Winter yacht races ahoy!

Real sailors don't let a little bit of bad weather on the briny deter them from their passion

It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s miserable out on the water — just the way some of the more extreme sailors like it.

Members of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club will show their icy determination on the water when they kick off their winter series of races next month.

The first of the winter series kicks off on January 9 at the Fairwinds Marina in Schooner Cove, with subsequent races slated for Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20 and March 5. The wrap up to the winter series is scheduled for March 22, which will include the spring general meeting and trophy presentations.

On a less competitive note, club members will take to the water on the first day of the new year with a sea lion cruise, starting at 1 p.m. and culminating with shared appetizers and treats at 3 p.m. in the Afterdeck.




• The president of the Qualicum Beach Legion was on hand at Oceanside Middle School Wednesday night to present local sea cadets with a cheque for $600 in appreciation for the cadets’ work to support various Legion activities, such as Remembrance Day services, the annual poppy campaign and the Battle of the Atlantic service.

The presentation came after the Legion also presented cheques to the Admiral Yanow Navy League Cadet Corps, in similar appreciation for their efforts.




• Ferry travellers should brace themselves for another hit to the pocketbook as BC Ferries prepares to raise their fuel surcharge on major routes.

As of December 12, travellers heading between Vancouver Island and the mainland will see a five per cent fuel surcharge added to their fare.

The increase, blamed on rising marine fuel prices, represents a doubling of the fuel surcharge.