Sailing,dancing: The regatta will have it all this weekend

Published on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Sailing, dancing: The regatta will have it all this weekend

By Jack Kintner

The waterfront from White Rock to Blaine will come alive this weekend with the running of the annual Semiahmoo Bay Regatta for sailboats, sponsored by the International Yacht Club of White Rock and Blaine. Close to 100 boats are expected, up from last year’s 75.

Racing begins at 10 a.m. each day out on Semiahmoo Bay and will be easily seen from most vantage points, the best being on the north side of Semiahmoo County Park.

Saturday’s race will begin near White Rock and continue to Alden Bank in the middle of Georgia Strait and back. Sunday’s two events are “around the buoys” races within Semiahmoo Bay.

The weekend begins with a skipper’s reception Friday evening on the Canadian side of Peace Arch Park. Events open to the public include no-host breakfasts begin at 7 a.m. (at Blaine Marina) and at 8 a.m. (in White Rock) each day, and shoreside activities including kite flying, dragon boat races, children’s activities and a trade show from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in White Rock. Race organizers have provided a shuttle bus that will run all weekend between the two venues.

Saturday night’s dinner and concert at the Centennial Arena in White Rock features the popular ‘80s Canadian band Loverboy. Tickets are $35, and the concert always sells out. The shuttle will be available all evening.

The weekend concludes with a 3 p.m. barbecue and awards ceremony at Blaine Marina.

Border Info
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made special arrangements to be at the Blaine Marina for this weekend’s Semiahmoo Bay Regatta, according to Willie Hicks, chief of trade operations for the Blaine port of entry. “We plan on having officers assigned [to the marina] on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Friday we will use existing staff assigned to the Peace Arch to clear incoming vessel traffic,” Hicks said.

The rule still holds, however, that only vessels where everyone on board is participating in NEXUS/SENTRI “Trusted Traveler” Program will be able to clear via phone. All others must make appointments in advance for a face-to-face inspection.

Plans were not yet finalized at press time, so check with the Port of Bellingham’s Blaine office at 647-6176 for the latest information.

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Semiahmoo Bay International Regatta 2006
www.iycbc.ca/regatta.asp

Schedule of Events*

Friday April 28, 2006:
1700 Late registration, Peace Arch Park (located at U.S./Canada border on Canadian side)
1900 Skippers meeting/Reception – Peace Arch Park

Saturday April 29, 2006:
0700 No host breakfast – Blaine Marina (proceeds to charity)
0800 No host breakfast, Trolls Restaurant White Rock (left of the pier)
1000 TD Canada Trust Race Start, monitor CH 72
1000 – 1600 Shore activities – Dragon boat racing
- Kite Festival – East Beach, Trade show booths opens, children’s painting contest, children’s boat building
1600 Reception lounge opens at Centennial Arena, White Rock Transportation will be provided.
1800 Doors open to general public (Centennial Area)
1830 Dinner
2000 Awards. TD Canada Trust Cups
2030 Concert, Loverboy

Sunday April 30, 2006:
0700 No host breakfast – Blaine Marina (proceeds to charity)
0800 No host breakfast, Troll’s Restaurant White Rock (left of the pier)
1000 Bill Van Den Borne Memorial Race, monitor CH 72
1000 – 1600 Shore activities – Dragon boat racing
- Kite Festival – East Beach
- Trade show booths open
- Children’s Painting Contest, Children’s Boat building
1500 Barbeque at Blaine Marina
1530 Awards presentation, West Marine International Cup
www.iycbc.ca/regatta.asp
• Time/events subject to change. Check website for updates.