NORPAC is a fun, cruiser-style, family friendly regatta held on even numbered years in Vancouver Island’s beautiful Barkley Sound. This year’s regatta is scheduled for July 15-20. Both SYC members and non-members are welcome, but space is limited - see registration information below. This is a great opportunity to begin to explore the interesting and wilder west side of Vancouver Island with a congenial group of boaters. If you haven’t been to Barkley Sound yet, you need to see it with us.
Most boats clear customs in Victoria on Saturday and do a long run out the strait from Sooke on Sunday. The fleet assembles Sunday afternoon at the Port Alberni Yacht Club station in Robbers Passage (near Bamfield) for our first night in Barkley Sound. The sailing fleet will then race once per day, except Wednesday, rounding buoys and islands within the Sound. Racing is done cruiser-style, with no flying sails. Finally, on Friday we will dock at the marina in Ucluelet for an awards Banquet at Black Rock Resort followed by optional extension activities in Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound.
July 14 - (optional) Gather in Sooke, fleet departs early Sunday for Robbers Passage
July 15 - Green Box party at Port Alberni Yacht Club Outstation at Robbers Passage
July 16 - Race A
July 17 - Race B
July 18 - Lay day - gather at Eagle Nook Lodge
July 19 - Race C
July 20 - Race D & Awards Banquet at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet
We have identified opportunities for visiting the ocean beaches and other shoreside activities in the Ucluelet area. After all, once you have cruised to Barkley it makes sense to stay another week and see Clayoquot Sound, Flores Island, Hot Springs Cove and Tofino. If you are interested, we have prepared a great handout about these activities (see Things to do 2018) below. A possible “follow-on” cruise to Clayoquot Sound, just a short hop further up the coast of Vancouver Island, will continue the fun.
Information on this year's event is provided in the links below:
Provisioning for NORPAC
Things to do 2018
Safety Equipment Requirements - SERs
SYC Members can register here. Non-members can register by calling the SYC Front Desk at 206.325.1000.