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2018 Fleet Regatta



As the largest crowd “PERIOD!” in the long history of SCYC’s Fleet Race did not gather on the shore to cheer on the mighty racing/cruising fleet, the Race Officer did not start the clock. No one timed their yacht’s approach. No boats jockeyed for the best start. No committee boat crew sounded the starting signals. No flags were hoisted. As a result, no racers trimmed for speed and none settled in for the beat upwind to mark one. No crew was in the groove.

At the windward mark, no “Starboard” hail was heard as the leaders did not fight for the honour of first round the mark. No spinnakers were hoisted. No boats increased nor lost their lead.

No cheer went up as no boats crossed the line….but all boats still beat Spud!

Race postponed. Information re: 2nd attempt to follow.
Note: On race day, it was 29 knots at Ballenas….. good call Peter J.


Hanginwith great folk
Watchin' the rain soak
All of those golfers stuck in the rough.
Strummin' their six string, the band made our hips swing,
Dressed up as Jimmy - Life here’s not tough. 
Wasted away again in Margaritaville (Parksville?),
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that the weathers to blame,
But I know, it’s nobody's fault.

The post non-race party at Fairwinds was ON! A cancelled race did not mean a cancelled party. While the SE winds roiled Georgia Strait and the rain washed away the residue of this summer’s smokey days, the SCYC crew were warm and dry in the Fairwinds Bar and Grill. The “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” theme had many Hawaiian shirt-clad, Jimmy Buffet wannabes swaying and singing along with the live band. Crispy chicken wings, mountains of potstickers and a platter of healthy stuff helped soak up the complimentary free drink(s).

Although stories of heroic deeds on the high seas were absent, there was exciting news of boats recently bought and/or sold ... not Fake News! The Department of Gossip (DOG) is actively seeking details ;>)

Big hugs and a most sincere “Well done!” to Jo Graham and to the always-happy-to-help-‘ers, Wally & Marion Clark and John & Andy Vallis who decorated the entrance, staffed the sign-in table and even took some incriminating photos.

The party in the ballroom next door was loud and boisterous but ours was better: good friends, good food and good fun; who could ask for anything more?

Even without cheeseburgers, we live in paradise.                                                                                    

With apologies,    


PS The “Lost Shaker of Salt” remains at large….


SCYC has an incredible skill base to draw from to organize and pull off a successful and spirited regatta weekend. The BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA is a favourite amongst racers from as far away as the Mainland, Campbell River, Sidney and Victoria. 31 boats were registered this year with one having to withdraw due to damages incurred the week before the event. Club members felt so badly when they heard that ARIYAS would not be racing, after all. The comments and kudos from the returning and new racers throughout the weekend, was a tribute to the reputation SCYC has for hosting the BEST Regatta in the VIRS series.

The week leading up to the Regatta was spent with constant tracking of the weather forecast, as SCYC organizers prepared to host the event, regardless of the conditions (rain, snow, sleet, sunshine..).Oh please Sun Gods, make that happen! And perhaps just add a strong wind for Saturday's Race, as well! It kept the entire club talking and anticipating what this year's weather conditions would be. Friday afternoon didn't bode well, as the rain started to fall. But no one gave up hope that the clouds would part and the sun would shine down on the barbecue. (Well, it might have appeared for a brief five minutes in the late afternoon, but at least it didn't rain.) No one seemed concerned or fussed about the cloudy, windy evening. The organizers had anticipated this and provided canopy shelters for their guests to enjoy a burger barbecue on the greens overlooking Schooner Cove. A crowd of SCYC members joined the racers (225 diners in total) for a lovely launch to the Regatta weekend. Live music with the Vance Brothers put everyone in the mood to celebrate the regatta weekend. Breakfast was served both Sat. and Sun. mornings and chili with cornbread was waiting for the hungry racers when they returned Saturday evening.


The Sun Gods were listening and the weather turned out perfect for yet another awesome Regatta weekend. Rumour has it that there may have been one small glitch at the beginning of the race when a certain SCYC sailor tied one of the starting line buoys and it freed itself. (Brian Steane was dispatched to pick it up.) It is now called the SKIPSEY SLIPSEY KNOT!

Another great story belongs to Claudia Hand. She was looking forward to crewing on ARIYAS, but when they had to pull out of the Regatta, she put her name forward to crew with anyone who may be short a crew member. She was called on Saturday morning while walking her dog. Claudia made a dash down to the dock with all her sailing gear in tow, ready to hop on the boat. Just as she reached the dock, she spotted Amazing Grace disappearing behind the breakwater. Members tried alerting Amazing Grace on the radio that they had left Claudia on the dock, but to no avail... Luckily for her, James Robinson (in an inflatable chase boat) came to her rescue. They picked her up and literally deposited her onto Amazing Grace, just as they were positioning for the start. It's a good thing Claudia is of small stature; imagine being loaded from the dingy onto the deck of Amazing Grace. She had such a memorable Regatta day and felt fortunate to be part of it. (It didn't hurt winning the 50/50 draw    the night before, either!)  

   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/chair of the Regatta Committee and a most conscientious leader who spends months preparing for this event! His detailed leadership style keeps the entire Regatta so successful. (Anne is secretly excited that all of his TO DO LISTS will be put away after months of preparation!)

 John Collins, Tim Rann, and David Christopher- recruited many of the Regatta sponsors and supported the event in countless ways. (The sailors truly enjoyed the complimentary Rum Punch after their race, Tim.)

 BRUCE PETRY- (2017's SI WOOD Memorial Trophy recipient) organized sponsors and gathered the prizes. He continues to be our GO-TO-GUY in the club who helps out on too many fronts to mention.

 WALLY CLARK- organized the Race Committee, found slips for visiting boats and communicated the directions to their berths.

 CHARLINE SINCLAIR - coordinated a team of volunteers, to serve the well-attended barbecue on Friday Night, a breakfast on Saturday morning, a chili dinner on Saturday night, and a final pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday morning before the Awards Ceremony. This was no small feat for this energetic woman to undertake. Hopefully the sleep deprived, overworked woman is home relaxing after the intense weekend she just finished. You are simply amazing, Charline.

KATHY SWANGARD (SCYC's Communications Director) and CLAUDIA HAND (web administrator) organized the regatta poster, contacted racers on the Island and the Mainland promoting the regatta. They promoted the event through the Scyline, ensuring that all members were involved as much as possible.

JOE SKIPSEY- served as the Principal Race Officer and his Race Committee did an excellent job from start to finish.

RYAN LAUDIEN- handled the bar service and managed his team of volunteers to serve libations with both dinners.

DAVID KRATT, Fairwinds Marina Manager and Staff -supported the SCYC with the hosting of the Regatta.


 Saturday's race enjoyed great winds and the Division 1 winner, actually made it back to Schooner Cove in record time. James Robinson skippering his multihull (PRPR2) crossed the finish line at 14:02, sailing at up to 19 knots! The boats completed the race in record times, and as the sun came out and warmed up in the mid-afternoon, a couple of boats lost the wind altogether and ended up having their chili a little later than their fellow yachtsmen. As the sailors returned to their berths, they all had glowing reports of their day on the water and how ideal the conditions were for the race. After chili, the crews were relaxed and sat out with one another sharing their stories of the latest BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA.




Sunday morning, COMMODORE Simon Huddy addressed the group of spent sailors and SCYC members, thanking our exceptional SCYC volunteers and business sponsors. He then passed the program on to Peter Milne to recognize the skipper/crew draw winners and then the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in all four divisions. Tickets were drawn for both skippers and crew. Check out the collage to see who the lucky winners were of: jackets and sweaters from Independent Marine, sail bags from Evolution Sails, an inflatable vest from Harbour Chandler, gift bags from BMW, an SOS Buoy from Pacific Net and Twine, stainless steel mugs from Tro Tac, a gift certificate from Black Goose Pub, and a jump starter from LORDCO. What an array of prizes!


Special presentations were made to: Chris Read for registering his boat, AMISKWI, first (March 15th) and to Brian Robinson (FLIGHT) for his tenaciousness as a skipper. Brian's response was, "It was so nice out there on the water, my crew and I couldn't understand why everyone was in such a hurry to make it back to the marina!"  

Neal Berger was called upon to present first, second and third pennants and prizes to the Division Finalists. 3rd place winners received a windbreaker, 2nd place winners won a rugby shirt. And 1st place winners went home with a treasured SCYC jacket.Div. 4 (cruising) Winners:      

3rd - Wally Clark- REGALO                           

2nd - Tim Rann- STARLIGHT EXPRESS                                 

1st - Dick Duffley- PYRA



                                                  Div. 3 Winners:

                                      3rd - Wade Major- KATANA

                                      2nd - Graham Heath- PITORAQ 

                                      1st - Simon Palmer- PRINCESA 







Div. 2 Winners:

3rd - Ron Turner-Blue Shift

2nd - Clint Abbott- NOFLYK

1st - Tim Daniel - Optical Illusion


And finally, the Div. 1 Winners:

3rd - Greg Johnston - SURFRIDER

2nd - Wayne Gorrie - MAIL ORDER BRIDE

1st - James Robinson - PRPR2             



   Vice Commodore Ryan Laudien presented the FAIRWINDS CUP. (The SCYC CUP for BEST PERFORMANCE) to SKIPPER NEAL BERGER of                                    SHINGEBISS.          


Commodore Simon Huddy presented the WINDSOR PLYWOOD CUP to the OVERALL REGATTA WINNER. This went to SKIPPER JAMES ROBINSON of PRPR2.












 Congratulations to all the fine sailors that participated from near and far to make this event the traditional success that everyone expects. Sailors from other clubs took the time to express their appreciation for being hosted during the entire weekend in such a welcoming and exceptional way. And thank you again, Peter for organizing an outstanding Regatta with which SCYC feels proud to be associated. Kudos to you for making this special event happen!


- Article written by Mary Laudien ( Go to http://www.marylaudien.com for Praire Girl Learns to Sail Series )

- Many thanks to photographers Wally Chinn, Joanne McIlveen, Philippe Erdmer, Jim Mendria, Linda Rann, Jim Sinclair and Ron Davis.

- Official Regatta Photographer:  Wally Chinn






It's official... the 2018 boating season had a brilliant opening on Sunday, May 6th. The sun shone down on Schooner Cove and a record number of members arrived on the Afterdeck to attend the Commodores' Procession. Once again, our traditional bagpiper, Josh Dielemon led Commodore, Simon Huddy and Nanoose Power Squadron Commander, Jim Dutton with an impressive entourage of Past Commodores down the boardwalk!

Past Commodore Peter Howells welcomed everyone to the event. Bruce Berry, our personable and entertaining member who always reviewed the Sail Past procedures in a comical way was sorely missed this year. Peter was thrilled to see the crowd of participants filling the Afterdeck and adjoining pier. Commodore Simon Huddy welcomed everyone. Our national anthem was sung (thank you Lou Boulanger for leading the participants) as the Canadian flag was hoisted. Commander Jim Dutton said a few words, mentioning that he refrained from wearing his PORT /STARBOARD socks this year as Commodore Simon wouldn't need these navigational aids to position the stationary vessel. The boat being used this year happened to be Commander Jim's own boat (CARIAD). (Hmmm, maybe it was only Past Commodore Peter that he thought needed the help...) Fleet Captain, Neal Berger, addressed the membership, reviewing the procedures to follow out on the water. He must have been crystal clear, as the picture taken from above the water, showed the boats looking organized.

























The crowd promptly dispersed to their boats to get into formation out on the water, for the Sail Past ritual. What a perfect afternoon with intermittent sun and wind for watching our SCYC captains manoeuvre their vessels into position to salute the Flag Vessel and the Commodore. Several members boarded other's boats and enjoyed the social aspect of the event, making the day all the more memorable!













By 4:00, it was off to Fairwinds for a pre-dinner social mingle on the sunny patio. The decorating theme was Fishing and Social Director, Jo Graham and her TEAM (Andy Vallis, Ann Thompson, Bonnie Curl, Joanne Petry, Jo McIlveen, Mary Laudien) transformed the Fairwinds dining room completely. The lighthouse served as a beacon to draw guests into the dining-room with its burgee-filled ceiling. The navy tablecloths were decorated with tackle and seaweed-laden vases. Authentic fish nets, fishing gear and fishing artefacts created displays throughout the dining room. The members were encouraged to dress in fishing gear to be eligible for competing in the Dress-Up Contest. Let's just say, it was a FISHY NIGHT!

Charline Sinclair and Peter Howells were the talented MCs for the dinner. The duo managed to conduct the entire program narrative punctuated with fish lingo, ensuring that the diners interacted with groans as fish words continued to crop up. Charline drew us in with her childhood fish tales and costuming and Peter was especially proud when he mentioned the past 2 Commodores as one being a lawyer, one (himself) being a banker and the current Commodore being a STURGEON as a picture of this fish came up on the screen. Surgeon and Commodore Simon Huddy loved the clever play on words.


Commodore Simon greeted everyone and praised the membership for their outstanding participation in the Opening Day event. It was lovely to have 9 Past Commodores taking part this year, 18 sailboats and 2 power boats out on the water, and 80 dinner guests registered.

And SCYC'S special Bonnie Curl led us, once again, in saying grace, prior to dining.Vice-Commodore Ryan Laudien toasted our wonderful Commodores and club. And Judy Schlotter put out one last call for Raffle Ticket Sales in her usual flamboyant way. She swears that no member got away from her persuasive hounding!Fairwinds never disappoints and of course SALMON (fish) was on the menu for the buffet dinner. It's a given that the sticky pudding disappears instantaneously and thankfully, the supply is replenished just as quickly. Obviously the pudding is the highlight of the meal for our SCYC members! Thank you to Head Chef Sean Sannes and Head Server Joanne Fortin for preparing and serving our FISH DINNER. And one can't forget to mention the exceptional background dining music provided by Dick Duffley's personal playlist.

Raffle ticket sales by our personable Judy Schlotter helped replenish the SCYC kitty. And the prizes were wonderful donations made by generous individuals and companies. Fairwinds donated 2 - $80. gift certificates and Independent Marine donated 2- $50. gift certificates. The lucky draw winners included: Doug Herchmer, Anne Thompson, Commodore Simon, and Ron Davis. Of course, the most coveted prize of all was the original Bonnie Curl watercolour! Kathy Swangard was thrilled to take her painting home at the end of the night.

And then came the judging of the Dress-Up Contest with Karen Herage making the judgement. 7 finalists were chosen during the dinner by having a pack of FISHERMAN FRIENDS passed out. The finalists included: David and Marie Sanson (the fishing couple), Jannette Brown (fishnet stocking girl), Doug Herchmer and Jo McIlveen (authentic fishing couple - Jo even had fish hook earrings), Alan Sinclair (East Coast Fisherman) and Ryan Laudien (CATCH of the DAY.... Should I perhaps say, MY Catch of the Day?). With many laughs, 3 winners were announced through all the boisterous cheering: Janette Brown, David and Marie Sanson, and Ryan Laudien. And what was the prize, you ask? A colourful decorative FISH, of course!




















As the evening came to a close, the reluctant SCYC members lingered to visit a little longer, discussing cruising plans and boat preparations with one another. The official SCYC Sail Past 2018 became another memorable day filled with high spirits, fun and laughter, great friendships and an eager expectation that the BEST BOATING SEASON YET had just been launched.

This FISH TALE was written by Mary Laudien

Fishy Pictures were taken by Cathy Carey, Donna Howells, and Joanne McIlveen















2017 Racers Awards held on March 4th 2018

The 2017 annual awards ceremony took place on March 4th at the Rocking Horse Pub. Cheeks were rosy and spirits high after a fine day on the water for races 3 and 4 of the 2018 Hot Rum Series. The event was well attended, with 30 Racers and SCYC supporters. The Rocking Horse staff did a very nice job of hosting. 




Fleet Captain Neal Berger presented awards to the winners of the various races or race series held during 2017.









 The Ken Woodward Hot Rum Series was won by Freewind - Richard Hudson, skipper.




The Spring Series was won by Ice Bear - Neal Berger, skipper.

The Bay Race was won by Ice Bear - Neal Berger, skipper

The Fall Colour Series was won by Shingebiss - Neal Berger, skipper.






















The Best Overall was awarded to Ariyas - Andrea Shimmelfennig/Andrew Rycroft, skippers. This vessel had the best score of the boats that raced in all three series per SCYC rules.










The Fleet Captain's Twisted Spike Award was presented to John Collins and the crew of SPUD for general enthuasism and spirit.  











This article is being presented through the lens of a jet-lagged attendee. Having just returned from Dubai on Wednesday evening, husband (The DAZED Vice Commodore voted in by acclamation earlier in the week- surely someone else wanted the job!) and writer were still experiencing very long days with early wake ups at 2:30 am! But there was NO WAY, they were going to miss this annual event!

From the moment one walked in the doorway, members were greeted by Elaine Curran and Jo Graham (Social Director) and queued for photos by Wally Clark while sipping a complimentary Prosecco... One was made to feel like a most welcomed VIP. SCYC is known for its inclusiveness and friendships. The buzz around the room during the cocktail hour made it obvious that members seek each other out to catch up with one another. The door count came to 87 this year.

The decor was chic with the satin blue table runners on white tablecloths and glass centerpieces surrounded by light strings... that were later used as jewellery by some innovative members. Who knew they had a dual purpose? Cathy Carey, Donna Howells, and Joanne McIlveen circulated -immersing themselves in conversations, while taking candid photographs for our Photo Gallery.




The capable Jim Dutton was the Master of Ceremonies over dinner. He  welcomed everyone, including specialguests, Past Commodore George Creek and wife Barbara from Ladysmith Yacht Club. Our treasured member, Bonnie Curl was called upon to lead the Mariner's Grace.

 The Fairwind’s staff served a lovely plated dinner. (The writer and husband started to confuse the location of the dinner- transported back aboard the Azamara Journey. This became even more disconcerting for them when the wine kept being replenished...) A special mention goes out to Dan Vogt (Manager of Food and Beverages), Joanne Fortin (set-up), and JoHanne and Elizabeth Robinson (creating the cocktail/dinner ambience).

 The program was presented over the dessert, and YES, the writer and husband continued to over- indulge in the sweets. (Denial, denial, denial - their cruise wasn't really over, was it?)

 Past Commodore Peter Howells was called upon to present the Si Wood Trophy. Peter made it clear that he already knew a week or two into his term as Commodore, who the recipient of this award would be. It is presented to a member for his/her outstanding contribution to the club. Even before Peter announced this year's recipient, his name was being whispered at the tables. Everyone knew the deserving person to have his name engraved on the cup was Bruce Petry. His involvement and willingness to support the club whenever and wherever he can was apparent to all members. Congratulations Bruce!






 A clever introduction of the SCYC Commodore of 2018 was made through a video production. One was transported to Hawaii (presumably) where COMMODORE SIMON HUDDY, was awaiting the induction ceremony with the (literally) THROWING of the Commodore's Cap by PAST COMMODORE PETER HOWELLS. (If the writer of this article was more techy, she'd upload it onto our website.) Such a clever way of having Simon present for this important evening! It is now official, SIMON HUDDY is now COMMODORE!







The new 2018 Executive was introduced, including:

Vice Commodore Ryan Laudien (stunned and confused... "I'm what? I thought I agreed to be Treasurer?.... ")

Past Commodore Peter Howells

Secretary Sandra Dutton (We love executive members who stay on for another term or two or three... Am I pushing it?)

Treasurer James Watson (Did they mix you and husband Ryan up? Perhaps you'd like to trade places...)

Rear Commodore Bob Delaney

Fleet Captain Neil Berger

Staff Captain Doug Herchmer

Social Director Jo Graham (Oh, we're so lucky that you extended another year!)

Communications Director Kathy Swangard (Kathy MUST continue, she's the only one who knows what's going on and how to communicate it on the web! NEVER leave us! Promise!)

Director at Large Chris Jobb 

Husband Ryan was called upon (in the absence of holidaying Commodore Huddy) to thank Past Commodore Peter Howells for his service and leadership to the club. Ryan mentioned his strength as a gifted "relational leader". Peter built a strong working relationship with Seacliff Properties that will serve the club well moving forward. Past Commodore Peter Howells will be remembered as a quality, articulate, sociable and fun/ caring leader. Thank you Peter!

Of course, everyone knows the real power lies in the contributions of the spouse, don't they? Donna Howells was presented with a bouquet of flowers for keeping her wandering Welshman husband pointed in the right direction and focused on his SCYC duties. Well done, Donna!

The talented resident poet of our membership, John Vallis, was called upon to set the stage for the judgement of the recipient of the MEMA AWARD with Judge Bruce Barry presiding. For those new members, MEMA stands for Most Embarrassing Moment Award. Boaters are notorious for "making little mistakes" which become fodder for some hilarious tales. These incidents are taken note of and submitted to the Executive for consideration for this most UNDESIRABLE award. This year there were 4 submissions and Judge Barry made his judgement based on the noisiest response by the members in attendance. (A truly scientific approach, wouldn't you say?)

1. Tim Rann nominated Larry Morden for moving to the DARK SIDE by selling his sailboat and purchasing a power boat. (absurd)

2. Wally Clark nominated John Collins for radioing in a message that Spud would finish ahead of Regalo and Starlight Express. With bad luck and questionable tactics, they actually finished last…  Jim Dutton was revealed as the actual radio operator.

3. Tim Rann nominated Richard Hudson for hitting a Yeo Island reef.  Richard wasn't present so the award was deflected to the unscathed racing crew member-Pam May-Straka. This would have been her first MEMA award. (Her husband, Joe Straka, on the other hand, was a recipient of the award twice before.)

4. John Vallis nominated Gerry and Anne Thompson for their 2017 “Body of Work.” A leaking thru-hull, errant toilet seat, unnecessarily replaced pump, Gorilla Glue mess, and unplanned swim were but a few of their 2017 boating events. Surrogates acted with the appropriate outrage at the nomination due to Gerry and Anne’s mysterious absence.



  And the MEMA award for 2017 was awarded to...

              ANNE and GERRY THOMPSON!(and accepted by those weird people waving cardboard faces...)











 Dancing followed with SOUND SUCCESS providing the music. And the evening ended with members staying for the last few songs. (A true sign that everyone had a great time!)The Commodore's Ball takes organization and attention to detail. The success of this event is dependent upon our exceptional Social Director, Jo Graham and her troupe of volunteers, including: Marion Clark, Sheila Greenberg, Bonnie Curl, Donna Howells, Sandra Dutton, and Elaine Curran. Thank you to all for making it a memorable night!

































It is 5:30 pm as this writer finishes this article and she's about to put her jet-lagged body back into bed... Sweet Dreams...

                                                                                                  - Article submitted by Mary Laudien (aka PRAIRIE GIRL)   http://www.marylaudien.com-

                                                                                                  - Photos by Wally Clark, Cathy Carey, Donna Howells,  Joanne McIlveen  



2017 SCYC Wine Tour

On September 29th a total of 46 intrepid wine tasters enjoyed a a fabulous day out, despite a forecast for heavy showers and a last minute bus break down.

The day began bright and early in the upper parking lot at Fairwinds Marina with coffee and some very tasty muffins baked by volunteers. Happily the bus was soon fixed after only a minor delay and after departure, the MC’s, Bill & Linda Hamilton, did a fine job of keeping everyone entertained with jokes and skill testing games. The very talented Andy and John Vallis blew everyone away with their unsurpassed knowledge of 1960’s Canadian rock music and Canadian trivia.

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Another successful Club Regatta has become a recent memory for the SCYC membership. The anticipation leading up to this fun, team-building event is over and members will be winding down their cruising throughout the end of the season... but not before they participate in one last club cruise.

The writer of this article had her heart set on participating in this year's event. After experiencing the exhilaration of racing previous years with the TwoCan sailing faster than one ever imagined, she was keen! (Perhaps it was due to the expert crewing onboard from the Orava team... ) But alas, it wasn't meant to be. The Saturday weather took a complete 360 with 25 knot winds and rain. This would not have been an issue, had they not moved their boat to Stones Marina in the spring. By mid-afternoon, after tracking the less than ideal conditions and consultation with the Orava crew, the Captain finally decided mid-afternoon not to move the TwoCan. Well, didn't that take the wind out of their sails? Literally.

Not to be left out completely, they attended the Captain's Meeting in the morning, regardless of the fact they lacked a sailboat tied up to the dock. A few photos were taken to share the mood of the Captains and crew before boarding their vessels for this race that no one takes too seriously- especially when one understands the rule of the race. After 1.5 hours out or reaching the final way point (whichever happens first), the boat in the lead must turn around simultaneously with all the boats behind him, racing back to Schooner Cove. You see how this BANG and BACK RACE is anything BUT a serious affair!




























The RAG-BAGGERS and STINK POTTERS headed out enthusiastically for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie on the water. After the previous blustery day, the conditions on Sunday afternoon were perfect for a race in wind of 16 knots and the sun shining with a comforable16 degree temperature. As expected, those SEA GODS were smiling down on the 2017 SCYC Fleet Regatta, once again.















       THEY'RE OFF!








Hungry sailors returned to a barbecue organized by Rhonda Lott and Gerry Reimer. Joanne Petry was recognized for coming up with a system to reduce and recycle after the dinner. She met her ultimate goal of just having one small bucket of garbage at the end of the evening. Well done Conservation Queen!

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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.





The racers and SCYC members, launched the weekend with a burger barbeque (halibut, salmon and/or beef) on the greens overlooking Schooner Cove. Live music was supplied by a group of talented local jammers and the festivities set the tone for an incredible regatta weekend. Breakfast was served both Sat. and Sun. mornings and stew was waiting for the hungry racers when they returned Saturday evening.

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.

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A clear, sunny May 7th was not a given with our unpredictable, wet spring. THANK YOU SEA GODS for providing the best conditions possible for SCYC's Opening Day of the Season!


The SCYC dignitaries were led down to the After Deck by our piper, Josh Dielemon, Commodore, Peter Howells, and Nanoose Power Squadron Commander, Jim Dutton. There was an impressive number of Past Commodores in the procession this year! 





Bruce Barry provided an account of the history behind Sail Pasts and re-acquainted memberswith the procedures to follow when sailing past and receiving the salutes from our distinguished Commodore and Power Squadron Commander aboard CASSIS.  

Commodore Peter welcomed everyone to the event. It was clear he was thrilled to see the crowd of participants filling the After Deck and adjoining pier. Commander Jim followed with sharing a helpful aid for Commodore Peter to access when heading out to position his stationary vessel. (Yes, he wore the PORT (red sock for left) and the STARBOARD (green sock for right!) certainly, a must for any Captain (and perhaps especially Commodore Peter...). Fleet Captain, Andrew Rycroft addressed the membership, as well, mentioning the Sail Past Fun Race that was a new addition to the event this year. He also gave instructions to the captains about formation on the water and taking the lead.  Many thanks to John Curran, Past Commodore, for organizing the 'on-the-water' portion of our Opening Day.

Our national anthem was sung (thank you Lou Boulanger for leading the participants) as the Canadian flag was hoisted. And then the crowd dispersed to their boats to get into formation out on the water, for the Sail Past ritual. And what a lovely afternoon it was basking in the sunshine and watching all the captains and their beautiful vessels get positioned. Several members boarded other's boats and enjoyed the social aspect of the event, making the day all the more memorable!



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