West Vancouver Yacht Club celebrates 20th anniversary of Pumpkin Bowl

Youth regatta held over Oct. 19-20 weekend

The West Vancouver Yacht Club celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Pumpkin Bowl youth regatta, over the Oct. 19-20 weekend, hosting 190 boats, 244 athletes and 136 club volunteers with boats from as far away as Seattle and Calgary. In addition to the competitive racing, the Pumpkin Bowl weekend featured a quiz, movie night and a three-course dinner for the competitors.

Four race courses were run to accommodate the following fleets: Opti Green; Opti (White, Blue & Red); Laser (4.7, Radial and Full Rig); 420; RS Fevas; 29er and X Class. The Laser Grand Prix District 6 Championships had 20 Grand Prix points up for grabs.

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Regatta principal race officer Stewart Jones said, “Back in 1999, Pumpkin began as a sailing regatta for youth. Roll-forward and the need for youth sailing has only grown. Sailing provides kids with a non-technology outdoor experience where they learn to take responsibility for their boat and equipment, make decisions, manage risk, work as a team, develop physical strength and endurance, and be resilient. For 20 years, WVYC and its team of engaged volunteers has been providing this great learning and growth experience for B.C. youth.”

Click here for race results and more information on the club.

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