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Bedlam crew close Vic-Maui race

The crew of Bedlam II, skipped by Port Moody
The crew of Bedlam II, skipped by Port Moody's Al Slater (centre, with glasses and ball cap).
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The crew of the boat Bedlam II cruised into the Lahaina harbour early Wednesday — 20 days after leaving Victoria in the biennial Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.

The sailors — Port Moody's Alan Slater (skipper and boat owner), Gordon Penner, Gary McKinnon (watch captain) and Devin Jain, as well as Kevin Treharne of Coquitlam and John Johnstone of Vancouver — crossed the finish line and were greeted at around 3:30 a.m. with Hawaiian leis and tropical drinks.

On the Vic-Maui website, the race committee reported one of the Bedlam crew members "said he was very happy to be anywhere, after seeming days of being nowhere."

It added: "They sailed for the last two days without the benefit of a main sail, battered by too many days of high winds, and kept a nervous eye on their rigging after a couple of failures — the last which injured one of the crew — and forced halyards into service to replace shrouds."

Now, Slater is busy getting ready to take his 41' C&C Redline sloop back home to the Vancouver Rowing Club with a new crew that includes his son, Andrew Slater of Maple Ridge, Pete Fisher of Port Moody and Vancouver resident Al Vroom.

That return journey is expected to take at least a month.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

 

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