Whistler Sailing Association hosted the first ever B.C. Sailing sanctioned race event to be held in Whistler, this past weekend.
On gusty Alta Lake, under the supervision of Head Coach/Race Director Francois Hebert over 40 young athletes from across Canada and Washington State, accompanied by their coaches, competed in the Optimist Class (15 years and under) and “420 class” (18 years and under) at the 2012 B.C. Championships.
Five Whistler sailors, Ren, Leo and Neo Bennett, Cody Flann and Collin Faiella, competed in the championships for the first time. The Saturday evening lake-side dinner was also a huge success, with approximately 100 guests.
Without enormous involvement from the community and the volunteer brigade an event of this calibre could not take place. Generous corporate support was provided by Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, American friends of Whistler, Resort Municipality of Whistler (Dave Patterson and Roger Weetman), Crepe Montagne, C Escape sails , Backroads Whistler, Whistler Tax Solutions, Sidorov Advanced Driver Training, The Nature of Real Estate, Nesters Market, Saturday at the Point (Stephen Vogler), and Hilton Hotel.
Volunteer support came from all around the lake and the community with special thanks to Doug for the barge, and all the regatta vollies – Alan, Suze, John D, Nicola, David, Shane, Mark, Jay, Wayne, Shira, Boyd, Lorraine, Sally, Craig, Lennox, Dimitri, Sarah, Chris, and others.
We were blown away by all the help from mother nature, local businesses and enthusiastic vollies. Many thanks.
Patrick McCurdy, Commodore,
Whistler Sailing Association