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The 49th Annual Southern Straits - April 14 - 16, 2017. 


The countdown to the 49th Annual Southern Straits Race hosted by the West Vancouver Yacht Club is on! The Race Organizers are hard at work and we are thrilled to see our Current Registrants list growing daily.

2017 Southern Straits Tech Talk Series:
Thank you to all who braved the snow to join us at VRC for our 1st Tech Talk on February 3rd. It was a great evening and thank you to all who shared their Straits experiences and tips. Who knew that hot water bottles and orange garbage bags played such an important role?

A second evening of "Straits 101" will be presented at Nanaimo Yacht Club on Friday, March 3rd starting at 1900hrs. We look forward to seeing our Vancouver Island friends there!

Our 2nd Tech Talk evening in the Vancouver area will be held at RVYC on Monday, March 27 1900hrs. Join us for a working session, focussing on:
- Racing Rules and how they differ between civil sunset and sunrise
- The penalty and protest systems, how does it work?
- Review of PIYA "Coastal" and OSR Category 3 safety requirements.

2017 Pre-Race Safety Inspections:
We are pleased to once again offer our popular Pre-Race Safety Inspections. New for this year, once you have successfully passed your Safety Inspection, your Skipper Kit & SPOT Tracker will be delivered right to your boat!
Inspections will be offered at the following locations:
April 11, 2017: Vancouver Rowing Club & RVYC Coal Harbour
April 12, 2017: RVYC Jericho
April 13, 2017: West Vancouver Yacht Club
Pre-Race Safety Inspections must be booked in advance and are available to registered participants only. Sign up sheets for each location will be available shortly.

Safety at Sea:
Now that 2017 is here, is your Safety at Sea Training up to date? The Safety at Sea Half-Day Seminar will be offered at 2 locations:
- March 11 at Sidney North Saanich YC
- March 30 at West Vancouver YC

These courses are specifically designed for sailors who are participating in OSR Category 3 and PIYA Coastal Category events such as Southern Straits. Online registration for these courses is now open with Early Bird registration and pricing available. Certificates obtained from this course are valid for five years. Course information, schedule, and online registration are all available at www.bcsailing.bc.ca/safetyatsea

Thank you to our Sponsors and the 100+ Volunteers that put their heart and soul into this amazing weekend of sailing. We look forward to welcoming you to WVYC April 14 - 16, 2017.

Sonia Telford
2017 Southern Straits Race Chair


 

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