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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Swiftsure 2012 International Yacht Race

When it's spring and the Legislative Assembly Buildings are almost obscured behind a forest of masts it's a sure sign that the Annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race is about to begin. Yachts planning to take part in the race arrive during a few days prior to the races on Sunday and tie up in the Inner Harbour. (My apologies for the small photos this morning but blogger is refusing to render larger photos properly right now....)

The races (there are several with varying routes and lengths) start on Sunday morning. In the photo below, the puff of blue smoke from an echoing cannon shot signals the beginning of a race.
Above and below, spectators gather to see the racers at Clover Point where the boats rendezvous after leaving the Inner Harbour moorings.


JoJo said...

Beautiful backdrop of the Olys! I love being out on the water. I could never live far away from the ocean.

Paul in Powell River said...

I've had the pleasure of seeing them one year, a truly beautiful sight!

Dean Lewis said...

What a beautiful day that was.
The middle shot with the people on the beach really shows proportion. I'm surprised how close some of the boats are to shore.