THE 30th ANNIVERSARY of the SCYC INTER-CLUB REGATTA AROUND LASQUETI ISLAND CELEBRATED!
SCYC knows how to organize and pull off a memorable, challenging, and spirited regatta weekend. The BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA (it's new official name, as BMW is now it's presenting sponsor for the event) is a favourite amongst racers from as far away as the Mainland, Campbell River and Victoria. 200 sailors participated over the weekend, making it a lively event! The comments, kudos, and testimonials from the racers on Sunday morning, was a tribute to the reputation SCYC has for hosting the BEST Regatta in the VIRS series.
As everyone knows, an event such as this, does NOT happen without a village. Some of the key people involved, included:
PETER MILNE- the overall coordinator of the Regatta and a most detailed leader! He was thrilled to have 80% of the boats registered early this year!
BRUCE PETRY- found the sponsors and gathered the prizes. He is our GO-TO-GUY in the club who helps out on many fronts- timekeeper and setting up/dismantling, etc.
WALLY CLARK- organized the Race Committee, found slips for visiting boats and communicated the directions to their berths.
CHARLENE SINCLAIR - nicknamed, "FIREBALL" is the member who personalized the event for the visiting sailors, and coordinated a team of 40 volunteers, to serve the barbeque on Friday Night, breakfast on Saturday morning, stew dinner on Saturday night (which ended up being until 1:30 Sun. am... who knew?), and a final breakfast on Sunday morning before the Awards Ceremony.
KATHY SWANGARD- as SCYC's Communications Officer, organized the regatta poster, contacted racers on the Island and the Mainland promoting the regatta. She promoted the event through the Scyline, ensuring that all members were involved as much as possible.
ANDREW RYCROFT- handled the bar service and managed his team of volunteers to serve libations with both dinners.
DAVID KRATT- Fairwinds new manager was helpful in participating in the hosting for the Regatta.
And what of the actual Regatta on Saturday? The boats left Schooner Cove in winds of 5-6 knots. After communicating with the racers the morning after the race, it became apparent (to this unskilled cruiser) that they were elated with the 5-10 knots of fluky, variable winds littering the course with deadly wind holes. As one racer put it, "anyone can sail in 10-15 knots of steady wind, but it takes a seasoned, experienced racer to meet the challenges of the wind conditions of Saturday." The exceptional skills of the following racers: Graham Heath, Bill Allan, Ken Lott, Stuart Dahlgrin, Simon Palmer, Keith Climenhaga, Greg Keel and our own Richard Hudson came out on top. Saturday's conditions were conducive for the serious racers and another great learning opportunity. Throughout the entire Awards Ceremony, one never heard a grumble about the winds and the accolades offered the organizers of our event were nothing but complete satisfaction for an outstanding Regatta from start to finish!
Diane Jacobson drew tickets for both skippers and crew. Check out the 2017 Regatta Photo Album on our website in the near future for pictures of all our draw winners! Prizes included: sail bags and toiletry kits from Evolution Sails, backpacks and dinghy seat storage systems from Doyle Sales, shirts & short sets from BMW, sail caps from UK Sails, wine and matching cups from Ocean Liquor, and Hoyne Beer caps. Such a wonderful array of prizes!
John Curran was called upon to present first and second pennants and prizes to Div. 4 winners.
(There were only two boats in this division, so everyone was a winner!)
2nd - Wally Clark - REGALO - $100. Gift Certificate from the Rod and Gun Club (Hosts of the monthly SCYC Gentlemen's Lunch)
1st - Dick Duffley - Pyrat- SCYC Jacket
Charline Sinclair presented the Div. 3 winners (amongst a great deal of hugging...)
3rd - Simon Palmer -PRINCESA- Sail Bag from Evolution Sales
2nd - Richard Hudson - FREEWIND - Digital Battery Tester from Lordco
1st - Graham Heath- PITORAQ- SCYC Jacket
Bruce Petry presented the Div. 2 winners:
3rd - Keith CLIMENHAGA -DILLIGAF- Power Wash Certificate at Stones Marina, Nanaimo
2nd - Ken Lott - SEA LION - Sail Bag from Evolution Sales
1st - Richard Simpson - RUN AWAY GIRL - SCYC Jacket
3rd - Greg Keel - DREAM CHASER- HD Camera from Harbour Chandler
2nd - Bill Allan - LAWN DART- Life Jacket from Trotac, Victoria Chandler
Andrew Rycroft presented the FAIRWINDS CUP. (The SCYC CUP for BEST PERFORMANCE) to Richard Hudson for the second year in a row!
Commodore Peter Howells presented the WINDSOR PLYWOOD CUP to the OVERALL REGATTA WINNER. This went to SKIPPER STUART DAHLGREN of the WESTERLY.
Congratulations to all the fine sailors that participated from near and far to make this event the traditional success that everyone arrives expecting. Our Regatta guests took the time to express their appreciation for being hosted during the entire weekend in such a welcoming and exceptional way. The 30th Anniversary of the SCYC Inter-Club Regatta proved to be yet another special memory... in spite of those fluky winds!
(And perhaps a Team Spirit Award should have been suggested, as well. After all, Surfrider did have matching jackets, caps, and painted toenails! The ultimate in a color coordinated crew!) - Article by Mary Laudien
- Photos by Mary & Ryan Laudien and Andrew Rycroft