SYC's Chris G with the winning King Salmon!

The annual Salmon Derby took place September 15-17 at Roche Harbor and was enjoyed by members of both Semiahmoo and Birch Bay Village Yacht Clubs! Attendance was great, with 11 boats and a large number of anglers and guests. The fishing derby was a boatload of fun; although catching legal-size fish was a challenge.

The 1st place winner was Chris G (SYC), fishing aboard the Haida II, who caught a King just under 20 pounds. The 2nd place winner was Jim P (BBVYC) fishing aboard Beoma's dinghy, who caught a 10+ pound King. Sadly, Jim had caught a 22+ pound King in practice the day before the derby! It was also reported that some of the participants had difficulty with fish identification and may have kept some COHO.

As always, food was plentiful and delicious. Folks enjoyed heavy appetizers Friday night and a bountiful BBQ salmon dinner was prepared by Al and Beoma with Virginia P (BBVYC). To help celebrate, several additional BBVYC members and VanderYacht family members joined in the Saturday evening festivities! Thank you Larry and Sharin for donating the wonderful corn for Saturday's dinner and Virginia all of your help throughout the weekend! Breakfast was included each day as well and it was all accomplished under budget!

BBVYC's Jim P and crew with the 2nd place catch.

There was a suggestion that we rename this joint Derby the "BOB WEBBER MEMORIAL FISHING DERBY". By show of hands, it was unanimous.

During the weekend, folks played some Left Right Center, told some lies (tall fish tales), had a great time getting to know each other and enjoyed lovely weather in a beautiful location. It was great event and we're looking forward to a wonderful experience again next year.

Some great photos of all of the Fishing Derby activities are available on our Photo Album page, or via the links below: