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Frequently Asked Questions


Here are a number of items of information that you may find useful. This page is being added to regularly: come back and see what is new.


  • What do I need to do to to be ready for Southern Straits?
    • 1. Required safety equipment


      For the 2017 event, all boats registered for the Grande, Long, Medium & Short Courses must comply with:
      - PIYA Safety Equipment Requirements (March 1, 2016) ‘Coastal’ category; or
      - ISAF Offshore Special Regulations Category 3 (Monohulls) (2016-2017)

      All boats competing on the Inshore course must comply with:
      - PIYA Safety Equipment Requirements ‘Inshore’ category (effective March 1, 2016)
      or
      - ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 2016-2017 (OSR) category 4

      Full details are provided in the Notice of Race, available November 1, 2016.

      2. Crew Experience


      Southern Straits can provide a variety of different conditions. It is strongly recommended that at least half the crew have overnight racing experience and have extensive experience as a crew in all aspects of seamanship and navigation.

      3. Safety Training


      Not fewer than two members of the crew, unless you are racing single handed, must have attended a half-day, one-day or two-day Safety at Sea Seminar within the last 5 years.

      A Safety at Sea half-day seminar will be offered at WVYC on Thursday, March 30, 2017 (1730 - 2100). Online registration will open on November 1, 2016. Early Bird registration will be available until March 16, 2017 at a cost of $80 plus GST. Certificates obtained at this seminar, and the previously held 2016 seminar, are valid for five years.

      Click here for schedules of upcoming sessions.


  • What mooring options are provided for out of town participants in the Regatta?
    • WVYC will provide moorage for this event at no cost in the Fishermans Cove Basin. It is required that crew delivering prior to the event contact WVYC to provide approximate arrival times and vessel details. Slip assignments will be communicated prior to arrival.  Please note that moorage is assigned on a first come first serve basis and rafting may be required. Visiting boats are required to vacate their assigned slip no later than noon on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

      Please click here for amenities in the area and a map of the WVYC and its environs.

      We recommend that boats over fifty feet or with deep draft requirements request moorage at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Phone 604-224-1344) or at the Vancouver Rowing Club (Phone 604-687-3400).
  • What Canadian Customs facilities would you recommend we use if needed?
    • No customs personnel will be present at the WVYC Clubhouse, however Customs can be cleared via the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club’s main “dinner dock” at their Jericho facility.

      An additional Customs dock is located at the False Creek Government dock (Fisherman's Pier)

      Canada Customs can be reached by calling 1-800-461-9999 or (604) 666-0545
  • Can I get some information about the "Safety at Sea?" training?
    • The BC Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course (Safety at Sea - Sea Survival) is for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages. The course includes classroom and practical sessions.

      Topics covered include safety equipment, storm sails, weather forecasts, heavy weather, man overboard, emergency signals and communications. Practical sessions include inflating and using life jackets, life rafts and other safety equipment in a pool environment. The course is Sail Canada-ISAF approved. Participants who successfully complete the course receive BC Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate, valid for five years.

      BC Sailing / WVYC and US Sailing / The Sailing Foundation offer Safety at Sea courses. Click here for schedules of upcoming sessions
  • Do you have Crew Bank or Crew Wanted information?
    • If Southern Straits is on your “bucket list” but you need Crew or are looking for a ride, there is a Straits Crew Bank/Crew Wanted list ready to help make this happen!

      Use the menu on the right to access the Crew Bank or Crew Wanted lists, and to find instructions as to how to add postings on these.
  • Can my friends and family follow the race?
    • Everyone is welcome on Race Day at the Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver for a family fun event to view the start of the Race. Click here for a listing of Festivities.

      In addition, Southern Straits will once again be using SPOT transponder technology courtesy of Park Shore BMW to follow the racers throughout the event. A live feed of the race will be accessible via the Race Tracking and Results page.

      See the menu on the right or please click here for Tracker & Last Known Yacht Positions

  • Does WVYC’s Southern Straits Classic serve as a qualifying race?
  • I am not racing but would love to get involved. What can I do?
    • Each year the Race Organizers rely on a team of  hard-working Volunteers to run a successful weekend of racing.  There are lots of ways to help out and you don’t need to be a sailor to be part of the Straits team.

      Southern Straits 2017 will run from Thursday, April 13 to 0030 Sunday April 16, 2017. All Volunteers must attend a prior orientation session and may be required to attend additional training sessions as deemed required by the various Committee Chairs.

      Click here for information on how to get involved.

  • How do I get information about Boat Prep, Crew Safety etc?
    • The West Vancouver Yacht Club is pleased to present a series of “Tech Talk’s” leading up to the race. Presentations cover a wide variety of topics suitable for both first-time and veteran Straits participants.

      Please click here for a listing of upcoming Tech Talk topics and times.

      In addition, check out our Useful Links Page to the right that includes a series of archived Tech Talk sessions that you might find useful.