A great day to raise the sails

Members of the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club open the season in style

Skipper John Van Amstel

Dressed in their summer whites and blue blazers, members of the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club on Saturday started their engines, raised their sails and fired the cannon to mark a new season on the water.

“It is a great day for our opening day and sail past,” said club commodore Bryan Lee.

The day featured a competition among the boats, a salute to the mariners and a blessing of the boats via squirt gun.

Earning the Commodore’s Cup for their sail past effort was the crew of the My Tai, followed by Mischief in second place and Bonita in third.

The sail past best dressed crew among the power boats were on the Puffin and the best dressed on sails were the crew of the Honcho.

Lee gave special recognition to the members of the youth sailing club for their strong turnout for the event.

“They are the future of our club,” he said.

The commodore recognized the club’s life members during his opening day speech, as well as the late Bob Wright, a founder of the club, who died late last month.

“Bob will always be a big part of our history and part of our club,” Lee said.