Sea Scout teen sailors in Swiftsure 2023 International Yacht Race

VICTORIA — Sea Scouts will set sail on the Swiftsure Cape Flattery Race today.

It starts from Clover Point at Victoria, rounds the mark at Neah Bay to port, and returns to cross the finish line across Victoria Harbor — a trip length of 101.9 nautical miles.

The crew of co-ed teenagers will independently navigate the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca under onboard adult supervision.

The nature of the course and the notoriously unpredictable winds and currents provide an exacting test of seamanship, organizers said.

The 2023 Swiftsure International Yacht Race participation reflects the ongoing accumulative efforts of the 19 Port Angeles, Sea Scouts who have worked together for the past three years while problem-solving the challenges and constraints experienced during the pandemic to qualify, organizers said.

Sea Scouts is a specialized program of the Boy Scouts of America for young people ages 14 to 20.

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