Semiahmoo marina to host Sail-a-Bration Saturday

Published on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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A sailboat regatta, kayak races, live music and lots of good food highlight this Saturday’s first-ever Sail-a-Bration at the Semiahmoo marina.

“There will be live music, Dakota Creek wines, BBQ salmon and chowder, arts and boating services from many local vendors,” said Semiahmoo marina harbormaster Ron France. “Sailboat races and kayak races will be held within the marina, and for those older sailors, prizes include selected bottles of Dakota Creek wine.”

Sailboat racers will use Clancy Boats from the Drayton Harbor Maritime Community Sailing School. “The race was created as a way to say thank you to the Semiahmoo Yacht Club (SYC) for their ongoing support of our community sailing program,” said sailing school coordinator Ron Snyder.

“The International Yacht Club, based at both Semiahmoo and White Rock, also held a demonstration race in the Clancys during their April regatta, and this seemed like an opportunity to give the same experience to the members of the SYC.

Kayak racers will also thread their way through the marina under the over-all direction of Debbie Morley, operator of Blaine’s West Marine Express boating store. Kayaks will be provided from her inventory for interested competitors.

The Plover foot ferry will be landing at the base of the main ramp for the day, so people can board the ferry at the Blaine marina and be taken directly to the festivities. There will be three different bands, Bob Knapp’s “Praise,” “Three Divas” and a group called Grady Williams that features two acoustical guitars and a drummer.

“There’s going to be 30 or so vendors on the patio, including area artists and maritime vendors,” France said. “Food will be available from Bob’s Chowder House and Salmon Barbecue out of Anacortes to serve salmon, chowder and salad, and there will be other stuff as well like a balloon artists and other fun stuff for kids and families.” The Sea Scouts are also scheduled to be there to teach knot tying and offer tours of their boat.

Having wine as prizes for the sailing race has caused a bit of a stir according to Ron Snyder of the Drayton Harbor Maritime Community Sailing School.

“I guess some people thought that the sailing school is just for kids, but it isn’t. Last year a quarter of our students were youth, but the last class we taught had students ranging in age between 13 and 63, and in the class before that the youngest student was 65.”

The Blaine school district contracted with DHM to provide sailing as one of the activities in the Rocks and Water program, and that contracted program had youths and teachers in the classes, Snyder said. For more information call the Semiahmoo Marina office at 371-0440.