First Skipper's Meeting since Covid
Beautiful winter sailing
First Skipper's Meeting since Covid
Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club, a sailboat racing club operating from Gibsons on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of B.C.
Our purpose is to facilitate regular races, and special events for sailors of all levels of expertise.
While we sail in a spirit of friendly competition, our number one objective is for skippers and crew to enjoy being out there!
Membership is affordable - see the Membership page.
Come and try us out - on race days, usually Sunday. Races start at 11:30am.
Before races we have a Skipper's and Crew meeting at 10:15am on shore in front of the Marina office and after races many people gather at the Gibsons Market for a natter and a drink afterwards.
Our regular Sunday races are the core of the Club's activity. We race year round with a regular fleet of around 10 boats of all types and sizes. Our July regatta usually has a fleet of about 25 boats.
The main objective is to get as many sailors as we can out on the water and have fun while still having competitive racing. And while keeping it affordable.
If you are a new comer to yacht racing we try to keep things simple and unintimidating - for example, we have often have pursuit starts which are easier for single handers and less experienced racers since there are fewer boats on the start line at once.
If you just want to crew - come down to the Skipper's Meeting at 10:15 on race days and we'll try to find you a ride to get started. You will see that we have a Crew Available list on the Membership & Crewing page.
If you are an experienced racer you will find good competition and interesting and scenic courses to sail.
Ten Commandments of Beercan racing - it seems like we're doing a lot of this - check it out.
Gibsons Regatta - July 23/24, 2022
Our annual regatta takes place on the last weekend in July and normally ties in with the Sea Cavalcade festivities.
The 2022 Regatta saw 21 boats out in perfect weather. Many thanks to all participants and the volunteers who make it happen.
Here is a photo of Div 2 winning crew of Aura - Michael, Huei Jen, and skipper Ignacio.
SCYC calendar for 2022 (corrected Oct26/22)
SCYC calendar for 2023 (draft Nov07/22)
New Newsletter December 2022 Edition 8 just published.
See it on the Newsletter page.
After the race on Nov6 we had a well attended All-Hands Pub meeting at the Gibsons Market where we some decisions ...
- Skipper's and Crew Meetings will restart again immediately and be held at 10:15am on race days. This will make it much easier for folks looking to crew to find a ride.
- For our next All-Hands Pub meeting we will try the Blackfish Pub (probably in conjunction with our AGM in Feb and probably after a Sunday Race).
- We'll try Time-on-Time handicapping for more of our races.
Recently we've revised the diagrams for courses H#1, IH#2 and OS#1 to clarify the alignment of the start and finish lines and to reflect the fact that we no longer have our own buoys. Also we've updated the Start Times Matrix used for pursuit races. See the links on the Club Racing page.
Current Racing Action highlights
The Fall Series of 8 races was concluded on Nov 6th with 7 hardy crews coming out in a steady cold rain.
The overall winners of the series were:
1st Jane's Addiction
We will continue with ad-hoc races every Sunday through to Christmas (see the calendar above and results summary on the Club Racing page).
During the year we have special events such as the sail measurement clinic led in July 2020 by Ignacio Vuillez, our local sailmaker and winning skipper of Aura, who conducted a well attended clinic at Dougall Park.
- see photos on the Events page.
Ignacio has helped several skippers to measure sails and to get a fair PHRF rating.