Cowichan Bay Regatta

posted Aug 7, 2014, 11:03 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 11:08 PM ]

Hello friends! My goodness we sure had a great time up at Cowichan Bay for the Regatta! 16 multihulls showed up, including "Osprey", "Bad Kitty", "Dragonfly", a wild looking TNT 50(?), Wayne's hot new F-85SR, and numerous F-28's, 31's, a 32, a 24, and a 27! It truly felt like the Northwest Multihull Championships; the competition was fierce and friendly. I left Impulse at home and crewed with Doug Barlow on his F-28R extendo-stick "Aliikai", and we were on fire; even though Doug and I have never sailed together and our 3rd crew was a local fellow we met on the docks. As I expected; it sure was a lot more fun to look BACK at the fleet than hoping to make up time on ratings. 

Yes; the wind never really got into the teens, but we all squeezed as much speed as we could under light air conditions. Sailing in shorts and tee-shirts was a delight, so everyone seemed to be in the best of spirits. Spectators got excellent views of us zooming right up to the beach or docks to make the most of the weaker inshore currents, and tourists we talked with seemed excited that we were there in force. The Saturday night party was as full-on as ever, and we stayed up till 1:30 AM (WAY past my bedtime!) dancing like crazy people. Thank goodness for coffee and late starts (11:30). Even the sail up and back was marvelous. We went through Deception Pass AGAINST a 4.5 knot current (working the very edge next to the wall): what a hoot. I definitely want to be there next year. It was great to see so many of you there, and to finally meet Tim.

Isn't summer great?

John H