For those that do not know, Sointula is on Malcolm Island, at the northwest end of Vancouver Island on the "inside Passage", across from Port McNeill.
We ARE the gateway to the Broughton Archipelago. Traditionally Sointula has been a commercial fishing port, at one time having the largest Canadian fishing fleet on the west coast. Although an active fishing fleet still exists, we now enjoy having visiting yachters and sport fishermen throughout the season. We have a great harbour, bakery/café, a grocery and hardware store, a pub along with all services required for boaters.
Our Canada Day regatta is one of many events hosted throughout the year by the community of Sointula, including the May Long Weekend Ball Tournament, Salmon Day Festival in August, and the Sointula Winterfestival in November.
This year we hope our regatta will be bigger and better. Some of the highlights from the last 5 years included a beer garden hosted by the Lion’s Club – all types of entertainment including children's events - a kick off event – the Canada Day Cake Cutting Ceremony - local food - local vendors and of course, a (fun) sailing race.
We hope to have even more fun events this year. All events take place at one of the best harbors on the coast here on Malcolm Island. All proceeds are donated to the “Friend’s In Need Now” (FINN) fund to assist with such things as expenses for transportation to and from medical appointments.
For more information about our area please go www.sointulainfo.ca or find out what's been happening in our area and see images from previous year's Canada Day Regatta on the gallery page of this website.
What a day we had! Approximately 600 people in attendance in the harbour parking lot. Lots of vendors and great food. We had a live band, a parade (for the first time) and a rocking good time at the pub. The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time.
AND CHECK OUT THE ARTICLES IN THE EAGLE!
Now down to business:
2017! Canada’s 150th. The sail race, that almost wasn’t.
The weather was fine. The event area was crowded as was the beer gardens. The band was playing. The sailing vessels were ready, for the start of the 6th annual Sointula Canada Day Regatta.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate and provide some wind. Not a breath. As a result, each of the skippers were informed, the race would not proceed. Very sad.
All but three vessels headed for the barn. A short time later, a phone call was received by myself, on board Islay Mist. We were drifting around at the start line, chit chatting and enjoying the mild, but windless weather.
Apparently, Tack Tic (skippered by Dave Graham) and Astray (skippered by Michael Paul) had ventured a little further out into the strait, and found some wind! Not a lot, but enough. “Come and play, begged Skipper Michael”! And so we did. Islay Mist joined these two die-hards, and The Race Was on!
The breeze was light. The three vessels, on a beam reach, neck and neck, continued to the “turn around Mark” , at the outer edge of Neill Ledge, and headed for the finish line.
It was a slow race, close hauled, but thoroughly enjoyable. As the vessels crossed the finish line, it was Tack Tic taking line honours and first place (corrected time), Astray 2nd, and Islay Mist 3rd. Incredible!
I wonder what will Mother Nature will give us in 2018.