Classic boats from around the world are docked at Victoria’s inner harbour to receive the appreciation of spectators.
Tens of thousands of people come to the weekend long festival to see the yachts and work boats which have been carefully restored over decades.
For owners, it’s a chance to own a piece of history and the festival is a chance to share it with the world.
Richard Gardner’s classic wooden boat was built in 1929 in Vancouver. She was the Spencer family’s yacht and then went into the war effort. After that she serviced charters to Alaska.
Gardner bought the boat decades ago, living in it during the summer, and seeing it as a chance to own a sailing museum.
“I bought the boat in 1988, it was not in good shape. I bought it in a federal Marshall sale in Los Angeles, California. She had been through many owners and had lots of little problems.
I had a moment of weaknesses and ended up buying an old wooden boat,” he said laughing.
He said about 2,000 people have come on board this weekend and he loves giving the public a chance to see a piece of history.