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.
Symphony Splash 2017
This year, the Club decided to do something a little different. Organized with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, RVYC was able to create a private booking in the inner harbour for RVYC members to enjoy the Symphony Splash and BC Day long weekend downtown.
The Club was able to reserve G & F docks, which were located only one dock away from the edge of the left side of the marina (when looking from the Empress). On Saturday evening, Marianne and David Scott organized an informal pot luck at 5:30 pm for everyone to attend. The members were excited to participate and chat on the docks. On Sunday evening, the members were located right behind the main stage and had crystal clear sound eminating towards them throughout the evening.
There were a couple of boats that decided to tie up a little further away on C dock, which was no problem to organize. We saw a total of 13 RVYC boats attend, with plenty of family and friends joining the members on the docks for libations, food and good times.
To hear the orchestra warming up, and to get an idea of how close the dock booking was, click here to watch a short youtube video.
We are currently speaking with the GVHA to book again for next year, so watch out for notifications to get your reservation request in!
RVYC Movie Nights Under the Stars
The Club has completed two successful movie nights under the stars. On Saturday, July 15 we played Mrs. Doubtfire on the lawn. Kids...and kids at heart...pulled out the inflatable chairs, blankets, cozy clothes and settled in for a fun evening of laughter and mischeif. Popcorn and candy were provided at the little "concession stand" outside and everyone was able to relax on the soft grass outside.
On Saturday, July 22 the Club decided to change things up a bit. Movie night was held out on the docks, at the bottom of the ramp, where JAWS was played for all those brave enough to watch. The slight movement of the docks, the lapping of the water and the cool breeze all added to the ambiance of the movie. Movie goers brought their blankets for warmth... and something to hide behind during those hair raising moments!
We look forward to more movie nights under the stars - stay tuned to find out what...and where... we'll be playing next!
RVYC Family Campout #2
The second RVYC Family Campout of the season was a great success! Everyone arrived to beautiful weather, clear skies, and happy faces. Tents were set up around the perimeter of the lawn, and families played corn hole, blew bubbles, and participated in their own family camping traditions.
Dinner was served at 6:00pm which consisted of hot dogs and piping hot french fries. Everyone sat out on the patio to enjoy their meals then headed into the Discovery Room with their popcorn for Trolls, the indoor movie for the little ones.
After the movie, the fire pit was lit and the Smore's Station was ready to go! Families crowded around, grabbed their roasting sticks, a couple marshmallows and their chocolate covered graham cracker cookies to make the most delicious smores there are...at least we all thought so! Many kids...and parents too...came back for seconds (and sometimes thirds) of their ooey gooey creations.
Once the smore's were all done, parents and children played on the playground, out in the field, relaxed for a little bit or sat by the fire and chatted. It was a great moment to catch up, let the kids burn off some sugar and enjoy their time overlooking cadboro bay.
At about 8:50 pm, everyone was serenaded by the old 60's lobby music and 10 minute count down to when the movie would start. Children rushed over, grabbed their popcorn and glow stick and claimed their perfect seat. After the lobby chime, The LEGO Batman movie began.
The movie was played on RVYC's brand new 144 inch screen on the patio with surround sound, right under the stars.Afterwards everyone sauntered off to bed and snuggled in for the night on the lawn.
The next morning, everyone enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast provided by Chef Andrew. A perfect way to start a Sunday morning!
Royal Victoria Yacht Club Open House
On Saturday, June 16, 2017 the Royal Victoria Yacht Club opened its doors to about 200 guests and around 50 volunteers for the Open House. Plenty of young families, sailing enthusiasts, curious neighbors and guests of friends walked the historic halls of the Club.
All guests receieved a warm welcome from Heather Brazier and Victoria Ehmann at the registration desk, upon entering the Club. They were given a quick explanation of the day's activities and a scavenger hunt to complete. This scavenger hunt took visitors to every station of the Club such as the Main Lounge and every booth inside, the playground, Foreshore, Sailing, Decorated Boats, Mini 12's and everything in between.
Complimentary hot dogs and juice boxes were served by the very friendly and inviting Steve and Arden White out on the patio, where guests could take a moment and relax in the (trying to be sunny) day.
Lots of planning goes into a day such as this, and it wouldn't have been possible without the guidance and organization of Membership Committee Chair, Caroline Ehmann.
We'd like to congratulate the following guests on winning the grand prizes. The prizes were drawn from the returned scavenger hunts that were completed and filled out:
Nadra, a 39 year old woman – two-month temporary membership. Nadra was most interested in the Mini 12’s because she had never seen one before.
Krista, a 28 year old woman – two-month temporary membership. Krista was most interested in sailing because she didn’t know all that much about it before.
Max, a 9 year old young man - $300 credit towards ISP.Max was most interested in the boats because he thought they were really cool!
Keep your eyes posted for the next Open House in 2019!