Tsigane is Receiving a First Nations Name

Tsigane is Receiving a First Nations Name

Peter Wealick, a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and crew of CAN 107, Tsigane at the upcoming 6mR World Championship, can bring his First Nations family background into play, as he is currently working on an art design for Tsigane’s spinnaker, as part of the preparation of the christening after the Westerleigh Cup on September 16th, when Tsigane officially becomes Max̱’inux and the only First Nations boat participating in the 2017 World Championship. Max̱’inux̱ means  Killer Whale in the language of the Kwakwa’wakw people. Peter Wealick (wee lay laq) chose this name as his mother is of the Killer Whale Klan, the house of the Five Fin Killer Whale.

Peter has been successfully competing in sailing in Vancouver and around the world since 1977. Approximately two years ago, he was asked to join a 6mR sailing team that competes around the world.

Tsigane originally came from France and was shipped here last year so that it could be prepared for the World Championship 2017, mainly by Nigel Ashman of Pacific 6mR Yachts Inc.. Peter himself and many others have been helping out and working hard to ready the boat, which was launched on Wednesday, July 19th, at the weekly 6mR evening regatta at RVYC.

Getting the boat ready at Pacific 6mR Yachts Inc.:


Photos from last Wednesday’s evening sailing, when soon to be named Max̱’inux̱ (CAN 107) was out for the first time:



On a side-note: The First Nations Theme will be following us throughout our World Championship for various reasons, one being that the RVYC is on First Nations land but also, as First Nations people made Canada become what the country is known and loved for today. We are happy that we will be able to have a Chief, dancers and drummers at our event, and can show you even more culture and history during our Social Evening at the Museum of Anthropology. Last but not least, one of the prizes is done by First Nations artist Xwakacktun (Rick Harry).

(Title Photo: Wendy and Peter Wealick at RVYC, in front of Max̱’inux̱, with Vancouver downtown in the background)