Another successful Youbou Regatta brightens drizzly day

Girls string beads in an art project. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Girls string beads in an art project. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Winner, Carly, who was ready for the beach, took first place in the Best Dressed Pet competition. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette photo)Winner, Carly, who was ready for the beach, took first place in the Best Dressed Pet competition. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette photo)
The first youth out of the water in the quarter mile swim, Quinn Switzer, 11. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)The first youth out of the water in the quarter mile swim, Quinn Switzer, 11. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
The competitors in the quarter mile swim splash into Cowichan Lake at Arbutus Park in Youbou during the Youbou Regatta on Saturday, Aug. 13. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)The competitors in the quarter mile swim splash into Cowichan Lake at Arbutus Park in Youbou during the Youbou Regatta on Saturday, Aug. 13. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
The Ladies of the Lake crowned the winners of the Best Dressed contests and had other official duties at the annual Youbou Regatta Aug. 13. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)The Ladies of the Lake crowned the winners of the Best Dressed contests and had other official duties at the annual Youbou Regatta Aug. 13. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Tattie in the owl tea cosy finished the behind winner Carly, who was ready for the beach in the Best Dressed Pet competition. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette photos)Tattie in the owl tea cosy finished the behind winner Carly, who was ready for the beach in the Best Dressed Pet competition. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette photos)
Karley Blair was the first out of the water in the quarter mile swim at the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)Karley Blair was the first out of the water in the quarter mile swim at the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Swimmers prepare for the quarter mile swim. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)Swimmers prepare for the quarter mile swim. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
The watermelon eating relay race was very popular as each team member took turns chomping down a slice of the fruit. (Kathryn Swan photos)The watermelon eating relay race was very popular as each team member took turns chomping down a slice of the fruit. (Kathryn Swan photos)
Competitors in the chalk drawing contest, 16-year-old pals Roselyn and Lara, put the finishing touches on their entry showing a regular visitor to the village of Youbou. The chalk contest was part of the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)Competitors in the chalk drawing contest, 16-year-old pals Roselyn and Lara, put the finishing touches on their entry showing a regular visitor to the village of Youbou. The chalk contest was part of the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Children visiting their grandparents, the Callsens of Lake Cowichan, get a chance to touch a bear’s open mouth while learning about being safe around bears at the wildlife safety booth during the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)Children visiting their grandparents, the Callsens of Lake Cowichan, get a chance to touch a bear’s open mouth while learning about being safe around bears at the wildlife safety booth during the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Karley Blair from Calgary, who was visiting her parents in Youbou, decided to give the quarter mile swim a try and wound up the winner, finishing in approximately six minutes. (Kathryn Swan photo)Karley Blair from Calgary, who was visiting her parents in Youbou, decided to give the quarter mile swim a try and wound up the winner, finishing in approximately six minutes. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Jill Ramstead was second out of the water in the quarter mile swim at the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)Jill Ramstead was second out of the water in the quarter mile swim at the Youbou Regatta on Aug. 13, 2022. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

A bit of drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who headed to Arbutus Park in Youbou for the annual Youbou Regatta.

The event featured plenty of favourites, including the signature quarter mile swim in Cowichan Lake, as well as a Best Dressed Pet contest, and a watermelon eating relay.

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