On Aug. 13, the Youbou Regatta is back! (Gazette file)

On Aug. 13, the Youbou Regatta is back! (Gazette file)

Youbou Regatta returns following hiatus

No lifeguard for quarter-mile swim

The Youbou Regatta is back on, this Aug. 13, after a bit of a hiatus and this year will feature all the popular events known and loved by the community.

Much to the delight of swimmers, the Clarence Whittingham Quarter-Mile Swim will happen this year, but the CVRD was unable to secure a lifeguard so swimmers best take note.

“Like many other organizations and local governments in British Columbia, the CVRD has been challenged in recruiting qualified lifeguards and water safety instructors,” said the CVRD. “Park patrons should access the water at their own risk and note the posted signage on site for safe swimming.”

The big swim happens at 11:30 a.m. with awards to follow.

Festivities kick off prior to the swim though, with a pancake breakfast between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Youbou Fire Hall.

Then, parade entrants are to begin arriving at the Youbou Hall around 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. parade to Arbutus Park.

Those wishing to sign up for any other the events later in the day can do so at 11 a.m. as well.

The concession will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and live music begins at noon with Ken Ball and again at 2:15 p.m. with Trip N Me Music.

That’s just the start of it.

Also kicking off around 11 a.m. and running until around 4 p.m., there’ll be games for kids, crafts, boccie, and physical literacy activities.

The Chalk Art Contest starts at 12:30 p.m. and will be judged at 3:30 p.m.

The Watermelon Eating Contest begins at 1 p.m.

Also from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there’ll be a host of public education groups providing information to the community.

The Chamber of Commerce will be handing out prices for the best decorated bike and best decorated pet for those who register with the Chamber’s mobile unit following the main parade.

For more information visit: cvrd.ca

Lake Cowichan