Snakes and Ladders Cup

Jill Fitz Hirschbold Photography

Aug 27, 2020

Jill Fitz Hirschbold Photo

Sailors at yacht clubs on BC’s West Coast have had many a discussion about what to do with the suspension of sailboat racing and the eventual resumption of race activities. One particular concern was about qualifying for the 2021 Van Isle 360 race with respect to Safety, training and qualifying races requirements. The plan is to have a new race called the Snakes and Ladders Cup that will be COVID 19 compliant and meet the qualifying requirements for long distance races such as the Van Isle 360.

Racing is Back On


Racing is back on

Snakes and Ladders Cup is a 180+ miles, choose your own adventure, race that will take place between September 4th-7th

Start Time:

15:00 Friday September 4th, (no horns + start is completely on the honour system)


The Start line is a line from the Eastern End of Imrie Island (48° 41.672′ N  123° 19.944′ W) and Bouy UH (48° 41.253′ N  123° 19.225′ W)

Rosenfeld Rock Buoy U59 port (48° 48.188′ N  123° 1.633′ W)  

Please Respect Whale Sanctuary Zones

Sisters Island to Port (49° 29.193′ N  124° 26.096′ W)

Please record time when The Beacon is Bearing 180mag. Email Sisters rounding reports to

Return Leg 

Halibut Bank Bouy to Starboard (49° 20.389′ N  123° 43.686′ W)


Rosenfeld Rock Buoy U59 Starboard (48° 48.188′ N  123° 1.633′ W)

Respecting Whale Sanctuary

Boats may leave both marks to stb but are only required to leave one to stb)

To finish A boat must enter a Triangle Drawn between Imrie Island (48° 41.672′ N  123° 19.944′ W, Bouy UH 48° 41.253′ N  123° and the Lateral Marker on Grieg Rocks (48° 40.858′ N  123° 20.405′ W)  

After finishing please email with the following:

The Time you entered the finish triangle

A picture of your GPS with the time showing at the point of finish

Confirm what you believe is your correct rating for scoring

If you know or are able to see either the boat ahead or boat behind.

Nanaimo SINchange to downwind tactics

Time Limit:

There is no time limit but results will begin to be tabulated Sunday at 18:00 and updated as finish reports are received. A winner will be declared on Monday at 18:00 unless a boat still racing can possibly correct to finish in the top 3 


Results will be calculated TOT using PHRF BC Ratings or best guess at equivalent


All boats are to meet Canadian Coast Guard Requirements and it is suggested Boats meet SER Costal Requirements

Racing Rules of sailing are to be used between boats racing during the day. Col regs are to be used at night. Respect traffic separation zones and remain aware of all vessels

Please respect Covid 19 restrictions and guidelines. Some information can be found here on BC Sailing’s website; 

All boats are encouraged to download and record “RaceQs” and record the race while sailing (more details to follow)

Please email with any questions or comments or with intention to participate with PHRF Rating.

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