Now the park is empty again and everyone is wending their way home, I truly want to thank everyone who made the journey from near and far to attend the event at our favorite location to sail. Yes, the week got off to a wet start with a rainy weekend, a no-wind Monday and a wet, shifty northerly on Tuesday. Wednesday started with the Northerly then went glassy, then our true Harrison Wind showed up. About 2:30 the call came over the radio: ‘The southerly is here and it’s building!’ The wind quickly rose to 10-12 knots and 3 races were quickly run giving us an Event (3 races) and a throwout! (5 races). Everyone hit the beach and enjoyed the evening party with hope and enthusiasm. Thursday the wind was ready before we were and another 5 races were run under sunny skies with the wind rising to gusts of 15-16 knots. Friday appeared the same way, wind on the course, sunny skies and 4 more races were run with winds peaking at 17 knots. There were many great starts, a few capsizes, some exciting downwind runs and a lot of smiles on the sailors as they crossed the finish line. The event finished with 14 races in total over the course of the week. A big thanks to our Food providers: Debbie Hughes (Sunday/ Monday), Memphis Blue BBQ House Kelowna (Wednesday), and Lori’s Catering Harrison (Friday) for their excellent meals. Also a big thanks to our entertainers Todd Richard (Sunday) and Cousin Harley (Wednesday). As always, sponsors make a big difference in any event like this, support them when you can. But most of all, a huge thanks to all the volunteers who made the event what is was through their commitment of time and energy to make it all work as smoothly as it did. Be sure to give them the recognition they deserve when next you see them.
Paul Evenden, Event Chair, Event PRO