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Whistler Sailing regatta coming to Alta Lake

Briefs: Whistler runners complete 50/50 in Squamish
ON THE WATER The 2019 BC Circuit Regatta is coming to Alta Lake on Aug. 24 and 25. <ParaStyle:CUTLINE\:CUTLINE Credit>Photo courtesy of the Whistler Sailing Association

Keep an eye on the waters of Alta Lake this weekend.

The 2019 BC Circuit Regatta is returning on Aug. 24 and 25 and will have more local content than ever.

Whistler Sailing Association (WSA) head coach Francois Hebert said as of Aug. 20, there were 60 participants registered to participate. Of those, 10 are local youth, with a potential for two to three more as well.

"It's looking really good. There are lots of up-and-coming kids," he said. "They're sailing the smallest type of boat, called an Optimist. Lots of them are between 10 and 13.

"It's such a great opportunity for them and it shows how well our program is doing as our kids are able to go through the different levels."

Hebert noted that since WSA is a developmental team, this is the sailors' lone opportunity to race this year, though they are encouraged to join a travelling team if they'd like to pursue the sport further.

Hebert added that racers are coming from all over the province, as well as from the Seattle and Bellingham areas of Washington state.

He expects this to be a fantastic weekend for racing.

"Things are shaping up well. Preparations are well underway and we're pretty much ready to roll here as far as the logistics of it all," he said.

Racing begins at noon on Aug. 24 and at 11 a.m. on Aug. 25. Hebert said vantage points for spectators include The Point, Rainbow Park and Blueberry Hill.

As well, the club is in need of a few additional volunteers to help make the weekend a success. Those interested can reach out to

Whistler pair completes 50/50

Two Whistler runners completed back-to-back massive days at the Squamish 50 on Aug. 17 and 18.

Wolfgang Sterr and Louise Oliver finished the 50/50 contest, with a 50-mile (or 80-kilometre) race on Day 1 followed by a 50-km leg on Day 2.

Sterr took fourth in the men's 50-to-59 division and 37th overall with a combined time of 21 hours, 35 minutes and 29 seconds (21:35:29) while Oliver was fifth in the women's 40-to-49 event and 48th overall, finishing in 22:29:07.

Other Whistlerites in the 50-miler were: Maxime Brassard (21st overall); Sharon Carney (75th overall); and Louise Stevens (121st overall). In the 50-km race, Guy Fattal (41st overall); Nina Wills (72nd overall); Linsey Stevenson (87th overall); Cindy Bonnell (91st overall); and Alex Hay (130th overall) all crossed the finish line.

Also on offer was a 23-km race in which Maude Cyr (22nd overall), Jen Glavas (74th overall), Eileen Craig (158th overall), Julie Zoney (179th overall), and Maridee Fitch (238th overall) all finished.

For complete results, check out