SHIPPING NEWS:No records broken in race

Slow air means Deep Bay Yacht Club race slogs on to the finish


t was pretty slow going at times, but this past weekend the race went ahead anyway for the Deep Bay Yacht Club, reports Fleet Captain Don Manness.

“Light Air persisted in the entire race out to Nash Banks and back to the start line,” Manness said this week. “Boat speeds averaged about three knots for this eight-knot race.”

Even a slow race has to have a winner though, so when the boats inched across the line it was Princesa  that took home the gold, with PS Hanuah Matata in second and and then Class Act in third.

Of Interest, Manness added, Hakuna Matata came first over all in the recent Around Lasqueti Island Race, while Princesa struggled for 43 hours to get around the recent Swiftsure Race course.



• Members of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue raced to the scene with their RCMP colleagues from Sechelt this week when a  Seair Beaver float plane was forced to make an emergency landing after its propeller fell off in mid-flight on Monday afternoon.

Police report that the Vancouver-bound plane left from Powell River but was forced to make an emergency landing in Halfmoon Bay after allegedly losing its propeller while in-flight.

Although both pontoons were damaged as a result of being struck by the propeller, the plane was able to stay afloat upon landing.

The pilot and three passengers were not injured as a result of the incident.

The float plane was safely towed ashore by RCMSAR and two civilian operated vessels.

“Losing a propeller is certainly an uncommon occurrence”, stated Cpl. Chubey of the Sunshine Coast RCMP. “Luckily, the pontoons have several compartments, which contributed to the sea plane staying afloat”.



• The 11th annual 2013 Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival will take to the waves from July 5-7, this time with even more teams, more festivities and more fun.popular summer event.

Teams from all over B.C. and the U.S. will take part in the festival — a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration that is expected to draw as many as 30,000 people to Nanaimo’s waterfront.



• It was a sinking that went down in infamy.

The Canadian hospital ship, HMHS Llandovery Castle, while on a voyage from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England was torpedoed off southern Ireland on June 27, 1918 with the loss of 234 lives.

That was just the start of the horror, however.

When the crew took to the lifeboats, the German SM U-86, surfaced, ran down all the lifeboats except one, and shot at the people in the water.


Only the 24 people in the remaining lifeboat survived. They were rescued shortly afterwards and testified as to what had happened. Among those lost were more than a dozen nursing sisters from Canada.