Van-Isle 360 Starts!


The Van-Isle 360 international sailing race left Nanaimo’s harbor Saturday morning heading to their first stop, French Creek. This year it’s sponsored by Black Press Community News Media

The Van Isle 360 is a biennial, 580 nautical mile point-to-point race circumnavigating wild and rugged Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Sailed in ten legs, the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight sailing through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet.” (Van-Isle 360 site)

It runs every two years, alternating with the Vic-Maui race. This year there are 42 entries, and my DH PJ has his nose in his beloved IPad every fifteen minutes to check on their progress. It’s all very exciting.

“This is a point-to-point race and, other than the start and finish lines, there are no specified routes. Basically, the rules are as follows: keep Vancouver Island to port and get to the next stop the fastest way you can.Each leg is unique with a new adventure lurking around every corner. Strong currents and narrow passages mark the inside route: the notorious Nahwitti Bar, where fish boats’ windows can be permanently etched by the sand churned up in the waves, and the infamous Brooks Peninsula, where weather stations are frequently blown over, will test boats and crews to the max.” (Van-Isle site)DSC01200

We went down to the docks the night before the race started. The boats looked stunning decked out in flags flapping in the strong wind. The sunshine beamed down. And the sailors looked positively gleeful. The following day PJ took some shots of the start. All photos are done by him. I just nag.

Photos (If you click on them you can make them bigger)




And I’ll end with a video clip of Dragonfly sailing in the last race with a pod of dolphins:

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

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4 thoughts on “Van-Isle 360 Starts!”

  1. Oh, my goodness, Jo-Ann. You didn’t go with the lead line for this blog. It was the dolphins!!! The boats and the race and your sweet DH, okay a bit important. But the real deal is in the video. I’m still smiling. What an awesome experience to be out there with the dolphins. I trust none of them were hurt, and that was a trick of the camera that made it look like the catamaran or whatever was running over them. Clearly, the dolphins were having a ball, leading the way! Thanks so much for sharing this. I will be, too! Do you get to see dolphins regularly where you live? They are soooo cooool! Again, thanks for sharing.


    1. Hi Marsha
      Maybe I should have led with the dolphins, lol.
      It is an amazing video. We see them often when we take the ferry to the mainland. Beautiful creatures. They always seem to be dancing in the waves.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing a part of our coast.
      Best Wishes


  2. Jo-Ann, thanks for sharing your pictures and video. They are awesome. A few years ago, I was having my morning coffee while on vacation in Belize and a small pod of dolphins put on a spectacular show! Made the trip perfect!


    1. Jerrie
      Thanks for stopping by. The scene you describe in Belize with your morning coffee sounds heavenly.


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