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 Bulletin: RollerTrol™ Automation Systems is Launched!  
  • We have been busy making and selling 12v marine roller blinds for some time, and we have decided to start selling the components at RollerTrol.com so others can do the same.
  • Take a look at our online store for tubular motors and other associated products - make your own custom blinds that fit your boat perfectly!
  • While you're at it, check out our tubular motors with built-in radio controllers. When used with our multi-channel remotes, you can control all your blinds with a single remote!
  • AND DON'T MISS OUR SUPER LOW DRAW LIGHT SENSING SWITCH - perfect for automatic night-time light sensing operation of your ANCHOR LIGHT!!
  End Bulletin: RollerTrol™ Automation Systems  
 
Thetis Island Regatta - everyone loves a good race around the island 
Thetis Island Regatta,
sponsored by the Thetis Island Marina
by Adrian Biffen

 
If it's early spring in this part of the world, there is a sailing event that has become a ritual, welcoming the coming warm season. It is the Thetis Island Regatta, a race around the island, staged in May by the good folks at the Thetis Island Marina & Pub.Thetis Island Marina & Pub This tiny little island is situated in the protected waters of the inner Gulf Islands in the Straight of Georgia, almost attached to its sister island (Kuper), and has long been a favorite stopping place for boaters of all kinds. 

This early season race draws sailboats from many different ports on the straight; everyone is ready to stretch their sailing muscles, wipe away the cobwebs, have a good party, and be glad the winter is past with summer on the way!

People start arriving at the docks a day or two before the event, and it quickly grows into a major happening - a lot of fun to be had by all. San Juan 26  leading the wayThe boats are rated, and the race is run in 3 different classes, each having a different start time. The race course is essentially a circumnavigation of both Thetis and Kuper Islands. After the race, the festivities culminate in a huge barbeque feast, put on by the Marina.

Sponsors for the regatta in 2004 were Okanagan Spring/Shaftbury Brewery, Mount Gay Rum, Premium Beer Company, Owen Business Systems, Pacific Yachting, Sea Snaps Marine Photography, and Jim Beam.

For more info, visit the Thetis Island Marina website.
 
Summer solstice sunset at Valdez Island, near Thetis Island. Pirate's Cove Provincial Marine Park on DeCourcey Island is in the background:Soltice sunset at Valdez Island, near Thetis Island with De Courcey (Pirates Cove) in the background