A number of boats have already registered for this year’s Easter Seals Cup race, with regatta organizers still counting on a few more boats to register yet. The National Bank Easter Seals Regatta is the largest charity regatta on the West Coast and a great opportunity for boat owners to enjoy a ‘fun’ day on the water while supporting a good cause. The Regatta is a PHRF handicap race with flying sails and no-flying sails divisions. The Regatta is pirate themed, and will include a parade through False Creek. Prizes will be awarded for ‘best crew spirit’ and ‘best costume’.
Not sailors, not a problem, join the Regatta’s growing list of organizations, businesses and individuals who have registered to sponsor a boat or skipper. Boat sponsorship, starting at $250, is a great way to raise your corporate profile within the community, recognize employees or invite out clientele, receive a charitable tax receipt, all while ‘giving back’ to a worthwhile cause.
Proudly sponsored by National Bank, the ‘After Party’ in Hastings Mill Park offers a chance for everyone to kick back and relax after a fun day of racing. Everyone is invited to attend the barbecue and beer garden, and enjoy your favourite songs from ‘Mai Tai Friday’ and bid on some fabulous silent auction items. Bring the kids; there will be activities for them too. Tickets for the ‘after party’ only and event information are available at 604-873-1865 or www.eastersealsregatta.ca
Tom and Kathleen Kjaersgaard
When we (an Ontario couple) both raised sailing on the Great Lakes and Lake Simcoe, decided to pack up and move our lives and careers to Cochrane, Alberta (minutes West of Calgary) in 2013, our rationalization banter went a bit like this:
“OK, considering that it’s Alberta…not a boating paradise… let’s just embrace the change. Sell the boat (our much loved Olson 25) and then we’ll just move-on and pursue other hobbies. How about golfing more maybe? We’ve pretty much ignored golf for the last 15 years right? So we agree - we’ll replace the boating with golfing and who knows what other Alberta adventures on the weekends.”
As a semi-recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest from New England’s historic waters, I was thrilled to learn that the boating season here in Seattle is much longer than it is back East, provided, of course, that your boat is up to the task. While our summer months here at 48 degrees north are characterized by massive high-pressure systems that park-up over the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, delivering bluebird days that are void of any real breeze, our fall, winter and spring months offer plenty of pressure...