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