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Comox Valley Sailing

The Comox Valley is one of the most beautiful settings in the world for outdoor recreation, and when you consider the amount of water surrounding us, it’s no wonder that the sport of sailing attracts so many enthusiasts in our area.

The CBSC was founded by a group of local sailors in 1965, and has grown to support a large membership base who actively make use of the club’s dinghy sailing fleet, in addition to participating in the spring and fall keelboat races.  The Comox Bay Sailing Club (CBSC) has a long history of supporting keelboat and dinghy sailing in both competitive and recreational capacities.

We are actively gearing up for our fall keelboat racing program, which kicks off with the Round Denman Island race on September 8 and 9.  This race is a fun opener to the fall racing series, where skippers and their crew race to Deep Bay on the Saturday, enjoy a BBQ on the docks on Saturday evening, and then race again back to Comox on the Sunday.  We encourage and welcome participation from all sailors and their boats in the area.  The club is open to a “cruising / introductory division” for skippers who would like to get involved, but may not have much experiencing with racing.  If there is sufficient interest, we will offer an evening of instruction prior to the Round Denman Race, where starting techniques and racing strategies will be discussed.

The fall racing continues with the Fall Series – 4 races held between September 23 and October 14, the Fall Pursuit Race on October 28, and finishes with the Rum Race on November 4, where the winning team gets to celebrate their victory with a bottle of rum!  It does not matter what type of boat is raced as we use a handicap system to allow for the various speeds that boats travel at.  We even use a performance based rating system which constantly adjusts to make the “better” sailors work harder to keep winning race after race!

If you don’t have a boat but are wanting to get involved – no problem – there are often times spaces available on the actively racing keelboats – and newbies always welcome! The spring racing begins again in early April with the Champagne Cup, and  a number of racings continuing through May, June and July – so there is lots of opportunity to get involved!  Also keep your eye open for the summer keelboat racing course offered through the Courtenay Recreation Guide.

CBSC keelboat racing is a fun way to enjoy time with friends and to get your boat sailing.  The CBSC membership is comprised of both novice and experienced sailors alike , with the latter more than willing to spend time and energy helping you with the starts, and getting your boat around the course. One of our primary prerogatives is for increased involvement with our keelboat racing program, and we are wholeheartedly committed to supporting this initiative through exposure and education.  The Comox Bay Sailing Club has produced high level sailors in the past (Vic Maui, Nanaimo SIN Regatta winners) and have sent sailors to National and International Events (from the Mediterranean to Nova Scotia).  If you want more information on the Comox Bay Sailing Club please visit www.comoxbaysailingclub.ca.

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