Scenes like this trio of sailboats arriving in Campbell River during the last Van Isle 360 Yacht Race can be expected on Monday when this year’s running of the race pulls into town.

A hearty welcome expected for Black Press Van Isle 360

Avast ye landlubbers! Be warned: a flotilla of pirates will swarm Campbell River on Monday

Avast ye landlubbers! Be warned: a flotilla of pirates will swarm Campbell River on Monday.

Okay, they won’t actually be pirates but they will be sailors competing in the Black Press Van Isle 360 Yacht Race and they’ll be carrying pirate costumes because of the big Pirate Rendezvous party that awaits them at the Riptide Pub at Discovery Harbour Marina.

The big race starts tomorrow and when the beautiful vessels competing in the Black Press Van Isle 360 Yacht Race pull into Campbell River on Monday afternoon, they’ll receive a classic Rivercity welcome.

“Campbell River always puts on a good face for these guys,” said Dick Walton, proprietor of the Riptide Pub which will host a Pirate Rendezvous on Monday for the sailors in the race.

Discovery Harbour Marina is hosting the sailboats, providing free moorage for them and clearing space in the marina for the boats.

The Riptide will then put on a big buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The theme of the dinner is a Pirate Rendezvous and the sailors are encouraged to dress up as pirates.

Just as long as they don’t wear their costumes as they pull into town, there won’t be any incidents.

But all kidding aside, the Black Press Van Isle 360 Yacht Race is a big event that will pull in up to 360 sailors in 42 sailboats, as well as race committee members.

The Riptide and Discovery Harbour Marina has hosted the race every year and this year they can look forward to a delicious buffet featuring pork loin, seafood and more.

You can expect to see the fastest boats arrive around 1 p.m. Walton said and then they’ll trickle in throughout the afternoon. There are a number of classes of vessel in the race.

Campbell Riverites are encouraged to go down to the waterfront on Monday to welcome the boats and cheer them in.

After a night in Campbell River they will head off to Hardwicke Island where another big feast awaits. See Page A14 for more.