Monday, August 03, 2015

Chris' Canadian Cows

Each year the PNW Multihull crowd  gets together for the annual Cowichan Bay Regatta typically held the weekend after Whidbey Race Week. For the first time in recent memory the perennial powerhouse that is Dragonfly was not on the scene, For those new to cruising these waters Cow Bay is not to be missed. Just a stones throw North of Sydney BC and adjacent to the waters that take you to the Butchart Gardens this bay is a cruisers paradise. A quaint fishing village that dates to aboriginal times is slowly transforming itself to a cruising destination with but not limited to an ice cream factory, coffee roaster, 4 star hotel and restaurant, numerous B and B's on the water and off and of course a sailboat regatta in the summertime.
2014 was the year of the Son of Raven skippered by Chris Sherman, this year Chris was back to defend his trophy and he nearly did, Chris and his merry band settled for a second. Of note in this class was Kim Alfred's foiling cat with a PHRF rating of -200!!! When PHRF was invented the fastest boat in the sound was rated 0. The only other AYC boat was the Wild Rumpus holding on for a third place after running low on sunscreen and holding off the hard charging Giant Slayer populated with Jim and Staci Bottles and other Celebration regulars.
In other news:
Kevin Welch and Ian and Joy Sloan continued their winning way in the Columbia River Gorge rattling off 7 bullets in seven races denying any competitor the feeling of victory and preparing for the National Championship this coming weekend.
The Northern Century entry list is hovering near 20 boats, most new entries lured by the fact Walt Meagher has promised to make spaghetti Friday night before sailing out to compete in his Sunshine Girl. Also be on the lookout for the Marstrom 32 in from Orinda, California after recently smoking the fleet in a 250 mile offshore race in Southern California.