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 huge fleet to careen around in pre-start maneuvers.  

Contact us for any questions on the race.

2019 Preliminary Schedule

Saturday, June 8

We will meet at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club in the morning to get the boat ready and psyche ourselves up for a great day of sailing.  Then off we go to the start line and circumnavigating Bowen Island.

After racing we will moor in Snug Cove to join the after party!  The boat will be staying overnight and crew are welcome to sleep aboard on a first come, first served basis for bunks, or hop the ferry across to Horseshoe Bay. 

We'll sail back to EHYC on Sunday, June 9th.

 Sea to Sky Sailing's 2016 Round Bowen team

Sea to Sky Sailing's 2016 Round Bowen team


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.


 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.