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Video/Photos: Pirates of Mannion Bay

Bowen Yacht Club showed off its swagger on Pirate themed opening day

The Bowen Island Yacht Club opened their new season in style as a fleet of buccaneers took to the seas Sunday morning. 

Both sailors and boats were dressed and decorated in their best pirate outfits to kick things off. First up was a sail past around Mannion Bay, where the nine boats paraded around the NautiNess, captained by BIYC Commodore Simon Fowler. 

Following the greetings, which included lots of 'Arrrrrs', the boats returned to the marina for an after party at Doc's. Festivities included costume and poetry contests, each of which brought out many colourful submissions. 

BIYC will now turn their attention toward the Round Bowen Race on June 11. The event traditionally boasts more than 100 boats, and is one of the largest mass start races on the west coast.