Leg Three—Comox to Campbell River, 28.2 nautical miles
All the boats got underway on June 6 in a 12-knot westerly breeze and once clear of Cape Lazo the fleet sailed into a solid 18 - 20 knots of wind on the nose.
All but the last few boats got in before the tide turned in Discovery Passage, taking advantage of the strong positive current. The top half of the fleet were sailing at times in five to six knots of positive current. Several boats misjudged their closing speed and ended up reaching upwind to clear the mark. All sailors finished within the time limit, although California Girl was struggling against a three-knot current. This area has some of the strongest currents in the world.
Leg One—Nanaimo to French Creek, 22.10 nautical miles
Leg one of the TELUS Van Isle 360 started out on June 4, with 41 boats sailing in the sun. A 12-knot westerly made for a downwind start out of Nanaimo Harbour. Once rounding Gallows Point the wind picked up to 18 - 20 knots on the nose which gradually eased to 12 knots at the finish.
Raven, the CM 1220 owned by Ian Lloyd of Vancouver, ran aground on the infamous rockpile outside of Schooner Cove. She sat for four hours until the tide came in to refloat her. The damage was ugly but superficial and Raven motored into French Creek and is likely to continue.