Brentwood ready for 44th annual regatta

More than 1,600 rowers and even more spectators, along with hundreds of coaches and volunteers, will convene at Brentwood College School this weekend for the 44th annual Brentwood Regatta, the largest sporting event hosted by a single high school in North America.

As of Tuesday, 37 clubs from across North America were registered and expected to bring 1,647 athletes. In 2013, more than 4,000 people flooded the Brentwood campus over the three days of the regatta.

"It’s very vibrant on campus," said Edna Widenmaier, one of the people handling publicity for the regatta.

Widenmaier noted that there will be musical entertainment from school bands and choirs on Saturday, as well as the traditional displays by the entrepreneurship class, selling international foods as they learn the ins and outs of running a business.

The school also makes a concerted effort at running a green regatta, with the help of the Cowichan Valley Regional District and local Scouts. The Brentwood Environmental Action Team will have an information booth outside of the Crooks Hall dining room and will be on hand to answer questions about the zero-waste program and other green initiatives at Brentwood.

The races themselves are scheduled to run about once every minute – provided that the weather holds – from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Organizers are hoping for cloudy weather, which will prevent the convection winds that whip up waves on Mill Bay. Rain won’t stop the rowers, but Brentwood’s hoping it stays dry anyway "We don’t want our audience to be unhappy," Widenmaier said. "The rowers are used to being wet on the water."

For those who can’t make it to the campus, all races will be live streamed at www.brentwood.bc.ca/live

Just Posted

Jared Popma recently streamed a live concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Ashley Daniel Foot photo)
21-year-old jazz artist talks favourite tunes and joys of music theory

Jared Popma recently streamed a concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Vetch cover crop beginning to flower. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Vetch and crimson clover to the rescue of soil fertility

I add dry organic fertilizer as plants use up what is in the soil.

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson column: A shift in perspective can sometimes change everything

Have you even been forced to wake up at 5:30 on a Saturday

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)
North Cowichan rejects limiting fireworks to Halloween

Municipality decides staff recommendation would be unpopular

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read