The Comox Bay Sailing Club hosted a successful Sail West 2015 regatta on July 31-Aug. 2.
“What a weekend it was for the club and all the athletes who came from far and wide to participate in Sail Canada’s Sail West Regatta,” said CBSC Commodore Andy Walther. “I’m proud to report that the regatta was a resounding success on all fronts, and Comox is now recognized by many as a destination for great sailing, competition and fun.”
The host club had 14 sailors on the water while other participants came from Sea Cadets (Comox 37 x 420’s), Compass Adventures (Comox), Gimli Yacht Club (Manitoba), Saskatoon Sailing Club, Calgary Yacht Club, COSA (Central Okanagan Sailing Association), Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, West Vancouver Yacht Club, Nanaimo Yacht Club, Victoria Beach Yacht Club (Manitoba), West Hawk Lake Yacht Club (Manitoba), Winnipeg Sailing Centre and Pelican Lake Yacht Club (Manitoba).
“All in all there were 187 sailors on the water over the alpha and bravo courses for Optimist, 2.4 Metre, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser, 29er, 420, 420 Green and Hobie Wave classes,” Walther noted.
Sailing conditions were excellent for both the training leading up to regatta and the two days of racing. The host club, without exception, posted impressive results in all classes – not easy to do when the fleet numbers were so high. The following are the CBSC results:
Optimist Green – Samuel Hartig (1st place)
Optimist – William Howard (1st in age category, 2nd overall), Callam Barry (3rd in age category, 4th overall), Anja Leikermoser (5th overall) – 17 boats total
29er – Nigel Fletcher and Oliver Barry (2nd)
Green 420 – Kaija Roukkula and Shaina Friedman (4th) – 25 boats total
Laser Radial – Chris Volkers (2nd), Alex Brown (4th), Nate Bell (6th) – 28 boats total.
The full list of results can be found at the CBSC’s Sail West Web Page.
“I’m very proud of all our sailors, especially Kaija and Shaina who not only finished first and second in the first two races, but managed a fourth overall in a fleet represented entirely by the Sea Cadets – except for them. It was also their first experience sailing together – nice work girls,” Walther said.
Walther thanked everyone who contributed to the event, including volunteers, organizing committee, coaches, sponsors and community supporters.”A big thank you for all the athletes and supporting teams for coming from as far as Manitoba to help make this regatta a huge success.
“To Sail Canada – thank you for entrusting us to run a high quality regatta – without the help and support of you and BC Sailing this would not have been possible. Also, to the Town of Comox, thank you very much for the use of Marina Park, the launch ramp and the facilities – this proved to be an excellent venue for Sail West 2015,” Walther said.
“I have had nothing but positive feedback from the athletes, their support crews, organizers, race officials and sponsors. We really stepped up to the plate on this one,” Walther said. “I also had a call from Richard Balantyne (Sail Canada board of directors) on Monday in which he congratulated the Comox Bay Sailing Club for hosting a fun and high quality event.”
– Comox Bay Sailing Club