Round Bowen Regatta – Arashi, Toybox

Round Bowen Start

I had the pleasure to do the Round Bowen 2009 Regatta on Arashi. To get there, I took Toybox out for a nice three day weekend on my first crossing of the Georgia Straight. I had a great crew and we sailed all the way from just past the Burrard Bridge to Passage Island.

It was a beautiful race day and we were fortunate to have wonderful winds for the entire circumnavigation. As usual, the Arashi crew were in high spirits. Various friends came out on the Granville Island water taxi or on the BC Ferries to join in the festivities.

You can see pictures of the long weekend here.

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Silva Bay Regatta – Arashi

Team shot

Well, summer is here and what better way to spend it than bombing around the Straights on a sailboat. Last weekend, we took Arashi out to Silva Bay on Gabriola. We raced down on the Saturday, spent the night and raced back the next day.

The sea was angry on the Saturday and we sped along at close to 7 knots in 17 knot winds. 7 foot swells and white caps ensured a bouncy ride. We had waves washing over the deck on more than one occasion. I got to witness my first sail change in the middle of a race. By the time we made it to Silva Bay, we were all soaked. But good humour and a good supply of beers ensured a fun time. The pub at the marina was closed because of plumbing issues. We ended up cooking a great meal from supplies procured at the local grocery store. The party on the docks went on till 2am.

The sail back was nice and calm and a cumulative seven hours on the water ensured that everyone got a good dose of sunburn despite precautions taken.

The next regatta is to Bowen Island on the weekend of the 13th. I expect to take my boat Toybox up there. In the meantime, you can catch pictures of the Silva Bay trip here.

Update: Oops…yes the wind was doing 17 knots. Arashi was closer to 7 🙂