Ideal winds for Race Around the Rocks

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A stiff breeze had boats heeled hard over during the Race Around the Rocks.

A stiff breeze had boats heeled hard over during the Race Around the Rocks.

The Schooner Cove Yacht Club’s Race Around the Rocks regatta, held June 3 to 5, enjoyed ideal weather conditions, reports fleet captain Peter Milne.

These ideal conditions, he said, allowed the race committee to set five exciting and challenging courses, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. There were 16 registered boats, divided into three divisions.  

The winner of Division I was SCYC’s own Ken Lott and his crew on Sea Lion, followed by Tim Daniel from Nanaimo Yacht Club on Optical Illusion. Third place went to Tom Stevens, also from Namaimo, on Lickety Split.

The Division 2 winner was Nanaimo’s Ken Holland on Black Adder. Second place was secured by Schooner Cove’s Brian Robinson and his crew on Flight. 

Division 3 was a White Sails Division.  The winner was Garth Loughead and his son, Nolan, on Ocean Frog.  

The overall regatta winner and the recipient of the SCYC regatta trophy was awarded to Ken Holland on Black Adder.  

Based on low point score, the overall winner was tied between Ken Holland and Ken Lott on Sea Lion.  Therefore, the final overall winner was based on the throw away race, resulting in Ken Holland on Black Adder taking the trophy.  

The Ballenas Cup, a trophy most racers wish to avoid, was democratically awarded to Bill Walters for parking his boat Rambunctious on the finish line just as Division 2 was finishing a race.


 • Tim Rann’s team in Amazing Grace finished the first leg of the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race in five hours, 13 minutes and 10 seconds, picking up 11 points and finishing 11th out of 13 spots in their division.

The fastest boat in their division, David Wilson’s Merlin, finished the same leg — from Nanaimo to French Creek — in four hours, 50 minutes and 44 seconds. 

In the second leg, from French Creek to Comox, Rann and his crew finished the 28.55-nautical mile course in six hours, 50 minutes and 45 seconds, moving them up to eighth place for the leg and ninth place overall. 

The third leg, 28.2 kilometres from Comox to Campbell River, saw Amazing Grace finish in nine hours, compared to the first place finish by Adam Corbin’s crew in Astral Plane of four hours, 45 minutes and one second. The finish put Amazing Grace in 12th spot overall.