Five boats compete in each race. The races are short and fierce - more like sprints than races. The course runs from Laurel Point on the far left in the photo above to near the Causeway in front of the Empress Hotel, where I was standing when I took this picture. Grandstands were set up on Ship Point Pier - on the far right in the above photo of a race starting.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!