Watch a regatta this Saturday in Vancouver!

Photo courtesy National Bank.

Winners of the Crew Spirit award at the 2013 Easter Seals Regatta. Photo courtesy Easter Seals/National Bank.

This Saturday, the biggest charity regatta on the West Coast takes to the waters around Vancouver.

Hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and presented by National Bank, the Easter Seals Charity Regatta is an annual event. It features boats in Flying and No Flying Sails divisions, a Boat Parade through False Creek and awards for Best Pirate Theme and Crew Spirit. 

The 16-boat race is on from noon – 2 Aug. 9 with the parade through False Creek at 2 p.m. The race is viewable from English Bay as well as Hastings Mill  Park, beside the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at 3811 Point Grey Road. The park is also the site of a post-race barbecue and beverage garden which will include live music, a silent auction tent and a kid’s zone presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The winners of the Easter Seals Regatta, including the grand prize winner of the Easter Seals Regatta Cup, will also be announced.

Money raised will go to support Easter Seals House. Easter Seals House is a place for out-of-town families to stay when their children undergo medical treatment in Vancouver.  The House, located just blocks from BC’s Children’s Hospital, has 49 self contained suites with kitchenettes. Year after year, National Bank joins forces with hundreds of organizations to bring solutions to the challenges that affect local communities.

Tickets for the barbecue are $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under (five years and under get in free). For more info, visit eastersealsregatta.ca.

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