Under warm sunny skies, a consistent breeze, and with the sights and sounds of Comox Nautical Days providing an exciting backdrop, the Comox Bay Sailing Club (CBSC) hosted this year’s Comox Cup Regatta and BC Provincial 420 Class Sailing Championships. With 45 boats marshaling in the Bay the view of the fleet from the Filberg Festival was simply picturesque!
Over the course of the Aug. 3-4 weekend, seven races were held under the direction of Rob Douglas and his team of dedicated volunteers. Sailors saw challenging currents and shifty winds, especially on Sunday. The two-day regatta was a great cap to a fabulous week of sailing where over 120 sailors participated in a pre-regatta training camp.
With participation from HMCS Quadra, sailors from Nanaimo YC and our local contingent from the Comox Bay Sailing Club, over 80 racers competed in the regatta itself. The top three finishers in the ferociously contested 420 class represented all three clubs.
First place was captured by CBSC sailors Theo Truax and Oliver Barry, second went to the Cadets – Chris Volkers (from Comox) and Stewart Clark (of Victoria) and third was secured by Ben Daniels and Max Goering from the Nanaimo Yacht Club. The open fleet (results overall) went to Truax/Barry first, Alex Brown in second sailing a Laser Radial and Volkers/Clark in third. Veteran CBSC member Gerry McClintock and daughter Sandra placed fourth overall.
Andrew Walther, Club Commodore and Rob Douglas, Junior Race Team Director, stated that given the development of the Comox Bay Sailing Clubs learn to sail and race programs many of our young sailors are now consistently ranking in the top of their fleets throughout the BC Sailing Circuit.
Most of the junior racers are now also qualified Sail Canada instructors. In the coming years we are sure to see these kids taking on larger events such as the recently held Black Press Van Isle 360 International Yacht race and the upcoming Sail Canada Nationals in Vancouver this month.
The club would like to thank the following groups for help in making this event such a success: Wills Marine Supply, Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Gas and Go Marina, Comox Bay Marina, Town of Comox Marina, BC Sailing, BC 420 Class Association, Nanaimo Yacht Club, and HMCS Quadra.
See www.comoxbaysailingclub.ca for more information.
– Comox Bay Sailing Club