Patos Island Race
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Patos Island Race

This popular event is hosted by the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club on Vancouver Island and is the first in the 'triple crown' of the big Island events (followed by the Round Salt Spring Race and the Swiftsure Race).  

The race is a great tactical challenge, navigating along the Canada-US border between the southern Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands.  Strong tidal currents are a major consideration here as we're really playing at the edge of the Juan de Fuca Strait where the Pacific Ocean tries to squeeze itself into the Salish Sea. 

Some scenes from the 2017 & 2018 Patos Island Race aboard Paragon and Pau Hana:

The Course

In 2019 we'll be racing pretty Paragon in the Long Course as a qualifier for the VanIsle 360 in June.  This is a challenging course cutting through the strong tidal waters in the southern Gulf Islands and covering roughly 70 nautical miles.  The race has a time limit of 24 hours, but we will most likely finish sometime in the night.

This race offers a night sailing component, which is both exciting and very serious at the same time.  Sailing at night can be breathtakingly beautiful with clear starry skies, phosphorescence bubbling in the wake behind the boat, and a serenity rarely found on land.  But sailing at night means extreme vigilance is required because visibility is very limited and it can be hard to judge the distance between objects on the water in the dark.  Please check the Pre-Requisites below to ensure you are ready for this level of crew work.

Crew have the option to join the delivery from West Vancouver to Sidney and/or back again after the race, or they can join Paragon in Sidney by their own means. The delivery schedule will be determined in the week before the race based on the weather forecast, but usually we do a single day delivery leaving West Vancouver early on the Friday before the race and returning late Sunday night.

Contact us for any questions on the race.

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including under spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +
Club races or other racing events.  

Other experience may be appropriate. Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.

Registration

325.00
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This event is open to ages 19 and up.
Maximum of 6 spots available. 
20% for ages 19-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers

Included in Registration

Race fees, fuel, moorage and accommodation on board are all included.  Registration includes most food and beverages for the duration of the race, from lunch on Saturday to lunch on Sunday.  There is a dinner during the pre-race party that crew must purchase direct from the race organizers, this includes breakfast on Saturday before the race.  Information on how to buy tickets for the dinner will be sent out to participants ahead of time.  Check this section of our FAQs for what else is included and not included.

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for live aboard sailing on our FAQ page here.  Note that it will be very cold at night this early in the season, so warm layers and very good waterproofs are a necessity.  However, in racing the amount of weight we have on board is a consideration so please don't bring your entire wardrobe!  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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Southern Straits
Apr
19
to Apr 20

Southern Straits

Southern Straits is one of the biggest distance races of the year in Vancouver.  On Easter weekend, sailors come from all over the Pacific Northwest to compete in this classic race across the Salish Sea.  Southern Straits typically attracts over 100 boats and more than 800 sailors... it is a major event on the racing calendar every year and has now been going strong for over 50 years!

The start line off Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver is bustling with spectators and media, we brush shoulders with the top sailors and coolest boats in the region, and Straits offers up an action-packed event.  The starting gun fires and we're off! 

Check out some highlights from our previous Southern Straits:

The Course

In 2019 we'll be racing in the Medium Course, covering roughly 108 nautical miles.  It's expected that we'll be sailing roughly 24 hours, give or take several hours depending on weather conditions.  The exact course changes slightly every year, but we expect it to look something like this in 2019:

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This is one of the very few local events that offers a night sailing component, which is both exciting and very serious at the same time.  Sailing at night can be breathtakingly beautiful with clear starry skies, phosphorescence bubbling in the wake behind the boat, and a serenity rarely found on land.  But sailing at night means extreme vigilance is required because visibility is very limited and it can be hard to judge the distance between objects on the water in the dark.  Please check the Pre-requisites below to ensure you are ready for this level of crew work.

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including racing with spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +
Club races or other racing events.  

Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.
 

Registration

295.00
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This course is open to ages 19 and up.
Maximum of 7 spots available. 
20% for ages 19-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers
 

Included in Registration

Race fees, fuel and accommodation on board overnight during the race are all included.  Registration includes all food and beverages for the duration of the race, from lunch the first day to whenever we get back to the dock at the end of the race.  Please make sure you eat a good breakfast at home on the morning of the start!  Check this section of our FAQs for what else is included and not included.

Note that the Pre-Race Party dinner hosted at West Vancouver Yacht Club is an optional (highly recommended) extra.  Information on how to buy tickets for the dinner will be sent out to participants ahead of time.  

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for live aboard sailing on our FAQ page here.  Note that it will be cold at night and we will be racing for at least 24 hours so warm layers and very good waterproofs are a necessity.  However in racing, the amount of weight we have on board is a consideration so please don't bring your entire wardrobe!  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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Round Salt Spring Race
May
17
to May 20

Round Salt Spring Race

The race and all the on shore activities are superbly well organized by an army of friendly volunteers making everything run like clockwork, including a complex recycling system that helps the regatta meet their Clean Marine commitments.  The fleet of up to 120 yachts enjoys some highly challenging sailing given the aggressive tidal patterns that ebb and flow around Salt Spring Island.  It is scheduled for May long weekend, so the weather is glorious more often than not and there is definitely a holiday atmosphere amongst the hundreds of sailors that flock to the island for the race.  There's even a lamb BBQ involved! 

We extend the fun by cruising across from West Vancouver on the Friday before the race, and take the scenic route home after the race through the Gulf Islands. We cruise to a welcoming marina for Sunday night before hopping across the Georgia Strait to get home on Monday.

In 2017, we missed 1st place by just 8 minutes when the time limit expired... we would have been the only boat in our division to finish that year's very (very) light wind race.  In 2019, we have some unfinished business to take care of with the Round Salt Spring Race.   

Some shots from previous Salt Spring races:

The Course

It's all in the name: Round Salt Spring.  The trick is, we won't know which way around we are sailing until the race organizers make their announcement on the morning of the race! Either way around, we will be covering 42 nautical miles including the vicious tidal gate of Sansum Narrows with its whirlpools and rip tide.

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This race offers the strong likelihood of a night sailing component, which is both exciting and very serious at the same time.  Sailing at night can be breathtakingly beautiful with clear starry skies, phosphorescence bubbling in the wake behind the boat, and a serenity rarely found on land.  But sailing at night means extreme vigilance is required because visibility is very limited and it can be hard to judge the distance between objects on the water in the dark.  Please check the Pre-Requisites below to ensure you are ready for this level of crew work.
 

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including racing with spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +
Club races or other racing events.  

Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.
 

Registration

425.00
Quantity:
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This course is open to ages 19 and up.
Maximum of 5 spots available. 
20% for ages 19-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers
 

Included in Registration

Race fees, fuel, moorage and accommodation on board for 3 nights are all included.  Registration includes most food and beverages for the duration of the race, from lunch the first day to lunch the last day with a few exceptions.   There is a dinner during the Friday night pre-race party that crew must purchase direct from the race organizers, same with the pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.  Information on how to buy tickets for the dinner will be sent out to participants ahead of time.  On Sunday night we'll eat dinner at the Silva Bay pub, which is also not included in registration.  Check this section of our FAQs for what else is included and not included.

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for live aboard sailing on our FAQ page here.  Note that it could still be cold at night so warm layers and very good waterproofs are a necessity.  However in racing, the amount of weight we have on board is a consideration so please don't bring your entire wardrobe!  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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Round Bowen Race
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Round Bowen Race

This hugely popular summer race is in its 31st year and promises to be just as much fun as ever.  With a single start for all divisions, the Round Bowen Race boasts the largest starting fleet on the West Coast.  Most years there are over 100 boats on the line, jockeying for room and raring to go.  Circumnavigating Bowen Island gives us a unique opportunity to enjoy our beautiful local waters and play the challenging wind shadows and tidal eddies along the way.  The dock party in Snug Cove at the end of the day is possibly the best of any Vancouver based race.  

Race organizers use proceeds to support the Learn to Sail program at Bowen Island Yacht Club.  Great racing and promoting sail training for kids?  Count us in!

The Course

At just under 20 nautical miles, the Round Bowen Race is a pleasant day sail.  Race organizers decide the morning of the event which way around the island they will send us, based on the weather conditions of the day.  The huge start line is roughly between Snug Cove and Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, leaving tons of space for the large fleet to careen around in pre-start maneuvers.  

Contact us for any questions on the race.

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including under spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +
OR Club races or other racing events.  

Other experience may be appropriate. Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.

Registration

175.00
Quantity:
Register Now

This course is open to ages 16 and up.
Maximum of 7 spots available. 
20% for ages 16-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers
 

Included in Registration

Race fees, fuel, and moorage on board are all included.  No food is included for this race- please bring your own lunch, snacks, etc. for the race.  Dinner tickets will be available for purchase from race organizers once we arrive in Snug Cove- bring cash as they do not accept cards.  For those who stay on board overnight in Snug Cove, we'll have a crew breakfast at one of the local cafes where crew are responsible for their own costs. Check this section of our FAQs for what else is included and not included.

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for day sailing on our FAQ page here.  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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SIN Regatta
Jun
28
to Jun 30

SIN Regatta

Nanaimo Yacht Club’s notorious SIN Regatta offers great racing, heavy-duty fun and a GREAT way to celebrate Canada's birthday. Racing is varied between intense ‘round the cans’ courses and some longer leg-stretching options, often part way across the Georgia Strait to Halibut Bank. As their slogan says: come for the party... race for the halibut!

Further details of our participation in the race will be available in Spring 2019.

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including under spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +
Club races or other racing events.  

Other experience may be appropriate. Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.

Registration

General registration will open in Spring 2019.

This event is open to ages 19 and up.
Maximum of 6 spots available. 
20% for ages 19-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for live aboard sailing on our FAQ page here.  Note that it will be very cold at night this early in the season, so warm layers and very good waterproofs are a necessity.  However, in racing the amount of weight we have on board is a consideration so please don't bring your entire wardrobe!  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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English Bay Scramble
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

English Bay Scramble

  • 5750 Eagle Harbour Road West Vancouver, BC, V7W 1P5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From the race organizers, because for once we definitely cannot say it better ourselves:

Tiddly Cove’s annual English Bay Scramble is the most interesting and popular sailboat race in Vancouver, and perhaps in the world.  Do not argue with us!  Skippers and crews competing in the Scramble are the most highly regarded sailors we know, and perhaps that one could meet, ever.

 The English Bay Scramble is a unique race where tacticians have free rein in how the marks are rounded, even which way to cross the start line. It delivers a unique combination of:

  • the strategic challenges of a long distance race (varying sea states, winds, tides)

  • the accessibility of English Bay (no long delivery trips required)

  • a legendary after-party! (BBQ, music and prizes)

  • an open, low-intensity format, suitable to sailors of all experience levels (and budgets!)

Details on racing can be found somewhere, maybe below, but we suspect you are really interested in the party following racing.  “What?” you may ask, somewhat incredulously, “Some of the most challenging and fun racing ever, in the most beautiful place in the world AND there is a party afterwards!?”

Yes, not only is there a party, which will be attended by the coolest people ever, but there will almost certainly be the Scramble Sailors Challenge where you can test your crew skills on flat and dry land!  We will have food – and not just any food but delicious food! And you can eat it! We are pretty sure that you will be able to purchase some delicious beverages, and not just any beverages, but some hand crafted by one of Vancouver’s local breweries.  We will have music too, and not just any music – it will be performed live before your very eyes by someone awesome!   We will also have race results, prizes, awards and door prizes – you will leave dripping in swag and crowned in glory.  We promise!*  It will be the most fun you have ever had in your life – be there!*

*individual results may vary


About the Race!

In case you are unclear on things from the above description… the English Bay Scramble is not to be taken seriously. It is a very silly race, where the fleet can go either way through the start line in the middle of English Bay and has to go around 4 marks… in any order they like. The leaders tend to claim tactical brilliance while those at the back of the fleet grumble about bad luck. The truth is certainly somewhere in the middle, for this very unorthodox format! In any case, it’s a fantastic day out on the water for any level of sailor.

Pre-Requisites

Some previous sailing experience required.  Suitable minimum experience could include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +/or
Club races or other racing events.  

Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.
 

Registration

Registration for English Bay Scramble will open in Spring 2019.

This course is open to ages 16 and up.
Maximum of 4 spots available. 
20% for ages 16-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for day sailing on our FAQ page here.  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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Maple Bay Regatta
Aug
30
to Sep 2

Maple Bay Regatta

What better way to spend the Labour Day long weekend than sailing out of one of the friendliest yacht clubs on the coast, in an absolutely beautiful area during a really well run regatta?  Have we mentioned that Maple Bay Yacht Club hosts a Dark & Stormy happy hour on the Saturday? Well, they do and it’s a great way to unwind with the other crews after a great day on the water!

With two full days of short-course racing, we get the chance to really perfect our crew work.  We'll be racing on Pau Hana, our feisty Hotfoot 27, and expect that there will be a number of identical boats at the event for us to play with.  This is a great opportunity to really work on fine tuning our sail trim and testing ourselves against other very similar boats.   

Contact us for any questions on the schedule.

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including racing with spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +/or
Club races or other racing events.  

Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.
 

Registration

Registration for Maple Bay will open in Spring 2019.

This course is open to ages 19 and up.
Maximum of 4 spots available. 
20% for ages 19-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for live aboard sailing on our FAQ page here.  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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Fraser River Lightship Race
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Fraser River Lightship Race

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club hosts this final local distance race of the season that gives us points in the Vancouver Area Racing Championship distance series.  It's the perfect opportunity to stretch our legs on the roughly 30 mile course while still making it back to shore for a late dinner.

The course is an out and out sprint from RVYC in Kitsilano to the Fraser River lightship station just off Steveston and back. This route inevitably offers some challenging navigation through the strong tidal currents that characterize the mouth of the mighty Fraser River, and involves strong crew work to take advantage of playing back eddies while staying out of the overly shallow water of Sturgeon Bank.

Contact us for any questions on the race.

Pre-Requisites

Previous sailing experience required, including under spinnaker.  Suitable minimum experience would include:  
Quicker Crew course +
Spinnaker School +
OR Club races or other racing events.  

Other experience may be appropriate. Contact us to discuss if you're unsure about your experience level.

Registration

155.00
Quantity:
Register Now

This course is open to ages 16 and up.
Maximum of 7 spots available. 
20% for ages 16-25.  Contact us to access this pricing.

5% GST is added at checkout for Canadian customers 

Included in Registration

Race fees, fuel, etc. are all included.  No food is included for this race- please bring your own lunch, snacks, etc. for the race.  Check this section of our FAQs for what else is included and not included.

What to Bring & What to Expect?

Please check the required items listed for day sailing on our FAQ page here.  

While we aim to sail our very best on the race course, we offer a fun and supportive learning environment.  No enraged skipper shouting at the crew.  No grim silence as the crew plots a mutiny.  No fits of depression if we don't beat all the other boats.  The Sea to Sky race team is all about improving our own performance both individually and as a team, and doing our best to make every race a positive experience.  

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