For the very first time, Whistler will welcome a B.C. Sailing Circuit race this weekend, hosted by the Whistler Sailing Association on Alta Lake Saturday and Sunday (July 20 and 21).
Youth sailors from all over the province will come to compete in Optimist, Laser and 420 boat classes over the two days.
The weekend races will be the biggest taking place in Whistler since Alta Lake was the site of the B.C. Optimist Championships in 2012. The success of that regatta and others helped Whistler gain a spot on the B.C Circuit, which helps determines top B.C. sailors for national and international competition.
The local sailing contingent will be strong, as up to 10 Whistler skippers could be part of the field this weekend. Nicola McDonald, Severin Nielsen and Ren, Neo and Leo Bennett are among the local sailors already registered.
Spectators are welcome to view the races from the shoreline, with Rainbow Park, Lakeside Park and Blueberry Park providing the best vantage points. Those in boats are asked to remain clear of the sailing course markers and Ironman training area buoys.
Contact email@example.com, volunteer coordinator Bronwen Hill at 604-906-1238 or coach Francois Hebert at 604-902-4836 for more regatta details. Visit www.whistlersailing.com for info about club programming and local sailing opportunities.
Allison captures Phat win
Tyler Allison beat all of the 245 other riders who showed up for last week's (July 10) Phat Wednesday race in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, taming the Orient Express trails and Lower Whistler Downhill finish.
Allison reached the bottom of the course in three minutes, 31.774 seconds, good for a margin of nearly three seconds over Remy Metailler in the open men's race. George Newham hung on to the last podium step ahead of series leader Chris Kovarik.
Racing in the master men's division was extremely tight, with just 0.348 seconds separating first place from fourth. Adam Bowie (3:43.888) earned the victory by just two-thousandths of a second over Chris Dewer, while Chris Young edged Kris Atkinson for third.
Claire Buchar claimed another women's victory in 4:05.175 but was pressured by Katrina Strand, who was barely more than a second behind. Pat Moreno finished in third place.
Finn Iles picked up the junior win with his time of 3:50.614. Iles's run was enough to hold off Isaac Marangoni's runner-up time by 1.2 seconds. Vincent Pasquier rounded out the junior top three.
Triathletes in action
Several Whistler athletes were involved in Sunday's (July 14) Subaru Vancouver Triathlon, including nine local men who completed the Half Iron distance.
At four hours, 48 minutes, Ashley McMillan set the fastest time by a Whistler triathlete on the course consisting of a 1.9-km swim, 90-km bike and 20-km run, starting and finishing at Jericho Beach Park. McMillan's performance placed him 61st out of more than 250 male finishers.
Colin Richardson (5:08:12), Steve Wheeler (5:09:08) and Greg Sandkuhl (5:11:02) all finished among the top 150 overall. Tyler Massey, Sergio Tortajada, Christopher Den Tandt, John Blok and Sunghan Kim also completed the Half Iron distance.
Whistler's Scott Brammer finished the Olympic distance race, clocking in at 2:41:16 during his 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. Krista Oster Brammer took on the Sprint triathlon, finishing her 500-m swim, 20-km bike and five-km run in 1:45:58. Pemberton's Eduardo Aguirre also finished the Sprint distance, with his time of 1:18:17 placing him 71st among male finishers.
BMX camp Sunday
Pemberton BMX is hosting a camp for riders aged five to 13 on Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants must be BMX Canada members. The camp will cost $50 and includes lunch.
There are limited spaces available, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-894-3660 quickly to reserve a spot.