Day of the LongBoat – A 2017 Recap

The 2017 Day of the LongBoat not only marked the 30th anniversary but officially went into the books as the one of the largest attended events held on record. With over 3500 participants this year, the weather was only a little bit challenging on Day 2 with recorded wind speeds of over 20 knots on the back part of the course. This year again saw UBC President Dr. Santa Ono lead his team to a repeat victory – see the race start here. .

President Ono’s team – Celebrating a second consecutive victory.

President Ono’s Team cruises to victory.


On Day 2 the Alumni division was one of the most anticipated heats of the day and likely one of most competitive that we’ve seen in a few year. Teams not only wanting got take home the coveted boat trophies but also the chance to beat out the reigning champions “Operation Spirit Crusher”. Our inaugural Alumni Champions – Team Vintage featuring Joan Webster took the year off to study the competition but have vowed to be back in the mix in 2018! This year there was a full heat featuring Intramural alumni across the last 2 decades and the start did not disappoint.

For those of you who have participated in the event know, the start is not only the most exciting part of the race but also can be the defining moment where a team’s chances of winning can be sunk …even without capsizing. Somehow (though by the slimmest of margins) team Spirit Crusher found its way through the mess of paddles, people, boats and sea water to squeak past the opening corner with the lead – one that they again would not give up claiming their 2nd consecutive championship. Congratulations – but from the comments in the post-race reception – teams are already talking about making waves next year and dethroning the champions.


Team Spirit Crusher – Alumni Champions for a second year running.

Check out our 2017 Day of the LongBoat recap video and highlights.