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The 50th Annual Southern Straits Classic - March 30 - April 1, 2018. 

The 50th Annual Southern Straits Classic Race hosted by the West Vancouver Yacht Club will occur on Easter weekend 2018.

The organizing committee has been working behind the scenes to make this a memorable event and is pleased to announce that the Notice of Race for the Classic and InShore Courses has been posted effective Dec 31st, 2017. In addition, online registration will commence at 11:00, January 1st, 2018. Early Bird pricing for race registration will be in effect until end of day January 31st, 2018. Competitors taking advantage of the early bird pricing will qualify for an early bird prize draw. Refer to the menu on the right "How to Register /Documents" for details. 

A one-day Safety at Sea seminar will be offered at West Vancouver Yacht Club on Saturday, March 24, 2018 (08:30 - 17:00 with lunch provided). Online registration is now open with an Early Bird price of only $80 until Feb 8th or $100 until Mar 10th, thereafter the nominal price will be $120. Registration early as this course is very popular and has sold out the last 2 years running. Certificates obtained at this seminar and the previous 2016 and 2017 half-day seminars, are valid for five years from the respective seminar dates.  Click here for course information. Click here for online registration. 

Please Note: For Safety at Sea participants taking the BC or WA courses on March 24/25th, 2018 and who are registered to race in Southern Straits. The Race Committee recognizes the tight timelines may preclude receiving the official Safety at Sea certificate by the submission deadline of end of day Sunday, March 25th, 2018. For Registrants who successfully complete the course, either an official certificate or a written and signed confirmation from the course instructor will be accepted. Please refer to the Notice of Race, Eligibility and Entry section 3.8 concerning the acceptable submission of required documents.  

All Boats registered for the Long, Medium and Short Courses will require a mandatory pre-Race safety inspection as per Notice of Race, Section 17 – Equipment Inspections. For your convenience, pre-Race inspection times and dates have been established at WVYC, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Jericho and Coal Harbour) and Vancouver Rowing Club. Please click here for dates and times by location. To reserve an inspection time/location, send an email to with the Location, Time slot, Boat and Skipper's name and Slip# (if known). Requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. Upon receipt you should receive an email confirmation within 48 hours and the posted schedules will be updated accordingly.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 

Thank you to our Sponsors and the 130+ Volunteers that support this annual event and we look forward to welcoming you to West Vancouver Yacht Club March 30 – April 1, 2018. 

Mike Seper
2018 Southern Straits Classic Race Chair

Counting down to the start of the 50th Southern Straits 

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