The 31st Victoria Classic Boat Festival gets underway on Friday in Victoria’s Inner Harbour with a welcoming reception held at the Maritime Museum of BC in Bastion Square followed by the annual rowing regatta starting from the Gorge Rowing and Paddling Club. The race finishes at the Undersea Gardens in the Inner Harbour.
On Saturday, the festival continues with the popular steamboat parade and on Sunday there will be the Sailpast in which all vessels participating salute the festival’s salute vessel. The salute is made by “dipping” or lowering the boat’s ensign to one third from lower end of the hoist. (US vessels, which do not lower the U.S. flag, dip their yachting ensigns instead.) The festival’s honorary Commodores, John and Diane VanDerbeek of Seattle, will be aboard the salute vessel, HMCS ORIOLE, a 101-foot yacht and the longest serving ship in the Canadian Navy.