The Port of Nanaimo has been hosting the fleet at the W.E. Mills Pier before and after the race, and providing the fleet with a tight window to start the race by shutting down the bustling harbour for our start. Thank you for making the skippers and crews feel at home!
Where would the Race Committee be without the RV to use as a command post in every stop except for Hardwicke Island and Winter Harbour? While the vehicle changes every go round, the wonderful support and service from Arbutus RV is always there. Thank you so much for making our home away from home so reliable and comfortable.
UK Sails Every competitor looks forward to receiving their Van Isle 360 battle flag, participation pennant and if you are skilled, persistent, focused and occasionally Neptune smiles upon you, you may get to fly or keep the coveted first place yellow pennant that is awarded after each leg, and presented to the winner in each division. Behind the scenes it was Tim Knight, and now Stuart and Joy Dahlgren that will cut and sew over 850 flags and pennants for this years race. The pennants and flags help create the incredible atmosphere that accompanies the fleet in every port, and other regattas through out the Pacific North West. Thank you to the UK team for your support!
Some ask why is a food company involved as a sponsor in the race? The answer is simple, Len Thompson, president of Paradise Island Foods is a huge supporter of sailing and the race. At the opening reception, it is Len’s team that delivers the cheese and accompaniments that bring an air of “paradise” to the race. Paired with Hester Creek Wines, it is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the Van Isle 360, and recognition that all who partake are ambassadors for the race, our sport and the privilege we have in visiting the communities around the Island. Thank you Len for your support from the beginning.
In the middle of nowhere, no cooking facilities, no grocery stores, the BC Salmon Farmers and Marine Harvest have been laying on a salmon bar-b-que that is incredible. All of the food, tables, port-a-potties and support are barged in just for the sailors. The Van Isle Roadies get the night off, and the sailors receive a special treat after getting up at 0330hrs to start in Deep Bay and finish at Hardwicke Island. Marine Harvest operates the fish farm where the boats tie up for the night. The crews are treated to tours of the facility, watch the salmon through cameras in the underwater pens and enjoy the hospitality of the staff. Star light night, soaring mountains, cruise ships passing by, the sound of, well nothing but nature, it is really an experience that few will ever get to participate in.