The 10th edition of the Van Isle 360 is currently underway with the first stop in Comox BC this last weekend. Much to the tune of a Volvo Ocean Race, an “in port” race was held on Sunday June 7 for the competitors. 40 yachts including a few Santa Cruz 70’s and Dragonfly (Formula 40 catamaran) braved sunny skies and 8 to 10 knots in sheltered waters south of Comox.
As the title suggests – it was indeed a weekend for the kids – little kids and big kids alike! Because the in port race was a fun race, owners were gracious enough take a number of kids for a sail on their thoroughbred racing machines. Needless to say they were taken up on the offer. Dragonfly took out 6 kids from Compass Adventures – I’m sure that was a ride that they will never forget. Neptune’s Car also took out a handful of sailors from the Comox Bay Sailing Club. And if that wasn’t enough Comox Bay Sailing Club junior members Nate Bell and Chris Volkers hitched a ride all the way up to Port Hardy on Jam – a J160 out of Fox Island, Washington. With forecasts of 30 to 40 knots in Johnstone Strait this week they are surely in for a wild ride!
The Comox Bay Sailing Club has been focusing on kids sailing programs with our Sailing School and Race Team activity, and this was one hell of an opportunity for the little tykes! It was great to see the owners do this for the kids. They are after all, our future of sailing!
Click here for the full write up with pictures and videos. For race schedule and information check out the VI360 web site, and get in on the action with the VI 360 race tracker and Facebook page.