Homeless in Vancouver: The yachting types gather in Point Grey

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      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      A yacht race is starting in the upscale neighbourhood of Point Grey. Champagne and oysters for everyone!

      Yesterday morning over breakfast, I photographed two of the competing yachts in the westbound lane of West Broadway Avenue.

      No, West Broadway is not part of the race course.

      Both yachts were being towed in their trailers to 3811 Point Grey Road, the street address of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, which is hosting the 2014 Farr 30 North American Championships from June 19 to the 22.

      Whatever floats your boat!

      June 19 was the day for final registration and various preliminary details like measuring the boats and weighing the crews. The next three days—today, Saturday and Sunday—are the race days proper.

      The Royal Vancouver Yacht club is at the western end of Point Grey on the southern shore of English Bay, in the area of Jericho Beach. The race will, I’m guessing, be taking place out beyond English Bay in the Burrard Inlet, which I understand is part of the Pacific Ocean.

      Farr 30” is a name given to a class of racing yacht designed in 1995. According to the designers, the goal was to use complex materials and technologies to produce a most uncomplicated boat that was fun, fast, and economical.

      Only one team was easily identifiable from the yachts I saw yesterday morning.

      Team Project Mayhem Racing describes themselves as a competitive sailing team racing out of Seattle, Washington. They started racing together in July 2012. The team says they all share a passion for “SPEED”. 

      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. 


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      Jun 23, 2014 at 3:02pm

      I believe that was mayor moonbeams yacht there!

      Stanley Q Woodvine

      Jun 23, 2014 at 5:32pm

      Here are the results of the Farr 30 North American Championships 2014.

      Eleven boats raced. In order of final rank:

      Through (Can), Patricia (US), Dopamine (US), Project Mayhem (US), Idiopathic (Can), Deep Pickle (US), Nefarious (US), Spiny Norman (Can), M Power (Can), 65 Redroses (Can) and Bat Out Of Hell (US).

      The winning team in the Through yacht was helmed by Andrew Hamilton and races out of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.