First ALL-FEMALE TEAM to do the VanIsle 360!
The VanIsle 360 is known as one of the most grueling yacht races in North America and Geminis Dream did it, “short-handed’, as there were only 4 of us on a 44’ yacht, most yachts that size had 8 or more crew. We had a 5th woman from Port Hardy to Winter Harbour, then Winter Harbour to Ucluelet legs. Just to note, this 5th woman was also a Gemini, the same age as myself and is just as much a character as all the other Geminis on the team.
Geminis Dream Team with Moi won “first over the line” in Port Hardy with Mary’s guidance and we beat one boat and did not come in DFL or “dead freakin last”, in Ucluelet; where we finished around 9:00 am to the sun, whitecaps, waves, wind, and rock as we raced “Bedlam II” (helmed by a great guy who is also a Gemini, with 2 other Geminis on his boat too!) almost bow to bow and we beat them by six minutes! It was super exciting, fun and unexpected!
We also saw places I’d never been before: I had never been north of Nanaimo….so Comox, Campbell River, Hardwick Island (moored up to a floating fish farm was pretty cool and surreal!) Then Telegraph Cove (so amazing and windy!) and then we made it from Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy in 4.5 hours! Our boat likes heavy wind: and we had 38.5 knots as the high wind I noted on the wind speed indicator… (Likely had gusts higher than that) and the boat was cruising at 10.5 knots, that’s a record for her so far! 😉
Yeah, now we have gone around Vancouver Island and I loved it all! I learned crew dynamics and comforts are important, I know the boat is great in heavy wind, and that we were set up to go on to Japan if we’d wanted to. But not yet!
Lastly: the ocean is THE place to be: calm, wild, glittery, glorious, angry, welcoming, and we are traveling it!!
~ Captain Shannon Rae on the SV Moi, aka Geminis Dream