Sailors delight in popular Cowichan Bay Regatta

Expecting the unexpected goes with the territory for participants in the Cowichan Bay Sailing Association Regatta.

The sunshine that predominated was welcomed, but the wind conditions were of paramount importance, of course.

Saturday’s breezes got the weekend off to a strong start, but it didn’t stay that way.

“It was a weird year actually,’’ said Stuart Dahlgren of the UK Halsey organizing committee and also a regatta participant. “It kind of hazed over in the valley so we didn’t get out usual thermal.’’

The event attracted 99 boats, one of the highest totals in recent years. “It was a real strong showing, for sure,’’ said Dahlgren.

“I think it’s a successful formula,’’ he added. “We did something different this year. We had a separate start and finish line. That was popular.’’

Division results were as follows:

Div. 1 Multihull: 1. Andy Robinson & Doug Thibodeau, Drum (Sidney-North Saanich), 2. Mark Zollitsch & Dave Peterson, Osprey (Bellingham), 3. Ron Tomas & Bob Davis, Bad Kitty (B.C. Multihull Society).

Div. 2 PHRF -9 to 57: 1. Seamus Woodward & Alex Fox, My Tai (Sidney-North Saanich), 2. Ben Mumford, Abracadabra (Royal Vancouver), 3. Ron Jewula, Kairos (Royal Victoria).

Div. 3 Melges 24: 1. Michael Bond, Honey Badger (Royal Victoria and West Van), 2. Kirk Palmer, Light Scout (Royal Victoria), 3. Brad Bradley, Nauti Girl (Nanaimo).

Div. 4 PHRF 72 to 129: 1. Donald K. Mills II, Shoot The Moon, 2. Tom Stevens, Lickety Split, 3. Paul Wostenholme, Brinehog (False Creek Yacht Club).

Div. 5 J/80: 1. Dunnery Best, Sheva (Royal Victoria), 2. Jeremy Smith, Joyride (Royal Victoria), 3. Mike Brewis, Swish (Royal Victoria).

Div. 6 Martin 242: 1. Roger Nelson, Planet B (Royal Victoria), 2. Richard Spooner, Daisy (Royal Vancouver), 3. Ken Holland, Black Adder (Nanaimo).

Div. 7 PHRF 13 to 168: 1. Dave Richardson, Fetish (Royal Victoria), 2. Stephanie Schwenk, Wild Rumpus (Anacortes), 3. Simon Walker, Peptide (Cowichan Bay and Royal Victoria).

Div. 8 PHRF 171 to 273: 1. Paul Hansen, Songbird (West Van), 2. BetsyWareham, Red Eye Express (Orcas Island), 3. Larry McFadden, Ghost Dancer (Royal Victoria).

Div. 9 Cal 20: 1. Tom Lowdon, Kelsib (Royal Victoria), 2. Steve Lowdon, Polaris (Royal Victoria), 3. Peter Vivian, Alga-Y (Royal Victoria).

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