DAMIAN PARLEE WAS the Division A winner of the local version of the America's Cup.

DAMIAN PARLEE WAS the Division A winner of the local version of the America's Cup.

UK wins America’s Cup – in Comox

Great competition and spectator enjoyment at sailing race held off Goose Spit

There was a huge upset in this year’s America’s Cup race – the UK won while the favourites didnʼt even reach the podium.

At least not here in Comox, where Compass Adventure/Hobie Cat hosted a two-day regatta to celebrate the America’s Cup (the longest running sailboat race).

“Catamarans are the new boat of choice for this most prodigious race,” notes Compass Adventure head sailing coach Andrew Robinson. We have eight Hobie Wave catamarans and there are only eight contenders for the America’s Cup, so that took our interest.

“We used a new race format, the one used for the AC 45 catamarans where the start and finish were reaches. For the non-sailors that is so that the race is exciting no matter where you watch. It is fast, fun and attracts spectators to a sport that is usually not that much fun to watch unless you are involved.

“Power boaters and large motor yachts were stopping to watch the racing, something Iʼve never seen here,” said Robinson. “In our case the start finish line was just off the Goose Spit beach and the tactical part was directly in front of the Comox boardwalk, a great vantage point.”

The competitors had incredible sailing conditions. Day one was for the most part 20-25 knots which was a challenge even for the seasoned racers. Each boat, single-handed, was masterfully sailed by these youth sailors.

“I have not seen a better display of sailing skills and excitement for a long time, sailing just got fun again,” said Robinson.

The competitors raced two long days having 15 races in total. There were two divisions. Division A was the advanced group and division B the junior level.

Division A: 1 Damian Parlee (representing UK). 2 Nicolas Parlee (representing Italy). 3 Brian Cherry (representing Switzerland).

Division B: 1 Kaden Glenwright (representing Canada). 2 Joe Taylor-Harding (representing USA). 3 Geoff Hynds

(representing Sweden).

 

– Compass Adventure

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Arzeena Hamir, working her booth at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. LUSH Valley was recognized last month as a partner of the year by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. Photo by Bill Jorgensen
LUSH Valley recognized for collaboration with Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

They won Partner of the Year award by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Comox Valley RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

A Coast Range Cannabis store has been approved for the Crown Isle Shopping Centre in Courtenay. Photo submitted
Courtenay council approves seventh cannabis retailer

Coast Range Cannabis to open second store in the Comox Valley

A map of the Village Forest Lands near Cumberland. Image, Village of Cumberland
Cumberland adopts forest management direction statement

Less detailed than full plan, documents sets out decision-making for village-owned land

Gp Vanier in Courtenay. Circa 2018. Photo courtesy Comox Valley Schools
Another COVID exposure alert for Vanier Secondary in Courtenay

Island Health has sent another exposure alert to parents of students attending… Continue reading

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

The City of Duncan will implement a new pilot project targeting vandalism this spring. (File photo)
Graffiti trouble? Duncan will give you the brush and the paint to remove it

Initiative based on a successful project to protect Port Alberni from unwanted spray paint

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

This was the scene outside North Saanich’s Parkland Secondary School after an attempted but unsuccessful break-and-enter into the school torched an ATM inside of it. Sidney/North Saanich RCMP did not make any arrests and currently lack suspects as the investigation continues. Members of the public who may have witnessed something or possess other information can contact police at (250) 656-3931 or to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (Submitted)
Money to burn: burglars torch North Saanich high school ATM

Police dogs searched the exterior and interior of the school after early morning break-and-enter

The first of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s long-range maritime patrol aircraft—the Dash-8—becomes operational. (Photo supplied by PAL Aerospace)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s new De Havilland Dash-8-100 long-range surveillance air craft is capable of staying aloft for eight to 10 hours for a variety of missions up and down the B.C. coast. (Photo supplied by PAL Aerospace)
New plane will double DFO’s surveillance capacity in B.C.

The Dash-8 will fly out of Campbell River for enforcement, conservation missions

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

Most Read