Maple Bay Regatta
By: Heather Brazier
The weather gods smiled on the 2017 edition of the Maple Bay Regatta, held September 2nd and 3rd. With steady breeze, sunshine, and warm temperatures, Race Officer Kirk Palmer made the most of the conditions, with six races for all divisions. A number of competitors cooled off between or after races (and in one case, during a race) by going for a swim (some voluntarily, some not). The four Royal Victoria Yacht Club boats that participated, posted strong results: Bulletproof (Nigel Martin and Heather Brazier) 2nd in Division B, Caliente (Simon Walker’s new Hotfoot 27) 1st in Division C, Amoore (Joy Dahlgren) 2nd in Division C, and Scooter (Alex Fox’s new/old T-bird) 1st in Division D. Caliente also won the Adam's Cup for the top boat in divisions C and D combined. The regatta organizers paid tribute to Royal Victoria Yacht Club member Bruce Campbell, who passed away recently. Bruce, and his wife Bobbi, have been long-time supporters of the Maple Bay Regatta. Bobbi came up from Seattle for the event, marking her 21st Maple Bay Regatta. Maple Bay Yacht Club also recognized Nanaimo Yacht Club member, Bill Allan with 50 cans of beer for participating in his 50th Maple Bay Regatta. Hopefully, more Royal Victoria Yacht Club boats can make the trek north to our sister club next year.