with a bone in her teeth

The tricky light air finish to Leg 1

Motoring up Baynes Sound to Comox, racing for the best slip at the marina

After racing each day, there are chores to be attended to, including collecting and cleaning the crew's water bottles.

Post race drinks, fresh prawns, and discussion of the day.

Leg 2 - Comox to Campbell River


Leg 2 start

Leading the fleet out of Comox - two views



Another tricky finish, with Occam's on the far side of the channel from the bulk of the fleet

Motoring through Seymour Narrows

Tied up at Brown's Bay Marina
One of these boats is not like the others...


Occam's next to the dining room, giving diners a different view
Leg 3 - Deepwater Bay to Hardwicke Island
The first windy start was quite hectic



A good video showing the starting sequence chaos


Sebastian putting his Ocean Rodeo drysuit to good use!

Post-race chit chat with other crews at the fish farm

The resurrected Man Overboard Pole

Leg 4 - Hardwicke Island to Telegraph Cove

The fleet was spread across the width of the channel looking for the advantage

Tied up in Telegraph Cove

Leg 5 - Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy


Leaving Telegraph Harbour.  The literal calm before the storm.
The start off Telegraph Harbour



The fleet at the start
Settling into the groove.  With Smoke and Joy Ride behind

Dave did a masterful job of flying the S2 kite. 

This picture says everything you need to know about why the blue S2 is no longer with us.

At the dock in Port Hardy
Michael, Byron and Guy have mixed emotions about leaving the race after the windy downhill leg.



Leg 6 - Port Hardy to Winter Harbour
The Leg 6 start from the shore

Leading the fleet out of the harbour, again.
Leading Smoke and Jack Rabbit while fighting the currents off Hope Island



Some cheeky fun as we cross Smoke



Spinnakers in the distance as we turn south, with the Scott Islands in the background



About to get rolled by the large asymmetric kite of Hamachi, on what was deemed to be a 100% upwind leg.


Andre enjoying the last of the sun


Post race relaxing in Winter Harbour

Leg 7 - Winter Harbour to Ucluelet

Another "calm before the storm" shot, this time leaving Winter Harbour to face 20 to 30 knots upwind

The start off Winter Harbour was light and flukey, but that would change very quickly

Having survived the upwind bashing through the night, the next day was spent fighting light winds

At the docks in Ucluelet, showing the boat to our groupies

Leg 8 - Ucluelet to Victoria


Heading out to the start off Ucluelet, with our team anthem blaring



Just after the start, trying to catch a tow from one of those pesky masthead-kite boats!
There were some good sized swells, for sure!



At the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca


Surfing fun!



Artistic shot of the S4.  Gee, it would have been nice to have the S2....

Leg 9 - Victoria to Nanaimo
A tight packed fleet after the start
That's a lot of boats



That's a narrow passage!
Approaching Sidney Spit, looking for wind


Those are some BIG boats, there is not much wind, and a lot of current - in Active Pass


Romping North near Gabriola Island

Sunset over Entrance Island, the crew anticipating the finish!
Still smiling after two weeks of racing!