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day, it was like 14 knots and then towards the end of the day it backed down to about 7 knots. I was hiking in the morning and at the end of the day, I sat in my boat. I started at the pin every race.”
Returning from racing, the competitors were treated to hot chocolate and chili. The ice cream bar was very popular, as usual, and was followed by a film for the younger ones and entertainment for the older members of the group.
The forecast for Sunday was not good, but proved to be completely wrong. The wind was an outflow from Howe Sound and held in until the late afternoon. As usual the races went by with an almost perfect combination
West Vancouver Yacht Club Pumpkin Regatta
For many of us, this is the time when we begin to shut down the boat. The tarps are put on, the cushions are brought home and we all dream of future charters in the warmer waters of the south. However, for dinghy sailors, it’s time for the ever popular “Pumpkin Regatta” at West Vancouver Yacht Club.
Over 150 sailors from Western Canada and the northwestern United States, from as far away as Portland, Seattle, and Calgary enjoyed the weekend. A special congratulations should be given to Dieter Creitz, Conrad Miller, Cameron Hay, Ava Fewster, Robert Simpson, Justin Skene and Dane Patrakis who came so far, and did so well in the regatta. The racing took place at the junction of Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia, in water 600 feet deep, surrounded by mountains up to 4,000 feet. It really is an impressive location on the north side of Vancouver.
Saturday saw a grey start to the day, but the flags were moving at the club. The courses were: single-handed, double-handed, Opti Champs and Opti green. For the single-handed sailors, there was a choice of sailing in the Laser, Laser Radial 4.7, and Opti fleets. For the double-handers the 420, Feva, and 29er were popular. The entrance to Howe Sound was full of sailors ranging from 8 years old to 50. Each of the divisions were given the opportunity to compete in conditions of 7 to 15 knots. According to 10-year-old Dieter Creitz, “The first
of sun and wind. The fleet was also entertained by two orcas near the entrance at the end of the day. Dieter also recalls, “On the second day there was a lot of current, so everybody was crowded at the pin and we had a ton of general recalls. Later the tide was slack so everybody got off the line clean.” All together we had four courses offering 63 races over a two day period. An outstanding accomplishment!
With a combination of over 250 sailors and volunteers, this is one of the biggest regattas on the West Coast racing circuit. A huge thank you to our volunteers! As one of the youngest competitors stated, in the Green Fleet “This was the best regatta ever.”
Thank you to official title sponsors: Harken, Harken Blockheads Program, and Pro-Tech. Also thank you to Filosophi, Navis, Wilf ’s transmission, Bradner Homes, Seabridge, Lions Gate Electric, Align Physiotherapy, and Mercedes.
by Bev Parslow photos courtesy of West Vancouver YC results on page 45 & 47
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