Welcome to the web page of Thundebird Fleet 4. T-Bird Fleet 4 is located in Victoria, British Colombia. Thunderbirds have been active in Victoria for over 40 years and there has been active racing in the area since 1975. Fleet 4 is  the home of the Thunderbird International Champions sailing Scooter (Toronto, 2010) and past champions Vidas Stukas (Boston,2005) and Bob Britten&Hugh Owen ( Victoria, 1999). John Booth, famous builder of Thunderbirds, is active an member of the fleet.

Fleet 4 hosted the International Championships several times including most recently in 2007.

Fleet 4 enjoys regular competitive one design racing, and excellent social atmosphere.

Swiftsure 2011

Sirocco on Swiftsure start line 2011
Photo Credit: Sylvia Cox

Fleet Events


  • Thunderbird Fleet Championships 2013 Fleet 4 championships will be held on Saturday October 5 as a part of the Thermopylae Regatta at RVYC. At the moment it looks like we will have a 6 boat fleet, including Kate and Justin who will be sailing their newly acquired boat Hocus.
    Posted Oct 3, 2013, 10:55 PM by Ian G
  • Thunderbird Regionals T-Shirt and Information update Have a look at the updated schedule and social information on the the 2011 Thunderbird NW Regionals page.
    Posted Aug 17, 2011, 10:46 AM by Ian G
  • 2011 Thunderbird North West Regional Championship Regatta 2011 Thunderbird North West Regional Championship Regatta NOTICE OF RACE The 2011 Thunderbird Regional Championship Regatta will be held in Victoria, BC, on September 3rd and 4th, 2011.   1. RULES The Regatta will be governed by the ISAF 2009 – 2012 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), and the International Thunderbird Class Association, except as any of these are changed by this Notice of Race, and by the Sailing Instructions.   2. ADVERTISING Advertising will be restricted to Category A per ISAF Regulation 20, Advertising Code.   3. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY Entrants shall comply with the ISAF Regulation 19, Eligibility Rules. All competitors must be members of the International Thunderbird Class Association.   4. CLASSIFICATION There are ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2011, 4:37 PM by Geoff Morrison
  • T-Bird Swiftsure Update July 2011 This year marks the 50th anniversary of Thunderbird Fleet #4 at the RVYC.  The Fleet got its start when  Ned Ashe brought the first thunderbird, Mary D II, to the club in 1961.  The Thunderbird design soon caught-on and many more T-birds soon joined the club and the fleet.  The Thunderbird is a solidly design craft, and they are fast. Case in point, Ashe entered Mary D II into the Swiftsure Juan e Fuca race in 1965. He not only won the race, he set a race record that stood for a decade.   George Redzich also won the Swiftsure Juan de Fuca race in 1985 with his T-Bird Sea Jay.   To celebrate the 50th anniversary ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2011, 1:28 PM by Geoff Morrison
  • 2010 Rum Race: all Rum and No Race Four Thunderbirds were ready and willing for this years highly anticipated THSA Rum Race this Boxing Day. Scooter, Zig Zag, Seahawk and Sirroco were ready to compete for the top T-Bird prize bottle of rum. Representatives from all boats were down at the Oak Bay marina and registered in time for 10:40 skippers meeting. At the skippers meeting the conditions looked about 20 knots southwesterly,  not the 30 to 40 called for at the 9 am Haro Strait forecast. By the time everyone had driven back to RVYC things had come up at least 5-10 knots, elements of the race committee were standing near the top of the gangway watching the rising wind. By around 11:10 ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2011, 8:47 PM by Ian G
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Jul 13, 2011, 4:47 PM