The 2018 Sail Past concluded with fireworks set off from the Mars Rustler. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Port Alberni enjoys parade of boats in annual Sail Past

The fifth annual event drew a crowd at Harbour Quay

The Blue Marlin Inn hosted its fifth annual Sail Past at the Port Alberni waterfront. Boats decked in Christmas lights and inflatable decorations sailed through the harbour while the crowd enjoyed hot chocolate, hot dogs and chili. The event ended with a fireworks show from the Mars Rustler.

Roy Kemps took first place with his boat, “Starlight One.” Craig Filipchuk took second place with his Blue Marlin boat. He donated his $500 in winnings to charity. John Douglas took third place with his boat, “The Clipper.”

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John Douglas’s “The Clipper” floats in the foreground, while Craig Filipchuk’s Blue Marlin boat sails past in the background. Douglas took third place in the 2018 Sail Past, while Filipchuk took second. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

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