VIDEO: Youbou Regatta 2017 offers full day of family fun

Saturday, Aug. 12 was an exciting day for Youbou residents and friends.

The annual Youbou Regatta was back, offering a full day of family fun at Arbutus Park.

It all started with the parade, surely one of the shortest anywhere. But, it still draws a crowd of folks who know it’s only the start of all the events planned by Cowichan Lake Recreation and their team of volunteers.

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Here’s a list of the winners from the parade:

Best homemade float and best commercial float: Youbou Community Association, Lifeguards, Lady of the Lake.

Best group: Cheerleaders Violet Luchtmeyer, Clair Anderson, Tayah Ford.

Best couple: Lumberjacks Torin Ford, William Scott, Cameron Scott.

Best individual: Mr. Banana (Jackson Luchtmeyer, clown (Dana Hummel), princess (Elly Hamilton).

Swimming winners:

Clarence Whittingham Memorial 1/4 mile:

(Overall) Colleen Smith, John Switzer, Julia Martinusen.

(From swim program/ youngest to finish) Jackson Luchtmeyer

(Oldest to finish) Bernard Hewitt.

Front crawl:

Girls 7 & 8: Rowan Prentice, Winnie Bibbs.

Boys 7 & 8: Shane Richards, Jay Work.

Girls 9 & 10: Emma Porter, Crystal Work.

Boys 9 & 10: Liam Wilson, Joseph McKenzie, Ty Porter.

Girls 11 & 12: Roslyn Baird, Lara Court, Cora McClelland.

Boys 11 & 12: Dylan Wilson, Miles Pastuck, Hunter Rowe.

Girls 13 & 14: Anne Steadman, Elizabeth Steadman, Kaiah Pratt.

Boys 13 & 14: Dylan Wilson, Odhin Rowe, Lennon Court.

Girls 15 & up: Julia Martinusen, Dionne Laurie.

Boys 15 & up: Rick Laurie, Greg Baird, Caelen Middleton.

Back crawl:

Girls 7 & 8: Rowan Prentice, Winnie Bibbs.

Boys 7 & 8: Shane Richards, Jay Work.

Girls 9 & 10: Emma Porter, Crystal Work.

Boys 9 & 10: Liam Wilson, Ty Porter.

Girls 11 & 12: Roslyn Baird, Lara Court, Giana Camele.

Boys 11 & 12: Dylan Wilson, Miles Pastuck, Hunter Rowe.

Girls 13 & 14: Anne Steadman, Kaiah Pratt, Elizabeth Steadman.

Boys 13 & 14: Odhin Rowe.

Girls 15 & up: Julia Martinusen, Chandelle Rasmussen.

Elementary backstroke:

Girls 9 & 10: Crystal Work

Boys 9 & 10: Liam Wilson, Ty Porter

Girls 11 & 12: Kaari Porter, Lara Court, Ginger Boehme-Vertefeuille.

Girls 13 & 14: Anne Steadman, Elizabeth Steadman.

Boys 13 & 14: Dylan Wilson, Odhin Rowe.

Girls 15 & up: Julia Martinusen, Chandelle Rasmussen.

Breast stroke:

Girls 9 & 10: Emma Porter.

Boys 9 & 10: Liam Wilson.

Girls 11 & 12: Roslyn Baird, Lara Court, Ginger Boehme-Vertefeuille.

Boys 11 & 12: Dylan Wilson, Miles Pastuck.

Girls 13 & 14: Anne Steadman, Elizabeth Steadman.

Boys 13 & 14: Odhin Rowe.

Girls 15 & up: Victoria Steadman, Julia Martinusen, Chandelle Rasmussen.

Boys 15 & up: Matt Weingart/ Andy Bibbs (tie), Randall Wilson.

Bellyflop contest:

Junior: Hunter Rowe, Piper Smith, Ty Porter.

Senior: Alan Moss, Cypress, James MacGregor.

Cannonball contest:

Junior: Piper Smith, Savanna Birosh-Vairo, Liam Laurie.

Senior: Rick Laurie, Alan Moss, James MacGregor.

Canoe race: Fords (Kevin & Torin), Timber (Barry Young/ Sean Hayes), Switzers (Christine & John).

Kayak race: Caelen Middleton, Martin Mercier, Colleen Smith.

Volleyball tourney: Youballers (Cameron, Alan, Jack), Awesome (Kaiah, Rick, Danny) 3 Stooges (Ray, Al, Jaiden).

Whistle, Splash, & Flip Triathlon: The Lauries (Rick, Liam, Kaiah), Steadmans (Anne, Elizabeth, Victoria), Youbou Sharks (Hunter & Ohdin Rowe, Miles Pastuck).

Chalk art contest: Alex Rudzik; Diaz, Trey, Chelsea; and a tie between Simone, Anne, Elizabeth and Liam & Laurie.

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What better place to ride your ATV than in the Youbou Regatta parade? (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

There are two or three walking groups in the parade, too. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Cassy’s Coffee House offers a warm, Youbou welcome in the Regatta parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Cleverly designed stilts allow this colourful fellow to walk Youbou Road with ease. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

And the reworked quarter mile swim is off for another Regatta. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The winner of the Clarence Whittingham Quarter Mile Swim approaches the finish line in style. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

When in the sand, why not build a sandcastle, say Braylan Hobson, Gabby Brissette, and Carter Hobson. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

It’s every canoe for itself as a combination of strong winds and competitive spirit sees these racers givin’ her in the popular canoe racing at the Youbou Regatta. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

With a strong wind lashing the canoes, getting them around the tug and back to shore was a real challenge for some teams. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Cate and Brian Noakes — the Canadian Suite Duo — perform their special brand of oldies but goodies at the Youbou Regatta. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Julia Martinusen digs in during the kayak races at the Arbutus Park during the Youbou Regatta. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

It’s a close finish in one of the kayak races at the Youbou Regatta. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

After tagging up with her swimming teammate, Savannah Birosh takes off with her pancake in the Whistle, Splash, and Flip triathlon. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Eating watermelon with both hands held behind your back is a skill, believe it. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Parents and friends urge on the eager competitors in the watermelon eating contest. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

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