SHIPPING NEWS: Busy season on the water

Neil Horner's weekly column on sea-related happenings from Nanoose Bay to Deep Bay and beyond

The 35-foot Pacific Green

The 35-foot Pacific Green

he Schooner Cove Yacht Club has a busy schedule of competition on the water this year.

The spring racing series has already kicked off and continues on Sunday with races three and four.

But wait, there’s more. The Bay Race takes place on April 21, followed by the Spring Single Handed Race on April 28.

On top of the regularly scheduled racing, Wednesday evening summer fun racing commences on April 24 and continues until mid-September.

The action continues on May 5 with the Jack and Jill Race and Sailpast.

One of the highlights of the sailing season in Nanoose Bay is the annual Race Around the Rocks, including the Lasqueti Island Race, which takes to the high seas May 31 and June 1-2.

On June 16 skippers will take part in the Nearly Summer Single Handed Race.

The Third Annual Schooner Cove Yacht Club Fleet Regatta takes place on Sept. 8 and the Fall Single Handed Race kicks off on Sept. 15.

There’s likely to be much more action on the water this summer, so watch this space for all the details.

• They may be getting a slow start on the racing season, but one event that’s sure to go ahead in Deep Bay is the upcoming marine consignment sale.

This will be the seventh year for the popular event, which lets owners of spare maritime gear link up with people in need of that special boating something.

The sale kicks off on Sunday, April 14 at the Bowser Legion.

Call Rick Nickerson at 250-757-8438 for details.

• With fares for B.C. ferries slated to rise again on April 1, the B.C. Conservatives are promising a rebate for frequent users.

On Monday, party leader John Cummins said if his party is elected he will create a new provincial tax credit of up to $408 per annum if drivers claim the maximum of $1,800 in fares.

• One piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami that won’t be littering B.C.’s shores is the Ryou-Un Maru.

The 50-metre squid fish boat was washed away from its mooring by the 2011 quake and tsunami and was spotted a year later by a Royal Canadian Air Force patrol about 280 kilometres off the coast of Haida Gwaii.

On April 5 of last year, an attempt to salvage the abandoned ship was scrapped after a tow line broke near Sitka, Alaska. The U.S. Coast Guard ship Anacapa then sank the hulk with a cannon in 6,000 feet of water to prevent it from becoming a hazard to navigation or running aground.

• It won’t be long before the commercial fishing fleet will be heading out to catch their share of the deep sea prawn bounty.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans reported this week the commercial prawn fishery starts on May 9.

• There’s still time to sign up for the Nanoose  Power and Sail Squadron’s Maritime VHF Radio course,  slated to be held at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Nanoose Bay on April 15, 22 and 25, with the exam set for April 29.

It is illegal to use — or even turn on — a VHF radio on the water without first achieving this Restricted Operator (Marine) certification.

The Industry Canada-approved course teaches emergency radio procedures along with everyday radio operating techniques, using hands-on teaching techniques.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the course should register by visiting www.nanoosecps.ca

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