From the Cowichan Valley Citizen:
Maple Bay’s yearly polar bear swim has probably been going on the longest, and attracts a big crowd to the beach by the Maple Bay Rowing Club, where everyone makes the dash into the ocean at noon. If you’ve a yen to wear a wild costume to take your dip, you’ll find plenty of company at Maple Bay.
Our club calendar has been updated with the BC regattas for 2018. The list is also available as a pdf document.
Saturday, October 14, 6pm
at the Maple Bay Rowing Club. $10 per person. Cash bar. Tickets available at The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub and Private Liquor Store.
No ticket sales at the door.
Bring your best recipe and enjoy a fun evening with your community. All proceeds support Maple Bay Rowing Club.
1. Each couple or solo person must bring a curry so everyone can have a little taste. It is a pot luck so we need enough food for everyone.
2. Curry appetizers, mains, and deserts all accepted.
3. Doors (and bar) open at 5:30 for judging. Judging cut-off time is 6:10 sharp!!
4. Name your curry so everyone knows it at prize time. When you arrive you and your curry will also be given a number: be sure to check in!
5. Bring a crockpot or hot plate if possible to keep your curry warm. There is a stove and microwave available for reheating but space is limited.
6. Please bring a serving utensil. Plates and cutlery are provided for the meal.
7. Basmati rice, papadums, plain naan, raita, and extra hot sauces will be provided.
8. We are grouping curries according to spice level. Place yours on appropriate table: mild, medium, hot, or Indian hot.
9. Everyone will also be given one ballot to vote for your favourite curry
It was a beautiful, sunny day as 15 Maple Bay Masters headed to the Nicomekl River Regatta to race. Two waves of racing shells would be making their way down the course. Our three women’s quads were in wave one while our double and single would race in wave two.
The regatta race meeting was held at 9:30am. We heard about the conditions: ebb tide and SE wind. A recipe for lurking currents and a swift race. We also heard the only rule: give way to the faster boat. And, finally, the MANY hazards on this course, not the least of which was the train bridge in the no passing zone.
The trip up the course was uneventful – downright pleasant. The crews noted the hazards and plotted their courses. The trip down was, well, much more than exciting!
Our #20 quad marked the first crash of the race, pushed by the mad current into the anchored sailboats. A quick recovery, and they were quickly gaining on our #19 quad. On the way to the deadly bridge, two opposing boats hit navigation buoys with one boat breaking all four riggers right off the boat. Then we were in the no passing zone and found our #16 boat up against the pilings. #19 and #20 passed by and out the other side of the bridge along with some other boats that were behind. #16 was able to release itself from the pilings at that point and row out on the other side. Just before the turn at the sand bar, #20 rowed VERY close to pilings to make room for #19 who were being overtaken by Vic City on their other side. Being ahead, #20 rowed their course with a clash of oars with #19 bow oars. Another recovery and a dash for the finish.
Wave two wasn’t without excitement. As the double approached the bridge, the train rumbled overhead and the officials yelled “You’re not on course! You’re not on course!” and our bowman assured his stroke that all was okay. The trailing boat overtook our double under the bridge and came out ahead on the other side. Neck and neck under the bridge. Brilliant move.
Our single enjoyed a consistent race, start to finish.
All in all some great racing all around and a fun regatta. Six brand new rowers were initiated to racing. “It was pinball wizard!” “I had no idea this was a contact sport….” “The most fun you can have in less than 30 minutes!”
Looking forward to Head of the Gorge Regatta!
A hardy group of Masters rowers is headed to Surrey to race on the Nicomekl River. The Head of the Nicomekl is a long, technical course with lots of curves and a bridge to navigate under. Three quads, one double and a single are headed
Our annual Maple Bay Rowing Club Annual General Meeting will be held at the club on Friday, November 17 at 7pm. Have a voice in your club!
Come early. Enjoy a refreshment. And vote in your new Board of Directors.
Friday, Nov. 17
Ruth Rutledge has earned a gold medal in her heat of the women’s double rowing in a composite boat. Ruth was rowing with Diana Morris from Gorge Rowing Club. Judy Baker came third and second in two of her singles heats. She races in her age class tomorrow. Looks like things are going well in Bled, Slovenia for Maple Bay!
Wishing good racing to Ric Tull, Judy Baker and Ruth Rutledge who are off to Bled, Slovenia to race at the World Masters Rowing Championships. All three athletes will race in singles events. Ric and Ruth will pair up for the mixed doubles event and join two rowers from the Gorge rowing club in a quad race. Our three masters will also be racing with a rower they met at the World Masters Games in Italy. Racing begins Wednesday. Follow our crews here and think fast thoughts!