The bi-annual Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race around Vancouver Island is taking place this year and once again BC salmon farmers are pleased to host them at a stop on the route.
On Tuesday, June 11th, 42 boats and almost 400 sailors will dock at Marine Harvest’s Hardwicke Farm near Sayward for a feast of delicious farmed salmon. The dinner is also a fundraiser for the Sayward Community Recreation Association.
“We are always thrilled to be able to host the Van Isle 360,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. “It gives us a chance to showcase one of our farms and meet some wonderful people.”
Hosting 400 people on a salmon farm takes a lot of co-ordination. Farms are designed to have a small footprint and space is a valuable commodity.
“It’s all about timing,” said Valerie Lamirande, Events Co-ordinator for the BCSFA. “We make sure we work with the farm staff to time it so that the feed shed is almost empty so we have somewhere to put all the guests and we have a great group of volunteers who come out to help everything run smoothly.”
This will be the first of two stops where sailors will be greeted by BCSFA members. On June 18th, Creative Salmon, based in Tofino, will be providing barbequed Chinook salmon from its farm to feed the participants as part of a celebration dinner at the tour stop in Ucluelet.
For more information on VanIsle 360, visit http://www.vanisle360.com/
The BCSFA represents salmon farm companies and those who supply services and supplies to the industry. Salmon-farming provides for 6,000 direct and indirect jobs while contributing $800-million to the provincial economy each year.
For more information visit http://www.salmonfarmers.org/