Introducing the Kinetic Vic-Maui Race Team

I would like to introduce you to David Sutcliffe and his Kinetic team, our guest bloggers, who just set sail on the 2010 Vic-Maui race. During the race, the Toughbook 30 will serve as the team’s main on-board computer, responsible for linking the ecosystem of devices and software to create a central communications system and help guide the crew to the finish line. David’s team sent us the below-embedded video to share with you.

Please join David and his team on this exciting adventure. We wish them smooth sailing on the path to victory. We look forward to receiving their guest-blog updates throughout the course of the race.

More information on David, KINETIC and the race:

David, skipper of KINETIC, has sailed in a number of long distance and ocean races including two Vic-Maui’s, three Van Isle 360’s and two Sydney Hobart’s. He currently serves as a corporate director and was previously an executive with wireless data leaders Motorola and Sierra Wireless.

KINETIC is a Beneteau First 47.7 and hails out of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in Vancouver, Canada. Her sailing program includes inshore and offshore sailboat racing with PHRF, ORC Club and IRC ratings, Pacific Ocean racing and local cruising in the Pacific Northwest. We strive for a well-rounded program: boat preparation, crew teamwork and tactics. Races include Southern Straits, Swiftsure, Vic-Maui, VARC events, Snowflake series and the Van Isle 360.

KINETIC in the 2010 Vic-Maui Race
Sailing for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the third entrant for the 2010 Vic-Maui race is KINETIC, a Beneteau First 47.7. David hails from North Vancouver, BC and the Kinetic team is returning to the Vic-Maui race after participating in the 2004 and 2006 races. Following the 2006 Vic-Maui race, KINETIC sailed onward to Australia, competed in the 2006 Sydney Hobart race and then sailed home, a round trip of over 17,000 nautical miles. Filing KINETIC‘s entry papers early, David comments “This will be our third ocean race to Hawaii and we’re in it for the challenge, adventure and teamwork, and the great parties in Lahaina!”