Skippers and crews honoured in Schooner Cove

Hans Kratz can’t get the image of oiled birds in the Gulf of Mexico out of his mind — and the head of Parksville-Qualicum KAIROS wants to make sure it never happens here.

KAIROS is sponsoring a special public town hall meeting on the issue of tankers off the B.C. coast at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Issues to be discussed include risks faced by oil tanker traffic, ways to mitigate the risks, economic benefits and whether or not there can be a safe middle ground. The program will feature a new short video, Oil in Eden, followed by guest speaker Eric Swanson of Victoria’s Dogwood Initiative, who will focus on potential benefits and hazards in transporting large volumes of petroleum products.

For more information contact Hans Kratz at 250-752-1345.

• When it came time for officials with the Schooner Cove Yacht Club to hand out the Best Overall trophy at their recent awards day, it was Brian Robinson and his crew of Flight who were called up to the podium.

The award, which is based on total points over the winter, spring and fall series, saw second place go to Richard Hudson on Island Fling. Tim Rann took third place on Amazing Grace.

As well, Rann and his crew won the Bay Race trophy, while Neal Berger on Shingebiss placed second in this category and Brian Robinson took third.

The Trophy for the Single Handed Pursuit Race was won by Brian Robinson on Flight. Gary Davis on Dash took second place. Third place was awarded to Richard Hudson on Island Fling. Walter Clark on Rigalo won the New Skipper/New Crew trophy.

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