SYC's Chris G with the winning King Salmon!

The annual Salmon Derby took place September 15-17 at Roche Harbor and was enjoyed by members of both Semiahmoo and Birch Bay Village Yacht Clubs! Attendance was great, with 11 boats and a large number of anglers and guests. The fishing derby was a boatload of fun; although catching legal-size fish was a challenge.

The 1st place winner was Chris G (SYC), fishing aboard the Haida II, who caught a King just under 20 pounds. The 2nd place winner was Jim P (BBVYC) fishing aboard Beoma's dinghy, who caught a 10+ pound King. Sadly, Jim had caught a 22+ pound King in practice the day before the derby! It was also reported that some of the participants had difficulty with fish identification and may have kept some COHO.

SYC at Victoria Symphony Splash

An enthusiastic group of 12 boats turned out for the 2017 cruise to the Symphony Splash in Victoria on the August 4-7 long weekend. A few boats met up beforehand to anchor out in Garrison Bay and cruisers enjoyed a potluck dinner aboard Bacalao. Thanks to Debby and Paul of the Mary D for coordinating the anchor out.

After arriving at the Causeway Marina on Friday, everyone enjoyed a great spread of heavy appetizers. The smiles on the happy eaters tell all! Co-hosts Katherine and Martin (Bacalao) and Peter & Colleen (Avalon) coordinated a number of meals including breakfast on all three mornings and a club sponsored dinner of ham and baked beans with potluck sides contributed by cruisers. Special thanks to Helen (Bud's Tug) for the contribution of Pacific Foods baked beans.

Retrieving the Roasted Pig

This year the ever popular SYC Pig Roast returned to the beautiful home of Dick and Colleen Hardman at Silva Bay, BC. This is the 7th year that Dick and Colleen have so generously hosted this SYC event at their lovely Gabriola Island home.

Thirty-four boats made their way to Silva Bay in pretty acceptable weather and sea conditions. We even had members (Ed & Marion) arrive by seaplane! In all, 69 members and 16 guests attended the Pig Roast this year.

Rosie is Ready to Rally!

Clean and shiny classic cars, antiques, hotrods, SUVs and sedans came out to participate in the SYC Nauti Friday Car Rally on a beautiful Friday evening. Some cars were loud, some were quiet, regardless, the drivers and navigators had a blast. Fifteen teams competed in the fun event, and almost all completed the course! Even those who live in and around Blaine saw places they never knew existed. And how many red barns are there on the route, really?

Several other SYC members joined us for a tasty meal and beverages at the Pizza Factory for the finish. The Pizza Factory was where the answers to the riddles, clues and counting skills were revealed. Oddly, the answers by the different teams sometimes varied greatly. Checkpoint photos taken by the teams were often quite amusing.

The SYC Fleet in Fossil Bay

What an amazing weekend SYC enjoyed at Fossil Bay on Sucia Island June 9-11th! The theme was “Bootleggers in the Bay” and we had the highest turnout for this event ever… 27 boats and 64 attendees which included 4 grandkids and 6 guests.

The weekend was kicked off Friday evening with an outstanding array of appetizers complimented by “Bootlegger Bathtub Gin" punch provided by the cruise hosts… Bev & Bill, Amy & Rick and Lynette & Jeff. The evening was topped off with music by Jamey and Dave, s’mores and a toasty bon fire.