The tugboat ferries swimmers out to the quarter-mile mark for the annual Clarence Whittingham Memorial swim during the Youbou Regatta at Arbutus Park Saturday.

The tugboat ferries swimmers out to the quarter-mile mark for the annual Clarence Whittingham Memorial swim during the Youbou Regatta at Arbutus Park Saturday.

Youbou’s annual Regatta loads of fun despite rain

Youbou's Arbutus Park packed full of people enjoying the annual community event

  • Aug. 14, 2013 7:00 p.m.

For the first time in many years rain splattered the crowd at the Youbou Regatta. It was mostly in the morning before the parade, but that early shower took its toll on Tyler Falk-Chalmers’ cardboard float and the wet road obscured the small stream of water coming out of the bottom of his Mars water-bomber. He still won best float.

In another first, the tugboat that has ferried the swimmers for the 1/4-mile swim had a little problem it’s engines. Quickly another boat was called to pinch hit for the old girl, but as it arrived the tug fired to life and completed her 70th trip out with the swimmers. Young Olivia Campbell won the race.

And from then on, it was full speed ahead with the regular regatta agenda of fun — even considering the old black Lab that found the plastic bag containing the pancakes for the Whistle, Splash and Flip Triathlon. Luckily, your Gazette photographer (and embarrassed Lab owner) managed to save most of the pancakes.

In fact, the cooler weather didn’t dampen any of the fun, and was actually a relief for many spectators.  Attendance was good with many out-of-town visitors making their first visit to the regatta.

 

–Malcolm Chalmers

Lake Cowichan Gazette

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