About thirty people and nine multihulls attended the 2012 BC Multihull Society sail in to Port Browning on Pender Island on the Victoria Day long weekend. The weather was excellent on Saturday for the Beach BBQ and annual meeting. It deterioted a bit on Sunday with light rain in the morning which stopped in time for the fun race in the afternoon.
Sunday night we all met in Pt Browning Marina Restaurant for dinner and the prize giving. First in the Cruising division was Lightfoot, 2nd Simone and 3rd Mustang Sally. Winner of the racing division was Dreamchaser, 2nd Dutch Treat and 3rd Albatross.
Held in Boundary Bay. Sponsored by the International Yacht Club of BC.
Two days of racing. Long course on Saturday and two around the buoy races on Sunday. Unfortunately, there was practically no wind on the first day and very little wind on the second day. Seven Multihulls from both sides of the border participated including the extremely fast Formula 40 catamaran Dragonfly.
First Place: Osprey (Trimaran 23) Mark Zollitsch
Second Place: Bad Kitty (one off Uthoff) Ron Tomas
Third Place: Blue Lightning (Corsair F31R) Mark Gumley)
Our BCMS Christmas party hosts for many years rented out their house this fall and took off to see the world (or at least North America) in their motor home. Therefore, we needed a new venue in 2011 and luckily Celia, Walter, Dorian and Pikera Payne offered their place for the club’s annual end of the year get together. Approximately thirty members attended. BCMS provided a turkey which Ron Tomas cooked and brought to the party. Everyone else came with an appetizer, hot entree or dessert to share.
The kids enjoyed the traditional small gift exchange.
Fifteen boats came to the 2011 BCMS Winter cove Sail in. There was lots of sun and the blackberries were at their peak deliciousness. As usual, there was a group dinner at the Uthuff’s cabin on Saturday and Sunday night and a fun race on Sunday. First in the Racer division was Cat Sass, second place went to Strike and third place to Bad Kitty. Santispac took first prize in the Cruiser race with Domino Second and Dutch Treat Third.
The UK – Halsey NW Sales sponsored Cowichan Bay Regatta is noted for its ideal racing conditions and this year was no exception. Eighteen multihulls participated in the two days of racing with the usual margarita party and steak BBQ Saturday night.
A multihull (Lightfoot) from Brisbane, Australia participated in the BC Multihull Society New Castle Island sail in on July 16th. Owners Graham Shaw & Michelle Riedlinger came to the group picnic Saturday night and shared with us some of their journey adventures. Other highlights of the event were seeing Richard Wood’s new power catamaran and Mark Coulter’s new triamaran Albatross II. In spite of the rather soggy weather, twenty five people attended the dinner. President, Bob Davis managed to get us the picnic site by the main pavilion in which the BBQ pit as well as the picnic tables were under cover. This was much appreciated as there was quite a downpour at times during the evening. It was an enjoyable time in spite of the weather since NewCastle Island has lots of walking trails with beautiful views of water and mountains.
The formula 40 catamaran Dragonfly owned by Richard Ackrill of Victoria was once again the winner of the Swiftsure. This year the fleet had to battle an adverse current for most of the race so many boats did not finish until Sunday afternoon. Dragonfly finished at 3:30 AM Sunday morning followed by Bad Kitty (BCMS Ron Tomas) @ 1:02 PM, Ruff Duck ( NWMA Maryn Adams) @ 1:30 PM and Sauterelle (BCMS John Green) @ 1:59 PM. The only other multi in the Cape Flattery Multihull division was Blue Lightning who withdrew after rounding. On corrected time, Dragonfly was still first but Sauterelle took the second position and Ruff Duck third.
It was a very high tide on the evening of May 21st so instead of the beach, we had the group dinner and annual meeting at the premier campsite at Pt. Browning Marina that BCMS Director Ron Tomas had managed to snag. There was a picnic table plus lots of camp chairs and planks to sit on so it was much more comfortable than our usual beach experience.
Fifteen members attended the Annual Meeting and this constituted a quorum. The 2010 financial statements were approved as well as the budget for 2011. Directors elected were Bob Davis, Ron Tomas, Stu Kerr, Wayne Carlson, Alec Mackenzie, Marlene Mackenzie and Jamie McKerrow. The President asked if anyone else wanted to serve on the board and there were no volunteers. It was agreed that holding the annual meeting at Pt Browning allowed more members to attend.
The Fun race started at noon on Sunday. For once there was enough wind for everyone to easily get around the course. First in the Cruiser Class was Dutch Treat followed by Sweet Heart and Simone. Sauterelle won the Racer Division, Mad Kiwi was second and Kitty Litter third. Roy Mills was at the helm of Mad Kiwi for much of the race and it was thought that this might be the reason for her excellent performance.
As usual, the prize giving dinner was held at the Marina’s restaurant Sunday night. Instead of a set meal or buffet as in past years, we were allowed to just order off the menu. This allowed a better selection and a more reasonable price. As well as prizes for the race winners there were also quite a few door prizes for other attendees.
Eight multihulls raced around the bay Saturday April 30th in the first day of the 2011 Semiahmoo Regatta hosted by the International Yacht Club. First home was the club’s own BAD KITTY crewed by Ron Tomas, Bob Davis, Stu Kerr, Wayne & Ian Carlson, Tim Poustie & Alec Mackenzie. Other Multihulls were Mustang Sally (BCMS Ray Simpson), Blue Lightning (Mark Gumley), US 247 (Patrick Horner), A Cat (Kim Alfreds), USA 174 (Morgan Tedrow), Cat Sass (Pat Barrett) & Ruf Duck (Martyn Adams).
Preliminary Race Results
Div A Fleet
1st Div A Bad Kitty 49401 Ron Tomas
2nd Div A A Cat 249 Kim Alfreds
3rd Div A Blue Lightning 290 Mark Gumley
4th Div A RufDuck 79112 Martyn Adams
5th Div A A Cat USA 174 Morgan Tedrow
6th Div A Cat Sass 87945 Pat Barrett
7th Div A Mustang Sally Ray Simpson
8th Div A A Cat US 247 Patrick Horner